Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Historical and Political Geography

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION This study-unit aims to integrate the geography of a region with its historical development. The main features of the course are to highlight the Mediterranean region with its diverse geographical features and to introduce the concepts of time and space from a regional perspective. The study unit provides a broad coverage of the subject, moving from the consideration of a state as a political system to an examination of the world system. This unit also examines in detail a number of terrestrial and maritime boundary problems. Emphasis is laid on the geographical implications in delimiting, demarcating and allocating boundaries.

Study-unit Aims:

The aims of this unit are:
- define terrestrial and maritime boundaries,
- define the main terms pertaining to historical geography and political geography and the linkages between them,
- understand the role of historical geographies in shaping the contemporary world.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- describe the main elements that provide the basis for the geographies behind the histories of civilizations,
- recognise the importance of supervising the terrestrial and maritime boundaries.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- compare the different boundaries in contemporary situations,
- question the relevance of selected boundaries in the Mediterranean and Middle East,
- appraise the value of historical scenarios to recent boundary changes.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Anderson, E.W. 2000 The Middle East: geography and geopolitics, Routledge, London.
Blacksell, M. 2005 Political Geography. Routledge
Butlin, R. 1993 Historical Geography, Arnold, London.
Gallagher, C., Dahlamn, C.T., Gilmartin, M., Mountz, A. And Shirlow, P. (2012) Key Concepts in Political Geography. Sage, London.
Jones, M.R. and Woods, M. 2004 An introduction to Political Geography. Routledge.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Sept. Asst Session Weighting
Examination (1 Hour) SEM1 Yes 50%
Fieldwork SEM1 No 50%

LECTURER/S John A. Schembri


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