Contemporary Global Geopolitics

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Political Science

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Global Geopolitics

Spring 2019

Taught By: Andre Simonyi

Section: AX

CRN: 5003

Credits: 4

Geopolitics is the relational study of geography and politics. Thinkers and philosophers have, implicitly or explicitly, studied this earthly relation of power since early antiquity. This inquiry has balanced between a relational study of human organization and space, and the instrumental organization of land and sea to maintain empires and states in power. The late 20th century witnessed a dramatic evolution in geopolitics with the advent of critical and postmodern approaches. First, through a "socializing" movement, geopolitics widened to study an larger array of topics including society, state and space; nature-society relation; identity and territory; development, poverty, migration, and borders. Second, these new approaches deepened the traditionally macro-perspective of geopolitics: the local and the global, the urban and the non-urban. Third, borders and states are challenged by movements, environmental issues, sovereignty and conflicts to provide a trans-national perspective of the world. Finally, geopolitics is also the study of flows: human migration, finance, climate change, information not only challenge borders but reconfigure the political arrangements of humans. In this course, after re-visiting the historical moorings of this exciting field of study, we undertake the examination of contemporary geopolitical arrangements. We use concrete examples in today's world and analyze them through the lens of geopolitics. We uncover a new way of seeing the world, connected horizontally and vertically. By the end of the course, we will have created a contemporary view of our political world that goes well beyond the traditional nation-state/empire based configuration of the geopolitical world. As a seminar + class (additional 15 hours), we explore geopolitics using New York City’s unique vantage point: NYC, The Meaning of “Global City”; Movement through Space and Time: NYC and Global Society; NYC: Power and Territory. Flexible in its construct, this module is based on attending public/academic seminars/events/visits and participating in a conversation moderated by the instructor.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Political Science (LPOL)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 10:51pm 9/20/2018

Meeting Info:

Days: Friday

Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm

Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th

Room: 050

Date Range: 1/25/2019 - 5/10/2019