GEOG 128
Geography of International Affairs



In this lesson, we will try to further understand the key elements of geopolitics discussed in the previous lessons (geopolitical practices and representations of those practices) by exploring the concepts of “the nation,” “nation-state” and “the state.” We will subsequently discuss the geopolitics of nationalism by investigating national identity construction and also the process of “ethnic cleansing.” Further, we will analyze how masculinity/femininity are incorporated into concepts of nationalism and geopolitical code. Finally, we will deconstruct the binaries that underlie the geopolitics of national security.

Lesson Objectives

By the end of this lesson, you should be able to:

  • define the terms nation, state and nation-state;
  • discuss nationalism and its different manifestations;
  • discuss the way gender roles are implicated in nationalism;
  • make connections between gender roles, nationalism, and geopolitical codes; and
  • provide a classification of different nationalisms and their impact upon geopolitical codes.

Required Readings and Assignments

Lesson 4 Assignments
Assignment Directions
  • Read/watch all of the content for Lesson 4 on this website.
  • Flint, C. (2012). Introduction to geopolitics (2nd ed.). London: Routledge.
    • Chapter 4
Geopolitical Analysis Discussion 3A See this lesson's module in Canvas for assignment instructions and due dates.


If you have any general course questions, please post them to our Course Questions Discussion located in the General Information Module in Canvas. I will check that discussion forum regularly to respond as appropriate. While you are there, feel free to post your own responses and comments if you are able to help out a classmate.