GEOG 128
Geography of International Affairs

Overview

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In this lesson, we begin to discuss geopolitical structure, or the context within which geopolitical agency takes place. While we will primarily review George Modelski’s model of cycles of world leadership, I have also included supplementary information on Immanuel Wallerstein’s world-systems theory.

Lesson Objectives

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

  • use a geopolitical model (Modelski) to explain the global geopolitical structure;
  • discuss the different components of this model;
  • analyze the validity of the model;
  • describe how the model is both similar to and different from “classic” geopolitical frameworks; and
  • explain how we can use the model to provide a structure or context to understand geopolitical agency.

Required Readings and Assignments

Lesson 7 Assignments
Assignment Directions
Readings
  • Read/watch all of the content for Lesson 7 on this website.
  • Flint, C. (2012). Introduction to geopolitics (2nd ed.). London: Routledge.
    • Chapter 7
Geopolitical Analysis Discussion 1B See this lesson's module in Canvas for assignment instructions and due dates.
DVPM Storyboard & Peer Review See this lesson's module in Canvas for assignment instructions and due dates.

Questions?

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.