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.
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
|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.|
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.