GEOG 571
Intelligence Analysis, Cultural Geography, and Homeland Security

4.1 Overview



The previous lesson focused on introducing the concept and theory behind identity. This lesson will focus on introducing borders and boundaries and how these constructs are intertwined with identity, with both being shaped by identity and shaping identity. This lesson also reinforces how borders and boundaries are influenced by scale, as evidenced by many of the concepts we have discussed in previous lessons. The lesson will conclude with a discussion of the potential role of Geographic Information Systems in border and boundary conflict and negotiations, and challenge you via a group exercise to delineate your own boundaries and negotiate with others to help resolve a conflict.


Upon completion of this lesson, you will be able to:

  1. Assess the relationship between borders/boundaries and identity.
  2. Appraise the role of socially-constructed national borders in conflict.
  3. Evaluate and critique the cartographic representation of disputed areas.
  4. Critique the impact of the imposition of borders/boundaries on populations with respect to identity.


If you have any questions now or at any point during this week, please feel free to post them to the GEOG 571 - General Discussion Forum. (That forum can be accessed at any time in Canvas by opening the Lesson 0: Welcome to GEOG 571 module in Canvas.)