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World Geography Today - JMB532
Title: Geografie současného světa
Guaranteed by: Department of North American Studies (23-KAS)
Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences
Actual: from 2022
Semester: summer
E-Credits: 9
Examination process: summer s.:
Hours per week, examination: summer s.:4/0, Ex [HT]
Capacity: 80 / unknown (0)
Min. number of students: unlimited
4EU+: no
Virtual mobility / capacity: no
State of the course: taught
Language: Czech
Teaching methods: combined
Teaching methods: combined
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
priority enrollment if the course is part of the study plan
Guarantor: PhDr. Jan Hornát, Ph.D.
Teacher(s): PhDr. Jan Hornát, Ph.D.
Incompatibility : JMB001
Pre-requisite : JMB525, JMB526, JMB527, JMB528, JMB529, JMB530
Annotation -
Last update: PhDr. Petra Baštová, Ph.D. (03.02.2014)
The course World Geography Today has two principle objectives - first, to introduce general theoretical approaches regarding the relationship between territoriality and political, social and historical developments. Second, to apply these concepts in specific locations and highlight the spatial aspects of political and social controversies.
Aim of the course -
Last update: PhDr. Petra Baštová, Ph.D. (03.02.2014)

The course World Geography Today has two principle objectives - first, to introduce general theoretical approaches regarding the relationship between territoriality and political, social and historical developments. Second, to apply these concepts in specific locations and highlight the spatial aspects of political and social controversies.

Literature -
Last update: PhDr. Petra Baštová, Ph.D. (12.09.2017)

Mandatory literature suitable for analysis:

Neil Brenner, Beyond State-Centrism? Space, Territoriality, and Geographical Scale in Globalization Studies, in: Theory and Society, Vol. 28, No. 1, 1999, pp. 39-78.

Philip McCann, Globalization and economic geography: the world is curved, not flat, in: Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, No. 1, 2008, pp. 351-370.

Alison Mountz – Jenna M. Loyd, Constructing the Mediterranean Region: Obscuring Violence in the Bordering of Europe’s Migration "Crisis", in: ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies, Vol. 13, No. 2, 2014, pp. 173-195.

Thomas P. M. Barnett, The Pentagon?s New Map, in: Esquire, 2003.

David Scott, The Great Power ‘Great Game’ between India and China: ‘The Logic of Geography’, in: Geopolitics, Vol. 13, No.1 (2008).

Roberta Benini - Adam Czyzewski, Regional disparities and economic growth in Russia: new growth patterns and catching up, in: Econ Change, Vol. 40, 2007, pp. 91-135.


Optional literature suitable for analysis:

Ricardo Hausmann, Prisoners of Geography, in: Foreign Policy, January 1999.

Justin V. Hastings, Geography, Globalization, and Terrorism: The Plots of Jemaah Islamiyah, in: Security Studies, Vol. 17, 2008, pp. 505-530.

Gearoid O Tuathail - Timothy W. Luke, Present at the (Dis)Integration: Deterritorialization and Reterritorialization in the New Wor(l)d Order, in: Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Vol. 84, No. 3, 1994, pp. 381-398.

John Agnew, Sovereignty Regimes: Territoriality and State Authority in Contemporary World Politics, in: Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Vol. 95, No. 2 (2005), pp. 437-461.

Veit Bachmann – James D. Sidaway, Brexit geopolitics, in: Geoforum, No. 77, 2016, s. 47-50.

Harm de Blij, The Power of Place: Geography, Destiny, and Globalization’s Rough Landscape. Oxford, New York et al.: Oxford University Press, 2009, s. 3-7 and 136-156 (chapter Places open and shut).

David Scott, Australia’s embrace of the "Indo-Pacific": new term, new region, new strategy?, in: International Relations of thr Asia-Pacific, Vol. 13, 2013, pp. 425-448.

Michael Collyer - Russell King, Producing transnational space: International migration and the extra-territorial reach of state power, in: Progress in Human Geography, Vol. 39, No. 2 (2015), pp. 185-204.

David Harvey, The Sociological and Geographical Imaginations, in: International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society, Vol. 18, No. 3-4 (2005), pp. 211-255.

Harm de Blij, The Power of Place: Geography, Destiny, and Globalization’s Rough Landscape. Oxford, New York et al.: Oxford University Press, 2009, chapter No. 7: Same place, divergent destinies, pp. 157-181.

Marcin Wojciech Solarz, ‘Third World‘: the 60th anniversary of a concept that changed history, in: Third World Quarterly, Vol. 333, No. 9, 2012, pp. 1561-1573.

Robert D. Kaplan, The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us about Coming Conflicts and the Battle against Fate. New York: Random House, 2012, chapter No. IX: The Geography of European Divisions, pp. 133-153.

Robert D. Kaplan, The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us about Coming Conflicts and the Battle against Fate. New York: Random House, 2012, chapter No. XI: The Geography of Chinese Power, pp. 133-153.

Neil Smith, New Globalism, New Urbanism: Gentrification as Global Urban Strategy, in: Antipode, Vol. 34, No. 3, 2002, pp. 427-450.

Uriel Abulof, ‘‘Small Peoples’’: The Existential Uncertainty of Ethnonational Communities, in: International Studies Quarterly, Vol. 53, 2009, pp. 227-248.

Gavin Bridge - Stefan Bouzarovski - Michael Bradshaw - Nick Eyre, Geographies of energy transition: Space, place and the low-carbon economy, in: Energy Policy, Vol. 53, 2013, pp. 331-340.

Philippe Le Billon, The Geopolitical economy of 'resource wars', in: Geopolitics, Vol. 9, No. 1, 2004, pp. 1-28.


Further optional literature:

Michael Bradshaw, World Regional Geography, McGraw-Hill, 2009, chapters 1-4.

CIA World Factbook (https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ez.html)
or
Der neue Fischer Weltalmanach (http://www.weltalmanach.de/)

Lukas K. Danner, Securitization and De-securitization in the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands Territorial Dispute, in: Journal of Alternative Perspectives in the Social Sciences, Vol. 6, No. 2 (2014), pp. 219-247.

Martin Ira Glassner, Political Geography. New York: John Wiley and Sons, 2004.
(chapter dealing with ecology, pp. 554-580)

Joe Painter - Alex Jeffrey, Political Geography: An Introduction to Space and Power. London: Sage, 2009. (chapter Gentrification: Urban Renaissance or Urban Revanchism?, pp. 114-119) 


Additional literature:

Gardner, P., Zeměpis světa: encyklopedie. Praha: Columbus, 1999.
Hnízdo, B., Mezinárodní perspektivy politických regionů. Praha: ISE, 1995.
Honzák, F. - Pečenka, M., Státy a jejich představitelé. Praha: Libri, 1999.
Jehlička, P. - Tomeš, J. - Daněk, P. (eds.), Stát, prostor, politika: vybrané otázky politické geografie. Praha: Karolinum, 2000.
Liščák, V., Státy a území světa. Praha: Libri, 2009.
Magula, A. - Mari, L, et al., Lexikon států a území světa. Bratislava: Mapa Slovakia, 2002.
Šatava, L., Národnostní menšiny v Evropě: encyklopedická příručka. Praha: Železný, 1994.
Waisová, Š., et al., Atlas mezinárodních vztahů: prostor a politika po skončení studené války. Plzeň: Aleš Čeněk, 2007.
Velký ilustrovaný atlas světa. Praha: Marco Polo, 2001.

Teaching methods -
Last update: PhDr. Petra Baštová, Ph.D. (03.02.2014)

Lecture with extensive use of multimedia technology.

Requirements to the exam -
Last update: PhDr. Petra Baštová, Ph.D. (30.12.2014)

Written exam composed of orientation in blank maps and of questions related to compulsory reading.

Syllabus -
Last update: PhDr. Petra Baštová, Ph.D. (22.01.2016)

- Introduction, course requirements
- Concept of geography, territoriality, political geography, human geography, physical geography, sovereign state
- Cold War, bipolar world, Third World, O Tuathail, world system, center, periphery
- Current geopolitical situation
- Strategic locations, disputed territories
- Demographic aspects of geography
- Economic geography: distribution of wealth, natural resources, main trade routes, communication lines
- Environmental aspects of geography

Entry requirements -
Last update: PhDr. Petra Baštová, Ph.D. (03.02.2014)

working knowledge of English, prerequisites of the study program

 
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