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Geopolitical Thought - JPM620
Anglický název: Geopolitical Thought
Zajišťuje: Katedra politologie (23-KP)
Fakulta: Fakulta sociálních věd
Platnost: od 2015 do 2015
Semestr: zimní
Body: 6
E-Kredity: 6
Způsob provedení zkoušky: zimní s.:
Rozsah, examinace: zimní s.:1/1 Zk [hodiny/týden]
Počet míst: 30 / 30 (30)
Minimální obsazenost: neomezen
Stav předmětu: vyučován
Jazyk výuky: angličtina
Způsob výuky: prezenční
Poznámka: předmět je možno zapsat mimo plán
povolen pro zápis po webu
při zápisu přednost, je-li ve stud. plánu
Garant: RNDr. Jan Kofroň, Ph.D.
Vyučující: RNDr. Jan Kofroň, Ph.D.
Soubory Komentář
stáhnout Ashworth_Mackinder_EJIR-libre.pdf Reading for the 3rd class
stáhnout Dalby Warior GP.pdf Reading 6th class
stáhnout Democratic_Ideals_Reality.pdf Reading 2nd class (skim the 4th chapter - is not obrigatory)
stáhnout Drulak 2006.pdf
stáhnout McKinder1904.pdf Reading for the 2nd class (obrigatory)
Cíl předmětu - angličtina
Poslední úprava: RNDr. Jan Kofroň, Ph.D. (24.08.2014)

To provide students with advanced understanding of historical and contemporary theoretical perspectives and debates within the realm of geopolitical study. The course will be focused on the modern geopolitical thinking (critical geopolitics vs. neoclassical geopolitics). Further, emphasis will be put on the differences among geopolitical thinking in the field of geography and in the field of IR. Finally, students with specific language skills will be encouraged to read and discuss/disseminate geopolitical thinking of non-western authors.

Podmínky zakončení předmětu - angličtina
Poslední úprava: RNDr. Jan Kofroň, Ph.D. (29.09.2016)

Assessment: 25 % activity in class, 45 % final paper (5-7 000 words), 30 % oral exam.


Activity in class includes preparation of a presentation (topics provided below). Final papers should (i) engage or explore a theoretical question or cleavage, (ii) build a new theory or refine already existing theory.

Topics for student’s presentations (and papers):


1) Critique of a classic: students choose one or more classical works (for example neomarxist work) not discussed in the class and present their critical review.


2) Non-Anglo-Saxon geopolitics: student chooses geopolitical book or several articles written in a language other than English (works in French, Russian, Portuguese, and German are of special interests).


3) Geopolitical theory or refinement of an existing theory.

It is expected that a presentation will last 12-15 minutes.


Final paper: Shoud be 5-7 000 words long, including footnotes, tables, figures, list of literature etc. It is expected that final paper will be written in appropriate (academic) style - therefore failure to properly quote, employ adequate sources and to critically analyze these sources will lead to low grade.  


Deadline for the final paper: 12th January 2017

Literatura - angličtina
Poslední úprava: RNDr. Jan Kofroň, Ph.D. (24.08.2014)

Required and recommended readings:

AGNEW, J. (2009): Globalization and Sovereignty. Rowman & Littlefield,Plymouth, 231 s.

Ashworth (2012): Realism and the spirit of 1919: Halford Mackinder,geopolitics and the reality of theLeague of Nations. European Journal of International Relations, forthcoming.

Biddle, S. (2004): Military Power, Explaining Victory and Defeat in ModernBattle. Princeton:PrincetonUniversityPress.

Brooks, (2005): Producing Security: Multinational Corporations, Globalization, and the Changing Calculus of Conflict.PrincetonUniversityPress,Princeton.

Dalby, S. (2008): Warrior Geopolitics: Gladiator, Black Hawk Down and the Kingdom of Heaven. Political Geography, Vol. 27, No. 4, s. 439-455.

Drulák, P. (2006): Between Geopolitics and Anti-Geopolitics: Czech Political Thought, Geopolitics, vol. 11, no. 3, pp. 420-438

Ericson, R. (2009): Eurasian Natural Gas Pipelines: The Political Economy of Network Interdependence. Eurasian Geography and Economics, Vol. 50, No. 1, s. 28-45.

Gray, C. (1977): Geopolitics of the Nuclear Era: Heartland, Rimlands, and the Technological Revolution. New York: Crane Russak & Co.

Hepple, L. (1986): The revival of geopolitics. Political Geography Quarterly, Vol. 5, No. 4, s. 21-36.

Herwig, H. (1999): Geopolitik: Haushofer, Hitler and Lebensraum. In: Sloan, Geoffrey - Gray, C. (1999): Geopolitics, Geography and Strategy. London: Frank Cass, s. 218-241.

Kaplan, R.D. (2009): The Revenge of Geography, Foreign Policy, may/june 2009, 9 s.

Kearns, G. (2009): Geopolitics and Empire: The Legacy of Halford Mackinder. New York: Oxford University Press.

Levy, J.- Thompson, W. (2010): Balancing on Land and at Sea, Do States Ally against the Leading Global Power? International Security, Vol. 35, No. 1, s. 7-43.

Mackinder, H. (1904): The geographical pivot of history. The Geographical Journal, Vol. 23, No. 4, s. 421-437.

Mackinder, Halford (1919 [1942]): Democratic Ideals and Reality. Washington: NDU Press.

Mamadouh, V. (1998): Geopolitics in the nineties: One flag, many meanings. GeoJournal, Vol. 46, No. 4, s. 237-253.

MAMADOUH, V. (2003): Some notes on the politics of political geografy. Political Geography 22, č. 6, s. 663-675.

Mearsheimer, J. (2001): Tragedy of Great Power Politics.New York: Norton & company.

Megoran, N. (2010): Neoclassical Geopolitics, Political Geography, vol. 29, p. 187-189

O’Tuathail, G. (1999): Understanding Critical Geopolitics and Risk Society. In: Sloan, Geoffrey - Gray, Colin (eds., 1999): Geopolitics Geography and Strategy. London: Frank Kass, s. 107-124.

PAPE, R. (1996): Bombing to Win. Cornell University Press, 366 s.

Posen, B. (2003): Command of the Commons, International Security, 28, č. 1, s. 5-46.   

RUGGIE, J. (1993): Territoriality and Beyond: Problematizing Modernity in International

Relations. International Organization, 47, č. 1, s. 139-174.

Schweller, R. (2011): Rational Theory for a Bygone Era, Security Studies, 20, no. 3, s. 460-468

Scott, D. (2008): The Great Power ‘Great Game’ between India and China: ‘The Logic of Geography’. Geopolitics, Vol. 13, No. 1, s. 1-26.

Shaefer, F. (1953): Exceptionalism in Geography: A Methodological Examination. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Vol. 43, No. 3, s. 226-245.

Metody výuky - angličtina
Poslední úprava: RNDr. Jan Kofroň, Ph.D. (24.08.2014)

Combination of frontal lecturing with group discussion (the core part). Further, students will be pushed to activelly contribute to the class, thus it is possible to say that the class has a semi-seminar form.


Class organization (90 minutes):

I.a.       Lecture on the below specified sub-topics (35-40 min)

I.b.       Debate with students on required readings (15-20 min)

II.a.     Student’s presentation(s) (15-20 min)

II.b.     Debate on the presentation (15 min)

Sylabus - angličtina
Poslední úprava: RNDr. Jan Kofroň, Ph.D. (29.09.2016)

1)         i) Organization and course requirements, sources of literature, etc.

            ii) Introduction:

            (a) Persistent questions of geopolitical thought,

            (ii) Geopolitics as an   academic discipline and its relations to other fields of the social    science - (political) geography, IR, polisci;

            (iii) Precursors of Geopolitics (A.T. Mahan).


Block one, classics

2)         a) A brief introduction,

            b) Anglo-SaxonSchool(MacKinder, Spykeman, De Severski) (Mackinder 1904 and       1919)

            c) GermanSchool(Ratzel, Kjellen, Haushofer, Maulle)


3)         a) French school (Vidal de la Blache, Reclus)

            b) Czechoslovak geopolitics (Korčák, Dvorský) (Drulák 2006)

            c) The role and character of space, power and the state in the classical geopolitical          thinking.

            d) Affinities between realism and classical geopolitical thought (Ashworth 2012).


Block two, the break point: death and resurrection of geopolitics

4)         a)GermanSchooland Nazism - post-war reaction (Herwig 1999)

            b) Developments in the field of geography - quantitative revolution (Schaeffer 1953),     Critical theory, Marxism and "localization" of geographical focus.

            c) post-war development in the IR (brief summary)


5)         a) Resurrection - Colin Gray, Brzezinsky etc.

            b) Counter-reaction of "proper" geographers (Hepple 1986, Megoran 2010)

            c) Debate on the assignments; students will select topic of the final paper)


Block three, modern geopolitical thought

6)         a) Modern geopolitical thought - basic approaches (Mamadouh 1998)

            b) Geopolitical thought in geography (O´Tuathail 1999, Mamadouh 2003)

            c) Implicit geopolitical thought in IR (political science)

            d) Space: social construction or objective physical entity?


7)         Critical geopolitics - key authors: Dalby, O´Tuathail, Megoran, etc. (Dalby 2008,        Kearns 2009)


8)         Non-geopolitics - key authors: O´Loughlin, Van der Wusten, Ericson (Ericson            2009)


9)         Neoclassical geopolitics - key authors: Kaplan, Brzezinski, Gray (Kaplan 2010,            Scott    2009)


10)       Implicit geopolitics within the IR (neorealist tradition) - key authors Mearsheimer,        Gilpin… (Mearsheimer 2001; Levy Thompson 2010 and critique Schweller 2011)


Block four, Current challenges to geopolitical thought

11)       a) Sovereign territorial state - (un)challenged principle? (Ruggie 1993, Agnew   2009)

            b) The end of the Cold war - (once again) a new era of cooperation among nations?


12)       a) Warfare - has warfare lost its spatial character? (Biddle 2004, or Posen 2003, or        Pape 1996)

            b) Money or weapons? Currencies of power and geopolitical influence in the age of      globalization            (Brooks 2005)

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