Human Geography touches on human-physical relationships. Yet, space itself is not neutral or apolitical. Inequality is one of the examples. As a central sub-discipline within Human Geography, this course examines how the key geographical concerns of space, place, and territory, intersect with questions of politics, power, and policy. In doing so, Political Geography asks: What are the spatial dimensions of power? And, how do political relations, phenomena, and associations play out on a variety of scales? In asking these questions, Political Geographers aim to help us better understand the relationships between politics and space, so as to enable us to engage with, and critique, the dynamics and consequences of politics. To do so, Political Geographers study both the politics we encounter on an everyday basis, and as it plays out on the global stage.

The course will touch on both ‘macro’ and ‘micro’ forms of power. Oil politics, especially the Scramble for the Arctic, will be examined in order to identify the winners and losers in the process. This course will also look into ordinary people’s power of resistance and investigate how social media plays a role in consolidating, and challenging, undemocratic regimes.