Netherlands, Maastricht

Geopolitical Theories and Methods: Exploring Geopolitics, Geoeconomics and Geostrategy

when 25 July 2016 - 29 July 2016
duration 1 week
credits 1.5 ECTS
fee EUR 475

The Russian annexation of Crimea, the development of the Nicaragua canal and the melting ice of the Arctic underline the continued importance of questions about the interaction between geography and power. The "Geopolitical Theories and Methods" Summer School helps you better understand the wide variety of ideas about geopolitics, geoeconomics and geostrategy. The lectures teach you the ways in which they have been conceptualized in different national, political and academic contexts. What is difference between the Heartland and the Rimland? How decisive is geography in human behaviour? And is it possible to do geopolitical research objectively? You further learn how to apply a French geopolitical method and a critical discourse analysis method. The first is valuable to structure your own geopolitical research, the second to assess the geopolitical claims of others. You write a paper in which you discuss a theory or apply a method of your choice. Finally, you may also be interested in our other geopolitics course "Geopolitical Concepts'.

Course leader

Leonhardt van Efferink MA/MSc/PhD candidate (Geomeans)

Target group

Bachelor/Master students from all disciplines who would like to know more about geopolitics, geoeconomics and geostrategy to improve their research skills and career prospects
PhD students who would like to know how to apply geopolitical, geoeconomic and geostrategic theories and methods in their research
Professionals who need a deeper understanding of geopolitical, geoeconomic and geostrategic ideas for their work

Course aim

Understanding the complicated nature of the interaction between geography and politics
Working with different approaches towards geopolitics, geoeconomics and geostrategy
Explaining territorial disputes such as the ones in the South China Sea, Syria and Ukraine in a more coherent way

Fee info

EUR 475: Course plus course materials.


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