International relations

Geopolitics and Grand Strategy

Module code: 915M1
Level 7 (Masters)
30 credits in autumn teaching
Teaching method: Seminar
Assessment modes: Essay, Coursework

This module is designed to provide you with an overview on the changing nature of contemporary geopolitics, great power foreign policy strategies and world order in the context of globalisation and against the background of the major historical and epoch-making shifts of longue dure - economic and civilisational - which are challenging the western-centric nature of modern international society. The first part of the module will present the contemporary debate on world order and explore the current revival of geopolitical thinking as well as a number of approaches to the analysis of the contemporary international system with a particular attention to the issues of multi-polarity, regionalisation and non-western perspectives; the second part will focuse on the grand strategies and foreign policy practices developed by the major powers of the international system; the final part of the module will cover some of the key regional dynamics of contemporary geopolitics, including the Middle East, the transatlantic relationships, the international security in South and East Asia as well as in the Post-Soviet world.

Module learning outcomes

  • Understand the different approaches to geopolitics and analysis of the international system
  • Comprehend the grand strategies and foreign policy practices of the major powers of the international system
  • Understand some of the key regional dynamics of contemporary geopolitics
  • Formulate academically informed opinions about contemporary geopolitics