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210059 LK BAK8: International Politics (2019S)


6.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 21 - Politikwissenschaft
Continuous assessment of course work

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max. 50 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Tuesday 05.03. 08:00 - 09:30 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 19.03. 08:00 - 09:30 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 26.03. 08:00 - 09:30 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 02.04. 08:00 - 09:30 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 09.04. 08:00 - 09:30 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 30.04. 08:00 - 09:30 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 07.05. 08:00 - 09:30 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 14.05. 08:00 - 09:30 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 21.05. 08:00 - 09:30 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 28.05. 08:00 - 09:30 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 04.06. 08:00 - 09:30 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 18.06. 08:00 - 09:30 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 25.06. 08:00 - 09:30 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock


Aims, contents and method of the course

This reading course introduces into the political science field of geopolitics and postcolonialism. In this course we will discuss environmental and resource politics as well as post-devolopmentalism from a postcolonial perspective as well as selected topics of the critical approach of geopolitics since the end of the Cold War: post-western politics and hegemony, feminist and Southern geopolitics. The geographical focus of the course is Austria, the EU, Latin America, and the Global South.

Assessment and permitted materials

Participation in class discussions, group presentation and an essay (min. 2500 words).

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Grading Criteria:

Attendance & Participation in the discussion of the texts 10%
Oral presentation of the course texts 30%
Review Essay (min. 2500 words) 60%

Grading Scale:
1 = 87-100 % excellent (outstanding performance)
2 = 75-86 % good (generally good, but with some errors)
3 = 63-74 % satisfactory (generally sound work with a number of substantial errors)
4 = 50-62 % sufficient (performance meets the minimum criteria)
5 = 0 – 49 % unsatisfactory (< 50%; substantial improvement necessary; requirement of further work)
Class attendance is required (max. 2 absences).

The final essay is due four weeks after the last class.

Examination topics

The content of the class.

Reading list

Selected texts from the lecture.

Additional literature:

Leslie W. Hepple (2004), South American Heartland: The Charcas, Latin American Geopolitics and Global Strategies, Geographical Journal 170(4):359 - 367

Bieler, Andreas & Morton, David (2004): A critical theory route to hegemony, world order and historical change: neo-Gramscian perspectives in International Relations, Capital & Class, vol. 28: 85-113

Kramer, Helmut (2016): Austrian Foreign Policy 1995–2015. In: OZP – Austrian Journal of Political Science.Vol. 45, Issue 2, Pages 49-57.

Hyndman, J. (2001). Towards a feminist geopolitics. The Canadian Geographer/Le Geógraphe Canadien, 45(2), 210-222

Ziai, A. (2007). Development discourse and its critics: An introduction to post-development. In Exploring Post-development(pp. 13-27). Routledge

Harris, P. G. (2018). Climate change: science, international cooperation and global environmental politics. In Global Environmental Politics (pp. 133-152). Routledge.

Escobar, A. (2010). Latin America at a crossroads: alternative modernizations, post-liberalism, or post-development?. Cultural studies, 24(1), 1-65.

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