Geopolitical Concepts: Rethinking Nation-States, National Identity, International Boundaries, Global Power and Security [Summer School]

 Geopolitical Concepts: Rethinking Nation-States, National Identity, International Boundaries, Global Power and Security [Summer School]The relationship between the European Union and Ukraine, the rise of ISIS and the long border conflict between India and Pakistan underline the continued importance of geopolitical concepts such as national identity, power and security. The “Geopolitical Concepts” Summer School helps you better understand why the key concepts in geopolitical analysis mean different things to different people. The lectures teach you different ways to think about key geopolitical concepts. Can we measure power? Is it possible to objectively assess security? And how stable and uncontested is our national identity? Next to giving two talks, you write a paper about a key geopolitical concept in which you analyse how scholars, politicians or media use it in a particular context. To acquire more skills in this field, our related course “Geopolitical Theories and Methods” could be beneficial to you as well. [Click here to apply for course]

Course Program

  • Course period: 18 – 22 July 2016
  • Course language: English
  • Full course program: available as pdf file at the GeoMeans website
  • Course sessions: Lectures, roundtable discussions and student presentations
  • Special features:
    • focus on long-term skills development instead of knowledge that is quickly forgotten
    • interactive setting in which everyone is encouraged to participate in the discussion
    • direct and constructive feedback to enrich the collective learning experience
    • focus on exchanging views and disagreeing in a friendly atmosphere
    • stimulating balance between knowledge, assumptions and questions (i.e. critical thinking)
    • advice on your employability skills, internship/PhD opportunities and career options
  • Extra options:
    • After-class tutoring in person and by e-mail
    • Facebook Group of this Summer School to share ideas and links with current and former students
    • Informal drinks and dinners with other students and course leader
  • Recommendations from former students:
    • “Leonhardt demonstrated an extraordinary ability to communicate and adapt his teaching style to each individual student, despite the differences within the group in terms of areas of studies and levels of knowledge.” — Isa, Bachelor student, Portugal
    • “Leonhardt’s depth of knowledge and his exceptional ability to impart it in a clear, relevant and inclusive manner mark him out as leader in his field.” — David, business professional, UK
    • You can read the recommendations from 30 of Leonhardt’s former Summer School students in a pfd file on the GeoMeans website

Course Fee, Special Offer, Funding and Accomodation

Application Process

  • You can apply for the course on the Maastricht University website
  • Within a week after your application, you will be informed on the result
  • Application deadline is 27 June 2016. Applications hereafter are considered on a case-by-case basis
  • If the course is fully booked, applications are considered on a case-by-case basis as well and priority is given to paid-for applications

Learning Objectives

  • Developing various perspectives on statehood and its main components national identity, sovereignty and territory
  • Applying the geopolitical concepts global power and national security in research, strategy formulation and policy-making
  • Recognising patterns in how media, politicians and companies represent the world, countries and international boundaries

Course Participants

  • Geopolitical Concepts: Rethinking Nation-States, National Identity, International Boundaries, Global Power and SecurityTarget audience:
    • Bachelor/Master students who would like to write essays or thesis about geopolitical themes
    • PhD students who need to use geopolitical and concepts in their research
    • Professionals who would need to look at geopolitical trends from different angles
  • Number of participants: 7-15

Course Exam and Certificates

  • Exam: one paper and two presentations
  • Required in order to pass your exam: high attendance rate and active participation during plenary sessions, strong motivation and good command of English
  • ECTS: 1.5 (for students who pass their exam; other students and professionals get a certificate of attendance)

Course Literature

  • Geopolitical Concepts: Rethinking Nation-States, National Identity, International Boundaries, Global Power and SecurityPlease visit the GeoMeans website for recommended literature
  • You are advised to read one of the recommended books before the course
  • You don’t need to buy and read all recommended books
  • During the course, you can borrow most recommended books from Leonhardt
  • Please ask Leonhardt for personal reading advice if you do not know what books suit your learning objectives the best

Course Leader

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5 Comments

  1. Hello,

    please can you give me more details about the modality and the process to register in your school of summer and how many days can take the programme of Geopolitics in?

    Best regards from Ali Sahara

    • Leonhardt van Efferink

      Dear Ali,
      Thanks for your interest in the course. The links to the information you request are all provided on top of this page, but I´d be happy to repeat them here. The programme covers five days and is available through this link and registration is possible at the Maastricht University website through this link. Please let me know if you have any further questions.
      Kind regards,
      Leonhardt

  2. Hello,
    I am interested in attending this course. I am just concerned about the assessment part. The course runs for five days only. Will the students have time to prepare for the presentations, assignments and the exam? I am asking because the description above mentions that the course caters for beginners in the field.

    Best Regards,
    Maguy

    • Leonhardt van Efferink

      Dear Maguy,
      Thanks for your question. I will make sure you have sufficient time to do the work that is required to get the course certificate. There is no exam, and your presentations help you write the paper. Last year, everyone who made an effort finished their course paper and got a pass. Please let me know if you have any further questions.
      Kind regards,
      Leonhardt

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