Political Geography - 1st semester


a) To acquire basic knowledge over methods, approaches and concepts of Political Geography
b) To understand the relation between Territory and Politics at different scales: from local to Global
c) To understand the meaning of geographical representations for the political issues
d) To be able to comment political questions under a political geography perspective
e) To identify geographical representations where political discourse is concerned
f) To apply the discipline main concepts and methods in the context of professional activity

General characterization





Responsible teacher

José Manuel Rodrigues Lúcio


Weekly - 4

Total - Available soon

Teaching language



not applicable


FLINT, Colin and TAYLOR, Peter: Political Geography, New York, Routledge, 6th Edition, 2011.
PAINTER, J.; JEFFREY, A.; Political Geography: An Introduction to Space and Power, Londres, Sage, 2009.
FUKUYAMA, F., A Construção dos Estados: Governação e Ordem Mundial no Século XXi, Lisboa, Gradiva, 2006.
AGNEW, J.; MITCHELL, K.; TOAL, G. (eds.), A Companion to Political Geography, Oxford, Blackwell, 2003, pp. 93-248; pp. 335-420.
DEFARGES, Philippe M., Introdução à Geopolítica, Lisboa, Gradiva, 2003.

Teaching method

Theoretical and practical classes. The students have several opportunities to participate in the discussions during classes.

Evaluation method

a) Test - 65%
b) Group Work - 30%
c) Assiduity - 5%

Subject matter

I. Political Geography: concepts and theories
II. Nation and State
III. Geopolitics: main theories and representative authors
IV. Space Crisis
V. Geography, Geopolitics and War
VI. Some Political Geography questions for the 21st century
VII. Nation, Nationalisms and Citizenship
VIII. New Social Movements


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