Academic year
2021/2022 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
LM0030 (AF:353405 AR:187251)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Master's Degree Programme (DM270)
Educational sector code
1st Semester
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The course aims to provide students with the main conceptual and methodological tools of economic and political geography. The fundamental objective of the course is to provide knowledge related to the main geo-economic and geopolitical dynamics, useful for understanding the importance of the geographic perspective in the study of International Relations.
At the end of the course, students will have acquired the basic concepts of economic and political geography and the related reference terminology.
Moreover, they will be able to:
a) understand the main spatial and territorial dimensions of the actions of states and international organizations;
b) manage confidently the basic concepts of economic and political geography and its language as to interpret the evolution of contemporary geo-economic systems;
c) utilize the main concepts and tools of geopolitics to interpret the evolution of the international relations system in a synchronic perspective;
d) to formulate and argue simple interpretative hypotheses regarding the evolution of possible geo-economic scenarios;
e) to select the most reliable sources, to constructively criticize reports and papers relevant to the study path;
f) represent and synthesize the acquired knowledge in an efficient and coherent way.
Basic principles of economics and of international political economics.
The course considers the main contemporary geoeconomic and geopolitical dynamics, with particular attention to those that contribute to the evolution of the international relations system. The main scenarios and contemporary geopolitical changes are analyzed.
In this perspective, the central topics of the course are the following:
1. Key concepts of economic and political geography: globalization and nation-states; fordism and postfordism in economic geography; population and resources; globalization and global governance; geopolitics and critical geopolitics.
2. Geopolitical scenarios: order and disorder in a multipolar world
3. Transport networks, geo-economics and geopolitics

Students (attending- and not-attending ones) can prepare the exam on the study material/readings listed below:
- C. Cerreti, M. Marconi, P. Sellari, Spazi e potere. Geografia politica, geografia economica, geopolitica, Editori Laterza, 2019, capitoli 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 11, 12 (only section 12.3),13-21.
- I. Talia, V. Amato, Scenari e mutamenti geopolitici. Competizione ed egemonia nei grandi spazi. Pàtron editore, 2015, chapters 1-3 plus the chapter focussing on the geographical area(s) of ​​interest to the student.
- P. Sellari, Geopolitica dei Trasporti, Laterza, 2013.
The exam is aimed at verifying students' preparation on the topics of the course, as well as their ability to use these concepts to interpret and summarize the main contemporary geo-economic and geopolitical trends, with particular attention to those that invest the nature and role of States in global processes and in the evolution of the international relations system.

The course is organized with frontal-lectures. In each lesson the final part is destined for discussion with the students, according to modalities consistent with the number of the class.
Ca’ Foscari abides by Italian Law (Law 17/1999; Law 170/2010) regarding support services and accommodation available to students with disabilities. This includes students with
mobility, visual, hearing and other disabilities (Law 17/1999), and specific learning impairments (Law 170/2010). If you have a disability or impairment that requires accommodations (i.e., alternate testing, readers, note takers or interpreters) please contact the Disability and Accessibility Offices in Student Services:
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Last update of the programme: 20/10/2021