Academic year
2023/2024 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
EM1068 (AF:449497 AR:256177)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Master's Degree Programme (DM270)
Educational sector code
1st Term
Course year
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The course is part of the "Global markets" track. It 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 evolution of the global economic system.
1. Knowledge and understanding
To acquire the basic concepts of economic and political geography and the related reference terminology
To understand the main spatial and territorial dimensions of the action of enterprises, in particular multinationals, of states and of international organizations.
To acquire the main concepts and tools of geopolitical analysis.

2) Ability to apply knowledge and understanding
To acquire the capability to use the basic concepts of economic and political geography and its language to interpret the evolution of the global economic system and its dynamics.
To understand how to use the concepts and tools of geopolitics to interpret the evolution of the system of international economic relations in a synchronic perspective.

3) Ability to judge
To develop the capability to formulate and argue interpretative hypotheses regarding the evolution of possible geo-economic and geopolitical scenarios.
To develop the ability to select the most reliable sources, to constructively criticize reports and papers relevant to the study path.

4) Communication skills
The student must be able to synthesize the acquired knowledge in an efficient and coherent way.
Basic concepts of economics and of international political economics.
- The evolution of the world system in the post WWII period
- Different perspectives on globalization
- Globalizing economic geographies
- Globalization and governance
- Globalization and nation-state
- Deglobalization and reglobalization
- Sustainable development and climate change: geo-economic and geopolitical significance
- Scenari geoeconomici e geopolitici: ordine e disordine in un mondo multipolare
- Lecture presentations and readings made available in the moodle page of the course
- W.E. Murray and J. Overton, Geographies of Globalization, Second edition, London and New York, Routledge, 2015, capitoli 1,2,4,5,10.
- J. Blewitt, Understanding sustainable development, Routledge, 2018, chapters 1, 3.
- D. Wallace, D. Silander, Climate Change, Policy and Security, Routledge, 2018, chapters 1, 2 (pp. 45-49).
- Eurasia Group, Top risks 2023 (available online)
Written test, with 6 open-questions; it lasts 120 minutes. Each answer is worth of 5 points (out of 30)

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.
Registration for the exam is managed by the University electronic system and not by the instructor. ONLY students indicated in the list provided by the electronic system can take the exam. In the event of problems, students should contact the student administration..

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:
Definitive programme.
Last update of the programme: 04/10/2023