GG 693 (Laurier) Political Geographies of Violence
This course explores political geographies of violence with a particular emphasis on the issue of human security. Political geography is, at its core, the relationship between politics and space. Political geographers have long studied conflicts between nation states over territory, borders, and resources. Within the field of geography and beyond, however, there is little agreement on what, exactly, constitutes violence; and even less so on how framings of human security can enhance our understanding of the causes and effects of violence. We will explore these very questions by asking what constitutes violence across a variety of scales and locations, from local to transnational, from embodied fears and small scale acts of violence to state based projects and conflicts. The course will be largely centered on close readings of the texts assigned. These are drawn from an interdisciplinary set of scholars. We will explore what insights geographical concepts such as scale and territory lend to understandings of violence and human security. We will draw on ideas in other disciplines to enhance our understanding of the relationships between violence, power, and spatial relationship.
Instructor: Dr. Alison Mountz | Winter 2021
Does looking at the world through the lens of gender change how we see the state, sovereignty, diplomacy, security, trade, migration, globalization, governance, and other foundational concepts in global politics? We review feminist theories of politics, with a particular focus on international relations and global governance; examine how gender shapes the roles and experiences of women and men in global politics; and discuss how to do feminist research.
Instructor: Dr. Veronica Kitchen | Winter 2021