I teach courses in political geography and contemporary Europe. Links to current syllabi can be accessed through the departmental site. Not all courses are offered every year.
My lecture courses on Europe address many facets of the continent, from 18th century travelers through 20th century geopolitics to food labeling, boutique wines, and cultural tourism today. To those with a deeper interest in Europe or cultural and political history more generally, I recommend a radio program, titled ‘In Our Time’, by BBC 4. The program consists of a series of conversations, hosted by Melvyn Bragg, on a wide range of ideas from the antiquity to the present day. The program has an extensive archive. The programs tend to place an undue emphasis on Britain, but many of them nonetheless manage to be really interesting.
GEOG 391 – Modern Europe: Places and Borders
This course investigates places in Europe — from the Urals to the Atlantic. The class starts out by exploring how the ideas of Europe and European culture came about in the first place and why they are so contentious. We will then turn to various aspects of European politics and culture, including European integration, nationalism and regionalism, citizenship and immigration, and the foreign relations of the European Union, to name just few. Throughout the class, we examine how social processes at various scales, such as local, regional, national, European, transatlantic, and global, are interconnected and interdependent.
GEOG 453 – Political Geographic Analysis
This course focuses on the spatiality of politics: how a wide range of taken-for-granted assumptions about places underpin world politics and, conversely, how political processes shape these assumptions. In so doing, the course clarifies how distant places become interdependent and how this connectedness affects different parts of the world.
GEOG 533 – Political Geography
This course investigates how politics is bound with territorial definition; examines how the management of political issues is intertwined with the ways in which these issues are understood in geographical and territorial terms.
GEOG 493 – Contemporary Europe: Identity and Geopolitics
The objectives of this course are two-fold. First, it explores some of the key concepts and questions that animate political and cultural practices today: questions about community and difference, territories and borders, security and danger. Second, the course investigates economic, political, and cultural transformations in contemporary Europe and its immediate neighbourhood.
GEOG 220 – Geopolitics
The term geopolitics increasingly comes up in accounts of complex international issues, such as security, migration, and environmental degradation. In this course, as in much of contemporary human geography, to speak about geopolitics is to investigate the ways in which the debates about and policies toward international issues are informed by particular geographical understandings of the world. Engaging a wide range of contemporary issues from a geographical perspective, the course will help students to explain geopolitical concepts and demonstrate how they function in contemporary societies.