Not available in 2022/23
GY204      Half Unit
Political Geography

This information is for the 2022/23 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Murray Low


This course is available on the BA in Geography, BSc in Economic History and Geography, BSc in Environment and Development, BSc in Environmental Policy with Economics and BSc in Geography with Economics. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit and to General Course students.


GY100 would be advantageous.

Course content

An introduction to political geography. Topics covered include power and states, nationalism, collective mobilisation and social movements, elections, and democratisation.


15 hours of lectures, 10 hours of classes and 5 hours of help sessions in the LT.

Formative coursework

Students will be expected to produce 1 essay in the LT.

Indicative reading

Peter Taylor and Colin Flint (2018) Political Geography. Routledge.

Joe Painter and Alex Jeffrey (2009) Political Geography: an introduction to space and power. Sage.

Benedict Anderson (2016) Imagined Communities: reflections on the origins and spread of nationalism. Verso.

Sidney Tarrow (2011) Power in Movement: social movements and contentious politics. Cambridge University Press.

Ruth Collier (1999) Paths toward Democracy: the working class and elites in Western Europe and South America. Cambridge University Press.


Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours) in the summer exam period.

Key facts

Department: Geography and Environment

Total students 2021/22: Unavailable

Average class size 2021/22: Unavailable

Capped 2021/22: No

Value: Half Unit

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Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Problem solving
  • Communication