Geopolitics, Territory and Security is a unique, multidisciplinary programme taught by renowned academic authorities. Rooted in geopolitical analysis but includes aspects of international law and international relations theory. Makes extensive use of London’s resources for researching historic and contemporary aspects of international boundary questions and territorial disputes.
- Makes extensive use of London's vast collection of resources for researching historic and contemporary aspects of international boundary questions and territorial disputes e.g. the National Archives, Royal Geographical Society and British Library.
- In addition to established academic authorities, lecturers include leading legal practitioners and technicians in international boundary dispute resolution from London and Paris such as Rodman Bundy (Eversheds, Paris), Stephen Fietta and Robert Volterra (Latham and Watkins, London).
- Flexibility for researching a wide range of thematic and regional issues since candidates are encouraged to choose the subjects of their written coursework.
The MA Geopolitics, Territory and Security programme has established itself as a unique and specialised Masters programme, concentrating on the territorial component in interstate relations. It calls upon leading international (legal and technical) practitioners in its provision of teaching as well as leading internationally recognised scholars in this field, who all contribute to research-led lectures. It provides students with a theoretical and historical grounding in the principal concepts involved in the study of territory and international boundaries. While rooted in geopolitical and political geographical analysis, elements of international law and international relations theory will inevitably feature, given the subject under review.
The programme introduces students to legal, technical and practical components of the creation and maintenance of international boundaries on land and sea and familiarises students with the various processes involved in boundary and territorial dispute resolution. The programme reviews selected regional case studies, which illustrate some of the most prominent issues raised by the presence of trans-boundary natural resources and introduces the primary archival sources (documentary and cartographic) for the study of international boundary and territorial disputes.
- Course purpose -
For those seeking: an advanced appreciation of territorial geopolitics (from classical to critical); a theoretical and historical grounding in the principal concepts involved in territorial and international boundary studies; a practical application of these views and approaches to developing real-world situations. The programme is particularly suitable for social science students with an international interest, government and foreign service personnel, lawyers, military and strategic researchers.
- Course format and assessment -
Specialist taught modules assessed by written exam, essay and, occasionally, presentation and practical work. The three-month dissertation is core and can be taken overseas or in the UK.
Students on this programme have gone on to occupy senior management positions in government agencies and international consultancies; work with NGOs involved in dispute resolution; international law firms; government ministries; oil companies, departments of the United Nations and the European Union.
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