Europe And Its Contemporary Geo-Political Issues

Publié le 24 mai 2016 Mis à jour le 4 septembre 2017

Béatrice Blanchet

This introductory course to geopolitics (in English) aims to develop an understanding of the political, economic and social issues associated with the European continent in the post-Cold War era. This course will analyse the current challenges and debates relating to the geopolitics of Europe, through geography, history as well as socio-cultural representations.

Geopolitics analyses the strategic relations between the international actors (states, regional organizations, NGOs...) that compete for resources and territories. But geopolitics also emphasises the crucial part played by representations of the world involving cultures and shared identities (values, conceptions of time and space).

Among the issues addressed are : nationalist challenges to the European Union in post-Cold War era, socio-cultural representations of Europe's eastern enlargement, the rise of Russia as a global geopolitical actor, obstacles and oppositions to Turkey's EU membership...

Students will approach these questions and will develop their analytical skills through an engagement with written documents as well as audiovisual media available online.

 Assessment : students will have to make a presentation in English, which will be graded.