Anno Accademico 2023/2024

  • Docente: Claudio Minca
  • Crediti formativi: 6
  • SSD: M-GGR/01
  • Lingua di insegnamento: Inglese

Conoscenze e abilità da conseguire

By the end of the course the students will have a robust knowledge of the historical foundations of geopolitics and of its role in the shaping of European imperialism and colonialism; a clear understanding of the relationship between geopolitics and nationalism and between geopolitics and biopolitics; a very good knowledge of the workings of ‘banal’ geopolitics and of how it is reproduced through a series of daily practices; be able to critically assess a broad range of contemporary geopolitical case studies; understand the relationship between contemporary geopolitical narratives and questions of global mobility; and be able to critically reflect on the role of refugee and detention camps in the implementation of specific geopolitical agendas and in relation to border politics in Europe.


The course will examine the history and the contemporary use of Geopolitics in order to critically examine the political geographies of European imperialism, cold war and post-cold war geopolitics, and the today's geopolitical landscapes. In particular, questions of borders, camps, migrations and biopolitics will be discussed in relation to the 'making of the European Self' and its associated geographies.



For the preparation of their exam, attending students are required to study the materials distributed and discussed in class.


For the preparation of their exam, non-attending students are required to study the following books:

1)S. Dalby, P. Routledge, G. Ó Tuathail (eds) The Geopolitics Reader. London, Routledge, 2020 (second edition)

2) G. Ó Tuathail Critical Geopolitics: The Politics of Writing Global Space. University of Minnesota Press, 1996


Metodi didattici

The course will consist of a combination of formal lectures and discussion classes in order to facilitate the interaction between the lecturer and the students and to stimulate debate among students. Several guest lectures and seminars will be incorporated in the course schedule as well.

Modalità di verifica e valutazione dell'apprendimento

The assessment consists of a written exam with open questions.

There are different sets of question for attending and non attending students.

Students who attend at least 75% of the lectures will be asked questions focussed on the materials discussed in class and on the relevant list of readings.

Non-attending students will be asked questions focussed on topics and subjects treated in the textbook and the other readings.

The assessment will consider:

1) the level of knowledge and critical understanding of the content addressed in the questions;

2) the strength of the argument and the capacity to identify links between the main topics discussed in the responses;

3) the use of the appropriate terminology.

The students who receive an insufficient mark are requested to take the exam again.

The results will be communicated to the students via almaesami.

Strumenti a supporto della didattica

Powerpoint presentations, websites, video clips, readings and relevant documents from the media.

Orario di ricevimento

Consulta il sito web di Claudio Minca


Pace, giustizia e istituzioni forti

L'insegnamento contribuisce al perseguimento degli Obiettivi di Sviluppo Sostenibile dell'Agenda 2030 dell'ONU.