I am excited to announce the green lighting of a new course for Spring 2014 — Geopolitics in Film. This will be a political/cultural geography course using Colin Flint’s Introduction to Geopolitics book. Each week I will lecture on a topic from political geography expounding upon theoretical concepts and methods of critical analysis. We will then watch a film that deals with said topic. Students will be asked to critically evaluate the film from a geopolitical perspective, analyzing what they have seen using the theories and concepts covered in my lecture and readings.
I developed this course during my preliminary examinations at the University of Minnesota in 2007. I have wanted to run it ever since. Now I just have to hope students are as excited about it as I am!