The declaration of independence by Catalonia, BREXIT and phrases such as “Clash of Civilizations”, “Borderless World” and “the End of History” underline the relevance of geopolitical frames. This course teaches you the skills to study geopolitical framing, which concerns the construction of similarities, differences and connections between states.
What is the role of national identities in media, business and politics? How can concepts such as national image, world view and geopolitical code contribute to a better understanding of the dividing lines between (groups of) states? And how can texts and images contribute to the popularity of particular geopolitical frames? To answer these questions, you do three assignments in which you compare how two news media, political parties or think tanks construct geopolitical frames in their news coverage, political speeches or policy briefs. You present all your findings in class. Interactive lectures and roundtable discussions help you prepare for your assignments.