Geopolitical Theories and Methods: Exploring Geopolitics, Geoeconomics and Geostrategy [Summer School]

This description applies to an earlier year. For links to my 2019 Summer School courses at Maastricht University, please have a look at this overview.

Geopolitical Theories and Methods: Exploring Geopolitics, Geoeconomics and GeostrategyThe Russian annexation of Crimea, the development of the Nicaragua canal and the melting ice of the Arctic underline the continued importance of questions about the interaction between geography and power. The “Geopolitical Theories and Methods” Summer School helps you better understand the wide variety of ideas about geopolitics, geoeconomics and geostrategy. The lectures teach you the ways in which they have been conceptualized in different national, political and academic contexts. What is difference between the Heartland and the Rimland? How decisive is geography in human behaviour? And is it possible to do geopolitical research objectively? You further learn how to apply a French geopolitical method and a critical discourse analysis method. The first is valuable to structure your own geopolitical research, the second to assess the geopolitical claims of others. Next to giving two talks, you write a paper in which you discuss a theory or apply a method of your choice.

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  • 2015 (April) at 19:21

    Please, send me information on the following:
    1. Programme
    2. Duration
    3. Housing
    4. Fees
    5. visas



  • 2016 (February) at 09:19

    Dear Dr. Van Efferink,

    I’m a recent graduate from an Australian university who majored in International Business. I’d be interested in doing a number of your courses for professional and personal development, however being on the other side of the world makes that quiet difficult. Do you do/or have you ever done, any online geopolitics or geoeconomics courses or workshops that do not require a physical presence in Europe?

    Thanks for your time,

    James G.

    • 2016 (February) at 09:57

      Dear James,
      Thanks for your question. No, I haven’t offered any online courses yet. The main idea behind my Summer Schools is that through a physical presence of the students, the interactive setting and direct feedback in class, students get a unique learning experience. Bonding with each other and me is also a key aspect of the Summer School, which is only possible if you spent time together and have drinks and dinner after class. In the past, I had students as far away as Peru, Argentina, Brazil, South Africa, Angola, Indonesia, China and Japan, so distance does not need to be an issue to come to my Summer Schools. However, if it is for you, I would of course fully understand. Please let me know if you have any further questions. Kind regards, Leonhardt

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    • 2017 (September) at 19:27

      Thanks for the compliment, Marie!


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