Topic: 10 possible choices (attached)
The essay is designed to test your critical, analytical and research skills. Information about the design of your essay is presented below. Students are reminded to start preliminary research for the essay within the first few weeks of commencement of semester. The essay will require substantial reading and research. Students should allow sufficient time for LIBRARY SEARCHES FOR RESEARCH MATERIAL.
The essay must include references within the text and a correct bibliography at the end.Harvard style. Referenced books, must include the page
The objective of this essay is to develop an essay which defines the major parameters of an important issue, analyses the issue and concludes with a series of possible resolutions. This essay teaches students how to construct a persuasive argument that is substantiated with evidence. This is not an exercise in writing polemical or unprovable arguments.
A range of material will need to be collected, and this could include:
Academic journal articles and research reports
Views and policies from political parties
Statements or publications from other pressure groups or social movement organisations
The key elements of this essay will include:
1. an overall theoretical approach using geopolitical terms developed from first assignment
2. providing relevant background information
3. an analysis of the key elements of the geopolitical issue
4. an analysis of which organisations and governments are involved in this issue
5. engage in research on that case study, especially within the past year
6. refer to some key thinkers in this field presented in this unit
For the first assignment analyze a current issue adopting one of the following theories:
Clash of civilizationsApply the theory to the case is essential.
1) Is terrorism a geopolitical tool developed by states OR is it a mass based geopolitical movement developed below the nation-state level? Discuss this problem and choose a country within Asia to provide evidence.
2) “The world system is based on the geopolitics of oil. Nothing else matters. What happens in the Persian Gulf, the Caucasus and other oil rich areas will determine future power relations.” Consider arguments for and against this proposition at the geopolitical level. (Use the areas in Latin America, the Middle East or Central Asia for evidence)
3) Border security and global migration are intimately related phenomena that break geopolitical barriers. Yet, if mass migration continues there is the danger of neo-fascist reaction. Do you agree? (Link analysis to recent events between the European Union/Africa OR America/Mexico)
4) Does globalisation merely represent the reterritorialisation of the world in the economicand security interests of America? Discuss by referring to the US as a geopolitical actor.
5) Assess ‘sustainable development’ and/or ‘climate change’ from a geopolitical standpoint. What have been the key geopolitical issues and how have they manifested in developments to date? What are some of the potential geopolitical implications for the future?
6) If the 19th century has been declared the British century, the 20th the American century, could you argue that the 21st century is the Chinese century? And how much will the battle of resources effect this outcome? Focus on one aspect in regard to the geopolitics of resources, pick water OR oil
7) China is a rapidly expanding investor in many African and Latin American states. Will the difference in cultures between Chinese investors and African/Latin American workers ultimately lead to a Huntington style ‘clash of civilisations’?
8) We have recently witnessed disagreements over territory in the Sth China Sea, the East Asia Sea and the Sea of Japan. Protestors from Japan and Korea have gone to extraordinary lengths to plant their nation’s flag on contested islands as symbols of their perceivedcontrol. How does national identity affect the geopolitics of sovereignty?
9) Exploration of space settlement and resources will be of growing interest in the 21st Century and who leads this effort will have a profound impact on the future of civilisation. Discuss the risks and opportunities associated with the geopolitics of space in contemporary international relations.
10)Does the fact that China’s ‘rise’ has occurred despite not conforming to the Western model of development and political culture disprove Fukuyama’s hypothesis of “the End of History”?