MGIMO’s "Political Geography" Course in English on Coursera


21 April 2021

The course "Political Geography" was created by the Director of the Center for Spatial Analysis of International Relations I.Okunev.

Political geography is a discipline concerned with the spatial dimensions of politics. The new course is an introduction to the study of political science, international relations and area studies, providing a systemic approach to the spatial dimension of political processes at all levels. It covers their basic elements, including states, supranational unions, geopolitical systems, regions, borders, capitals and internationally administered territories. Political geography develops fundamental theoretical approaches that offer an insight into the peculiarities of foreign and domestic policies. The ability to use spatial analysis techniques allows experts and students to determine patterns and regularities of political phenomena both at the global and the regional and local levels.

In addition to video lectures and quizzes, the course comprises practical exercises and discussion forums for interactive learning.

The course is inspired from the author's textbook and was developed for a broad audience including students interested in international relations, area studies, history, political science, economics and law.