Maastricht, Netherlands

Geopolitical Trends Analysis: China's Global Power, Nationalism in Europe and Africa’s Natural Resources

when 20 July 2020 - 24 July 2020
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 EC
fee EUR 598

The world seems to change faster than ever, raising important geopolitical questions. For example, how does China’s Belt and Road Initiative change the power relations between China and other states? How does nationalism influence the coherence of the European Union and the geopolitical position of Europe’s countries such as Hungary, Russia and the United Kingdom? And how do conflicts over natural resources such as hydrocarbons, rare metals and fresh water affect the international relations of African states? To answer these questions, this Summer School offers you interactive lectures about three influential geopolitical approaches. In these lectures, the differences between geopolitics, geostrategy and geo-economics are discussed as well. Another lecture explains key geopolitical concepts such as nation-state, national identity and national power. You will also be taught methods to assess national power, analyze geopolitical frames and conduct a geopolitical study of natural resources. To apply freshly acquired skills, you do a few group assignments and one individual assignment about geopolitical trends of your choice.

Course leader

Dr L.A.S. van Efferink

Target group

Basic knowledge of (geo)political trends and concepts is recommended.

Aimed at Bachelor/Master/PhD students in International Relations, Political Sciences, Political Geography, Economics, Business and Finance. Moreover, various professionals and students with other backgrounds also successfully completed earlier editions of this course. If in doubt, please contact Maastricht Summer School.

Course aim

▪ Understanding how words and photos reflect and affect the way people think about states, groups of states and the world as a whole;
▪ Recognizing the implicit assumptions that underlie the national images and world views that journalists, marketing experts and politicians (re)produce;
▪ Designing an analytical framework to study the construction of geopolitical frames and their role in the foreign policy debate;
▪ Selecting the right number and right sort of texts/images for your assignment;
▪ Developing your critical thinking skills by productively combining knowledge, assumptions and questions;
▪ Boosting your employability by acquiring valuable skills required for positions in business, government and academia.

Fee info

EUR 598: Tuition fee


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