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Political Geography (Human Geography)

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The Master Political Geography focuses on three core themes: geopolitics, globalisation and governance. By examining these concepts, political geographies in our current globalised world are analysed and researched. Theories and methods in political geography are thoroughly studied before a thesis project in the field is conducted.

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What is Political Geography?

Programme director Hebe Verrest and Associate Prof. Virginie Mamadouh explain what Political Geography is about in this video.

Political Geography will examine the origins, trajectory and contemporary significance of geopolitics, and the varieties of geopolitical approaches to the material and representational aspects of geopolitical agency. Special attention will be devoted to othering processes and the constraining and empowering character of geopolitical representations and geographical imaginations of risks and opportunities. The programme also attempts to account for the role of new technologies such as the internet and the interconnection between the virtual and physical world.

The programme will explore the complex geographies of territory, territorial claims, borders and sovereignty and the way that they are transformed through the ongoing economic, financial, political and cultural processes of globalisation and interconnectivity. The focus will be on specific places and flows.

The programme will also study efforts to develop new systems of multiscalar governance and to combine different types of political and legal systems that address local, national, macro-regional and global challenges of the 21st century

FMG Human Geography - Political Geography
USA-Mexican border. Photo: Frederick Dennstedt
FMG Human Geography - Political Geography
Photo: Ed Uthman

Study programme

Geography is all about studying people, space and place - and Amsterdam is the perfect location and junction to study, explore and experience geography. Furthermore, the University of Amsterdam, a major research university, offers a Master’s programme taught by academic staff of one of the highest ranking geography departments in continental Europe. Last but not least, the Graduate School of Social Sciences (GSSS) of Amsterdam provides a vibrant and international academic community. The GSSS values diversity in both research and academic content, academic staff and the student population.

Academic staff

Meet the people who organise this Master’s programme.

Is Political Geography for you?

Are you interested in:

  1. exploring the political geographies of our globalising world;
  2. key geographical concepts such as territory, place, scale and network;
  3. dynamics of the spatialities of politics, including domestic politics, international relations and transnational politics;
  4. teaching that is organised in small scale research communities in which academic staff and students work closely together in a less formal and more open environment.

Then Political Geography might be the track for you!

Facts & Figures
Degree programme MSc Human Geography
Type Regular study programme
Mode Full-time
Credits 60 ECTS, 12 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in September
CROHO code 66620
Location Roeterseiland campus