This course focuses on international and global perspectives of Latin American Geopolitics. It isdesigned to promote critical thinking skills through emphasis on the enduring problems andemerging challenges that produce international relations and economic globalization. The coursesurveys some important aspects of the sub-discipline of Political Geography and conventional topicsin International Affairs. The course does not engage in a systematic inventory of regional issues andlocal conflicts. Instead, contemporary developments in the world’s region of South America is used toillustrate concepts from lectures and readings. The class considers geopolitics using conventional and critical perspectives. Historically, the coursesurveys the 19th century ‘grand chessboard’ and ‘classical’ geopolitics before considering newerforms of power. In the second part, current thinking on topics including ethno-nationalism, unevendevelopment, civil war, resource conflict, state failure, food security, trans-boundary disputes, world-systems analyses, and neoliberal urbanization will be the focus. Overall, readings, lectures, andrecitations are designed to introduce, conceptualize, and criticize key ideas, practices, and processesaffecting global affairs and linking them to uneven geographic outcomes.