Global Geopolitics: A New Stanford Course on iTunes

Today we’re high­light­ing for you a new course post­ed on Stan­ford Uni­ver­si­ty’s iTunes site. Orig­i­nal­ly pre­sent­ed by Stan­ford Con­tin­u­ing Stud­ies (where I hap­pi­ly spend my days), Glob­al Geopol­i­tics is taught by geog­ra­phy expert Mar­tin Lewis, and “exam­ines the glob­al polit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion from a geo­graph­i­cal per­spec­tive. Top­ics include: how the coun­tries of the world were formed and came to occu­py their present ter­ri­to­r­i­al con­fig­u­ra­tions; bor­der con­flicts and oth­er spa­tial­ly based inter­na­tion­al issues; strug­gles for seces­sion from estab­lished states and move­ments for ter­ri­to­ri­al­ly based auton­o­my; and the devel­op­ment and enlarge­ment of supra­na­tion­al orga­ni­za­tions such as the Euro­pean Union (EU) and the Asso­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian Nations (ASEAN). While the course is glob­al­ly com­pre­hen­sive, spe­cial atten­tion will be giv­en to cur­rent sites of geo-polit­i­cal ten­sion. Maps will be used exten­sive­ly for both descrip­tive and ana­lyt­i­cal pur­pos­es.”

[NOTE: This is an enchanced pod­cast that allows you to see images and maps ref­er­enced in the lec­tures. To view them, click on View, then Show Art­work, in iTunes. This will let you see them on your com­put­er.]

You can now down­load the first lec­ture. Addi­tion­al lec­tures will be released in week­ly install­ments. The course is also list­ed in our col­lec­tion of Free Online Cours­es from top uni­ver­si­ties.

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  • Gratian says:

    is any­one aware of oth­er for­mats? I don’t use I‑tunes

  • Timothy McGonagle says:

    I find these class­es fas­ci­nat­ing, how­ev­er, this class should real­ly be a video class due to all the map ref­er­ences. There is appar­ent­ly a video pre­sen­ta­tion that Pro­fes­sor Lewis is using dur­ing his lec­ture.

  • Sébastien PHILIPPE says:

    These class­es are so inter­est­ing thanks to Mar­tin Lewis’ amaz­ing knowl­edge. For those who have an ipod touch, maps appears on the screen as Mar­tin speaks, which makes this class very intere­ac­tive.

  • Simon says:

    Can any­body see the maps and images ref­er­enced in the lec­ture via the “View Art­work”? For me it only dis­plays the cov­er image of the course and noth­ing else. With­out the maps it’s not real­ly worth­while to lis­ten to it. Any help would be very much appre­ci­at­ed. I’m using iTunes 9 and accord­ing to “Get info” there is only the cov­er image includ­ed in the file.

  • Simon says:

    I believe my last mes­sage was caught up in the spam fil­ter, because of post­ing an URL inside the mes­sage.

    If you have iTunes 9 there will be a new menu item called “Chap­ters” and the fourth icon on the bot­tom left will reveal the embed­ded maps.

    On Mac you can also use Quick­time X (part of Snow Leop­ard) to dis­play the maps:
    You have to locate the actu­al file on your disk by click­ing with the right mouse but­ton on the respec­tive episode and select “Show in Find­er”. Then open it with Quick­time X.

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