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Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas

Geopolítica e Geoestratégia (not translated)



Academic unit

Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas


Estudos Políticos



Weekly hours


Teaching language



1. Getting to know the origin, evolution and today´s geopolitical thinking, their sophistry, limitations and its possibilities as a method of analysis;
2. Getting to know the main relations of geopolitics with other areas of knowledge, on an interdisciplinary logic;
3. Getting to Know the factors with geopolitical and geostrategic influence, as well as its impact on the politically organized societies and its internal and external power relations;
4. Provide the capabilities required to apply the method of geopolitical and geostrategic analysis;
5. Practice the methodology for the analysis of major contemporary themes, as well as the study of large areas and regions



Subject matter

Module 1 (Introduction to Geopolitics): Power and Geography, Deep Forces, Evolution of Geopolitical Thought, a definition of geopolitics. Geography as a Deep Force.
Module 2 (Geopolitical Method): Position, Space, Climate, Resources, Landforms, Borders and Form, Demography. Structural and cyclical factors. Power evaluation and comparison. Fundamentals of Geopolitical and Geostrategic analysis.
Module 3(Geography at the service of power): Main Geopolitical and Geostrategic theories: German, Anglo-Saxon, French, Russian, and others.
Module 4 (the world around us): Geopolitical and Geostrategic characterization of the world today. Major trends of contemporary thought. Two area studies, and the particular case of Europe.
Module 5 (the Portuguese case)


NOGUEIRA, José Manuel Freire, O Método Geopolítico Alargado: Persistências e Contingências em Portugal e no Mundo, Lisboa, IESM, 2011, ISBN 978-972-95256-4-3
DIAS, Carlos Mendes, Geopolítica: teorização clássica e ensinamentos, Lisboa, Prefácio, 2005, ISBN 972-8816-74-x
ALMEIDA, Políbio Valente de, Do Poder do Pequeno Estado: Enquadramento geopolítico da hierarquia das potências, Lisboa, ISCSP, 1990, ISBN 972-9229-13-9; pp. 167 a 361
CORREIA, Pedro de Pezarat, Manual de Geopolítica e Geoestratégia, vol II, Coimbra, Almedina, 2010, ISBN 978-972-40-4257-2

Teaching method

Lecture by the teacher and students; directed discussion.

Evaluation method

Participation and oral presentation in class will evaluate the ability to reason, debate and expose with a weight of 25% in the final standings. The final written work (with no less than 3500 and no more than 5500 words), will evaluate the research and critical analysis capacity, and will have a weight of 75% in the final standings.