COURSES Fall 2022 / Old Courses / BORDERS AND BOUNDARIES

Coordinators: Stephen Baker, Pete Weis

Defining a nation-state and its subnational components requires physical delineation acknowledged by those within and beyond its geographic limits. Establishment of boundaries is vital, and borders and boundaries have often been a key component of history.

This course will discuss boundary formation for our 13 original states and for newer states in which boundaries were formulated before non-indigenous populations settled in them. Then, we will discuss our national borders and the problems engendered by COVID restrictions. Next, we will present pertinent historical and contemporary boundary issues in a survey of examples from all continents. Finally, we will consider map lines delineating seas and oceans for their emerging ecological significance.

All classes are presented by Stephen Baker.


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