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Defense Geography

Obramboslovna geografija

Course credits:

6.00 ECTS / 60 (30 hours of lectures, 0 hours of exercises, 30 hours of seminars, 0 hours other forms of work)

Course holder:

izr. prof. dr. Vladimir Prebilič






Second semester

Study degree

1. level

    Course execution:

  • Undergraduate Programme of Defence Studies


Students are allowed to participate in the course provided that they have completed the enrolment procedure.

Objectives and competences

GOALS: Defense Geography gives to the students knowledge in meaning, factors, effects and influences of geographical space on acting and designing the national security system along with the geopolitical guidelines of particular states and international organizations. COMPETENCES: Students will with the help of the geographical space analysis understand military confrontations their particularities and consequences for the environment and societies.

Content (Syllabus outline)

The course presents basic elements of geographical space (analysis of lithosphere, atmosphere, and hydrosphere) with special outline to the possible conversion of geographical space into battlefield. Further on the course offers overview of some geographical factors that have direct and some indirect influences on security. With that the defense geographical potential is being presented as a starting point for mobilization and waging war what may increase the probability of victory in the battlefield. Basics of the military ecology (including the environmental warfare and environmental consequences of war along with the actions of defense systems) are being explained. Issue of natural resources as factor of influences on defense systems is another matter of the course where special emphasis is given on the theory of natural resources as reasons for the conflicts. The geography of crisis area is explained through the direct and indirect consequences in the environment.

Intended learning outcomes:

Students will grasp on the physical and human geographical data for the needs of planning and organizing of the national security system. At this course the consequences of national security system in action is clarified. Students are able to carry out the independent evaluation of geographical data for the need of national security system and in capable of critical analysis of its actions taken.

Learning and teaching methods:

Lectures and seminars that are based on the project group work of different case studies.


Examination is based on written exam (80%) and seminar paper (20%). Student must fulfill all obligations before he/she may take the exam.

Obligatory literature

1. Unit of obligatory literature:

Author: Marshall, Tim
Title: Prisoners of geography : ten maps that tell you everything you need to know about global politics »
Publishing: London : Elliott and Thompson, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-78396-142-9; 978-1-78396-143-6
COBISS.SI-ID: 35602269 - Record/s in the catalog ODKJG »

2. Unit of obligatory literature:

Author: Matthew, Richard (ur.); Floyd, Rita (ur.)
Title: Environmental security : approaches and issues »
Publishing: Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-136-26675-1
COBISS.SI-ID: 35605341 - Record/s in the catalog ODKJG »
All obligatory literature in catalog ODKJG »

Additional literature

1. Unit of additional literature:

Author: Austin, Jay (ur.); Bruch, Carl E. (ur.)
Title: The environmental consequences of war : legal, economic, and scientific perspectives »
Publishing: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2007, cop. 2000
ISBN: 978-0-511-52232-1; 0-521-78020-9; 978-0-521-78020-9; 978-0-521-04692-3
COBISS.SI-ID: 34584925 - Record/s in the catalog ODKJG »

2. Unit of additional literature:

Author: Brauer, Jurgen
Title: War and nature : the environmental consequences of war in a globalized world »
Edition: 1st pbk. ed.
Publishing: Lanham : AltaMira Press, 2011, cop. 2009
ISBN: 978-0-7591-1207-0; 978-0-7591-1206-3; 978-0-759-11929-1
COBISS.SI-ID: 35716445 - Record/s in the catalog ODKJG »
All additional literature in catalog ODKJG »

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For full study

  1. Lectures, seminars and individual consultations
    Izpit esejskega tipa, ustni izpit ali kombinirani izpit