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 SSC 341 - Power and Space


This course seeks to identify how man-made environments express and reproduce relations of power.  Landscapes and cities are built, transformed and instrumentalized in the pursuit of profit, status and power; and for these reasons, they are inherently political.  In many respects, man-made environments and social structures are mutually constituting.  

More specifically, this course seeks to elucidate some of the ways ‘space’ has been implicated in, and shaped by, political and economic processes.  The course will consider the intersection between space and power on a variety of scales: the nation, the region, the city, and the building/person.  We will discuss power and space in theory and through a variety of practical case studies.  Primarily, however, we will utilise the southern African case as our primary means of exploring how power is mediated in and through space.  


Dr. Fatima Mueller-Friedman


Human Geography


One of the following is required in order to take this course:

  • SSC 111 Introduction to Sociology
  • SSC 131 Introduction to Socio-Cultural Anthropology
  • SSC 141 Introduction to Human Geography
  • SSC 151 Introduction to Political Theory
  • SSC 241 Urban Geography
  • SSC 243 Environment and Society
  • SSC 343 Sustainable Development 
  • Alternatively, permission of the instructor may be obtained.