Fall 2019 - GEOG 381W D100

Territory, Power, State (4)

Class Number: 4331

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    WMC 3220, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Nicholas Blomley
    1 778 782-3713
    Office: RCB 7131
  • Prerequisites:

    At least 45 units, including GEOG 100.



Surveys the manner in which power relations are expressed territorially. Attention given to such topics as state sovereignty, colonialism, rights, and law. Students with credit for GEOG 381 may not take this course for further credit. Writing.


The power of the state is widespread and significant. State power constrains, enables, controls, disciplines, and empowers. To understand power, we need to explore its crucial territorial dimensions. This class will unpack these dimensions through an exploration of the emergence of the state, public space, rights, nationalism, and sovereignty. We will ground these issues in concrete examples, such as Israel/Palestine; colonialism in BC; the regulation of homelessness in Vancouver; environmental conflict; war and violence; and Japanese-Canadian internment and dispossession in the 1940s. As appropriate, we will also draw from films and visiting speakers.

Note: No tutorials in the first week of class.


  • Student performance will be assessed on the basis of participation and presentation 15%
  • one mini-paper 10%
  • an experiential exploration of space and power 15%
  • an annotated bibliography 15%
  • a research proposal 20%
  • a final paper 25%

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