Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ARA2176: Spaces of Domination and Resistance in the Middle-East

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.


NQF Level 5
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Clemence Scalbert Yucel (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


In this module you will explore the spatial dynamics of domination and resistance in the contemporary Middle-East. The module combines theoretical discussions on the understanding of space, space and place making, and their relation to power, with in-depth discussions of various cases from around the Middle-East and North-Africa. The module covers themes such as colonialism and nationalism, development and neoliberalism, cityscapes, migrations, public and private spaces, environment, and nature. No prior knowledge or experience is needed. The module is aimed at students wishing to broaden their understanding of the Middle Eastern societies and politics through a spatial perspective and to those wishing to discuss space related issues in the context of the Middle East. It is recommended for interdisciplinary pathways as the discussions of space and power build on geography, anthropology, political sciences but also history and literary studies. As such the module is relevant to students in both social sciences, geography, and humanities. 

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