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Updated: Thu, 07/18/2024 - 18:12

Gradual reopening continues on downtown campus. See Campus Public Safety website for details.

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POLI 420 Memory, Place, and Power (3 credits)

Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)


Political Science : This interdisciplinary class explores the relationships among memory, place, and political power. The course begins with an introduction to key classical, Enlightenment, and contemporary texts on memory and place-making. It then uses this foundation to examine the symbolic transformation of public space, in particular the construction, alteration, and destruction of monuments, memorials, and museums in post-communist states and in North America. This approach emphasizes the social quality of memory, exploring the ways in which political interests, economic resources, and social practices can shape something as ostensibly personal and individual as memory.

Terms: Fall 2024

Instructors: Johnson, Juliet (Fall)

  • Prerequisite(s): One of the following: GEOG 316, GEOG 325, or GEOG 331; or one 200- or 300-level course in Comparative Politics required; or permission of instructor.

  • Restriction(s): Not open to students who have taken or are taking GEOG 420, or who have taken POLI 432 when the topic was "Memory, Place, and Power".

  • Note: The field is Comparative Politics.

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