Law, Space and Power - LW635

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2018-19 2019-20
Canterbury Autumn
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6 15 (7.5)
Canterbury Spring
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6 15 (7.5) DR A Zartaloudis







This module examines the intersections between forms of legal regulation or 'government', conceptions of power and power-spatial configurations. It traces elements of such intersections accessibly with the aid of insights from a variety of the most relevant sub-fields (including legal geography, architectural history and theory, critical planning studies, urban design, spatial studies, anthropology, legal theory and philosophy). It interrogates the intersections in question both through a thorough introduction to all the contemporary relevant theories and practices of spatial power configuration and with a focused 4-week seminar preparation of a unit theme, each year, on a particular city or relevant event or project which informs the assessment set.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

One 2 hour lecture and a one hour seminar starting after reading week.

Method of assessment

100% coursework consisting on an essay of 4000 words.

Preliminary reading

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module it is intended that students will be able to demonstrate critical knowledge and understanding of the following matters of relevance to the intersection of law, space and power:

11.1 the histories and theories of the interweaving of law, space and power;
11.2 key aspects of the government of spatial apparatuses;
11.3 the main contemporary intellectual debates at the intersection of law and spatial studies;
11.4 key aspects of the intersection of legal thought with geography, architecture, urban design, urban law and theories of spatial power;

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