Instructor Info:
Name: MCPHEE, SIOBHAN
Office Telephone:
Email: siobhan.mcphee@geog.ubc.ca
Taught Sections:
Status Section Activity Term Interval Days Start Time End Time Section Comments
 GEOG 121 299Seminar2 Thu9:3011:00

Mix of asynchronous and synchronous components: Several synchronous online lectures held during the scheduled class time.

 GEOG 121 L2ADiscussion2 Thu14:0015:00

This online discussion has a synchronous scheduled meeting time.

 GEOG 121 L2BDiscussion2 Thu15:0016:00

This online discussion has a synchronous scheduled meeting time.

 GEOG 121 L2CDiscussion2 Thu16:0017:00

This online discussion has a synchronous scheduled meeting time.

STTGEOG 121 V01Web-Oriented Course1 Mon16:0018:00

This section is reserved for UBC Vantage College students only.

Web-Oriented Course1 Tue12:0013:00

This section is reserved for UBC Vantage College students only.

STTGEOG 122 V01Web-Oriented Course2 Mon10:0012:00

This section is reserved for UBC Vantage College students only.

Web-Oriented Course2 Tue14:0015:00

This section is reserved for UBC Vantage College students only.

 GEOG 498 101Seminar1 Wed9:0012:00

Mix of asynchronous and synchronous components: Several synchronous online seminars held during the scheduled class time.

The so-called region of the Middle East is diverse and complex. Often the focus on the Middle East and what most people know about the region is based on rhetoric and media attention of the political conflicts, refugees and rising extremist Islam. The aim of this course is to take a broader approach to understanding the region and its global reach through deconstructing the mainstream narratives surrounding the region. The foundational lens is to understand the Middle East region in terms of its economic and political development, and how these have influenced and continue to influence the societies of the region more broadly. The Middle East has been shaped by conflicts between those with progressive views on flexible social structures and technological change, and those who would fav and ~

our a rigid social hierarchy in order to maintain the power of a small elite. As academic institutions in the West have often presented a certain perception of the Middle East, this course adopts a different approach; readings and discussions will also focus on the Middle Easts perception of the Western world in a reversal of Saids Orientalism rather a case of Occidentalism. Assignments will focus on creating alternative narratives of the region in the hope of building connections and broader understandings.