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Post-Colonial Theory

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Module description

This module focuses on postcolonial theory and its implications for political analysis. This module is primarily concerned with how the theoretical frameworks we use to understand today’s world would change if we took seriously the implications of colonialism for the colonized, as well as, the colonizers. The emphasis here is not on historical detail although some amount of historical context is necessary to place the debates.The module clarifies the difference between post-colonialism as a period, and as a theoretical position, and allows a broader comparison between the different versions of European colonialism with particular emphasis on British colonialism.This leads into a detailed discussion of key themes addressed by post colonial theory.


Assessment details

'An appropriate assessment pattern will be set which may include but not limited to one or several of the following; Written coursework, group work, unseen timed examinations, participation etc'

Educational aims & objectives

This module offers a historical and analytical look at a broad range of issues related to developments in the post - colonial world. It aims to: - Introduce students to definitional questions regarding colonialism, the post - colonial period and post - colonialism as field of study. - Provide a comparative perspective on European colonialism particularly between the French, British and Dutch. - Highlight the political and economic structures that newly independent post - colonial nation states inherited. - Discuss the changes within the economic and political structures since independence. - Provide a thematic overview of some of the key challenges faced by post - colonial nations. - Provide a detailed understanding of these dynamics in specific case studies.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to: - Examine critically the legacy of colonialism in contemporary political economy. - Understand the links between economic development and political structures specifically in the context of post - colonial state. - Critically assess the role of nationalism, development, globalization and international trade, media and social dynamics in impacting stability and change in post - colonial states. - Understand the complexity of how these issues interact in specific case studies.

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