POL3101 : Race, Identity and Postcolonial Politics (Inactive)
- Inactive for Year: 2017/18
- Module Leader(s): Dr Laura Routley
- Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||20|
• To enable detailed engagements with the key concerns and arguments of Postcolonial Politics, and the critiques of this approach.
• To provide an opportunity for students to learn about the initial and continuing impacts of the period of European colonialism, on the countries colonised and on those which were colonisers.
• To introduce students to some of the theoretical approaches emerging from this field, particularly those concerning culture and identity.
Outline Of Syllabus
This course provides students with opportunities to explore in detail the concerns and theoretical arguments of postcolonial theorists and scholars. The effects of colonialism upon those regions and countries who were colonisers as well as those who were colonised, the complexities of the history of European colonisation, and the plurality of colonial experiences are considered. This examination of colonialism enables an interrogation of the power relations that this system of domination produced and how these have been critically analysed. The latter sections of the module examine the continuities and discontinuities of these power relations through explorations of some contemporary issues which arise in our postcolonial world, with a particular focus on identity and race.
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||11||2:00||22:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||11||1:00||11:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Drop-in/surgery||3||1:00||3:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||164||1:00||164:00||N/A|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
The lectures introduce students to key concepts and themes in postcolonial politics (including, identity, race and ongoing colonialism) as well as theoretical perspectives for understanding these themes. The extended lecturers allow for the incorporation of discussion of elements of what is being presented as the lecture progresses and exercises will help them to relate theoretical elements to particular contexts. Students will be asked to read material before the lectures which will then be picked up on in the seminars.
The seminars provide an environment for students to deepen their understanding and develop a critical evaluation of the empirical, theoretical and conceptual issues surrounding postcolonial politics. The seminars will also offer a forum for students to evaluate their peers' work and to get feedback on their proposals for the second essay. This is designed to improve students skills at evaluating their own and their peers' work and to analyse the way they approach and formulate questions. It will also offer students enhanced feedback and assist them to produce a high quality final essay.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Essay||2||M||30||1,500 words - set at week 5|
|Research proposal||2||M||10||500 word proposal for 2nd essay - end of week 7|
|Essay||2||M||60||2,500 words - student devised question|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
Essay (30%): The essay requires students to read, research and analyse in more detail a particular issue raised in the lecturers and seminars. It provides an opportunity to assess their critical analysis skills and to evaluate their engagement with the intended knowledge outcomes of the course.
Proposal (10%): This provides students with the opportunity to fully think through the question that they are going to approach for the second essay. It also gives them an opportunity to receive detailed feedback on their ideas before completing the final essay. The proposal offers an opportunity to evaluate students' ability to select a relevant approach to a question and to organise and plan their analytical work.
Essay (60%): This essay will require students to think about the issues raised in the course and select and devise their own question. As this essay provides the most comprehensive opportunity for the students to demonstrate their engagement with the module and their analytical and written presentation skills, it is the most highly weighted component.