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POL3101 : Race, Identity and Postcolonial Politics (Inactive)

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


•       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.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture112:0022:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching111:0011:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery31:003:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1641:00164:00N/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.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M301,500 words - set at week 5
Research proposal2M10500 word proposal for 2nd essay - end of week 7
Essay2M602,500 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.

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