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POL3127 : Global Apartheid Regimes

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Mori Ram
  • Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


A.       Introduce students to integrative, interdisciplinary and critical approaches to the study of apartheid regimes through case studies from the Middle East, Africa, South and North America.
B.       Develop a sound understanding how inequality operates in multiple political forms to shape contemporary living environments in the Global South.
C.       Expand students’ methodological abilities to conduct multidisciplinary forms of research
D.       Familiarise students to different stands of political theories that challenge classical political philosophy.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module analyses the conceptual and empirical history of apartheid as a model of institutional inequality to interrogate the contexts and conditions through which apartheid regimes materialise today. The learning will be based on a comparative analysis of various sources from academia, mass media, literature and cinema. We will examine whether conventual definitions of “apartheid” apply to contemporary forms of political separation, study how neo-liberal ideologies, environmental emergencies and protracted ethno-national conflicts produce new forms of political division, and investigate the particular features associated with these new apartheid formations. We will also explore what ruptures and continuities emerge between these regimes and the colonial histories that preceded them and how people cope, struggle, fracture and challenge these systems of control. In any given year, topics could include:
•       What is Apartheid?
•       What is the Global South?
•       Settler colonial studies
•       Postcolonial Theory
•       Dependency and World Systems Theories
•       Critical Theory
•       Urban studies
•       Neoliberalism as an ideology and practice
•       Contemporary Theories of Imperialism and Empire
•       International Political Sociology
•       Politics of race and class
•       Border studies

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture112:0022:00There will be 2 hours of PiP lectures per week.
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials31:003:00There will be 3 hours of online/non-synchronous pre-recorded activities
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching111:0011:00There will be weekly 1 hour PiP seminar session per week
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery33:009:00There will be 3 open surgery hours to help students plan their assessments.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1155:00155:00Each hour of contact time will require 4hrs of independent study to prepare&complete the assessment
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module will combine frontal lectures supported by PowerPoint presentations and handouts, seminar discussions, group activities and student presentations. The lectures will offer an introduction and overview of the particular subjects, pertinent topics, key concepts in the comparative study of apartheid, and selected case studies for discussion. The module will also make extensive use of electronic learning environments to post discussion threads and share additional suggested reading. Some of the lectures will involve analysis of public media literary and cinematic sources. Groupwork will be dedicated to developing essay topics and discussing modes of analysis. Three sessions will be dedicated to project-based learning in groups that will focus on developing research methods and methodologies to identify and explore apartheid regimes and discuss modes of analysis. The seminars will be pivotal in developing students’ critical thinking and data synthesis skills and will provide an opportunity to discuss, debate and develop individual research. Students will be encouraged - collectively and individually - to develop and present their critical understanding of the discussed matters and materials.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M75Essay in the form of a response paper to two selected texts on apartheid. 2500 words
Written exercise1M25A blog post discussing a contemporary issue relating to apartheid as a current reality in the Global South, 1000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The module utilises diverse assessment methods designed to enrich the students’ capacities for conducting research, improving their analytical and oral communication abilities.

The writing assignments aim to increase students’ ability to deliver well-formed arguments, write clearly, and better their bibliographical proficiencies. They will also provide an opportunity to experience writing styles that generate impact beyond academia, thus enabling students to integrate the material delivered in the lectures with individual research, and to acquire transferrable skills. The essays assess the students’ ability to succinctly evaluate key ideas, concepts and theories discussed within the module.

Reading Lists