Postcolonialism: Theory and Practice - Not offered in AY 2022-23

Undergraduate Program Status

3rd year
Culture and Self
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Students on-site
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Course Description: 

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the concepts of race, colony, empire and colonialism and post-colonialism through a study of classic literary texts and films representing the colonial and the postcolonial conditions. The course will be interdisciplinary in approaching the questions of class, race and colony from the disciplines of economics, literary theory, political theory and philosophy.

Learning Outcomes: 

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Conceptualise race, colony, empire and post-colonial in multiple disciplines;
  • Analyse literary and cultural texts, including films and other media using the analytic framework of post-colonial studies;
  • Interpret cultural contexts of intersections of class, race and colony in global historical dimensions;
  • Formulate relevant theoretical questions and apply them to various disciplinary fields;
  • Analyse representations of postcolonial structures in media and popular culture;
  • Discuss critically the primary literature on critical race theory with relation to gender, class and nation;
  • Develop interdisciplinary approaches regarding questions of race and contemporary conditions of postcolonialism.