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2015/16 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

SLSP3101 Postcolonialism and Critical Muslim Studies

20 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Salman Sayyid
Email: S.Sayyid@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2015/16

Pre-requisite qualifications

At least 20 credits at Level 1and 2 (40 in total) from a social science related discipline or the appropriate discovery theme.

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module introduces students to the complexities of Muslim politics as a form of mobilization that discusses issues of social justice, legitimate power, and ethical life. Understanding the way in which Muslim politics rubs against the hegemonic concept of 'the West,' which has presumed a global monopoly to decide the meanings of modernity, democracy, human rights, women's rights, the role of the state, and the nature of struggles for liberation will be the central concern of this module. Thus, it will provide a historical and sociological analyses of the emergence of Muslim politics and its impact on the world. The module will engage with some of the political and theoretical presuppositions embedded in academic categories through which 'Islam', politics and the 'West' are often conceptualized. In other words, this module will be both an exercise in comparative postcolonial sociology and introduce students to the field of Muslim studies.

Objectives

This module aims to:
- introduce students to the complexities of how and why postcolonialism is central to the construction of current world order;
- examine global Muslim mobilizations around issues of social justice, legitimate power, and ethical life;
- explore the contestability of apparently fixed concepts like politics, Islam, culture, and identity;
- understand the way in which Muslim politics rubs against the hegemonic concept of 'the West';
- examine the meanings of modernity, democracy, human rights, women's rights, the role of the state, and the nature of struggles for liberation will be the central;
- provide a historical and sociological analyses of the emergence of Muslim politics and its impact on the world.

Learning outcomes
By the end of the module student will be able to:
- understand appreciate the debates around the emergence of global Muslim mobilizations
- understand the historical and sociological processes in the formation of contemporary Muslim Identity
- understand the relationship between conceptual frameworks and the objects of study
- understand the complex way in which postcolonial process impact upon Muslims and Western socieities.

Skills outcomes
Students will develop transferable skills (particularly written and oral communication), cognitive skills (particularly synthetic and evaluative) and specific skills in the ability to show racial and cultural awareness.


Syllabus

Lecture 1: Introduction: Sociological Enquires as Time-Travel
Lecture 2: Dis-Orientating Representations
Lecture 3: When was the postcolonial?
Lecture 4: Politics in the Name of Islam
Lecture 5: The End of the Caliphate
Lecture 6: From the Khalifat Movement to the Pakistan Movement
Lecture 7: The Iranian Revolution
Lecture 8: War on Terror and World Order
Lecture 9: Patriarchy and Muslim Identity
Lecture 10: Decolonizing the West
Lecture 11: Review.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture111.0011.00
Tutorial101.0010.00
Private study hours179.00
Total Contact hours21.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

- Tutorial preparation 90 hours
- Lecture preparation 22 hours
- Essay preparation 67 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Attendence and contribution at tutorials.

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay5,000 words80.00
Written Work500 words fortnightly20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 31/03/2014

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