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2015/16 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
SLSP3101 Postcolonialism and Critical Muslim Studies
20 creditsClass Size: 60
Module manager: Salman Sayyid
Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable
Year running 2015/16
Pre-requisite qualificationsAt 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 summaryThis 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.
ObjectivesThis 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.
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.
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.
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.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||179.00|
|Total Contact hours||21.00|
|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 FeedbackAttendence and contribution at tutorials.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Written Work||500 words fortnightly||20.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 31/03/2014
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