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2008/09 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

CULT2004 Post-Colonial Critique

20 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Dr Claudia Sternberg
Email: c.sternberg@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2008/09

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module will provide an introduction to postcolonial critique. It will address race as a major trope in contemporary theoretical debates as well as questions of racism, imperialism and colonialism, nationalism, representation, race and gender, migration, diaspora and hybridity. The seminar (which contains some lecture parts) will be divided between the discussion of postcolonial theory and the analysis of cultural texts (such as literature, film and popular culture). Theorists discussed may include Homi K. Bhabha, Frantz Fanon, Paul Gilroy, Stuart Hall, bell hooks, Trin Minh-Ha, Edward Said, Gayatri Spivak, Robert Young and others.

Objectives

On completion of this module students should be familiar with the history and strategies of postcolonial critique and should be able to discuss the significance of race as a major trope in contemporary theoretical debate. They should be able to use postcolonial theory in the analysis of cultural forms such as cinema, literature and popular culture. They should have an understanding of postcolonial theory as a response to a specific history. They should be familiar with a range of approaches within postcolonialism including Marxist, feminist and deconstructive strategies.

Skills outcomes
Engagement with various text types, audiovisual material and complex historical and theoretical texts.
Verbal and written fluency in constructing a logical and coherent argument.
Participation in group discussions.
Using libraries, bibliographies and databases.


Syllabus

Topics addressed include race and racism, imperialism and colonialism, nationalism, representation, migration, diaspora and hybridity. Theorists discussed may include Homi K. Bhabha, Frantz Fanon, Paul Gilroy, Stuart Hall, bell hooks, Trin Minh-Ha, Edward Said, Gayatri Spivak, Robert Young and others.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture102.0020.00
Private study hours180.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

180 hours - reading, written assignments, exam preparation

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Record of attendance kept
Participation in seminar discussions
Written assignments discussed in seminars

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Assignment7 x 400 word assignments during term time50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

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


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

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: 08/04/2009

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