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2014/15 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

ENGL5742M Postcolonial Cultures of Encounter and Settlement

30 creditsClass Size: 10

Module manager: Dr Stuart Murray

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2014/15

Pre-requisite qualifications

As for MA programme

This module is not approved as an Elective


On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. Display a grounded comprehension of the issues surrounding the cultural representation of Pacific encounter and Australian/New Zealand settlement.
2. Place the issues of settlement and encounter within the wider paradigm of postcolonial studies.
3. Understand the nature of certain points of intersection between British and American literary canons and the literatures produced within the Australia/NewZealand/Pacific region.
4. Understand a tradition of representation that moves from a nineteenth-century context of expansion and encounter to a twentieth-century pattern of self-representation by those descendants of settlers and immigrants.
5. Display knowledge of the specific issues of race and ethnicity within the region.
6. Have a sense of how to read critically within both theoretical and materialist contexts.

Skills outcomes
Masters (Taught), Postgraduate Diploma & Postgraduate Certificate students will have had the opportunity to acquire the following abilities as defined in the modules specified for the programme:
- the skills necessary to undertake a higher research degree and/or for employment in a higher capacity;
- evaluating their own achievement and that of others;
- self direction and effective decision making;
- independent learning and the ability to work in a way which ensures continuing professional development;
- to engage critically in the development of professional/disciplinary boundaries and norms.


This module will examine a range of nineteenth and twentieth-century texts from the Pacific, Australia and New Zealand in order to investigate the often traumatic processes of postcolonial encounter and settlement. Encounter is a series of moments of exchange, both physical and imaginative, that produces a range of effects, from the destabilisation of an idea of self to the rupture of culture and community. Settlement can be seen as the continuation of this precarious legacy, where communities (immigrant and indigenous) are built on contested versions of physical space and constructed narrative. The module will have a particular focus on key issues in the writing of encounter and settlement spaces: geographies and landscape, gender and sexuality, cultural difference, nationalsim and postnationalism, historical memory, and autobiography and personal testimony.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours280.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

Reading, seminar preparation, essay researching and writing: 280 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Monitoring will be through observation in seminar attendance and participation, including possible presentations. Students will be required to write one unassessed essay of 1,700 words.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
EssayOne 4000 word essay100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00


Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 10/03/2015


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