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2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ARTF2058 Home, Exile and Displacement - Histories and Representations of Belonging in the 20th Century

20 creditsClass Size: 25

Module manager: Anna Koch

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module introduces students to scholarly and artistic engagement with the question how humans form a sense of belonging. In our discussions we will explore the connections between space, place and identity, enabling us also to explore what it means to (not) ‘belong’ and how such belonging – or exclusion – is produced, maintained, expressed and represented. The module will approach belonging from an interdisciplinary perspective and include discussions of a wide range of materials including film, literature, artwork, blogs, and podcasts. We will discuss questions such as how literatures of place and origin narratives are developed, the role that emotions play for our sense of belonging, and how a sense of belonging may create or disrupt relations of power. We will discuss theoretical approaches to questions of home and belonging as well as focus on events with far-reaching impact such as for instance the Holocaust, decolonization, the disintegration of Yugoslavia as well as the current refugee crisis (specific topics may change).


This module encourages students to think through the meanings of belonging, home, exclusion and displacement. It will introduce them to a range of disciplinary approaches (cultural studies, anthropology, literary studies, history, and political science) to the study of belonging and displacement and ask them to critically examine different artistic and literary representations of home, belonging and displacement.

Learning outcomes
1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how a range of disciplines approach the study of belonging and displacement
2. Critically analyse, from an interdisciplinary perspective, scholarly debates about belonging, forced migration and exile
3. Develop and present persuasive oral and written analyses of the topics under discussion in the seminars
4. Ability to critically examine a wide range of source material
5. Conduct independent research and writing that explores the themes of the course further
6. Pursue their own considered position on debates on belonging and exclusion

Skills outcomes
- Verbal and written fluency in constructing a logical and coherent argument
- Use of audio visual aids
- Participation in group discussions
- Co-ordination and dissemination of a range of historical, contextual visual information
- Using bibliographies and databases.


What makes a place home? What makes people feel they belong? What happens when home becomes hostile? This module explores questions of belonging and displacement in the context of events such as the Holocaust, decolonization, the disintegration of Yugoslavia as well as the current refugee crisis from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Teaching methods

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

Private study

Students are given an extensive reading-list, with suggestions for further readings. Students are expected to complete readings prior to each seminar and will be given additional tasks as well (watching films, listening to podcasts, looking at online exhibitions).
Set readings prior to each visit or lecture: 40 hours
Other tasks such as watching films, listening to podcasts etc.: 20 hours
Preparing for presentation: 10 hours
Working on formative essays: 20 hours
Research for essay 1: 30 hours
Research for essay 2: 60 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will be asked to prepare tasks in advance of seminars, based on specific readings and themes arising from the module (non-assessed).

Seminars will provide opportunity for discussion and testing students’ comprehension and progress.

The mid semester essay will provide an opportunity to check student progress.
Students will write two short response papers, reflecting on the readings which will be returned with feedback (non-assessed).
Students will give group presentations for which they will receive feedback (non-assessed).

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1500-2000 words40.00
Essay2500-3000 words60.00
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: 10/08/2020 08:33:44


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