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2024/25 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

SLSP1213 Formations of Coloniality and Modernity

20 creditsClass Size: 180

Module manager: Dr. Hizer Mir

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

This module is mutually exclusive with

SLSP1210Formations of Modernity
SLSP1211Formations of Modernity/Coloniality

Module replaces

SLSP1210 Formations of Modernity SLSP1211 Formations for Modernity/Coloniality

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

In this module we will explore key themes, classic and contemporary debates in the formation of coloniality/modernity, using decolonial thought and social theory to explore and challenge conventional accounts of the emergence of modern societies.


The module aims to:

- develop understanding of the main theoretical perspectives relating to the development of coloniality/modernity

- introduce the challenges that decolonial thought offers to conventional accounts of modernity and colonisation.

- develop students' skills in critical reading.

- Develop critical filters to assess social issues and competing accounts on a topic.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a familiarity with the fundamental concepts of decoloniality with the relevant historical information, practical competencies and research techniques necessary to develop a sociological understanding of coloniality/modernity.

2. critically read primary texts from a global/post-western sociological perspective.

3. demonstrate an understanding of critical sociologies of the margins.

4. gain an understanding of various academic responses to coloniality/modernity.


This module critically explores the processes that led to the formation of the present. This is central question for social sciences in general and the sociological imagination in particular. This module places the emergence of modernity in global context, not only bringing the rest of the world into the horizon of sociological thinking but also improving the examples we use to understand the world and our place in it. We will respond to the demands for decolonizing knowledge by exploring what happens when we understand that the present is an outcome not of a single process of modernity but rather of the distinct phenomena: coloniality/ modernity. We will explore how coloniality/modernity intersect to create and shape the contemporary world we all inhabit. The module will examine the debates that aim to explain the West's rise and the many ways by which coloniality/modernity have produced different societies. We will study thinkers and examples from both the Global North and the Global South.

Throughout this module we will embed academic literacy and skills sessions to support students to develop the necessary competencies to study effectively in an academic environment.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Group learning92.0018.00
Independent online learning hours70.00
Private study hours106.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)196.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

The 1,200 word workbook, which will be handed in in chunks of 400 words on weeks 3, 5 and 8, will be explained to students as a way to monitor their progress throughout. This will allow for monitoring both of the students' critical reading skills and their understanding of relevant concepts. They will also receive feedback in an ongoing way through their seminar work and contributions to discussions therein. In addition to this, tutors on the module will be available to go over essay outlines in one-to-one meetings and also be able to provide specific feedback on workbooks in these sessions.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
AssignmentCoursework 190.00
AssignmentCoursework 210.00
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: 12/07/2024


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