Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC2103: Introduction to Postcolonialism

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.

Please note that this module is only delivered on the Penryn Campus.

Module Aims

The aim of this module is to develop your critical thinking about postcolonialism; deploy an interpretive and decolonial research method to understand the world; and, to enable you to understand the nature of power relations in the modern global order. By the end of the course, you should be able to interrogate and examine the categories of race, gender and class through a postcolonial and decolonial lens. The module will also prepare you for academic and other careers in the field of development, international politics, critical theory and security studies.


Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. discuss, analyse and critically evaluate competing theoretical perspectives in the study of postcolonialism;
2. demonstrate a familiarity with relevant empirical issues and examples.
Discipline-Specific Skills3. grasp and apply a variety of theories found in Politics and International Studies in order to assess and/or critique each theory and its application to specific practices;
4. locate these theories and the debates/questions which surround them in the larger context of the study of Politics, for example contending conceptualisations of power, identity, colonialism, and rival framings of world politics.
Personal and Key Skills5. engage with, and analyse challenging literature and articulating complex;
6. design and deliver presentations to peers, communicate effectively in speech and writing.