Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC3105: Negotiating Postcoloniality: History and Politics of Independent India

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.

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

Module Aims

The aim of this module is to enable you to develop a critical perspective of the postcolonial Indian nation-state, understand its multiple realities, complexities and the responses to it from different interest groups, both within and beyond. The module will widen the understanding of contemporary India, its history and post-Independence growth, socio-political and cultural evolution, and foreign policy from locally situated regional knowledges.

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. Demonstrate in-depth regional knowledge about the social, political and economic realities of India through oral presentations and writing assignments.
2. Demonstrate analytical skills and critical awareness of the Indian model of democracy, secularism and multiculturalism and distinguish it from more dominant Western models.
Discipline-Specific Skills3. Understand the multifaceted and inter-disciplinary nature of Area Studies and critically engage with various interdisciplinary approaches including politics and international relations, sociology, history, culture studies, anthropology, film studies etc.
4. Apply empirical evidence to theoretical approaches in the form of written and oral presentations.
Personal and Key Skills5. Develop flexibility in thinking and researching about contexts, local knowledge, cultures and societies.
6. Communicate political arguments comprehensively and effectively