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 Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:


  •  ‘The Imaginary Institution of India’: Whose history and by whom?
  •  ‘Tryst with destiny’: Independence and Partition
  •  ‘The Unnatural Nation’: Constructing postcolonial India
  •   The Indian Model: Contextualising democracy and secularism
  •  ‘Gandhiji, I have no homeland’: Understanding caste and inequality
  •  ‘The Violence of Normal Times’: Gender and Minorities
  •  ‘Everybody Loves a Good Drought’: Development and endangered livelihoods
  •   Contesting the State: Terror and counter-terror
  •  ‘Self-fashioning and worlding’: India and the World
  •   Diaspora, Cinema and Cricket

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities2211 x 2 hour seminars
Guided Independent Study48Seminar preparation through directed reading.
Guided Independent Study10Preparation for essay
Guided independent study48Preparation for term paper
Guided independent study22Seminar presentation preparation.

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

Suggested Films

Khamosh Pani. directed by Sabiha Sumar. (2004).

Parzania. directed by Rahul Dholakia. (2007).

Nero’s Guests. directed by Deepa Bhatia (2009).

Kashmir’s Torture Trail. UK Channel 4 Documentary (2012).

Lagaan. directed by Ashutosh Gowarikar. (2001).