POSTCOLONIAL IDENTITIES: NEW WORLDS

SPA3PCI

2016

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students will become familiar with the basic concepts of postcolonial theory and with recent developments in identity studies, to the extent to which these bear on specific textual study. Students will develop an appreciation of the processes by which such concepts have become central to the study of the literatures of several countries which were former colonies of Spain and Portugal. Students will acquire 1) a critical understanding of how postcolonial narratives construct a sense of a distinct cultural identity; and 2) some knowledge of the broader cultural setting of the countries where these narratives were written (in Latin America: Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico or Brazil; in Africa: Angola, Cape Verde or Mozambique; and in Asia: East Timor). Lectures are taught in English; however, students majoring in Spanish will attend tutorials in Spanish and complete their written work in the Spanish language.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorIsabel Moutinho

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites SPA2004 or SPA3006

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects LAS2/3PCI

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsColumbus' egg: new Latin American stories on the legacy of the conquestPrescribedCaistor, N. (ed.)FABER & FABER 1992
ReadingsPostcolonialism: a very short introductionPrescribedYoung, R.OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS 2003

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Analyse aspects of Postcolonial Theory, applying them to specific case studies.

Activities:
Oral presentation; written work
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Life-Long Learning (Life-Long Learning)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Ethical & Cultural Awareness (Ethical & Cultural Awareness)
Writing (Writing)

02. Apply your critical and analytical skills to the discussion of topics relating to the postcolonial world.

Activities:
Oral presentation; written work
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Speaking (Speaking)

03. Write an individual essay using primary and secondary sources to frame a line of argument about an aspect of Postcolonial theory.

Activities:
Major essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Ethical & Cultural Awareness (Ethical & Cultural Awareness)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Life-Long Learning (Life-Long Learning)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Writing (Writing)

04. Write brief texts that demonstrate a deep knowledge of specific aspects of Postcolonial theory.

Activities:
Four 30-minute tests.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Life-Long Learning (Life-Long Learning)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Writing (Writing)
Ethical & Cultural Awareness (Ethical & Cultural Awareness)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2016, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorIsabel Moutinho

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 1.5 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Seminar Week: 10 - 22
One 1.5 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Four 30-minute class tests (1,600-word equivalent)40 01
One 15-minute group oral presentation (800-word equivalent)20 02
one essay (1,600-word equivalent)40 03, 04