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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, you will learn to analyse literary and filmic texts through the lens of postcolonial theory. You will be introduced to postcolonialism and key related theoretical concepts, in addition to studying the cultural contexts in which the texts were produced. Topics studied include orientalism, Othering, negritude , subalternity, diaspora, dependency, testimony, and the place of gender in postcolonial studies. Through the analysis and application of such concepts, students will acquire a critical understanding of how postcolonial narratives contribute to cultural identities. This subject focuses on texts from former French, Spanish and Italian colonies and is taught in English.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMeredith Wrigley

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesOral presentation, research essay, class discussion, prescribed readings, written test responses

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Completion of 60 credit points at first-year level


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Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

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Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
COMMUNICATION - Cultural Intelligence and Global Perspective
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Adaptability and Self-Management
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Ethical and Social Responsibility
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Leadership and Teamwork

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Analyse aspects of Postcolonial Theory and apply them to literary and historical case studies.
02. Apply critical and analytical skills to the discussion of postcolonial topics.
03. Write an individual research essay using primary and secondary sources and frame a line of argument about an aspect of Postcolonial theory.
04. Demonstrate effective communication skills, respecting differences across cultures.

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