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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). This subject is offered primarily in Spanish, but it will also be offered in English if students from other disciplines enrol.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMeredith Wrigley

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites SPA2004 or SPA3006 Students from other disciplines need coordinator's approval


Incompatible subjectsLAS3PCI OR LAS2PCI

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Postcolonialism: a very short introduction

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorYoung, R.





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Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

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

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Analyse aspects of Postcolonial Theory, applying them to specific case studies.
02. Apply your critical and analytical skills to the discussion of topics relating to the postcolonial world.
03. Write an individual essay using primary and secondary sources to frame a line of argument about an aspect of Postcolonial theory.
04. Write brief texts that demonstrate a deep knowledge of specific aspects of Postcolonial theory.

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