Core Module Information
Module title: From the Colonial to the Postcolonial

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: CLP08124
Module leader: Elsa Bouet
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Media and Humanities

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

Description of module content:

The module will introduce you to key concepts in postcolonial studies and will allow you to gain an understanding of the ways in which postcolonial literature, films and theory respond to colonialism, neocolonialism and coloniality. The module will therefore start with canonical texts of the colonial period to introduce you to the construction of the colonial other and the implementation of imperialist structures and stereotyping practices. The module will thus allow you to gain an understanding of the structuring of inequalities from the start of colonialism through to present forms of imperialism. The module will allow you to study texts from different geopolitical contexts and will cover issues such as globalisation, coloniality, construction of the other and the role capitalism plays in sustaining inequalities.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Consider the ways in which postcolonial texts respond to coloniality.
LO2: Develop insight into basic theorectical concepts in postcolonial literature.
LO3: Explore representations of colonised identities orally and in writing.
LO4: Explore larger historical and geopolitical contexts to underpin textual analysis.
LO5: Discuss literary theory in relation to a range of primary texts

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Elsa Bouet
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Teaching will involve weekly lectures giving the critical and socio-cultural and historical contexts for each of the module’s core texts/films and theories, and will also model the kinds of analysis required in engaging with the primary texts and films (LOs 1, 2, 3 and 4). In tutorials, you will then have the opportunity to deploy these analytic strategies yourself in a student-centred learning environment. From the first week of the module you will be actively addressing LOs 1, 2 and 3 in tutorials, and as the module progresses and you develop confidence and expertise you will also engage with LOs 4 and 5 through assessment activities. The assignments are designed to help you critically engage with module content (LOs 1-5), to learn how to meaningfully apply theory to texts (LO4), while also learning valuable skills in digital research and knowledge production (LO5). Emphasis will be placed on independent learning, reading and scholarship (LOs 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5), and this independent learning will be documented throughout the trimester in class.

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessments will take place in weeks 4 and 6 ahead of the essay submission in week 7, and in weeks 9 and 11 ahead of the essay submission in week 13. You will be given verbal feedback in lecture and tutorials on your ability to summarise and comprehend the postcolonial theories which you will have to use in your essays (LO3). This will allow you to form the basis for your essays since the theories will be framing your comparative and contextualised textual analysis (LO1, 2, 4, 5).

Summative Assessment:
You will be required to write two essays. The first one of 1,500 due in week 7 will weigh 40% of your grade and the second one of 2,000 words due in week 13 will weigh 60%.
You will be able to choose from a range of essays questions and your essays will need to use theories to frame your comparative textual analysis as well as engage with the relevant contexts that inform the texts (LO1-5).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 20
Face To Face Tutorial 10
Independent Learning Guided independent study 170
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 40 1-5 7 , WORDS= 1500
Essay 60 1-5 13 , WORDS= 2000
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
CLP08124 From Colonialism to Postcolonialism.