Core Module Information
Module title: Postcolonial Fiction and Film: There is always the other side, always.

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

Module code: CLP10128
Module leader: Elsa Bouet
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Media and Humanities


Description of module content:

This module will enable you to learn and critically engage with key concepts in postcolonial theory like Orientalism, hybridity, the centre/periphery opposition and the position of the subaltern. The New Historicist approach will be used to understand postcolonial ‘texts’ taken from across the English and non-English speaking world. The ‘texts’ in this module will cover a wide range of postcolonial authors, literature and films, giving you an opportunity to develop a broad understanding of the scope of the subject area and assess the development and diversity of postcolonial fiction and film, which are the expression of a multicultural, globalised world. You will consider themes of conflict, dislocation and relocation, memory and nostalgia and questions of culture and identity, against ideas of nation, narration and nationalism.
In the course of the module, you will draw on previous learning about the imperial project.
Lectures will introduce texts and provide a format for interactive exercises and group projects to enable the critical reading and analysis of texts and the application of theoretical approaches.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Appraise, analyse and critically reflect on and compare a range of critical texts.
LO2: Develop an ability to distinguish and accurately assess the various forms and discourses of postcolonial literature and film.
LO3: Develop a critical awareness of the conept of postcolonialism and the issues raised by postcolonial writing and cinema.
LO4: Develop a knowledge and understanding of the impact of postcolonial literature and film on ht emodern world.
LO5: Develop a knowledge and understanding of the impact of postcolonial and secondary reference material in relation to primary texts.
LO6: Develop an ability to work both independently and with your peers.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Elsa Bouet
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Teaching will involve weekly two hour lectures (LO 2,3) and regular tutorials (Los 1,4,5,6). The lectures will introduce the texts and describe the framework and enable you to develop interactive activities. The different learning styles of students will be taken into account by providing a range of learning formats and methods for close analysis of texts and the utilisation of relevant critiques and theory. Activities will begin with listening, discussing and debating postcolonial theory and criticism in class and progress to independent research, reflection on theoretical positions and writing assignments (LO6), reflecting the ability for independent thought and analysis.

Formative Assessment:
Formative feedback opportunities will precede written work with the tutor and peers giving feedback on opinions expressed in class and reflections shared during tutorial discussions and debates, and the tutor commenting and advising on the essay plan and topic. Students will be encouraged to choose a theoretical position and analyse it during tutorials and receive feedback from peers in class in weeks 3-6 in preparation for the first written assignment which will be done in pairs.
Students will have the opportunity to think of dissertation topics and discuss them with the tutor.

Summative Assessment:
Students will undertake two assessments during the module. For the first assignment, you will work in pairs and be encouraged to choose a postcolonial theoretical position and analyse and interpret it, while applying it to one text (novel or film) from the first half of the module in a reflective essay of 2,000 words. The summative assessment of the first assignment will help with the planning and writing of the final assignment. The second assignment of 3,500 words is an individual exercise where you will be offered a choice of course-related subjects from which you will be asked to write a comparative study of two texts, which can both be from the second half of the module or one text from the second half of the module and the second from beyond the module. You will be encouraged to apply relevant postcolonial theory and criticism to your study. Summative assessment will include both written assignments.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Tutorial 10
Face To Face Lecture 20
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 2,3,4 8 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Essay 60 1,2,3,4,5. 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 3500
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
CLP10128 Postcolonial fiction and film