Core Module Information
Module title: Migration, Literature and Decolonisation

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

Module code: CLP10136
Module leader: Arunima Bhattacharya
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 of studying migration historically and understanding it as a current socio-political crisis. The module comprises short stories, novels, poetry, graphic novels, films and museum exhibitions across varied geopolitical contexts, allowing you to study the legacies of colonialism in the worldview of postcolonial nation states who adopted and adapted to the English literary, philosophical and cultural standards. You will engage with the intersections between representations of border-crossing, displacement, racism and xenophobia, gender and class struggle, and climate crisis in a global capitalist context. Though theoretically and methodologically grounded in literary and cultural studies, the module will introduce you to key conceptual and methodological processes from other disciplines such as tourism, museum studies, ethnography, and history. You will be able to apply classroom learning about migration and cultural heritage to real life settings, through a curated walk in Edinburgh city. The module will allow you to critically evaluate creative expressions and representations of migration through a decolonial pedagogy that will involve identifying, developing, and evaluating your own research methodology and critical positionality.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Demonstrate a critical understanding of 20th century literatures of migration within the context of postcolonial theory and current debates on decolonisation.
LO2: Critically evaluate the uses and impact of selected research methodologies, knowledge creation and dissemination processes.
LO3: Develop the ability to identify and use texts, critical resources and methodological approaches from the cultural sector, policy and art to support textual understanding and analysis.
LO4: Critically analyse texts and secondary material in underrepresented areas in current migration studies.
LO5: Construct and sustain reasoned and coherent arguments about literary aesthetics and representations of migration in reference to policy, research, and communal values.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Anne Schwan
Module Organiser:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 18
Face To Face Tutorial 10
Independent Learning Guided independent study 170
Face To Face External visits 2
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 30 1,2,3 5 , WORDS= 1500
Portfolio 70 1,2,3,4,5 13 , WORDS= 3500
Component 1 subtotal: 30
Component 2 subtotal: 70
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
Migration, Literature and Decolonisation