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
2022/3, 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:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Teaching will take place in the form of a weekly lecture, which may be combined with the tutorial to form a 3-hour block session. Weekly sessions will combine formal lecture elements (LOs 1,2,3,4,5) with more interactive tutorial meetings (LOs 1,2,3,4,5). The module is designed to encourage active learning and collaboration, including online independent and collaborative learning with Moodle (LOs 1,2,3,4). The lectures will provide you with the necessary socio-historical context and critical frameworks for further, more interactive work with the primary texts in tutorial activities. Tutorial activities will allow for clarification of module concepts, alongside hands-on analytic engagement with literary texts, film and other artefacts.

Learning will occur in a variety of formats in order to allow for different student learning styles. Activities will range from listening, individual oral contributions and group work to independent research, reading and writing assignments (LOs 1,2,3,4,5). The module will also include a guided walk in Edinburgh with provision for follow-up group responses (LO3). An alternative will be offered to students with mobility or accessibility requirements.

Formative Assessment:
There are no separate formative assessment tasks assigned on this module, but in-class work and feedback will help you prepare for summative assignments. In-class and Moodle activities will model the kinds of work you will be expected to perform in summative assessments. You will receive formative feedback on your contributions from classmates, in the form of Moodle comments on your online posts, and classmate and tutor oral feedback on your verbal contributions as part of weekly tutorial discussions.

Summative Assessment:
There are two summative assessments for this module, designed to help you shape your own research practice through critical thinking and self-reflection on your research positionality. Both assessments are student-centred and student-defined: you choose the focus of your assessments.

The first assessment, due in week 5, is a 1500-word Literature Review Essay (LOs 1,2,3). The literature review will focus on noting and critically assessing gender, geographical and institutional bias in knowledge production. You will also be asked to explore ways and identify challenges of assimilating non-institutionalised knowledge production such as blogs, videos and creative texts from individual content creation platforms as part of this review.
The second summative assessment (3500-word portfolio), due in week 13, follows a ‘scaffolding’ strategy and runs through the course of the whole module. You will be expected to write seven 500-word entries reflecting on the primary and secondary texts. The portfolio may also include video essays, photo essays and creative pieces (with a critical commentary and bibliography attached). The skills you will acquire through the first assessment will lay the foundations for the research methodology featuring in the final assessment (LOs 1,2,3,4,5).

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