Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1
Mutually Exclusive
Mutually Exclusive
Mutually Exclusive
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials 22 Hours. (1 x 2 hour seminars per week)


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 1 x 3,000 - 3,500 word essay  40%
Semester Assessment 1 x 4,000 - 4,500 word essay  60%
Supplementary Exam Students may, subject to Faculty approval, have the opportunity to resit this module, normally during the supplementary examination period. For further clarification please contact the Teaching Programme Administrator in the Department of International Politics. 

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module students will be able to:

- discuss the notion of the postcolonial or postcoloniality
- analyse in detail power relations and discursive practices in particular postcolonial contexts
- discuss critically and in depth questions of power, colonialism and resistance in a postcolonial setting

Brief description

This module provides an introduction to postcolonial politics.


The module introduces students to Foucauldian concepts of power and discourse and examines the use of these concepts in the study of colonialism and identity in a postcolonial context.


The first seminar examines the meanings of the term postcolonialism. The next three seminars introduce Foucauldian concepts of power and discourse. These are followed then by seminars on colonialism, identity/subjectivity, development and resistance. For each of those concepts there will be a seminar including a specific case study.

Transferable skills

The module will require and develop transferable skills such as teamwork (through the use of student-led seminars), individual writing and analytic skills and time management (thorough the preparation of essays); critical reading and analysis (through the preparation for weekly seminars); debating and facilitating skills and the ability to express themselves on complex topics in an understandable way (through the seminar discussions).

15 ECTS credits

Reading List

Essential Reading
Foucault, M (1980) Power/Knowledge: Selected Interviews & Other Writings 1972-1977 (ed by C Gordon) Harvester Press Primo search Loomba, A (1998) Colonialism/Postcolonialism Routledge Primo search Williams, P and Chrisman, L eds (1994) Colonial Discourse and Postcolonial Theory: A Reader Harvester Wheatsheaf Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 7