Module Identifier IPM3630  
Academic Year 2000/2001  
Co-ordinator Dr Jenny Edkins  
Semester Semester 2  
Course delivery Seminar   1 x two hour seminar per week over one semester  
Assessment Course work   1 x 1,000 word outline 10% 1 x 5,000 word review paper 70% Seminar Participation 20% 1 x 1,000 word outline 10% 1 x 5,000 word review paper 70% Seminar Participation 20%   100%  

The module aims to give students an in-depth introduction to how notions of subjectivity and identity are developed in the field of postcolonial studies. It also aims to develop skills in (1) contributing to and leading seminars on complex and controversial topics and (2) preparing and presenting an extended academic paper.

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

General description
The study of postcolonialism raises many of the same issues that are examined in work on subjectivity and power in feminist, poststructuralist, Marxist or psychoanalytic thought. The module explores in depth readings of colonial and postcolonial subjects and identifies focusing on discourses of racial and seual difference and examining the relationships between patriarchy and colonialism. Postcolonialism questions hybridity, idaspora and authenticity and interrogates agency, representation and the possibility of resistance.

The title of the module is not `postcolonial subjectivies' - though we do spend much time considering contemporary subjectivities which could be called `postcolonial' - but `postcolonialism and subjectivity. A study of postcolonialism can be particularly enlightening in examining the notion of subjectity much more broadly and vice versa. This is the argument that we will unpack in the course of this module. The module is thus of interest not only to those who are studying postcolonial politics but also those with a wiser interest in politics and notions of subjectivity in international studies.