Module Identifier IPM1420  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Professor Jenny Edkins  
Semester Semester 2  
Pre-Requisite IPM1320  
Mutually Exclusive IPM1430 , IPM1820 , IPM1830  
Course delivery Seminars / Tutorials   22 Hours (1 x 2 hour seminars per week)  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours  50%
Semester Assessment 1 x 2,000 word essay  50%
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:

- analyse power relations and discursive practices in particular postcolonial contexts
- discuss two of the following: development, democracy or resistance in a postcolonial setting
- discuss postcolonial politics more broadly

Brief description

This module provides the second part of an introduction to postcolonial politics.


The module examines the use of Foucauldian concepts of power and discourse in the study of development, democracy and resistance in a postcolonial context.


There are three seminars on development, three on democracy and three on resistance In each case we examine traditional approaches and challenges to those from a discursive or Foucauldian framework. Each block of seminars includes a specific case study. A concluding seminar addresses the question of the value of the approaches covered in relation to postcolonial politics.

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 (through 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).

10 ECTS credits

Reading Lists

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


This module is at CQFW Level 7