Module Identifier IPM1430  
Academic Year 2007/2008  
Co-ordinator Dr Rita Abrahamsen  
Semester Semester 2  
Pre-Requisite IPM1330  
Mutually Exclusive IPM1820 , IPM1830 , IPM1420  
Course delivery Seminars / Tutorials   22 Hours. (1 x 2 hour seminars per week)  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
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:

- analyse power relations and discursive practices in particular postcolonial contexts
- discuss critically questions of development, democracy and resistance in a postcolonial setting
- discuss and critically evaluate 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, governance and resistance in a postcolonial context.


There are three seminars on development, three on governance 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).

15 ECTS credits

Reading Lists

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


This module is at CQFW Level 7