Geography

Cultures of Colonialism

Module code: F8030A
Level 6
30 credits in autumn teaching
Teaching method: Seminar, Lecture
Assessment modes: Essay, Coursework

This module introduces you to the colonial practices, discourses and cultures across the nineteenth century British Empire and their legacies. It examines the British metropole and its colonies within a single analytical framework, tracking the exchange of people, ideas and objects along the networks that connected them. Initially you will cover the main approaches to the study of British colonialism, including traditional imperial history and postcolonialism. The latter part of the module investigates cultural, social and political impacts of British colonialism at specific sites across the empire, including India, North America and New Zealand.

Module learning outcomes

  • Systematic understanding of a range of processes shaping notions of identity and forms of exclusion
  • Systematic understanding of the ways that relations of power are manifested in, and conditioned through, geographical and cultural differentiation
  • The ability to work effectively with others in the preparation of sophisticated presentations
  • Demonstrate competence in presentation skills, essay writing and learned questioning