International development

Colonialism and After

Module code: L2003
Level 4
15 credits in autumn teaching
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Essay, Coursework

This module is an introduction to a range of key historical problems and conceptual questions relating to the colonial and postcolonial experiences.

Focusing on the characteristics of capitalism, imperialism, and modernity, you will examine the making of the modern world.

You’ll be introduced to:

  • European expansion
  • the slave economy
  • the development of wage labour
  • industrial growth
  • imperialism
  • creation of the modern state
  • genocide
  • the idea of development
  • anticolonialism
  • the creation of the “third world”.

Module learning outcomes

  • Knowledge of a range of key historical problems and conceptual questions relating to the colonial and post-colonial experience
  • Knowledge of the core reading, with some appreciation of the subtlety of debates or different interpretations that might be drawn from particular evidence