Decolonising Development (983N1)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

Contemporary development structures, discourses and practices are deeply linked to the colonial project, which took place over hundreds of years in the Global South and other parts of the world. Since the 1940s, many postcolonial nations have striven to decolonize development. Yet these efforts remain incomplete, and coloniality continues to cast a shadow on the future of postcolonial societies. This module will introduce you to the ongoing process of decolonizing development, focussing on efforts in the Global South.

Providing an introduction to historically-developed structures of coloniality, the module will examine decolonizing transformations for sustainability and equality, with a particular focus on gender, race and intersectionality. Relations and knowledges, constitutive of coloniality in development and of decolonizing transformations, will serve as cross-cutting themes.


50%: Lecture
50%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Essay, Group presentation)

Contact hours and workload

We’re currently reviewing contact hours for modules and will update with further information as soon as it is available.

This module is running in the academic year 2020/21. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: