Decolonising, Diversifying and Demythologising (002ID7)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

This module gives students an overview of decolonial approaches to development. The module will be divided into three parts.

It will begin by deconstructing colonial power structures and knowledge systems by looking at how colonial narratives attempted to erase identities, histories and memories, and the extent to which these narratives endured even after colonialism formally ended.

It will then attempt to demythologise and de-silence indigenous forms of knowledge production and decolonial transformations by engaging with decolonial thinkers and movements.

Finally, it will apply the theory discussed in parts 1&2 to specific areas of development such as gender, conflict, and the environment. 


100%: Practical (Workshop)


100%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 267 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.