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.


67%: Lecture
33%: Seminar


30%: Coursework (Group presentation)
70%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 44 hours of contact time and about 106 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.