Colonialism and After (L2003)

15 credits, Level 4

Autumn teaching

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”.


50%: Lecture
50%: Seminar


20%: Coursework (Essay)
80%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 20 hours of contact time and about 130 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.


This module is offered on the following courses: