Postcolonial Africa (L7040)

15 credits, Level 5

Spring teaching

The module explores debates over key postcolonial political, economic and sociocultural dynamics in sub-Saharan Africa. It encourages you to think critically about dominant representations of the subcontinent in the West, and to understand different, often conflicting accounts of postcolonial continuities and transformations.

Topics include debates over some of the following:

  • the character of the postcolonial state and governance, nationalism and ethnicity
  • borders
  • the politics of land and natural resources
  • processes of urbanisation
  • mobility and new forms of transnational connection between Africa, Europe and China.


100%: Practical (Workshop)


100%: Coursework (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 128 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: