GEOG0100 Postcolonial Cultural Geographies

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Course Aims
1) To develop students’ knowledge of postcolonial theory and its relationship with critical cultural geography.
2) To enhance students’ analytical and interpretive abilities in relation to the postcolonial politics of culture and its spatial formations in both historical and contemporary contexts.
3) To develop students ability to use postcolonial theory in future research projects.

Course Content
This course explores the relationships between postcolonial theory and social & cultural geography. It examines the influence and potential of postcolonial theory for critical geographical thought and its interventions in social, cultural and political life. Structured around three intersecting themes – space, identity, knowledge – that, broadly speaking, mirror developments in postcolonial theory since the late 1970s, the course familiarizes students with critical intellectual trajectories in postcolonial thinking and examines the analytical techniques they offer to contemporary geographical enquiry. By doing so, the course develops students’ critical analytical skills and interpretive abilities in relation to the postcolonial politics of culture and its spatial formations. It has methodological and theoretical relevance for students working on urban, environmental, political, as well as social and cultural issues.

Form of Assessment
100% coursework

Ashcroft, Tiffin & Griffiths (eds.), 2006 [1995], The Post-colonial Studies reader, 2nd edn., Routledge: London & New York

Bhabha, H., 1994, The Location of Culture, Routledge

Jazeel, T., 2013, ‘Postcolonialism’, The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Cultural Geography, Wiley-Blackwell, pps.17-22

Jazeel, T., 2019. Postcolonialism. Routledge: London and New York

Said, E., 1978, Orientalism, Penguin books: London

Sharp, J., 2009, Geographies of postcolonialism, Sage: London

Sidaway, J., W.C. Yuan, and J. Jacobs, 2014, ‘Planetary Postcolonialism’, Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography 35 (1), pps.4-21

Young, R., 2001, Postcolonialism: an historical introduction, Oxford: Blackwells

Learning Outcomes
1) Students will develop a knowledge of postcolonial theory, its development and its relationships with social and cultural geography.
2) In a range of different textual and material mediums, students will develop the practical ability to critically analyze and interpret the postcolonial politics of culture’s various spatial manifestations.
3) Students will have a grasp of postcolonial theory and an ability to use it in primary geographical research and analysis.

Last Updated: Mon 25 Feb 2019