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Unit information: Themes in the History of Colonialism in 2021/22

Unit name Themes in the History of Colonialism
Unit code HISTM0017
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Rob Skinner
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

None

Co-requisites

None

School/department Department of History (Historical Studies)
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

This unit provides a critical introduction to many of the core themes and questions faced by historians of colonialism. It asks students to consider the nature of colonial history and the types of philosophical and other issues that its study provokes. The unit introduces students to a range of competing theories of colonialism and also provides students with the opportunity to apply these abstract theoretical literatures and problems to specific historical case studies. The case studies are deliberately chosen to introduce students to a range of stimulating and often new historical literatures that they are unlikely to have had the opportunity to study at undergraduate level.

Intended Learning Outcomes

1) To give students a detailed understanding of how the history of colonialism has developed in the modern era and of some of the major contemporary debates in the field.

2) To improve students’ ability to argue effectively and at length (including an ability to cope with complexities and to describe and deploy these effectively).

3) To be able to display high level skills in selecting, applying, interpreting and organising information, including evidence of a high level of bibliographical control.

4) To develop the ability of students to evaluate and/or challenge current scholarly thinking.

5) To foster student’s capacity to take a critical stance towards scholarly processes involved in arriving at historical knowledge and/or relevant secondary literature.

6) To be able to demonstrate an understanding of concepts and an ability to conceptualise.

7) To develop students’ capacity for independent research.

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, including group seminar-style discussion and self-directed exercises.

Assessment Information

This unit is assessed by one 5,000 word essay (worth 100% of the unit mark) which assesses ILOs 1-7.

Resources

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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

Assessment
The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.

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