CM: The Politics of Decolonization

Faculteit Letteren
Jaar 2021/22
Vakcode LYX129B10
Vaknaam CM: The Politics of Decolonization
Niveau(s) bachelor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II

Uitgebreide vaknaam Core Module: The Politics of Decolonization
Leerdoelen The learning outcomes (on an intermediate level) of this course unit are the following:
1. Display knowledge about topic of the core module.
2. Develop a research outline on topic of the core module with a clearly formulated problem definition, using one or more International Relations theories, models and/or approaches, and one or more methods and techniques suitable for the field concerned.
3. Evaluate research in a critical and substantiated manner, as well as in a way that respects scientific, social and ethical responsibilities.
4. Express himself/herself in a clear and coherent manner, both in oral and in written/typed form, using understandable and correct English and/or Dutch.
5. Become self-reliant and reliable in the execution of the tasks belonging to this course unit.
Omschrijving This course invites students to critically think about some of the key political, theoretical and methodological debates in relation to decolonization. It first seeks to problematize the West’s claim to be the driver of human and civilizational ‘progress’. We will study how our contemporary understandings of politics and society are deeply rooted in the European colonial experience from the 17th century onwards, affecting not just our theoretical and philosophical frameworks but also the different political imaginaries and the types of political and social change that are deemed ‘sensible’ and ‘desirable’ within society today.
Furthermore, this course goes beyond existing critiques of Western dominance and begins to explore marginalized knowledge traditions that constitute ‘other’ ways of knowing and theorizing. As such, it examines what it means to move from postcolonial and decolonial approaches as academic methods of critique towards an engagement with them as testimonies of other living knowledge traditions. In doing so we will attempt to map the different worlding processes that both emerge from struggles against colonialism and at the same time exceed colonial structures and practices. We will critically reflect on our own complicity in how we approach decolonization and questions of social and political change. In so doing, we will discuss the possibilities for change but also the dangers of exoticization and cooptations and limitations that contemporary calls for decolonization bring with them.
Uren per week 3
Onderwijsvorm werkcollege
Toetsvorm essay, presentatie, schriftelijk tentamen, schriftelijke opdracht(en)
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator A. Mercado Auf der Maur, PhD.
Docent(en) A. Mercado Auf der Maur, PhD.
Entreevoorwaarden Students must have obtained the propaedeutic certificate. In the second year of the Bachelor, 10 ECTS must have been obtained in non-language modules, as well as TIR and MRP.
Opmerkingen The enrolment procedure for the Core Module is a two-step procedure. If you are planning to participate in a Core Module (and BA Thesis), you should enrol as follows:
1) In the progress enrollment period you should enrol for the general Core Module course (LYX139B10) and Bachelor Thesis (LYX999B10) in Progress.
2) In the seminar enrollment period you should enrol for a specific Core Module topic via the general Core Module nestor course page (similar to a seminar group enrolment). You will be placed for the group you enrol for. There are a limited number of places, so make sure to register early!
For this course attendance is mandatory.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
Course units for exchange students 3 semester II keuze
Ba Internationale Betr. en Intern. Organisatie  (Kernvakken) 3 semester II keuze