Taught course

Colonial and Postcolonial Studies

Institution
University of Birmingham · Department of Modern Languages
Qualifications
MA

Entry requirements

2.1 or higher in a related subject

Months of entry

September

Course content

This interdisciplinary programme will offer you a cultural, literary, theoretical and historiographical foundation in the field of colonial and postcolonial studies. Taking an original, interdisciplinary approach, you will be studying material from Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and beyond. Working with World Literature, film and historical sources, you will explore major currents in cultural production and identity politics. Looking at some of the most decisive phenomena the modern world has witnessed, the course develops your understanding of the complexities of the contemporary era, preparing you for a wide range of professional and intellectual future activities. You will be introduced to a range of authors, and have the opportunity to study works and critical texts which originated in languages other than English. Works will be taught in English translation, with the possibility to read them in the original modern languages

This programme is ideal for those with a background in French Studies, Hispanic Studies, Modern Languages, History, Translation Studies, Gender Studies, European Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, English Literature, Cultural Studies, Film Studies and World Literature.

It will give you the opportunity to undertake further study to develop your understanding of key principles underpinning the study of colonial and postcolonial cultures in a comparative, global and inter-disciplinary context.

The programme includes the following core modules [full descriptions available on our University website]:

  • World Literatures and Film I
  • World Literatures and Film II
  • Before Postcolonialism: Europe and its Empires
  • Postcolonial Theory
  • Research Methods

You will also choose an optional module chosen from a range of relevant disciplines such as History, African studies, Development or literature related to colonialism and postcolonialism.

You will complete the course with a 15,000-word dissertation on a topic which you will choose, refine and analyse with the help of your supervisor (who will be allocated to you depending upon your own research interests)

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Fees and funding

For more information, please visit the University's Postgraduate Funding Database.

Qualification and course duration

MA

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate Enquiry Service
Email
postgraduate@contacts.bham.ac.uk
Phone
0121 414 5005