Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Anthropology and Post-Colonialism

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Anthropological Sciences

DESCRIPTION This study-unit brings together post-colonial studies and ethnographic research to explore how each might enrich the other. There will be three main areas of interest: discourses of order and disorder; resistance; and representations and consciousness. Throughout, the concern will be with deepening and broadening the understanding of social and cultural hegemonies and their limits, in the interplay between rhetorics, power and institutions. The analytical apparatus will include works of literary and social theory, while the case studies will include ethnographies, histories and literary texts. The framework is comparative and global but with a special regard for Mediterranean societies. The main intended audience are students of anthropology but the study-unit should also be of interest to students of literature, philosophy, history and international relations.

Study-Unit Aims:

- Introduce the subject-matter of post-colonial studies to humanities students, in particular students of anthropology.
- Offer a critical evaluation of post-colonial literary and social theory in the light of ethngraphic test-cases.
- Broaden students' understanding of such key notions as 'hegemony', 'representations' and 'resistance'.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Distinguish between the various dimensions of power involved in colonialism and its legacies;
- Articulate how cultural representations are related to social institutions and patterns of power;
- Demonstrate an understanding of the cultural significance of rhetorics of order and disorder, and hegemony and resistance.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Apply the key concepts independently, including to contexts not directly covered by the study-unit itself;
- Use interdisciplinary methods to enrich her understanding of her own discipline (such as the use of literary texts to further ethnographic understanding, or vice-versa).

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Readings will be made available in an interdisciplinary class reader.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM1 Yes 50%
Assignment SEM1 Yes 50%

LECTURER/S Norbert Bugeja
Ranier Fsadni

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