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GG3227   Colonial and Postcolonial Geographies

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 20

ECTS credits : 10

Level : SCQF level 9

Semester: 1

Availability restrictions: Offered on a two-year cycle

Planned timetable: 9:00am - 11:00am Mondays

This module traces the historical geography of modern colonialism from its sixteenth-century beginnings in Spain's discovery and conquest of the New World, through to the break-up of European colonial empires after World War II, and up to what has been called 'the colonial present' and the 'new imperialism' (revolving around the USA and the 'war on terror'). Emphasis will be placed on how colonialism, past and present, operates as a logic of displacement and dispossession, and as both a conceptual space (imaginative geography) and physical space (material geography) of encounter and conflict and resistance involving a wide array of projects of colonisation and resistance.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must ( pass GG2011 and pass GG2012 ) or ( pass SD2001 and pass SD2002 )

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 x 1-hour lecture, 1 x 1-hour seminar (x 11 weeks) + 2 x 1-hour feedback/revision sessions

Scheduled learning hours: 24

Guided independent study hours: 176

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 60%, Coursework = 40%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 60%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 40%

Re-assessment: 2-hour Written Examination = 60%, Coursework = 40%


Module coordinator: Professor D W Clayton
Module teaching staff: Dr D W Clayton