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Georgia M. Roberts
CHID 480
Seattle Campus

Special Topics: Advanced Study of the History of Ideas

Examines a different subject or problem from a comparative framework with an interdisciplinary perspective. Offered: AWSp.

Class description

Post-Colonial Theory: An Introduction

This course serves as an introduction to major thinkers and concepts in post-colonial theory. In order to focus our efforts initially, we will look at the specific history of colonization in sub-Saharan Africa and the writing of that history. Special attention will be paid to the ways in which the colonial history of the region continues to play a role in current events affecting both Africa and the rest of the world. The overall aim of the course is to provide students with a critical understanding of how the 'colonial' and 'post-colonial' are both constituted and contested through the writing of history. Some of the thinkers we consider include Steve Biko, Aime Cesaire, Frantz Fanon, Walter Rodney, Edward Said and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, among others. This class will be taught in a hybrid format with some of our time together taking place online (on Canvas). This will be explained in further detail during our first meeting.

Student learning goals

To develop critical and comparative historical and analytic skills.

To gain a basic understanding of the colonial history of sub-Saharan Africa.

To become familiar with fundamental concepts in post-colonial theory.

General method of instruction

Class will comprised of short lectures, class discussions and Canvas assignments.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Georgia M. Roberts
Date: 04/19/2014