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Vicente L. Rafael
HIST 485
Seattle Campus

Comparative Colonialism

Explores the historic roots and practices of colonialism throughout the world, focusing on the roles of nationalism, cosmopolitanism, and imperial domination. Treats colonialism as a world event whose effects continue to be felt and whose power needs to be addressed. Offered: S.

Class description

What is colonialism and how does it historically come about as an integral aspect of the formation of the West after 1500? How does a study of colonial practices and imperial regimes allow us to critically approach the ways by which Western encounters with non-Western peoples produce relations of power and inequality? What are the various ways by which colonized peoples comprehend and respond to the demands of colonial rule? What role does nationalism play in determining the limits and possibilities of colonial rule and native responses? In addressing these questions, this course will examine a variety of historical, literary, and cinematic productions set in colonial contexts ranging from the Americas to Asia and Africa, including the recent US "war on terror." In doing so, the course will treat colonialism as a world historical event whose effects are still at work and whose power continue to hold sway.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

The class will consist of lectures, discussions and films.

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites.

Class assignments and grading

Readings, one mid-term exam, and one final exam, each worth 50% of the grade.

Mid-term and final exams.


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 Vicente L. Rafael
Date: 01/25/2012