HIST7310 Global Colonial and Postcolonial Cultures (3 units)
This course explores modern colonialism and postcolonialism from the perspective of cultural history. By taking a global approach, students will identify commonalities and differences between the cultures of multiple European empires and individual colonies. Students will consider the meaning and significance of terms such as "colonial", "postcolonial", and "nation". Furthermore, they will critically examine concepts such as hybridity and material culture. Drawing on case studies from diverse regions, the course will explore several themes, including the construction of colonial/postcolonial identities and colonialism's impact on political culture. In addition to considering the effects of imperialism in the colonies, students will also engage with debates about the impact of empire on European cultures. By the end of the course, students will understand the lived experience of colonialism and its legacies in the contemporary world. Furthermore, they will be able to propose solutions to the enduring global and local problems arising from the colonial experience.
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