POLS219 - Post-Colonial and Non-Western Politics

10 cp
Prerequisites: 10 cp of 100-level units in Politics and International Relations or International Development Studies
Teaching Organisation: Nil

Today's world is a product of centuries of Western colonial processes, resulting in unequal power relations in the global political system. This inequality is explicit in the materialistic wellbeing of the Global North and the Global South. Furthermore, the legacy of colonialism manifests in more complex and entangled ways in cultures, politics, in knowledge capital and epistemology. This unit provides an overview of the historical contexts and geographical scope of colonialism, as well as its political consequences which have combined to shape the global order we experience today. The degree to which political and philosophical thinking characterised colonial thinking and practice will be interrogated in this course.

The unit will also discuss how the various colonised nations' struggles against imperialism fuelled a critique of the hegemonic domination of Western thought and culture. Key thinkers in postcolonial theory will be introduced, emphasising the application of their ideas to contemporary politics and international relations. The aim of this unit is to explore how contemporary political theory is engaged in the project of decolonisation, a topic which invites the rethinking of many of the basic concepts and premises of our current knowledge.