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Instructor: Dr Barbara Holler

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A survey of the ‘New Imperialism’ of the late 19th and 20th centuries. The course examines the origins and course of European expansion in Africa and Asia, justifications for and theories of empire, and the 20th century decolonization process. It will conclude with reflection on the New Imperialism from the vantage point of ‘globalization’.

Available in Summer 2020

PREREQUISITE    Level 2 or above.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course successful students will be able to: 

  • know the history of European imperialism and of the wider relations between the West and the rest of the world in the last two hundred years
  • engage critically with all main contemporary debates on imperialism and its legacy 
  • use methods from cultural and political theory, postcolonial studies and literary analysis. 
  • engage in primary source research and analysis
  • construct a research plan, engage closely with its different phases and publicly present their findings in a reflective manner

Experiential learning opportunities

Examples of past ELOs:

  • a visit to the Cutty Sark vessel and the Maritime Museum where we will visit an exhibition on the British East India Company
  • and a walking tour of the imperial centre of London, including the Albert Memorial in Hyde Park and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Assessment

Because of the small size of our teaching groups, attendance and participation counts for at least 20% of the final mark. The rest of the assessment will take place through a combination of the following:

  • one essay
  • one research project that will develop throughout the length of the course, including short reviews and a final presentation
  • reports (max 500 words) on primary research (eg archives and interviews) and other research tasks (eg terminologies and definitions, reflections on class discussions) 

There are no exams at the end.

Bader International Study Centre
Herstmonceux Castle
Hailsham, East Sussex
United Kingdom, BN27 1RN
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