Issues in Cross Cultural Studies

Final year module 

This course aims to provide an understanding of postcolonial identities, encounters between Europe and Africa - colonial and imperial interaction, politics of colour from the colonial to the eurocentrism of modern era - Europe and the Other.It will explore in detail the major cultural identity of the European settlers (merchants) on the West Coast of Africa and the African elites.

The study aims to offer a comparably comprehensive and in-depth exploration of cultural identity, hybridity, creolisation, diaspora, race relations, perception of asylum through colonial eyes into the host community and representations through media outlets: film and videos.

The topic is expected to introduce, with reasonable depth and scope, central aspects of cultural studies and provides students with tools to discuss competently current issues in poscolonial theories such as the duality and ambivalence of the colonial experience, the tension between resistance and partnership, and the competing discourses of nationalism, race, gender and religion.

Students will also be expected to develop a capacity to formulate critical arguments for both oral and written presentation and be encouraged to come to their own conclusions about issues in cultural studies.

Assessment

  • 1 x 4000 word essay (50%)
  • 1 x 3 hour exam (50%)