Course: Postcolonial Studies

« Back
Course title Postcolonial Studies
Course code KZU/PKSM
Organizational form of instruction Seminary
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter and summer
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Merz Lukáš, Mgr.
Course content
1. Introduction, terminology, basic literature. 2. Postcolonial discourse and cultural studies: gender, identity, hybridity, influence of Marxism (Said, Spivak, Gandhi, Bhabha) 3. Political and economic principles of colonial government, the birth of the 1st empire. 4. The question of national identity (multiculturalism) in the American colonies and the Caribbean 5. Colonialism in practice: East India Company and the consequences of its government, British Raj, "Scramble for Africa", Nationalism 6. Tops of imperial culture in Europe and overseas, the question "representation" 7. Anti-colonial resistance, decolonization and the problems of the emergence of independent states 8. Colonial heritage in the selected areas (social stratification, economy, language and literature, educational system) 9. Ethnicity, diaspora 10. Neo-colonialism, globalization, cultural colonization 11. Fruits and impasse post-colonial discourse, cultural pluralism 12. Course Summary

Learning activities and teaching methods
Dialogic Lecture (Discussion, Dialog, Brainstorming), Work with Text (with Book, Textbook)
  • Homework for Teaching - 3 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The aim of this course is to acquaint students with basic concepts of colonial and postcolonial theory and its implications for the study of cultural and national identities. The example of the British Empire can be demonstrated by birth, and the disintegration of the colonial government estates in various parts of the world and then coming to terms with the colonial past: both the colonized peoples, and the other colonists. Based on the theoretical study of primary texts (selected passages, see the reading list), we will attempt to critically assess the legacy of the colonial era in the cultural field: in literature, visual arts, architecture, but also in politics, economy and social sphere. The course aims to contextualize the various cultural and historical circumstances, finding links and differences across cultures and provide students with basic theoretical knowledge in the field. The center of gravity should lie in a reading selection of texts (appropriate knowledge of English) and the subsequent discussion and presentations on specified topics. Basic reading will be supplemented by selected examples from fiction, or. film and television, and other theoretical studies.
Students will acquire skills of the course according to sylabus and will be able to critique contemporary literature, culture and media image creating the (post)colonial discourse.
Ability to work with specialized texts, including english texts.

Assessment methods and criteria
Seminar Work

Credit requirements: Active participation in seminars, assigned reading texts and preparing for seminars. Colloquium requirements: successful defence of a written essay (at least 5 standard pages previously consulted on the subject).
Recommended literature
  • Abdel-Malek, A., & Havránek, V. (2011). Postkoloniální myšlení II. Praha:
  • During, Simon. Cultural Studies: A Critical Introduction. Routledge, 2005.
  • Fanon, F., & Kozelská, I. (2011). Postkoloniální myšlení I. Praha: Tranzit.
  • Gandhi, Leela. Postcolonial Theory: A Critical Introduction. Allen & Unwin, 1998.
  • McRobbie, Angela. Aktuální témata kulturálních studií. Praha: Portál, 2006.
  • Said, E. W., & Nagyová, P. (2008). Orientalismus: západní koncepce Orientu. Praha: Paseka.
  • Williams, Patrick. Colonial Discourse and Post-colonial Theory: A Reader. New York: Columbia University Press, 1994.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Arts Cultural Studies (2013) Philosophy, theology - -
Faculty of Arts Cultural Studies (2013) Philosophy, theology - -