We live at a time when questions of climate justice, global migration flows, and militarized landscapes daily remind us of colonial pasts and of their legacies into present environments. Our world is shaped by colonial conquest, imperial discourses, and the consequences of imperial domination and subordination. This program analyses colonial and postcolonial manifestations and effects in the past and the present.
The program meets needs in society and research for critical analysis of meanings, implications, and consequences of colonialism at the time of colonial conquest and rule, and in view of how previous colonial relations continue to influence the postcolonial present. Students will acquire knowledge of the formation of the modern world under the impact of colonial power, Orientalist discourses, and knowledge networks and of how these are manifested in social and political relations in a postcolonial context. Students are challenged to critically examine the working of civilizational and orientalist discourses in political, economic, cultural, religious, and artistic representations.
A broad choice of courses introduces, among others, Nordic colonialism, environmental history, indigenous people studies, Linnaean knowledge, and enlightenment science legacies. The program encompasses training in the field study, archival research, planning, and leading seminars and accommodating guest lecturers.
- Master of Arts (120 credits)
- The main field of study: Colonial and Postcolonial Studies
Introduction to colonial and postcolonial studies with thematic, theoretical and methodological courses.
The course Postcolonial encounters begins and runs across three semesters
Semester 3 and 4
Elective courses (optional)
The course Independent work (the master's thesis)
Linnaeus University Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies
As a student in the program, you will benefit much from having close contacts with researchers and fellows at the Centre for Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies. This is one of the Linnaeus University’s centers of excellence. It is a vibrant environment with seminars, workshops, and conferences to which students are invited. The center hosts scholars from archaeology, comparative literature, English literature, French literature, history, religious studies, social work, and sociology. Visiting scholars also give occasional teaching in the courses.
General entry requirements for studies at the second level, and specific entry requirements: Bachelor’s Degree, or the equivalent, in the humanities or social sciences, and English B/English 6.
Each year Linnaeus University offers scholarships to outstanding students from countries outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland through the program 'Linnaeus University Scholarships'.
The program is particularly suited for students who seek to work in domestic and foreign administration, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), schools, news media, museums, and cultural institutions. The program is preparatory to Ph.D. research training.
About the School
Linnaeus University is a modern, international university named after Carl Linnaeus – a world-renowned Swedish scientist who was born in the Småland region where the university is located.