Master of Arts in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies

General

Program Description

Programme overview

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 programme analyses colonial and postcolonial manifestations and effects in the past and the present.

The programme 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 introduce, among others, Nordic colonialism, environmental history, indigenous people studies, Linnaean knowledge and enlightenment science legacies. The programme encompasses training in field study, archival research, planning and leading seminars and accommodating guest lecturers.

Degree

  • Master of Arts (120 credits)
  • Main field of study: Colonial and Postcolonial Studies

Curriculum

Semester 1

Introduction to colonial and postcolonial studies with thematic, theoretical and methodological courses.

Semester 2

Elective 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 programme 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 centres of excellence. It is a vibrant environment with seminars, workshops, and conferences to which students are invited. The centre 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.

Entry Requirements

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.

Scholarships

Each year Linnaeus University offers scholarships to outstanding students from countries outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland through the programme 'Linnaeus University Scholarships'.

Career

The programme is particularly suited for students who seek to work in domestic and foreign administration, non-governmental organisations (NGO), schools, news media, museums and cultural institutions. The programme is preparatory to PhD research training.

Last updated November 2019

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.

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. Read less
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