Coronavirus information for applicants and offer-holders

We understand that prospective students and offer holders may have concerns about the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. The University is following the advice from Universities UK, Public Health England and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Read our latest coronavirus information

MA Gender, Sexuality and Culture / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
Postcolonial Theory and Methods in the Social Sciences

Unit code SOCY70112
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Sociology
Available as a free choice unit? No


Postcolonial Theory and Methods in the Social Sciences examines a range of critical perspectives to contemporary postcolonial analysis, and offers preparation for students conducting independent research in the social sciences. The postcolonial is conceptually defined in this course and we will consider how different approaches to postcolonial thinking orient the nature and scope of social science research both in a theoretical and methodological sense


The course unit aims to: 

  • Analytically examine the way in which postcolonial thought is drawn upon in response to contemporary political, social, and cultural questions
  • Introduce students to critical interdisciplinary approaches and perspectives
  • Provide a conceptual understanding of postcolonial theory and methods
  • Prepare students with a set of practical and theoretical tools for their research projects
  • Crtically examine the relationship between postcolonial thought and the social sciences

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written assignment (inc essay) 100%

Study hours

Independent study hours
Independent study 0

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Madeline Abbas Unit coordinator

Return to course details