BA Geography

Year of entry: 2023

Course unit details:
De-colonising Geographies: Theory, Methods, Praxis

Course unit fact file
Unit code GEOG31012
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Geography
Available as a free choice unit? No

Overview

This course will enable students to think through theoretical frameworks, methodological approaches, and real world interventions that lead to a potential ‘decolonisation’ of geographical research and praxis. The focus of the course will be to engage a variety of theoretical perspectives on decolonisation and postcoloniality, explore diverse examples from across the world, to engage with research led teaching, and to think beyond theory to the impact of research and policy praxis. Throughout the course the students will be encouraged to deeply reflect upon their own positionality and existing and future professional practice.

Aims

This course will enable students to think through theoretical frameworks, methodological approaches, and real world interventions that lead to a potential ‘decolonisation’ of geographical research and praxis. The focus of the course will be to engage a variety of theoretical perspectives on decolonisation and postcoloniality, explore diverse examples from across the world, to engage with research led teaching, and to think beyond theory to the impact of research and policy praxis. Throughout the course the students will be encouraged to deeply reflect upon their own positionality and existing and future professional practice.

Learning outcomes

·        To be active participants in the decolonisation of the curriculum within Geography at University of Manchester

·        To reflect upon the legacies of colonial histories in geographical/scholarly research knowledge and praxis

·        To reflect upon the legacies of colonial pasts and presents in a range of UK and international non-academic settings

·        To reflect upon the importance of ‘Other’ knowledges, research practices, and professional practices

·        To develop a working knowledge of alternative geographical, and related academic/non-academic, theory/methods/praxis that works to decolonise research, policy, and societies

Syllabus

·        Lecture 1: Decolonising Geographies? Theories, Methods, Praxis (AB).

·        Lecture 2: Decolonising Methodologies: Research Methods and Fieldwork (AB).

·        Lecture 3: Indigenous Australian geographies and environmental management (AB)

·        Lecture 4: Decolonising more-than-human worlds (AF).

·        Lecture 5: Decolonising physical geography: Ethnogeomorphology (AS/AF).

·        Reading Week

·        Lecture 6: Postcoloniality, Intersectionality, and Queer Theory (AB)

·        Lecture 7. Diasporas in the United Kingdom (AB).

·        Lecture 8: Decolonising the Institution: Museums and the Academy (AB/with Dominique Heyse-Moore; Curator, Whitworth Gallery). Visit to the Whitworth Gallery during seminars.

·        Reading Week

·        Lecture 9: Postcolonial Futures: Film, Culture, Fiction (AB): 

·        Lecture 10: Take Home Exam – see above. 

Assessment methods

·        A reflective, academic journal (40%)

§  200 words weekly summary reflections x 9 topics (~1800 words + 10%)

§  Deadline: submitted (alongside the extended reflective statements) in the last taught week of semester

§  Formative Feedback: thoughts and reflections will be discussed in the dedicated topical seminars; there will be coursework surgeries in Weeks 4/9

§  Intention: building on lectures, seminar activities, readings, and key themes and questions. These summary reflections can be built upon in 2 extended reflective statements to be submitted in the last week of semester (below)

 

·        2 x Extended Reflective Statements (60%)

§  2 x 1500 word reflective statements building upon the reflective journal

§  Deadline: submitted in the last taught week of semester. The journal needs to be submitted alongside the extended statements.

§  Intention: builds upon week-by-week journal; allowing students to develop a deeper consideration of topics and themes across the course according to students’ interests

Feedback methods

§  Formative Feedback: there will be coursework surgeries in Weeks 4/9

§  If students would like to develop their topics outside of the areas covered within the course (i.e., to self-define a topic) this should be discussed with the course convener early in semester

Recommended reading

Students will be expected to engage with a range of academic texts (journals), social media (blogs, twitter), as well as visual media (videos, documentaries) and print media. Readings will be derived from key geographical resources (journals, books), but students will also be expected to engage with a range of other disciplinary and community knowledges. The reading list will be provided within the first lecture, and built upon by the staff and students on the course during the semester. 

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 24
Seminars 12

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Alison Browne Unit coordinator

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