Postcoloniality and Intersectionality


Admission requirements

General entry requirements (with the exemption of Swedish language) + English course B. A minimum of 60 HE credits in Humanities or Social Science.


credits 100%


Syllabus for students autumn 2020, autumn 2019, autumn 2018, autumn 2017, autumn 2016, autumn 2015

Course Code:
IM270L revision 1
Swedish name:
Postkolonialitet och intersektionalitet
Level of specialisation
Main fields of study:
No main fields
Date of ratification:
16 March 2015
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
31 August 2015

Entry requirements

General entry requirements (with the exemption of Swedish language) + English course B. A minimum of 60 HE credits in Humanities or Social Science.

Specialisation and progression relative to the degree regulations

The course is not part of a main field of study.


The aim is to increase students’ awareness of the theoretical and empirical impact of postcolonial theory in race/ethnicity, class and gender studies.


During the course, key-concepts will be discussed through the classic literature that creates the post-colonial theoretical field. In addition, the course will focus on how the post-colonial field leads to intersectionality with its strengths and weaknesses.
The course will present and problematize the work of classical theorists in the field of postcolonial theory and discuss their impact on various disciplines in the social sciences and the humanities.
The course will address theoretical approaches of anti-colonialism, anti-racism feminism and marxism and problematize key concepts central to the field. The course is divided into four parts: the first part entails close reading of key theoretical texts, the second and third part deals with the ways that postcolonial thinking has been absorbed in various disciplines and the last and fourth part will concentrate on the students’ own production of individual papers through group discussions, presentations and seminars.

Learning outcomes

After finishing the course, the student shall be able to:

  1. give an account for the theoretical development in the field of postcolonial theory
  2. understand and relate to the importance and analytical impact of postcolonial perspectives in race/ethnicity and gender studies
  3. demonstrate knowledge of theoretical concepts and of analytical approaches dealt with in the course
  4. demonstrate an ability to communicate and develop his/her knowledge and skills in the field of study through writing a paper and giving a presentation.

Learning activities

Assigned readings, lectures, seminars


This course is graded through three different types of exercises:

  1. a student presentation (learning outcome 3, 4),
  2. an individual paper Learning outcome 1, 2),
  3. seminar activity (Learning outcome 1, 4).

Grading system

Excellent (A), Very Good (B), Good (C), Satisfactory (D), Pass (E) or Fail (U).

Course literature and other teaching materials

  • Aimé Césaire, Discourse on Colonialism Monthly Review Press; New Ed edition 2000
  • Bhabha, Homi K. The Location of Culture. New York: Routledge, 1994. (60 pages)
  • Chakrabarty, Dipesh. Provincializing Europe: Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference Princeton University Press 2007. (84 pages)
  • Chibber, Vivek. Postcolonial Theory and the Specter of Capital Verso 2013. (120 pages)
  • Fanon, Frantz. Black Skin, White Masks. Grove Press, 2008. (232 pages)
  • Landry, Bart. 2007. Race, gender, and class: Theory and methods of analysis. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall. (50 pages)
  • Loomba, Ania. Colonialism/Postcolonialism. New York: Routledge, 2005. (100 pages)
  • Mankekar, Purnima. Screening Culture, Viewing Politics: An Ethnography of Television, Womanhood, and Nation in Postcolonial India. Durham: Duke, 1999. (30 pages)
  • McClintock, Anne. Imperial Leather: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the Colonial Contest. New York: Routledge, 1995. (45 pages)
  • Mohanty, Chandra Talpade. Feminism without Borders: Decolonizing Theory, Practicing Solidarity. Duke UP, 2003. (15 pages)
  • Ore, Tracy E. 2010. The social construction of difference and inequality: Race, class, gender, and sexuality. 5th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill. (64 pages)
  • Said, Edward. Orientalism Penguin 2003. (90 pages)
  • Spivak, Gayatri Chakravorty. A Critique of Postcolonial Reason: Toward a History of the Vanishing Present Harvard University Press, 1999. (65 pages)
  • Young, Robert J. C. White Mythologies: Writing History and the West Routledge, 2004. (232 pages)

Course evaluation

The University provides students who participate in or who have completed a course with the opportunity to make known their experiences and viewpoints with regards to the course by completing a course evaluation administered by the University. The University will compile and summarize the results of course evaluations as well as informing participants of the results and any decisions relating to measures initiated in response to the course evaluations. The results will be made available to the students (HF 1:14).

Interim rules

If a course ceases to be available or has undergone any major changes, the students are to be offered two opportunities to retake the examination during the year following the change for re-examination, based on the syllabus which applied at registration.

Other Information

The Language of Instruction is English.


The education is provided by the Faculty of Culture and Society at the Department of Global Political Studies.

Further information

GPSstudent - Malmö universitet,
Dimosthenis Chatzoglakis, Course Coordinator
Phone: 040-6657396


31 August 2020 - 08 November 2020 Day-time 100% Malmö Schedule

Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 20000 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 20000 SEK