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PAIR3059 Critics of Empire: Radical and Revolutionary Political Thinkers of the Global South

Module Overview

For thinkers of the Global South, the experience of empire, of being subject to imperial rule in a variety of forms, serves as a key site for the development of political theory. This module addresses a range of the responses to empire that emerged within and from struggles against imperialism and does so across a number of different imperial contexts. In reflecting on the forms of imperialism and in critiques of empire, it focuses both on understanding and evaluating individual political theories and on considering them as a collective response to the experience of empire.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • A range of responses to imperialism across different traditions and contexts and the ability to analyse and evaluate these responses.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Engage in detailed critical reviewing of academic articles, chapter or books in political theory.
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Critically review academic research and construct an essay showing your own research.


This module will address a range of important non-Western thinkers who were (or are) engaged in the critique of imperialism from Africa, Asia, Middle East, Latin America and 'settler-colonial states' such as Canada. This may include Franz Fanon, Kwame Nkrumah, Aime Césaire, B.S. Ambedkar, M.K. Gandhi, Sayyid Qutb, Zaynab al Ghazali, Huda Sha’rawi, CLR James, Edward Said, Taiake Alfred, Subcommondante Marcos.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

2 hours of lectures per week. All will be recorded and posted on Blackboard. Lectures will be delivered either face to face or online only depending upon University and Public Health England Guidance at the time. Total of 24 hours of lectures (2 hours per week X 12 weeks) per module. Weekly student participation in online discussion boards. 1 hour per week delivered asynchronously. (1 hour X 12 weeks)

Independent Study114
Total study time150



MethodPercentage contribution
Discussion board activity 25%
Research project 50%
Research proposal 25%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (4000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (4000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:


Core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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