ARCH41260 Decolonising Ethnography

Academic Year 2022/2023

Concepts like decolonisation, appropriation, nationalism, colonialism/post-colonialism have become increasingly integrated into our academic discourses. Although generally positive, the breadth of intellectual engagement with these ideas in classrooms, particularly in traditionally ‘Western’ universities, has been limited. This class is designed to allow you to discuss and reflect on these concepts. It is also structured to highlight that these issues are not restricted to archaeology or the social sciences but are current in all aspects of academic thought.

Show/hide contentOpenClose All

Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Be able to define the key concepts covered in-class
2. Be mindful of the impact of colonialism on current academia
3. Understand a range of strategies aimed at addressing these challenges

Indicative Module Content:

This module will be co-taught by lecturers from the School's of Archaeology, Architecture Planning and Environmental Policy, and Classics. During the semester, students will have 12, 1 hour discussion based seminars (one per week) covering some of the key topics, concepts and implications related to this subject. There will be a small number of weekly readings that will inform the discussion portions of each seminar, in which all students will be expected to participate.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning




Small Group


Field Trip/External Visits




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
- Class based lectures
- Class based seminars
- Discussion based seminars
- In class group work 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Essay: You will be provided with a strategy document or piece of legislation relating to decolonisation and asked to critique it. Week 11 n/a Graded No


Assignment: You will be give 4 key terms and asked to define them (using academic literature only) in not more than 500 words. Week 2 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback: You will receive mandatory one-to-one feedback with the module coordinator after your first assessment. This will help guide you towards making improvements for your second assessment and will be targeted specifically at structure, formatting and writing style. Feedback for your second assessment is optional, but highly recommended, and will focus on project design, expression and content.