Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedSunway First semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Andrew Ng Hock Soon


Previously coded WRT2407


This unit introduces contemporary debates surrounding the concept of postcolonialism and its attending notions including orientalism, diaspora, hybridity, cosmopolitanism, nationalism and third-world sexuality. This unit is introduced in line with the aim of globalising of the University's curriculum and in making learning relevant to the learners. The objectives, apart from creating an awareness among students with regards to their postcolonial subjectivities, also opens up a critical space with which they can engage, debate, interpret and realign. Through interaction with literature, it is hoped that students will translate what they read to how they experience their subjectivities.


At the end of the units duration, the students will be able to:
a. Critically appreciate their postcolonial subjectivities through an involved interaction with literature and contemporary theories of postcolonialism; this will be evidenced from their participation during tutorial sessions.
b. Understand and critically interrogate vital concepts of subjectivity such as hybridity, diaspora, exile, orientalism and postcolonialism through their engagement with text and theory so as to vitalise their awareness of the contemporary and globalised world within which they live.
c. Make informed notions of, and debate on the vicissitudes of postcolonialism and its complementary concepts in both their tutorial interactions and their assignments and exams.


Assignment (2000 words) 45%
Examination (2 hours): 45%
Tutorial participation: 10%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Andrew Ng Hock Soon

Contact hours

4 hours (1-2 hour lecture and 1-2 hour tutorial per week)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

International studies