AMU2832 - Postcolonial and diasporic literature - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Malaysia School of Arts and Social Sciences


Associate Professor Andrew Ng Hock Soon

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


This unit introduces contemporary debates surrounding the concept of post-colonialism 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.


Upon successful completion of the unit, students should be able to:

  1. Critically appreciate their post-colonial subjectivities through an involved interaction with literature and contemporary theories of post-colonialism; this will be evidenced from their participation during tutorial sessions;
  2. Understand and critically interrogate vital concepts of subjectivity such as hybridity, diaspora, exile, orientalism and post-colonialism through their engagement with text and theory so as to vitalise their awareness of the contemporary and globalised world within which they live;
  3. Make informed notions of, and debate on the vicissitudes of post-colonialism and its complementary concepts in both their tutorial interactions and their assignments and exams.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Twelve credit points of first-year Arts units.