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Production of the Human: Decolonising the Canon


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Human knowledge is never neutral and cultural value is never objective. Our Production of the Human: Decolonising the Canon short course will help you understand your learning in the context of the real world and lived existence. It will empower you with a conceptual toolkit to identify and deconstruct the network of hierarchies and systems that shape our contemporary globalised world.

Decolonising the curriculum has rightly climbed up the political agenda and has become a priority in universities. Central to this agenda is a critique of the way knowledge is conditioned by power and shapes the human subject. This course will provide you with the critical perspective that will help you contextualise the humanities disciplines and their continuing process of reflection and evolution.

We plan to cover the following content:

  • The Human Subject
  • Making Knowledge: the Construction of the Humanities
  • The Canon and its Others
  • Identity and Difference
  • Constructing Bodies: Disability and Class
  • Inside and Outside the Colonial Space: Race and Ethnicity
  • Undoing Gender
  • Decolonising the Curriculum in Neoliberal Times
  • The Digital Human
  • Posthumans on an Unstable Planet

Assessment is via a 1000-word critical commentary (10%) and two 2000-word essays (45% each).

30 credits at level 4

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students.

    This short course has no prerequisites.

    As part of the enrolment process, you may be required to submit a copy of a suitable form of ID.

    International students who wish to come to the UK to study a short course can apply for a Visitor visa. Please note that it is not possible to obtain a Student visa to study a short course.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You register directly onto the classes you would like to take. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then register onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.