Beyond Regions: Cultures in the Diaspora
- Start date
- End date
- Year of study
- Year 2
- Term 2
- Module code
- FHEQ Level
- School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics
In Year 1, students have been introduced to the ways in which global movements have constructed and affected London. Students have explored how space, culture, language and behaviour are flexible, dynamic and embodied, both within the city space and ourselves. In Beyond Regions, students may build on the theme of global movement through the analysis of cultural objects. It moves beyond the idea that Western Empires have dominated all global movement, to think broadly about the exchange of languages and cultures of Asia, Africa and the Middle East within and between the cultures of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. From this starting point students will focus on topics which explore the rich history of exchanges in premodern, imperial and contemporary disaporic cultures who have and continue to move within and through Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
Objectives and learning outcomes of the module
On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
1. Analyse and evaluate topics on diasporic cultures.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of historical relations between and among cultures in relevant geographies.
3. Critically analyze cultural objects/texts from diasporic cultures in history and the contemporary
2 hours of lectures every week for 10 weeks.
The module will involve two hours of contact time per-week. Designated as "lectures", these will incorporate class discussion time, break-out sessions, Q&A, and other interactive approaches as appropriate. It will be made clear to students that they should complete readings in advance of class, in order to incorporate the best elements of "flipped classroom" practice. All required materials will be made available in accessible formats in advance.
Scope and syllabus
• The spread of language through religion
• Language and the nation-state
• Language mixing
• Forced movement of people
• Language supremacy
• Ethnic violence
• Communal Violence
• Cultures of Resistance
• Writing Back
This is a team-taught module drawing on the expertise of the department. Not all topics will be taught every year.
Method of assessment
- Four Reflective log-book entries every other week (1000 words), 5% each
- A poster presentation, podcast or recorded ppt, 20%
- Open-book 2-day Exam 60%
- The exact assessment deadline dates are published on the relevant module Moodle/BLE page
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