PHIL 330/PAGS 330/FILM 330: POSTCOLONIAL THEORY

Earlham College, Fall Semester 2012-2013 
Tuesday, Thursday 7:00-8:30, Carpenter 322
Instructor: Ferit Güven 
Office: Carpenter 328 
Office Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday: By appointment
Office Phone: 983-1399 
e-mail: guvenfe@earlham.edu
Moodle Page: https://moodle.earlham.edu/course/view.php?id=3449

Course Description:  After an introduction to the field of postcolonial theory we will concentrate on selected topics in this field.  The question of identity is an important theme for the modern colonial project, as well as, for anti-colonial struggles.  We will look at the question of identity in terms of its role in the decolonization process and in the constitution of the postcolonial subject. We will also investigate the relationship between Postcolonial Theory and Marxism and assess whether the questions concerning identity are overshadowing the problems of inequality and injustice created by the global economy.

Required Texts: All of the required readings for this course will be available on Moodle. 

Course Requirement and Evaluation: You are expected to write two (5-8 page) papers and one (8-10 page) final project. The papers will be on the texts we read in the course. I will provide paper topics for these assignments. For every paper you are responsible for following the general guidelines. (See "Comments and Suggestions for Papers"). Your final project may be a paper or a creative application of the conceptual tools you acquire in this course. We will discuss the details of this project toward the end of the semester.
For each week, two students will prepare a two page (single-spaced) protocol of the material discussed during the previous week. A protocol is a carefully edited summary of the previous class sessions written in full sentences.  Protocols will be photocopied by the students who wrote it and handed out to all students at the beginning of each Tuesday to be read aloud, and will serve as a cumulative record of the course. The student who prepares the protocol will be required to come to class a couple of minutes early, so that the protocols will have been distributed by the beginning of the class (i.e., at 7:00). In addition to reviewing the material covered in the previous class, the protocol should include announcements made in class, questions raised, and, if possible, future questions for the material to come. The best protocols will be those that do not simply reproduce word for word everything that was said during class, but those that rearrange the material thematically, editing out what was unimportant, and emphasizing what was significant. The point of this is to allow you to think during class, and not just take notes; because someone will be taking notes for you, you can concentrate on the ideas being presented, and participate without having to write constantly. Also you will have a summary of every class which will help you with writing papers.
There will be quizzes throughout the semester to make sure that you are completing the readings in a timely manner. There will be no make-ups for the quizzes. 
There will be no final examination!
Your grade will be calculated according to the following distribution: Paper I: 20%, Paper II: 20%, Final Paper: 20%, Protocol: 20%, Class Participation, Quizzes and Attendance: 20%. 

Class participation and attendance: 
Attendance and participation are important dimensions of the course and your grade.  I expect you to come to class prepared and ready to participate, i.e., having read the text carefully, and ready to raise and answer questions. If you have not completed the reading for the day, you will not be able to participate in class discussions.
The success of this course depends on your attendance. If you miss 3 sessions, you will lose your entire participation grade (20%). If you miss more than 4 sessions, you will fail this course regardless of your grade. 

Our sessions will start at 7:00 pm and end at 8:30 pm. Students are expected to come on time. Walking into (and out of) the classroom while the session is in progress is very disruptive for everybody.  For every two late attendance (or early exit) you will be marked as absent for one class session.
You are required to bring the text (the book or photocopied material) to class, and refer to them during discussions.

Any student with a documented disability (e.g., physical, learning, psychiatric, vision, hearing etc.) who needs to arrange reasonable accommodations must contact the instructor and Disability Services Office (Academic Support Services) at the beginning of the semester. Accommodation arrangements must be made during the first two weeks of the semester.

Calendar: The calender and the reading assigments will be posted on Moodle. 
There may be some modifications to the calender. It is your responsibility to be aware of these changes. Make sure you follow these changes on Moodle.

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