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HIST247 Empires Strike Back: A Global History of Decolonization

A critical examination of the global history of decolonization in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and the Pacific.

This paper fosters a critical understanding of the complex and often violent process of decolonization and the making of independent nation-states in the twentieth century, drawing on case studies from key regions around the globe as well as contextualising these examples in broader developments.

Paper title Empires Strike Back: A Global History of Decolonization
Paper code HIST247
Subject History
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
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One 100-level HIST paper or 54 points
Schedule C
Arts and Music

Miranda Johnson

Teaching staff

Course Co-ordinator and Lecturer: Dr Miranda Johnson


There is no textbook for this course

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Information literacy, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes

On completion of this paper, students will have

  • A broad understanding of processes of global decolonization in the twentieth century
  • A critical awareness of key scholarly debates about decolonization, anticolonialism, and the making of new states
  • A refined capacity to engage with contemporary debates relating to the legacies of empire and postcolonial challenges by drawing on historical examples and conceptual definitions of decolonization

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 14:00-14:50 9-13, 15-22
Wednesday 14:00-14:50 9-13, 15-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Tuesday 15:00-15:50 11, 13, 16, 18, 20
A2 Thursday 12:00-12:50 11, 13, 16, 18, 20
A3 Thursday 15:00-15:50 11, 13, 16, 18, 20