2008-09 Catalog

Decorative graphic

Program Description

Decolonizing the Mind

Revised Last Updated: 11/17/2008

Fall and Winter quarters

Faculty: Zahid Shariff political science, Ulrike Krotscheck classics

Major areas of study include history, cultural studies, sociology, political science, post-colonial studies and literature.

Class Standing: This all-level program accepts up to 25% freshmen as well as supporting and encouraging those ready for advanced work.

This program will not be accepting new students winter quarter.

Consider the colonization of the mind which grips and shapes the imagination of a vast number of people of color in Africa, Asia and the Americas. Its broad sweep, which represents exploitation and resource transfer, is both facilitated and legitimated by the Oriental discourse. In this program, we will get acquainted with both the remarkable scope of colonial reach and the discourse that provided the framework for its justification.

We will then move on to focus on the variety of efforts that have been, and are still being, made to decolonize the minds of subjugated people that have been formally granted political independence. Decolonization acquires heightened significance because colonial links are now often maintained through cultural, social, economic, and educational means. The issue of decolonizing the mind – for the colonial actor and the colonized subject – has excited so much attention because it presents challenges of enormous proportions. Colonization is often militarily imposed, but it is legitimated and perpetuated through the consciousness. We will scrutinize the deployment of cultural resources that protect such a consciousness, as well those that challenge it. Elements of the program will include exploring the roles of image, representation, and knowledge – incentives for their production, and the prospects for their distribution.

The learning goals will emphasize engagement with the reading material in a way that lifts the author and the reader, development of collaborative and cooperative skills, and learning across differences. We expect to accomplish these goals through frequent writing assignments and active student participation in seminar facilitation, introductions of films and documentaries and student leadership in organizing discussions. Possible authors include Tsitsi Dangarembga, Frantz Fanon, Eduardo Galeano, Stephen Kinzer, Rodney Walter, Edward Said, David Stannard and Ngugi wa Thiong'o.

Credits: 16 per quarter

Enrollment: 48

Books: www.tescbookstore.com

Program is preparatory for careers and future studies in law, politics, international relations and organizations, and non-profit organizations.

Planning Units: Programs for Freshmen, Society, Politics, Behavior and Change

Program Revisions

Date Revision
May 14th, 2008 Ulrike Krotscheck has joined the faculty team for this program.
November 17th, 2008 Restriction against joining program winter quarter added.