module specification

SS5089 - Decolonisation and globalisation (2022/23)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2022/23
Module status DELETED (This module is no longer running)
Module title Decolonisation and globalisation
Module level Intermediate (05)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Social Sciences and Professions
Total study hours 150
20 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
94 hours Guided independent study
36 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 100%   2500 Word assignment
Running in 2022/23

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester North Wednesday Afternoon

Module summary

This module will embrace the notion of social justice, compassion, and inclusion. This is key to our Education for Social Justice Framework at London Metropolitan University



The rationale of this module is to provide students with an outline of the historical and contemporary approaches to the concepts of colonisation and globalisation and how imperialism, race, class, gender, sexuality, disability and other forms of oppressions have shaped our understanding and thinking.  It will incorporate power and the impact on notions of difference, identity, positionality and community. It will explore how and when oppression became institutionalised and where it hasn’t been embedded in society supported by a unique philosophy.

It aims to:

  • To explore and analyse the impact of the position that ideologies in relation to; imperialism, colonisation, globalisation, race, class, gender, sexualities, age and disabilities etc. are socially and politically constructed.
  • Familiarise students with key issues that have practical importance in the lives of young people today, and assist students to reflect upon differences from a local to an international context and of the systems used by different societies to maintain people in a hierarchy and how to begin to decolonise our minds.
  • To analyse how power is maintained and implemented through normalising issues of imperialism, colonisation and globalisation.  It will also explore, compare and contrast cultures where power has not been abused.

Prior learning requirements



The syllabus will encourage students to think critically about issues affecting oppression in contemporary contexts and introduce theory, practice and applied youth work principles in relation to the following themes:

  1. Socio-cultural dimension of oppression, exclusion and marginalisation of groups and communities, collective responses to oppression LO2,3,5
  2. Critically analyse the work of people such as; Steve Biko, Malcolm X, Gandhi, Noam Chomsky, Angela Davis and a variety of other theorists, writers and activists. LO1,2,3,4
  3. First Nation philosophies. The colonisation of people and the land. LO1,2,4
  4. The Politics of Class LO1, 4,5 
  5. Disability Models – Social and Medical LO1,4,5 
  6. Diversity, multiculturalism and race LO1,2,3
  7. The values, principles, ethics and practice of  Youth Work In relation to racism, classism and disablism LO1,2,3
  8. The historical and contemporary perspectives on gender and sexuality LO1,2,3
  9. Identity issues - Androgyny, Transexuals, Heterosexuals, Lesbians, Gay men, Bisexuals in a world perspective. LO1,3,5 
  10. Masculinity - theories, research and approaches relating to men’s role in society, lifestyle and behaviour before and after colonisation. LO2,3,4
  11. Socio-economic, political and cultural theories relating to aspects of women’s life under imperialism and colonisation. LO2,3,4 
  12. Sex discrimination and sexual orientation legislation following independence struggles. LO2,3,4 
  13. Global issues affecting women LO1,3,5 
  14. The importance of anti-oppressive and decolonisation practice in Youth Work LO1,3,5

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

The module will be taught by a blended learning approach to lecture and critical discussion. There will be a focus on group work.


A student-centred approach will be adopted in teaching and learning on the module, relying on class discussions/activities, reflections. Visiting practitioners from the youth work profession to present their projects and engage students in problem solving, and innovative approaches to work with young people.


A lecture introducing the topic will be followed by a seminar where the emphasis will be on student empowerment through active participation and group work. Weekly reading is expected in order to get the most out of the module.

Learning outcomes

  1. Recognition that work with young people remains within the professional boundaries of a youth worker's role and the core values of youth work and the wider context in which they operate (LO1).
  2. Identify international and organisational policies, procedures and legislation relating to equal opportunities, discrimination and oppression on a world scale (LO2).
  3. Demonstrate an awareness of decolonising in ways which promote youth and community and social work values. Identify the connection between personal values, professional values and behaviour in practice and analyse the use and abuse of power in micro and macro contexts (LO3).
  4. Implement Anti-Oppressive Practice (AOP) effectively and with due regards to the principles and values of youth and community work and that of other professionals (LO4).
  5. Ability to work effectively as a youth and community worker and allied professional using professional skills to enhance practice and to raise awareness of how to decolonise the mind (LO5)

Assessment strategy

Formative assessment, and draft work is considered and commented on. Comments on draft work are provided a week before the final hand in date, so that students have opportunities to amend their work.


The learning of the module will be assessed through one 2500 word assignment or equivalent which students may choose and which demonstrates their understanding or contribution within this arena.