Instructor:  Professor A. Diptee

Course Description

This course explores the intersection of colonialism and imperialism with notions of race between the 15th to 20th centuries.  It is organized thematically and will introduce students to relevant theoretical concepts and historiographical debates through an analysis of various historic episodes.  Central to this course is an effort to uncover the ways in which Eurocentric thinking has been imbedded in historical production and so has served to normalize problematic narratives that address marginalized groups.


Class Format: Each week students will be expected to attend a three-hour seminar in which there will be discussion about the course readings.  The expectations will be as follows:

  • Discussion Questions: Each week, students are required to come to class with at least three (3) discussion questions that are grounded in the assigned readings.  The questions should reflect some analytical considerations and will be used to guide the seminar discussion.  The questions are to be submitted to the professor by midnight of the day before class (e.g. midnight on Sunday, if class is on Monday).
  • Student Participation: During the seminar, students must demonstrate that they have read and contemplated the assigned readings.  You will be assessed on the quality of your comments (not merely the quantity …)
  • Weekly Presentation & Class Facilitator: Each week, the professor will assign one student to give a ten (10) minute presentation on the readings.  The same student will also be responsible for facilitating the class discussion that week.

Assessment:  Students will be assessed on their written work and their participation in the class seminars.  There will be two written assignments for this course.

Select Readings:

  • Ania Loomba, Colonialism-Postcolonialism (1998)
  • M. Blaut, Colonizer’s Model of the World: Geographical Diffusionism and Eurocentric History, (Guilford Press, 1993).
  • Karen Dubinsky, Sean Mills, and Scott Rutherford, Canada and the Third World: Overlapping Histories, (University of Toronto Press, 2016)


Questions?  Professor Diptee: