Decolonization Resource Collection: Sample syllabi

Decolonization and the End of Empire
This course explores the process of decolonization in the twentieth century as the end of empire was negotiated between colonial states, former colonial subjects and citizens, international organizations, and a plethora of non-state actors. Jessica Pearson-Patel (University of Oklahoma)

Decolonization in the Postcolonial World
This seminar examines how myriad peoples and communities across the globe, including Canadians, have experienced the global process of decolonization in the aftermath of the formation of a so-called post-imperial international system. Maurice Labelle (University of Saskatchewan)

Decolonization of the British Empire 
This course examines the end of the British Empire. Focusing on connections between imperial territories, it analyzes networks of anticolonial activists and links between British decision-makers. Lucy Chester (University of Colorado, Boulder)

Historical Methods: Decolonization in the Twentieth Century
Through secondary sources, this class seeks to understand the international context of decolonization, especially, the paradox of continued colonial rule in the midst of an international discourse of self-determination and universal human rights. Lori Watt (Washington University in St. Louis)

Gender, Sexuality, and Decolonization in the Global South
This course examines the intersections of gender sexuality and nationalism within the context of decolonization movements in Asia, Africa, and the Carribbean from the late 19th century to the postcolonial period, with a particular focus on the 1920s to 1970s. Nicole Bourbonnais (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva)

Empire and Independence in the Modern World 
This colloquium takes a comparative approach and focuses on the causes and consequences of decolonization, primarily in Africa and Asia. David Campion (Lewis and Clark College)

Borderlands of Empire
This course examines the development of imperial borderlands through imperial expansion, consolidation, and decolonization. Lucy Chester  (University of Colorado, Boulder)

Comparative Colonialisms: Asia and Africa 
This course explores a major theme in the history of the modern world: colonialism and its legacy. Shawn McHale (George Washington University)