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This objective of this course is to analyze some particular currents of thought that questions and criticizes the Eurocentric or western oriented ways of thinking and behaving which appeared as a reaction or resistance to the socio-cultural corruption caused by colonialism.
Currents of thought that react to colonialism and Eurocentricism. Issues of identity and otherness. Multiculturalism. Merging Identities. The Global and the local. Theories of dependency and the issue of independence. Critical approaches to the issue of “nation”. Modes of Western hegemony. Expressing yourself with another’s words. Seeing yourself with another’s eyes. Analysis of the works of Edward Said, Frantz Fanon, Gayatri Spivak and Homi Bhabha.
Upon succesful completion of this course, a student will be able to
1. Conceive the complexity of the ongoing discussions on East versus West.
2. Explain and understand the complex identity formation mechanisms and their various socio-political implications in non-Western societies/countries
3. Explain and understand the extra-quantitative impact of the Western European oriented civilization on the rest of the world.
4. Develop particular reasoning by making historical comparisons
5. Develop complex argumentation skills in speech and writing.