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43314-01 - Lecture: Global Debates, Eurocentrism and Methodology 3 CP

Semester spring semester 2021
Course frequency Every spring sem.
Lecturers Lerato Posholi (, Assessor)
Content This course looks at the topic of Eurocentrism. In particular, the course focuses on understanding and critically examining critiques of Eurocentrism from decolonialism, postcolonialism, and ‘epistemologies of the South’. The main aim of the course is to identify, analyze and evaluate the arguments advanced in these critiques, and to consider the significance of the critiques for global knowledge production. The course addresses two broad questions. The first question is: what is Eurocentrism and what are its problems? The second question is: what are the implications of the critiques of Eurocentrism for how we think about global knowledge production? To address these questions, the course undertakes a close reading of some texts from, and on, decolonial theory, postcolonial theory and ‘epistemologies of the South’.
Learning objectives • To introduce students to some of the key arguments against Eurocentrism, and responses to the arguments, particularly in relation to knowledge production.
• To foster critical close reading of difficult texts on challenging topics.
• To develop students’ abilities to identify, analyze and evaluate arguments from texts.
• To encourage students to engage carefully with texts and thought from different disciplines and fields of study.

Bibliography The course will introduce students to some canonical texts on decolonial and postcolonial critiques of Eurocentrism, but also focus on contemporary literature to present an overview of some of the ways in which the topic of Eurocentrism is discussed in various disciplines. Hence, some of readings for the course will be drawn from different disciplines and fields of study (e.g. philosophy, sociology, history, education).

All mandatory literature will be uploaded on ADAM.
Comments The course readings, lectures, and consultations with the course instructor are all in English.
Weblink Europainstitut Basel


Admission requirements Nur für Studierende des MA European Global Studies.
Language of instruction English
Use of digital media Online course


Interval Weekday Time Room
wöchentlich Thursday 10.15-12.00 - Online Präsenz -


Date Time Room
Thursday 04.03.2021 10.15-12.00 - Online Präsenz -, --
Thursday 11.03.2021 10.15-12.00 - Online Präsenz -, --
Thursday 18.03.2021 10.15-12.00 - Online Präsenz -, --
Thursday 25.03.2021 10.15-12.00 - Online Präsenz -, --
Thursday 01.04.2021 10.15-12.00 Ostern
Thursday 08.04.2021 10.15-12.00 - Online Präsenz -, --
Thursday 15.04.2021 10.15-12.00 - Online Präsenz -, --
Thursday 22.04.2021 10.15-12.00 - Online Präsenz -, --
Thursday 29.04.2021 10.15-12.00 - Online Präsenz -, --
Thursday 06.05.2021 10.15-12.00 - Online Präsenz -, --
Thursday 13.05.2021 10.15-12.00 Auffahrt
Thursday 20.05.2021 10.15-12.00 - Online Präsenz -, --
Thursday 27.05.2021 10.15-12.00 - Online Präsenz -, --
Thursday 03.06.2021 10.15-12.00 - Online Präsenz -, --
Modules Modul: Methoden der Gesellschaftswissenschaften (Master's Studies: European Global Studies)
Assessment format record of achievement
Assessment details One written essay (during the semester)
One written exam essay (at the end of the semester)
Assessment registration/deregistration Reg.: course registration; dereg.: not required
Repeat examination no repeat examination
Scale 1-6 0,5
Repeated registration as often as necessary
Responsible faculty University of Basel
Offered by Europainstitut