1492: Race, Religion and the Colonising ‘Man’
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleFTR-FIPPSB210
Credits (ECTS)5
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies; Opleiding Filosofie;
dr. J.M. Bakker
Other course modules lecturer
dr. J.M. Bakker
Other course modules lecturer
Contactperson for the course
dr. J.M. Bakker
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2023
SEM2  (29/01/2024 to 01/09/2024)
Starting block
Course mode
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
  • Critically reflect on the key concepts of the module: colonialism, sexism and racism. What are their historical origins? How are they instituted? Maintained? What traces remain present today?;
  • explore the contemporary debates on post-colonial, decolonial theory, gender and sexuality and race and religion;
  • gain awareness of one’s positionality and be able to express this, orally and written, in relation to knowledge acquisition and to connect this to current debates on identity, exclusion and power;
  • translating and bridging academic knowledge with embodied and lived experiences of in/exclusion and identities;
  • connect these theoretical topics to the questions of ethics and politics in a globalized society. What role do we play individually? Collectively? Responsibility?;
  • learn to read very difficult (and non-canonical) philosophical texts (e.g. form and content) collectively.
This semester long course sets the stage and connects the other two module courses.

This course explores how identities, whether of individuals or groups, are produced, maintained, resisted and potentially challenged. Questions of individual and collective identity are a crucial issue at every level of society, ranging from local communities to the global. This is evident from the many contemporary debates – philosophical, political, scientific, as well as public – on matters such as gender, racism, decolonization, religious identity, and their various intersections. Students will be introduced to various theoretical perspectives that deal with identity formation and dynamics of inclusion and exclusion in relation to power differences. We will explore these perspectives for understanding identity components such as gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, religion, language, and bodily difference. This module provides three such interrelated perspectives on the politics of identities and forms of exclusion. The first course is a historical and critical introduction into the theme of exclusion, with a focus on race and religion, and two further courses zoom in on the topics of gender and post-colonial theory. All the readings in this module will be interdisciplinary and also aim to create a discussion between the philosophical canon and non-European or decolonized approaches. 

Presumed foreknowledge

Test information

This course is part of a module of three courses in the Philosophy, Politics and Society bachelor programme. You can only take this course if you also take the two associated courses during the same semester. If you want to register for the three courses in this module, you must FIRST register for the module itself via the 'Minor' tab in Osiris, and THEN register for the courses themselves. For an overview of modules and their associated courses, see the course guides on the website of the Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies.
Instructional modes
Attendance MandatoryYes

Preparation of meetings
Weekly submission of question on texts.

This course is taught in seminar format which means that attendance is required and it is not recorded.

Take home Exam
Test weight1
Test typeWritten exam
OpportunitiesBlock SEM2, Block SEM2