Family Life under Imperial Rule. Everyday Histories of Colonialism, 1650-1950
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleLET-GESB966
Credits (ECTS)5
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Arts; History;
dr. C.W. van Galen
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dr. C.W. van Galen
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dr. C.W. van Galen
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Contactperson for the course
dr. C.W. van Galen
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dr. D.B.G.W. Lyna
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Academic year2023
PER 4  (08/04/2024 to 01/09/2024)
Starting block
Course mode
RemarksAccessible to exchange students
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-

After completing the course:

  • You have learned to work with colonial population records;
  • You understand the research posibilities of these sources and their pitfalls; 
  • you have gained insight how live of individuals and families were influenced by colonial contexts and imperial power;
  • you have gained insight in the ways imperial powers tried to register and control family live in the colonial context;
  • and you have gained insight in the ways colonial subjects tried to create agency within the colonial contexts.
The course 'Family Life under Imperial Rule' will look at colonialism from below, by focussing on the influence of colonialism on the lives of families and individuals. The course offers and introduction into the ways colonialism and imperial rule influenced the lives of inidviduals and families living in the colonies. We will look into the history of imperial rule and look at ways in which the colonial powers tried to make sense of indigenous family structures at the one hand, but also, at the other hand, created new types of family structures, for example through mixed relationships and slavery. Furthermore, we will specifically look at ways in which the subjects of imperial rule tried to make use of this rule for their own advantage. The course will take a broad perspective on colonial history, including, but not limited to, 17th century Spanish Philippines, 18th century Sri Lanka and 19th century Caribbean and Suriname. 

Presumed foreknowledge
None required.

Note for exchange students: 
You cannot take this course if your English proficiency level is not at least B2 (TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC or Cambridge). A statement from your home university won't be accepted.
Test information
Written exam.

Required materials
To be announced
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Instructional modes

Attendance MandatoryYes

Written Exam
Test weight100
Test typeWritten exam
OpportunitiesBlock PER 4, Block PER 4

Minimum grade