Colonial and Postcolonial Studies, Master Programme

120 credits

We live at a time when questions of climate justice, global migration flows, and militarized landscapes daily remind us of colonial pasts, and how they shape our world today. The master’s programme in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies is tailored for you who seek to investigate and understand colonial practices of power and their manifestations in the past and the present.

Our world is shaped by colonial conquests and discourses. People, societies, and global relations experience the consequences of imperial domination and subordination. This master’s programme in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies meets the needs in society and research for critical analysis of meanings, implications, and consequences of colonialism. You will study how colonial relations continue to influence the postcolonial present and how modernity and colonialism have displaced colonised societies’ knowledge and experiences. We will discuss how people restore the multiplicity of lives.

As a student you are actively part of creating knowledge about the formation of the modern world under the impact of colonial power, orientalist discourses, and knowledge networks. You will investigate how these are manifested in social and political relations, and practiced in relations such as racial privileges and gender hierarchies. You are challenged to critically examining the manifestations of civilizational and Eurocentric discourses in political, economic, cultural, religious, and artistic representations.

A broad choice of courses introduces you to Nordic colonialism, environmental history, indigenous people studies, and enlightenment science legacies, among others. The programme gives you training in field study, archival research, planning and leading seminars and accommodating guest lecturers.


The programme is particularly suited for you who seek to work in domestic and foreign administration, non-governmental organisations (NGO), schools, news media, museums and cultural institutions. The programme is preparatory to PhD research training.


Master of Arts (120 credits)

Main field of study: Colonial and Postcolonial Studies

Courses in the programme

Here is a preview of courses that will be taught in the programme. You will study together with all the students in your batch in six compulsory courses, and you will have many elective courses to choose between to tailor your curriculum to your interest.

Click on the courses for more information about the syllabus.

Meet our students

Exchanging experiences with people from other cultures is a valuable part of the programme

- I’ve always wanted to study history, to gain a better understanding of what is happening in the world and why. In my home country, in order to study history, you have to take a five-year programme, starting with the beginning of human history. I figured that this programme, even though it has the Middle Ages as its starting point, would make some connections also to contemporary history.

Filip’s goal is to become a doctoral student

Filip student på Linnéuniversitetet

Having studied film and comparative literature, Filip chose to specialise by studying the master’s programme Colonial and postcolonial studies. An international programme that has broadened his perspectives.

Meet Mahesh Rangarajan

Professor of History and Environmental Studies at Ashoka University in India.

Meet our teachers

You will meet Mahesh Rangarjan in the elective course Modern natures and postcolonial environments

Meet Johan Höglund

 Director of the Centre for Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies

Linnaeus University Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies

As a student in the programme you will benefit much from having close contacts with researchers and fellows at the Centre for Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies.  This is one of the Linnaeus University’s centres of excellence. It is a vibrant environment with seminars, workshops, and conferences to which students are invited. The centre hosts scholars from archaeology, comparative literature, English literature, French literature, history, religious studies, social work, and sociology. Visiting scholars also give occasional teaching in the courses.


Växjö – the student city with a living campus

Just south of Växjö’s city centre you will find Linnaeus University’s campus. In Växjö, many students choose to live on campus.

Here you will have five minutes’ walking distance to friends, restaurants, lecture rooms, gym, grocery store, the University Library, nature trails, and student pubs. If you live in another part of Växjö, you can quickly get to the university by bus or bicycle.

With its 90 000 inhabitants, Växjö is one of the fastest growing cities in Sweden. Here you will find the famous Småland entrepreneurship spirit and a lot of companies, for instance within the IT industry – perfect for when you are looking for an internship position or a job. Växjö is also one of Europe’s greenest cities where you have easy access to nature, forest and lakes.

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