2023-2024 / TRAD0059-1

Issues in English civilization


30h Th

Number of credits

 Master in multilingual communication (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in multilingual communication (120 ECTS) (Digital media education)5 crédits 
 Master in translation (120 ECTS)5 crédits 


Marie Herbillon

Language(s) of instruction

English language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

This course is designed to stimulate thoughts and discussion on the history and legacy of British imperialism in the former British colonies. After an introduction to the history of British colonisation, the course focuses on the various histories, cultures and social, political and economic developments specific to the territories formerly under British domination.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

The students will be able to conduct personal research on specific as well as broader issues connected to colonisation and imperialism. They should be able to analyse the similarities as well as discrepancies inherent in the different subordination and emancipation mechanisms which punctuated the history of the countries formerly under British domination.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Excellent command of the English language

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

After a general introduction to the history and ideology of colonisation and imperialism, each group of 3 to 5 students must make an oral presentation (approximately 30 minutes) on the history and development of the specific areas formerly under British domination.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Recommended or required readings

A course pack, as well as various documents (such as the notes pertaining to the introductory sessions), are made available in October.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

oral exam

Written work / report

Additional information:

The mark for the oral in-class presentation accounts for 20% of the final mark. The oral exam in January (course pack allowed) represents 80% of the final mark. 2 novels (chosen from a list available in October) must be analysed in connection with the issues discussed in class.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

This course is taught in English (Wednesday 4-6pm, Q1).


Marie Herbillon, Associate Professor


Département de Langues modernes: linguistique, littérature et traduction

Rue de Pitteurs 20 (L3 building, ground floor)

Association of one or more MOOCs

Items online

British Empire texts to be read by 7 October
Here are the texts to be read by 7 October