Prof. David Campion

The Rt. Hon. Chris Patten, Last Governor of Hong Kong, 30 June 1997 © BBC




A reading colloquium can be a fascinating exercise, but for this to happen it will require some effort. This means regular and punctual classroom attendance and consistent adherence to the schedule of assigned readings to keep up with and actively participate in discussions. If you must miss a class, you are required to notify the instructor in advance and in writing. Any unexcused absence after the first two will reduce your final grade by one third of a letter grade. Two late arrivals count as one absence. Being unprepared for class discussion will also count as an unexcused absence. Students are always encouraged to ask questions or continue discussions during office hours, and to go beyond the minimum course requirements as their imagination and intellect lead them. This is not a lecture course; as a reading colloquium, we are a relatively small group devoted to critical discussion of scholarly writing and historical problems. As such, your preparation and active participation in discussion is vital to the success of this course.


Each week two students will lead the discussion on the assigned readings and related issues. In addition to leading the discussion, the two students will each submit a critical review (4-6 pages) of the readings assigned for the week. Students are required to submit two book reviews during the semester.


At the end of the semester each student will complete a 16-20 page bibliographical essay focusing on a recurring theme in the course (i.e. ethnicity, language, sovereignty, etc). The essay will be based on a critical analysis of the course readings, but if you like you may also incorporate any research or reading you have done elsewhere.

The bibliographical essay is due on Tuesday December 7.

All participants are reminded that we must show respect and courtesy to each other at all times and maintain an atmosphere in class that encourages participation by all and the free exchange of ideas and opinions.

Assignments must be submitted on time. Unless there are extenuating circumstances, assignments will be reduced by one third of a letter grade for each day they are late. After five days, an assignment will not be accepted.

The Lewis & Clark College
Policy on Academic Integrity is applicable to all assignments in this course. Any instances of cheating or plagiarism, however slight, on any assignment will result automatically in a failing grade for the course and referral to the College Honor Board for further disciplinary action.


Participation in discussion (50%)
Book reviews (20%)
Bibliographical essay (30%)

Note: If you have a disability that may affect your academic performance, you may request accommodations by submitting documentation to Student Support Services and that office will notify the instructor of the accommodation for which you are eligible.

(Available for purchase at the Lewis & Clark Bookstore)

Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart
David Anderson, Histories of the Hanged: The Dirty War in Kenya and the End of Empire
Jordanna Bailkin, The Afterlife of Empire
Nancy Clark & William Worger, South Africa: The Rise and Fall of Apartheid (2nd Edition)
Frantz Fanon, A Dying Colonialism and The Wretched of the Earth
Ronald Hyam, Britain's Declining Empire: The Road to Decolonization, 1918-1968
Yasmin Khan, The Great Partition: The Making of India and Pakistan
Mark Lawrence, Assuming the Burden: Europe and the American Commitment to War in Vietnam
Christopher Lee (ed.), Making a World after Empire: The Bandung Moment and its Political Afterlives
Mark Mazower, No Enchanted Palace: The End of Empire and the Ideological Origins of the United Nations
Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Decolonizing the Mind: The Politics of Language in African Literature
Paul Scott, Staying On
Todd Shepard, The Invention of Decolonization: The Algerian War and the Remaking of France
Peter Sluglett, Britain in Iraq: Contriving King and Country

Created by campion@lclark.edu | Updated February 2016