2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
HIST3734 Missionaries, Abolitionists and Colonial Philanthropists: Evangelical Attitudes to Empire, 1765-1865
20 creditsClass Size: 14
Module manager: Professor Andrea Major
Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable
Year running 2019/20
This module is mutually exclusive with
|HIST3392||Eastern Subjects: British Attitudes to India, 1757-1857|
This module is not approved as a discovery module
Module summaryThis module explores the impact of emerging evangelicalism on British ideas about race and empire in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It looks at the role of the anti-slavery and missionary movements in shaping metropolitan British attitudes toward their colonial subjects overseas and explores Britain’s changing sense of its role and responsibilities as an imperial power. Focussing on Britain, India and the West Indies, it highlights the ideological and political interaction between different sites of empire, as well as the impact that these debates had on British understandings of gender, race and identity.
ObjectivesThe objectives of this module are:
1. To explore the relationship between evangelicalism and empire in India and the West Indies the late C18 and C19.
2. To examine the evangelical attitudes to race, religion and the non-white/non-Christian subjects of the empire.
3. To assess the nature, extent and limitations of colonial philanthropy, the so-called ‘civilising mission’, abolitionism and missionary enterprise within the wider discourse of Britain’s imperial responsibilities.
4. To critically analyse a range of primary sources, both written and visual, relating to these issues.
5. To formulate sophisticated and nuanced arguments in relation to these issues, in written and verbal form.
To further develop generic, transferable and subject specific skills.
On completion of this module, students will demonstrate:
1. A solid understanding of the context of emerging evangelicalism and its impact on colonial social reform movements (especially abolitionism and missionary enterprise).
2. A nuanced appreciation of evangelical attitudes towards and ideas about other races, religions and cultures and their development across the period.
3. A close critical familiarity with key primary texts relating to these issues.
4. A sophisticated knowledge of the relevant historiography, including the most recent developments in the field.
The module will introduce students to the wider context of empire in India and the West Indies, and to debates about them in metropolitan Britain. It focuses primarily on examples drawn from the anti-slavery and missionary movements, and will cover the following themes:
1. Evolving attitudes to race and identity
2. Colonial philanthropy, empire and the British public sphere
3. Anti-slavery rhetoric, imagery and strategies
4. Missionary Societies and their publications
5. Key campaigns for colonial reform (e.g. abolition of sati).
6. Metropolitan British response to key events (e.g. the Indian Uprising and Morant Bay)
Through these themes we will explore evangelical attitudes to issues of race, class and gender, as well as any emerging sense of British imperial identity. These themes will also provide opportunity for close study and critical reading of key primary sources, including texts, images, and material culture.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||178.00|
|Total Contact hours||22.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||200.00|
Private studyPreparatory reading for lectures and seminars; Preparing presentations; Essay Research and Writing; Exam revision
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackPreparation for and participation in a range of activities during seminars, unassessed presentations
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Essay||1x 4000 word essay due by 12 noon Monday of Exam Week 1||60.00|
|Presentation||20 minute presentation to include a PowerPoint, handout and script (2000 words max) - to be delivered as instructed by tutor||40.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 30/04/2019
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