2019/20 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue
HIST5961M Anti-Apartheid: Cultures of the Struggle
30 creditsClass Size: 10
Module manager: Dr William Jackson
Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable
Year running 2019/20
This module is not approved as an Elective
Module summaryThis module is designed to provide a South African dimension to the Race and Resistance MA programme – though it will be of interest to students on the MAs in Modern History and Social and Cultural History as well. The module's primary aim is to deepen knowledge of a history that students may feel they already have some limited understanding of: the anti-apartheid struggle lends itself to heroic and romantic narratives, epitomised by the life of Nelson Mandela and the successful transition from a racist state to a 'rainbow nation'. The module complicates this picture by providing a simple chronological / thematic framework to contain a wealth of primary sources that students will be, to a considerable extent, free to navigate as they wish. Published primary source collections include the six-volume documentary history of African politics in South Africa, From Protest to Challenge (Carter, Gerhat, Karis and Glaser) and the South Africa Reader (Crais and McClendon). Assessment methods (two course work essays) will allow students to depart from the seminar topics or investigate a particular aspect of a topic in extra depth.
Objectives(1) To gain a knowledge of the opposition to apartheid, principally within South Africa but with a global dimension as well, through its cultural history.
(2) To expose students to a substantial quantity of primary sources that comprise the struggle against apartheid.
(3) to develop a critical sensitivity to the cultures of politics and the politics of culture; to recognise the centrality of cultural expression to the ostensibly political project that was opposition to apartheid.
(4) to incorporate into our analysis a sense of the diverse, variegated histories of anti-apartheid activism; to use cultural sources to enter the social histories of the struggle
Students will gain an intimate knowledge of the South African anti-apartheid struggle in its cultural context. They will be familiar with a historical narrative that charts the transition from segregation to apartheid and the changing ways in which a racist state intruded into South Africans' lives. It considers the relevant significance of key moments in the second half of the twentieth century, including the Defiance Campaign, the Sharpeville massacre, the Rivonia Trial and the Township wars. Students will be familiar with predominant literary genres and tropes, describing Black life; incarceration and exile; forced removal; White anti-apartheid activism; anti-apartheid sociality and family life. Individual seminars will look at the anti-apartheid movement beyond South Africa and the memorialisation of apartheid since 1994.
2. 'The struggle' before apartheid: Black Rebellion, White Revolt
3. The destiny of the Afrikaner: apartheid and settler myth
4. The 1950s: Sophiatown, the Freedom Charter and Drum
5. Sharpeville and the State of Emergency
6. Incarceration and Violence
7. The Armed Struggle
8. In London and Lusaka: the wider struggle
9. Township wars and militant youth
11. South African culture after apartheid
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||278.00|
|Total Contact hours||22.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||300.00|
Private studyStudents are expected to prepare thoroughly for each seminar. This will include:
- the reading and analysis of set materials.
- broader, directed-reading.
The module includes two pieces of formal written assessment, and one student presentation. For these, students will need to:
- carry out independent research
- read widely and consistently in order to develop a breadth of knowledge adequate for successful class participation
- develop appropriate skills of criticism, analysis, referencing, and articulation
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Essay||3,000 word essay due by 12 noon Monday of exam week 2||55.00|
|Report||2,000 word report due by 12 noon Monday of teaching week 8||30.00|
|Presentation||Verbal presentation accompanied by 1,000 word report, due throughout the course (to be specified by tutor)||15.00|
|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: 03/07/2019
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