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2017/18 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MA Race and Resistance (Part-Time)

Programme code:MA-HIST/R&RPUCAS code:
Duration:24 Months Method of Attendance: Part Time

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

Good Honours degree or equivalent in an appropriate subject.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of History

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of History

Programme specification:

The MA in Race and Resistance aims to provide students with strong research training and breadth and depth of knowledge of historical and theoretical approaches to race and strategies of resistance. It is designed to serve both as a stand-alone introduction to important debates about race, and as a preparation year for subsequent doctoral research. The programme has a strong historical core, but offers a wide range of interdisciplinary components, drawing particularly on literary, sociological and cultural studies methodologies.

The programme is structured around two core modules: a Research Methodology module (HIST 5000M) and the Approaches to Race module (HIST 5838M) which provides a broad conceptual introduction to research on race and resistance in the Americas, Africa, Britain, the Caribbean and India, and which spans a number of disciplines. As part of this module students will participate in a field trip to a local museum or historic house which illuminates Britain’s complex racial history.

In addition to the core modules, students on the programme choose two optional modules. Typical offerings include: Black Internationalism, The Rise and Fall of Apartheid in South Africa; India since 1947: Community, Caste and Political Violence; Patriotic Protest in the U.S.A; Coolies, Convicts and Concubines: Slavery and ‘Unfree’ labour in India and the Indian Ocean World; The European Minorities Problem.

Students will also complete a 15 000 word dissertation. The University of Leeds has considerable research expertise in the area, and has in recent years built up its library holdings in both contemporary printed materials, electronic collections, as well as manuscripts and microforms including for example, the recent purchase of a large collection of South African newspapers from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and American newspapers and civil rights and black power organizational records.

Students in the programme will also have access to a wide range of regular and well-attended inter-disciplinary research seminars including the American Research Seminar, the South-Asian Research Seminar, Centre for Race and Ethnicity studies seminar, the Centre for African Studies Seminar, and the Post-Colonial research group. In addition, core faculty regularly host international workshops and visiting professors, all of which make the University of Leeds a unique and exciting place at which to be pursuing MA studies in the area of race and resistance.


Year 1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

HIST5000MResearch Methodology in History30 creditsSemester 1
HIST5838MApproaches to Race30 creditsSemester 1

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 30 credits from the following list of optional modules.

Not all optional modules will necessarily be on offer in any given year. The School will not normally expect to run modules with fewer than two students.

ENGL5105MCaribbean and Black British Writing30 creditsSemester 2
ENGL5347MSomething rotten: Translatlantic Capitalism and the Literature of Waste 1945-present30 creditsNot running in 201718
ENGL5349MRace, Empire, Romanticism30 creditsNot running in 201718
ENGL5836MTurks, Moors, and Jews: Staging the Exotic in the Renaissance30 creditsSemester 2
GEND5105MGlobal Genders30 credits 
HIST5020MMaking History: Archive Collaborations30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
HIST5233MWomen, Gender and Sexuality: Archives and Approaches30 creditsNot running in 201718
HIST5839MBlack Internationalism30 creditsSemester 2
HIST5841MIndia since 1947: Community, Caste and Political Violence30 creditsSemester 2
HIST5844MSexuality and Disease in African History30 creditsNot running in 201718
HIST5846MContesting Patriarchy: Debating Gender Justice in Colonial and Post-Colonial India.30 creditsSemester 2
HIST5849MLatin America and the Caribbean from Rebellion to Revolution, 1765-184530 credits 
HIST5865MInsurgency and Counterinsurgency30 creditsSemester 2
HIST5961MAnti-Apartheid: Cultures of the Struggle30 creditsSemester 2
HIST5964MRace and Second Wave Feminism in the US30 creditsSemester 2
SLSP5235M'Race', Identity and Culture in the Black Atlantic30 credits 
SLSP5360MResearching Inequality in the Media30 creditsSemester 2


Year 2 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

Students entering year 2 in 2014-15 will be required to take HIST5000M in their second year. As of 2015-16, students must take this module in the first year.

HIST5840MMA Race and Resistance: Dissertation60 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Candidates may be required to study 30 credits from the following list of optional modules:

Not all optional modules will necessarily be on offer in any given year. The School will not normally expect to run modules with fewer than two students.

ENGL5105MCaribbean and Black British Writing30 creditsSemester 2
ENGL5343MAfricas of the Mind30 creditsNot running in 201718
ENGL5347MSomething rotten: Translatlantic Capitalism and the Literature of Waste 1945-present30 creditsNot running in 201718
ENGL5349MRace, Empire, Romanticism30 creditsNot running in 201718
ENGL5756MFictions of Citizenship in Contemporary American Literature30 creditsSemester 1
ENGL5836MTurks, Moors, and Jews: Staging the Exotic in the Renaissance30 creditsSemester 2
GEND5105MGlobal Genders30 credits 
HIST5020MMaking History: Archive Collaborations30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
HIST5233MWomen, Gender and Sexuality: Archives and Approaches30 creditsNot running in 201718
HIST5841MIndia since 1947: Community, Caste and Political Violence30 creditsSemester 2
HIST5844MSexuality and Disease in African History30 creditsNot running in 201718
HIST5846MContesting Patriarchy: Debating Gender Justice in Colonial and Post-Colonial India.30 creditsSemester 2
HIST5849MLatin America and the Caribbean from Rebellion to Revolution, 1765-184530 credits 
HIST5860MBritain and the Slave Trade30 creditsSemester 1
HIST5865MInsurgency and Counterinsurgency30 creditsSemester 2
HIST5961MAnti-Apartheid: Cultures of the Struggle30 creditsSemester 2
HIST5964MRace and Second Wave Feminism in the US30 creditsSemester 2
SLSP5235M'Race', Identity and Culture in the Black Atlantic30 credits 
SLSP5360MResearching Inequality in the Media30 creditsSemester 2

Last updated: 27/07/2017

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