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2021/22 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

HIST5838M Approaches to Race

30 creditsClass Size: 12

Module manager: Prof Will Gould

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is not approved as an Elective


On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- show understanding of historical and theoretical approaches to race
- make connections between constructions of race in the Americas, South Asia and Africa
- handle and interpret a range of primary sources including literary texts, visual images, film, music, speeches, newspapers and organizational records.

Skills outcomes
Will develop the skills listed below:
- High-level skills in oral and written communication of complex ideas
- Independence of mind and self-discipline and self-direction to work effectively under own initiative
- Ability to locate, handle and synthesize large amounts of information
- Ability to employ analytical, problem-solving abilities
- Ability to engage constructively with the ideas of their peers, tutors and published sources
- Empathy and active engagement with different cultural contexts.


'Approaches to Race' is a core module for the interdisciplinary MA programme 'Race and Resistance'. Students on this module will be encouraged to explore the distinctiveness and interconnections between constructions of race, caste and ethnicity across a range of historical periods and areas ranging from the eighteenth century until the present day, and from South Asia to the Americas.

Topics include: Whiteness and Power; Beauty, Sexuality & Race; Diaspora and Migration; Imperialism and Anti-Racism: Africa and African America; Gandhi, King and the legacy of non-violence; and post-colonial Leeds.

Students will use a wide range of primary and secondary sources, including novels, autobiography, poetry, film, speeches, newspapers and organizational records.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours278.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

- Researching, preparing and writing assignments
- Undertaking set reading
- Reading around the topic
= 278 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Contributions to class discussions
- Assessed and/or non-assessed written exercises.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay4,000 word assessed essay to be submitted by 12 noon Monday of examination week 270.00
Assignment1 x 1,500 word piece of written work to be submitted by 12 noon Monday of week 930.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/06/2021 15:57:33


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