2021/22 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue
HIST5839M Black Internationalism
30 creditsClass Size: 10
Module manager: Dr Olivia Wright
Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable
Year running 2021/22
This module is not approved as an Elective
Module summaryThis module explores the boundaries and intersections between models of black nationalism and black internationalism in the twentieth century. It focuses on the connections between liberation movements within nation states across the African Diaspora and developing models of black internationalism. As such it engages with ideas of home and homeland, transnationalism and Diaspora. This module will use a variety of sources including newspapers, political pamphlets and speeches, novels, memoirs and organizational records.
ObjectivesOn completion of this module students will be able to analyse a variety of texts within their historical context. Using an interdisciplinary approach, students will be able to integrate recent developments in the historiography of nationalist struggles into a comparative analysis of black internationalist movements in the twentieth century.
The course will encourage students to understand the links between early black nationalist struggles in the US, and anti colonial and pan-African struggles in Britain, France, the Caribbean and Africa.
Students will also have developed skills of oral presentation and be able to assess key controversies accommodating approaches derived from cultural, political and social history.
Students studying this module will develop a good understanding of different theoretical approaches to the study of black internationalism.
Students will be able to read and engage with a variety of texts including novels, memoirs and journalistic pieces utilizing an interdisciplinary approach to historical study.
This module will provide training for students interested in pursuing a comparative and interdisciplinary approach to their research projects at MA level and beyond.
On completion of this module students will also have developed their oral and written presentation skills.
Students will explore theoretical approaches to and practical examples of black internationalism in the twentieth century.
Topics include Pan-Africanism, Black Nationalism, Negritude, Black Communism, Black Atlanticism and Afrocentriticy. Authors and activists to be studied include: George Padmore, Amy Jacques Garvey, Claude McKay, Paulette Nardal, Aime Cesaire, Malcolm X, Paul Gilroy, Michelle Ann Stephens, Molefi Kete Asante and Brent Hayes Edwards.
|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 study278 hours
- Students will be expected to read key texts and develop their ability to analyse primary and secondary sources.
- Students will be expected to read widely in order to gain a good understanding of historiographical debate.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackStudent progress will be monitored formally through two oral presentations in the course of the module as well as informally through weekly responses in each seminar.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Essay||1 x 4,000 word essay, due by 12 noon Monday of exam week 2||67.00|
|Essay||1 x 2,000 word essay, due by 12 noon Monday of teaching week 8||33.00|
|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: 01/09/2021
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