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HIST2434 The Global Caribbean, 1641-1848

20 creditsClass Size: 40

Module manager: Anyaa Anim-Addo

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Module replaces

HIST2433 The Global Caribbean, 1756-1848

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module traces historical processes of globalisation through the history of Caribbean slavery and emancipation. Key movements of people, goods and ideas from Africa, Europe and Asia to the Caribbean will be interrogated for their significance in the making of the Caribbean and the modern world. The module will allow students to explore the economics of slavery (and its legacies in Europe); colonial politics; violence in slave societies; rebellions and revolutions (including the Haitian revolution); and significant cultural ideas such as creolisation. With particular attention paid to connections between the Caribbean and the wider world, the module will probe the relationship between local and global processes in the archipelago. To do so, students will be encouraged to engage with existing historiographical debates and to undertake their own research with a selection of primary sources.


On the successful completion of this module, students should:
- Have an understanding of the global processes that shaped slavery and emancipation in the Caribbean
- Be familiar with the most important historical writings on the period
- Be able to express their ideas and arguments effectively in group discussions
- Have further developed their essay writing and presentation skills
- Be able to critically reflect upon their choice of evidence

Learning outcomes
1. Identify and articulate the key global processes that shaped slavery and emancipation in the Caribbean
2. Analyse the significance of the mobility of people, goods or ideas in the making of the modern Caribbean
3. Assess scholarship on societies in the Caribbean
4. Show proficiency in the use of primary sources to analyse Caribbean history


This module may include the following topics: sugar and slavery, the Middle Passage and oceanic histories, resistance and revolt, the Haitian Revolution, memory and the memorialisation of slavery.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours180.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Students will complete set reading, undertake self-directed study around the topic, and will research and prepare material for the assessed coursework = 180 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will receive feedback and guidance on their ideas throughout the module during seminar discussions with the tutor. Students will also receive formative feedback on their presentation, primary source analysis or book reviews.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1 × 3,000-word essay {Essay to be submitted by the Monday of exam week 1}60.00
AssignmentAn individual choice between a verbal presentation (15 mins) and a 500-word report, a primary source analysis (2,000 words) or two 1,000-word book reviews (40%) {Primary source analyses and the book reviews to be submitted by semester week 8. The timing of presentations will depend on how many students choose this type of assessment}40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Students will choose whether they complete a verbal presentation plus a 500-word report,or a primary source analysis,or book reviews (worth 40% of the module mark). Students who select the verbal presentation but are required to re-sit will complete a primary source analysis or book reviews instead.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/06/2021 15:57:31


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