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2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

HIST3287 Caribbean Mobilities: Travel, Culture and Politics, 1838-1939

40 creditsClass Size: 14

Module manager: Dr Anya Anim-addo

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is mutually exclusive with

HIST3724Caribbean Identity, Society and Decolonisation

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module explores Caribbean mobilities during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This was a period of transition for the region, as emancipation brought social and political upheaval. Individual islands faced challenges dependent on the availability of labour and the state of sugar production. Meanwhile post-emancipation realities were negotiated, at times through violent protest, and the latter part of the period witnessed emerging anti-colonial politics.Within this context, the movements of Caribbean labourers were highly significant, as individuals sought to negotiate the meaning of freedom through seasonal migration. Meanwhile colonial authorities supported large-scale immigration schemes, which brought workers from India and elsewhere to the Caribbean. The region's strategic and political significance shifted dramatically, and the Caribbean increasingly developed links with the U.S.This module examines leisure and labour travels in the region, drawing on primary source material from political activists, writers, imperial 'careerists' and companies promoting tourism to the Caribbean. Our exploration will consider the shifting cultural and political dynamics in the region through the lens of movement and power. In analysing elite and ordinary mobilities, we will draw out the broader significance of such travel within colonial and anti-colonial frameworks.


To introduce students to the analysis of post-emancipation Caribbean history using primary sources and secondary literature in English.

Learning outcomes
By the end of this module students should be able to demonstrate that they:
- have an informed understanding of the development of leisure and labour travel in the Caribbean during this period;
- understand the different kinds of sources historians can use to investigate Caribbean mobilities;
- have a critical knowledge of the secondary literature on the post-emancipation Caribbean;
- have the skills to read and interpret primary sources
- are able to express their arguments effectively in essays and class discussion

Skills outcomes
The sources and secondary literature are in English. The module will extend our analytical skills as we work with a range of material to develop a nuanced understanding of the historical processes and legacies of Caribbean mobilities.


We will examine:
- Caribbean migration and culture
- Maritime labour and port town relations
- Travelling representations and tourism
- Anti-colonial politics

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours352.00
Total Contact hours48.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)400.00

Private study

To prepare for seminars students will be expected to read articles, books and documents. These will be set out on the VLE.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will be monitored on class contributions, participation in VLE activities, and the quality of their non-assessed work prior to and during the seminars.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1 x 4,000 word essay due by 12 noon Monday of examination week 2, semester 140.00
PresentationVerbal presentation, format to be determined by tutor10.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

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

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment48 hr 00 mins50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

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 15:57:31


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