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2021/22 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

HIST5750M Social Histories of South Africa

30 creditsClass Size: 10

Module manager: Dr Will Jackson
Email: W.Jackson@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Module replaces

HIST 5961M Anti-Apartheid

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The module is an introduction to social history in southern Africa. Its chronological range is from the mineral revolution in the later nineteenth century to the present day. Its core is a series of sessions each dedicated to some branch of social history. The module imparts the complexity and diversity of human experience in southern Africa in the course of 150 years and it should have a broad appeal – to social and cultural historians, to those with interests in the histories of colonialism and race, and to those interested in African history and twentieth century history.

Objectives

The aim of this module is to introduce students to the field of social history in twentieth century South Africa; to contextualise this field within the history of the continent since the mineral revolution of c.1860s-1880s; to convey to students the complex chronologies, temporalities, and geographies by which the region has been constructed and contested during this period; to consider the relative significance of colonialism as both a productive and disruptive force within southern African history; to consider the history of the twentieth century within local, regional, continental and global frames.

Learning outcomes
By the end of this module students will have:

1. A sophisticated understanding of the material, political, cultural and environmental changes that have shaped southern Africa in the 150 years since the discovery of diamonds in the Northern Cape in 1867.
2. Read the major historians who have contributed to the field of South African social history since the 1970s. They will have a good understanding of how the field has developed in the fifty years since.
3. Approached South African history through a range of different historiographical perspectives. These might include: gender history, medical history, history of war, urban history, religious history, history of sexuality, animal history, history of childhood and youth, mining history, migration history, history of intimacy, histories of development.
4. Read extensively from the leading journals of the region, and from relevant on-line public-facing sources. They will have a good sense of the connections between academic history and public debate.
5. Analysed a range of primary sources.
6. Applied fundamental standards and practices of historical study for research, discussion, and assessed work, both oral and written.


Syllabus

Indicative themes include: gender history, medical history, history of war, urban history, religious history, history of sexuality, animal history, history of childhood and youth, mining history, migration history, history of intimacy, histories of development.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Seminar112.0022.00
Private study hours278.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

Preparatory reading for seminars (77 hours), further self-directed reading (44 hours), independent research and writing of the essay (50 hours), preparation for the presentation and report (50 hours), blog postings (50 hours), reflection on feedback (7 hours).

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Formative feedback given on Minerva discussion board posts and presentation.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Reflective log3 x 500 words Minerva Discussion Board Posts33.00
Presentation10 minute Presentation with 1,000 word text, PowerPoint slides or equivalent33.00
Essay2,000 word Essay34.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Replacement for presentation in case of resit: 2000 word essay The blog postings are weekly and provided with formative feedback only; the students choose the three best ones to submit in week 9.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

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

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