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HIST5839M Black Internationalism

30 creditsClass Size: 10

Module manager: Dr Olivia Wright

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Module replaces


This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This 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.


On 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.

Skills outcomes
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.

Teaching methods

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

Private study

278 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 Feedback

Student 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 typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1 x 4,000 word essay, due by 12 noon Monday of exam week 267.00
Essay1 x 2,000 word essay, due by 12 noon Monday of teaching week 833.00
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: 01/09/2021


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