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HI305T: THE LONG BLACK FREEDOM STRUGGLE IN AMERICA, 1865-2020 (2022-2023)

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Course Overview

The #BlackLivesMatter protests have reinforced the continued struggle for racial equality. This module illustrates this longer history of efforts to establish rights and equality for African Americans since emancipation. We will explore a diverse range of activists and efforts to create change, to question the usual assumptions we make about ‘Civil Rights’ in America.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Owen Walsh

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • HI355T The Long Black Freedom Struggle in America, 1865-2020 (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This module will use a range of vibrant primary sources and exciting new historical literature to contextualise and historicise African American activism in the United States. We will go beyond a traditional focus on a ‘short’ Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1960s with a limited range of religious leaders. Instead, you will expand your understanding and knowledge of the diverse and complex struggles for rights and freedom undertaken by Black activists since the end of slavery and the U.S. Civil War.

Throughout this module, we will explore how racial identities and struggles were often connected to class, gender, and sexuality. This course will also examine the struggle for equality often intersected with global events including war and imperialism, and you will consider how these movements shaped, and were shaped by, America’s place in the world. By the end of this module, you should have a strong understanding of current debates regarding both racial politics, and how history shapes these contemporary political issues.

You will be assessed through seminar contributions and participation, a written response and analysis of primary source material, and a 3000-word essay at the end of the sub-session.


Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Lecture during University weeks 8 - 18
  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 8 - 18

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Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Tutorial/Seminar Participation

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 10
Assessment Weeks 9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19 Feedback Weeks 19

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Feedback

Feedback will be delivered through e-mail with a mark and brief comments on seminar contributions.

This form of assessment will address issues of accessibility, i.e. if students are unable to attend due to illness, they can e-mail their thoughts or speak to tutors during office hours.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualAnalyseCritically analyse historiographical and theoretical approaches to studying the Civil Rights Movement
FactualApplyUnderstand and explain developments in African American protest from 1865 to today
ReflectionApplyUse argumentative and communicative skills to demonstrate understanding of these debates and their contemporary relevance

Primary Source Analysis

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 40
Assessment Weeks 14 Feedback Weeks 16

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Feedback

Students will receive feedback through standard feedback form delivered via e-mail, MyAberdeen, and in-person through feedback sessions.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualAnalyseDevelop knowledge and understanding of how multiple interconnected factors, including gender, class, sexuality, and global events shaped African American protest
FactualApplyUnderstand and explain developments in African American protest from 1865 to today

Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 50
Assessment Weeks 20 Feedback Weeks 24

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Feedback

Feedback will be delivered through standard feedback form delivered via e-mail with the return of annotated copies of essays, a feedback paragraph, and through individual feedback sessions.

Word Count 3000
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualAnalyseCritically analyse historiographical and theoretical approaches to studying the Civil Rights Movement
ConceptualAnalyseDevelop knowledge and understanding of how multiple interconnected factors, including gender, class, sexuality, and global events shaped African American protest
FactualApplyUnderstand and explain developments in African American protest from 1865 to today
ReflectionApplyUse argumentative and communicative skills to demonstrate understanding of these debates and their contemporary relevance

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Resit Assessments

Primary Source Analysis

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 40
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 60
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback Word Count 3000
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualApplyUnderstand and explain developments in African American protest from 1865 to today
ReflectionApplyUse argumentative and communicative skills to demonstrate understanding of these debates and their contemporary relevance
ConceptualAnalyseDevelop knowledge and understanding of how multiple interconnected factors, including gender, class, sexuality, and global events shaped African American protest
ConceptualAnalyseCritically analyse historiographical and theoretical approaches to studying the Civil Rights Movement

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