Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23
Available as a Free Standing Elective
This module allows students to scrutinise the achievements and limitations of Civil Rights and Black Power activism in the United States. Complementing the issues addressed in HIS-30157, this module provides a closer examination of activism and resistance from the 1960s onwards, with particular focuses on Black Power, the roles women played in activism, the economic dimensions of the struggle, and the periodisation and achievements of the Civil Rights and Black Power movements.
This module aims:to introduce students to the role of civil rights conflict in the shaping of the contemporary United States;to assess the aims, achievements, and limitations of civil rights and Black Power activism;to document and evaluate the contribution of protest and activism by ordinary men and women, black and white, northern and southern, in reshaping American society;to document and evaluate the broader African-American contribution to American society and culture.
Intended Learning Outcomes
recognise and explain the particular issues and debates associated with the struggle for Civil Rights and racial equality in the United States: 1,2use constructively source materials both in evaluating primary and secondary accounts and in developing original interpretations fostering competence in the handling and analysis of evidence: 1,2conduct sophisticated analysis of primary source material with due regard to provenance, content, and interpretation: 1,2assess the relative merits of conflicting interpretations of significant events and phenomena, recognising the complexity and diversity of historical situations, events and belief systems: 1,2
11 x 2-hour seminars = 22 hours11 x 1-hour workshops = 11 hours11 x 4- hours seminar preparation = 44 hoursGroup presentation preparation and writing = 26 hoursEssay preparation and writing = 47 hours
1: Presentation weighted 35%
Description of Module Assessment
Group PresentationSmall group presentation of up to 15 minutes. Presentations will critically engage with the assigned primary and secondary readings, and draw connections to wider course themes and raise questions for class discussion. Each member of the presenting group will be awarded a mark based upon their contribution to the presentation.2: Essay weighted 65%
Long Essay2000-word essay, excluding notes. Students will either choose a question, or create their own essay question following consultation with the module tutor.