African American History (HIH2209A)
|Staff||Dr Miguel Hernandez - Lecturer|
|Duration of Module||Term 1: 11 weeks;|
You will need effective communication and analytical skills, oral and written, to complete many of your modules and in a job after you graduate. This module aims to help you develop your skills in researching, interpreting, and analysing both primary and secondary material, and in reporting on your work. It provides you with an opportunity to explore an area of history in more depth, and helps you to develop the depth of understanding you will require to study more specialised areas of history. It will also give you an opportunity to work in a team on a group presentation.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Be aware of the various developments in the history of people of African descent in North America
- 2. Make a close evaluation of the key concepts and factors which shaped the experience of black people in North America
- 3. Evaluate the main themes in the subject and to collate information upon, and evaluate in greater detail, those aspects of the module discussed in seminar and especially those topics selected by students for their coursework
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 4. Analyse the key developments in the history of African Americans
- 5. Collate data from a range of sources, both primary and secondary
- 6. Interpret a wide range of primary sources
- 7. Trace long-term as well as short-term historical developments
- 8. Recognise and deploy historical terminology correctly
- 9. Assess different approaches to historical writing in areas of controversy
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 10. Work both independently and in a group, including participating in oral seminar discussions
- 11. Identify a topic, select, comprehend, and organise primary and secondary materials on that topic with little guidance
- 12. Produce to a deadline and in examination conditions a coherent argument
Topics will include: African-Americans in the Early Republic; Slave Resistance and Rebellion; The American Civil War; The Age of Jim Crow; The First World War and the Great Migration; The New Negro; The Second World War: The "Forgotten Years" of the Negro Revolution; The Civil Rights Movement; Black Militancy and Nationalism; Race and Racism After the Civil Rights Era.
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||22||Lectures|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||22||Seminars; these will be led by the tutor. You will need to prepare for each seminar and present on a given topic in groups of 4, on 4 occasions|
|Guided independent study||22||Web-based activities located on ELE preparation for seminars and presentations|
|Guided independent study||234||Reading and preparation for seminars and presentations|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Essay plan x 1||500 words||1-12||Verbal and written|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Essay||30||3000 words||1-12||Written and verbal|
|Group Presentation||20||25 Minutes||1-11||Written and verbal|
|Exam||50||2 Questions in 2 Hours||1-12||Written|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|Essay||Essay - 3000 words||1-12||1st September deadline for submission|
|Seen exam||Seen exam - 2 questions in 2 hours||1-12||August/September assessment period|
Two assessments are required for this module. Where you have been referred/deferred for the essay, you will be required to submit an essay which will constitute 33% of the module mark (10 credits). Where you have been referred/deferred for the exam, you will have the opportunity to take a second exam in the August/September reassessment period. This will constitute 67% of the module (20 credits).
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
Bracey, John H. Jr., and Manisha Sinha (eds.), African American Mosaic: A Documentary History from the Slave Trade to the Twenty-First Century, 2 vols. (Upper Saddle River, NJ, 2004).
Hine, Darlene Clark, William C. Hine and Stanley Harrold, The African-American Odyssey (Combined Volume, 5th ed.; Upper Saddle River, NJ, 2011).
Holt, Thomas C. (ed.), Major Problems in African-American History, 2 vols. (Boston, 2000).
Kelley, Robin D.G., and Earl Lewis (eds.), To Make our World Anew, 2 vols. (Oxford, 2005).
Painter, Nell Irvin, Creating Black Americans: African-American History and its Meanings, 1619 to the Present (New York, 2006).
Module has an active ELE page?
Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources
The Avalon Project: African Americans (http://avalon.law.yale.edu/subject_menus/african_americans.asp)
Black Past (http://www.blackpast.org/)
PBS Eyes on the Price: America’s Civil Rights Movement 1954-1985 (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/eyesontheprize/index.html)
The Martin Luther King Research and Education Institute (http://mlk-kpp01.stanford.edu/)
Race and Place: An African-American Community in the Jim Crow South: Charlottesville, VA (http://www2.vcdh.virginia.edu/afam/raceandplace/index.html)
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (http://www.nypl.org/locations/tid/64/node/65914)
Without Sanctuary: Photographs and Postcards of Lynching in America (http://withoutsanctuary.org/main.html)
Available as distance learning?
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