African American History (HIH2209A)

StaffDr Miguel Hernandez - Lecturer
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF LevelL5
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks;

Module aims

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

Syllabus plan

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 ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities22Lectures
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities22Seminars; 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 22Web-based activities located on ELE preparation for seminars and presentations
Guided independent study234Reading and preparation for seminars and presentations

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Essay plan x 1500 words1-12Verbal and written

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Essay303000 words1-12Written and verbal
Group Presentation2025 Minutes1-11Written and verbal
Exam502 Questions in 2 Hours1-12Written

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
EssayEssay - 3000 words1-121st September deadline for submission
Seen examSeen exam - 2 questions in 2 hours1-12August/September assessment period

Re-assessment notes

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).



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Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

The Avalon Project: African Americans (

Black Past (

PBS Eyes on the Price: America’s Civil Rights Movement 1954-1985 (

The Martin Luther King Research and Education Institute (

Race and Place: An African-American Community in the Jim Crow South: Charlottesville, VA (

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (

Without Sanctuary: Photographs and Postcards of Lynching in America (

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