Free Nelson Mandela: The Anti-Apartheid Struggle in South Africa and Beyond (HIH1017)

15 credits

Beginning in 1948 with the introduction of formalised racial segregation in South Africa (known as apartheid), this module provides an introduction to the history of the anti-apartheid struggle as it unfolded in South Africa and abroad.  It charts the major debates within the struggle, such as whether or not to employ violent resistance; key moments such as the Sharpeville Massacre of 1960 and the Soweto Uprisings of 1976; the roles played by central figures such as Nelson Mandela; and the apartheid state’s attempts to repress political resistance through imprisonment and violence. The course does not assume prior knowledge of South African history, and encourages students to engage with a wide range of sources to further their own understanding of historical methodologies and the anti-apartheid struggle.