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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2007-2008 (archived)

Module HIST40830: Racial Dynamics and Identity in North America Since 1619, II

Department: History

HIST40830: Racial Dynamics and Identity in North America Since 1619, II

Type Tied Level 4 Credits 30 Availability Available in 2007/08
Tied to V1K207


  • None


  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • The module aims to enable students to engage on high level of sophistication with contemporary historical concepts and interpretations relating to a significant area of North American history, in support of the intended learning outcomes of the MA in Modern History.


  • Slavery and race
  • Whiteness and other forms of colour consciousness
  • Race and gender
  • Race and labour
  • Race and consumption
  • Racial violence
  • Race and the law

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • By the end of the module the student will have gained a detailed knowledge of important aspects of the history and significant of race in the North American colonies and United States. The student will have developed the capacity to evaluate critically both a wide range of types of contempoprary historical data and the writings of modern scholars relating to the interaction of race with other key historical themes, which include migration, industrialisation, politics and ideology.
Subject-specific Skills:
    Key Skills:

      Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

      • Appropriate specialised areas for focus are identified in discussion between the module leader and individual students in weekly tutorials. These are also the means by which the module leader directs and monitors the on-going, directed reading of each student. In addition , they provide the framework within which each student plans, researches and writes, under the module leader's supervision, an extended essay, making use both of original sources and of the fruits of modern scholarship.

      Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

      Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
      Tutorials 9 Weekly 1 9
      Preparation & Reading 291
      Total 300

      Summative Assessment

      Component: Essay Component Weighting: 100%
      Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
      Essay 5000 word 100%

      Formative Assessment:

      Module leader reads and comments on preliminary draft of student's 5000-word essay.

      Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University