Durham University
Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2007-2008 (archived)


Department: History


Type Tied Level 4 Credits 30 Availability Available in 2007/08
Tied to V1K307


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  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • The module aims to enable students to engage critically at a high level of sophistication with current methodological and historiographical debates, major concepts and interpretations in secondary literature and with a range of contemporary historical evidence relating to the history of armed liberation struggle in Africa, in support of the intended learning outcomes of the MA in Imperial History.


  • Arms and the military in African history
  • The theory of violence and liberation
  • The roots, organisation and ideologies of liberation struggle
  • The relationship between arms and the state in the post-struggle society

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • By the end of the module the student will have gained and understanding of the role of the millitary and violence in modern African history; detailed knowledge of the theory and practice of liberation struggle; and understanding of relevant historiographical and methodological approaches; and the capacity to evaluate critically both a wide range of contemporary primary sources and the secondary literature within these fields.
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 discussions between the module leader and individual students in weekly tutorials. These areas are then explored through on-going, directed reading, directed and monitored by the module leader in weekly tutorials. Weekly tutorials also 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 secondary literature.

      Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

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

      Summative Assessment

      Component: Essay Component Weighting: 100%
      Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
      5000 word essay, submitted at the end of the module 5000 words 100%

      Formative Assessment:

      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