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Unit information: The Long Civil Rights Movement in 2018/19

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Unit name The Long Civil Rights Movement
Unit code HIST20110
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Saima Nasar
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of History (Historical Studies)
Faculty Faculty of Arts


This unit will introduce students to the Long Civil Rights Movement from 1776-1945. We will explore slave narratives, resistance to slavery, and the rise of Jim Crow. We will also focus on the role of key figures such as Ida B. Wells, W.E.B. Du Bois and Marcus Garvey. By the end of the course, students will be able to critically research and discuss key concepts in African-American history from 1776.

Intended learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a broad grounding in the history of the South African War.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of how changes in contemporary South African politics and society have influenced the way that historians have written about the South African War.
  3. Discuss and evaluate the key historiographical debates surrounding the war and its context.
  4. Understand and critically interpret primary sources and select pertinent evidence in order to illustrate specific and more general historical points
  5. Present their research and judgements in written forms and styles appropriate to the discipline and to level I.

Teaching details


1 x two-hour interactive lecture

1 x one-hour workshop

Assessment Details

One 3000-word summative essay (50%) [ILOs 1-5]

One two-hour exam (50%) [ILOs 1-5]

Reading and References

Bill Nasson, The Boer War: the Struggle for South Africa (Stroud, 2011)

I.R. Smith, The Origins of the South African War, 1899-1902 (Harlow, 1996)

David Omissi and Andrew S. Thompson (eds.), The Impact of the South African War (Basingstoke, 2002)

Greg Cuthbertson, Albert Grundlingh, and Mary-Lynn Suttie (eds.), Writing a Wider War: rethinking gender, race and identity in the South African War, 1899-1902 (Ohio, 2002)