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Unit information: Black Humanities: Research Skills in 2022/23

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Unit name Black Humanities: Research Skills
Unit code MODLM0037
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Stone
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Modern Languages
Faculty Faculty of Arts


This unit aims to introduce students to the skills and techniques needed to carry out interdisciplinary research and apply their findings in their dissertation. Students will learn how to identify a suitable topic for academic research in Black Humanities, formulate a clear research questions and develop research aims and objectives; where to locate relevant materials and secondary readings, how to organise their research materials, and how to structure and write an academic dissertation. It will introduce students to different research methods and issues. It will equip students with the necessary skills to embark on doctoral research, if they so desire.

Unit Aims

The aims of this unit are to:

  1. Explore a wide variety of research skills through the lens of black Humanities Studies;
  2. Familiarise students with the interdisciplinary methods and approaches of Black Humanities Studies, history, history of arts, Anthropology, philosophy, music, literature, film, visual art;
  3. Critically assess and evaluate data and evidence in the context of research methodologies in Black Humanities;
  4. Interpret, analyse, evaluate data relevant to the chosen topic;
  5. Research and examine, theories, concepts, and apply them to the dissertation;
  6. Plan, design, and carry out research that demonstrate independent intellectual work, which provides evidence of critical engagement with, and interpretation of, appropriate data;
  7. Present research and judgements in written forms and styles appropriate to the discipline and to M Level;

Intended learning outcomes

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

  1. To show an understanding of methodological approaches to research, and an ability to reflect on these;
  2. Identify a suitable topic for academic research in Black Humanities, formulate a clear research questions and develop research aims and objectives;
  3. Demonstrate awareness of the evolving nature of historical, anthropological, philosophical, literary, musical, critical black thought, global black cultures analysis and interpretation;
  4. Demonstrate awareness of research ethical issues relevant to the investigation of a topic

Teaching details

Teaching will be delivered online through a combination of synchronous sessions and asynchronous activities, including seminars, lectures, and collaborative as well as self-directed learning opportunities supported by tutor consultation.

Assessment Details

Dissertation proposal (pass/fail) - 50%

Oral presentation (pass/fail) - 50%


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