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Unit information: Black Humanities Summer Programme in 2023/24

Unit name Black Humanities Summer Programme
Unit code HUMS10016
Credit points 10
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Dr. Robles
Open unit status Not open
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School/department School of Humanities
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Unit Information

Hosted by the University of Bristol’s unique and world-leading Centre for Black Humanities, the Black Humanities Summer Programme invites students to engage with history, literature, visual culture, cinema and music to gain an understanding of the key developments, themes, moments and texts that form the bedrock of our field. Consciously anchored in Bristol, a city with roots deep in the histories of Transatlantic slavery and colonialism, radical thought and resistance and a vibrant cultural scene, the summer school invites students to explore the cycles and circuits that connect our city to broader national and global dialogues around race and the humanities.

Your learning on this unit

An overview of content:

Across this interdisciplinary summer school programme you will engage with key thinkers, issues and themes across a range of fields – from film, visual culture and music to history and literature. You will begin by asking ‘What is Black Humanities?’ before going on to address themes such as history and memory, Black feminisms and the cultural and intellectual legacies of Black radical thought. You will trace these issues across different times and spaces to reflect on the ways that they continue to shape dialogues locally, nationally and globally.

How will students, personally, be different as a result of the unit?

Through these sessions you will gain critical insight into pressing questions in today’s society – from the contemporary resurgence of the Black Lives Matter Movement to debates around the legacies of the Transatlantic slave trade and the demonization of Critical Race Theory. You will be able to engage critically with a variety of creative and critical media, from visual art to historical texts, and have a firm grounding in the possibilities and implications of Black Humanities as a field of study.

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Compare, contrast and analyse different approaches, critical frameworks and key ideas around issues of race and the humanities.

2. Develop the skills to engage critically with a variety of different creative and intellectual media.

3. Develop the knowledge and confidence to engage in contemporary debates around race and the humanities.

4. Communicate research reflections orally.

How you will learn

Seminars, small group discussions, individual exercises, field trips facilitated by teaching staff and external partners, Blackboard.

How you will be assessed

Tasks which help you learn and prepare you for summative tasks (formative):

Individual 3 ‘Three Minute Thesis’ presentation + questions (0%; Required for Credit) [ILOs 1-4]

Tasks which count towards your unit mark (summative):

Individual presentation of 10 minutes + 5 minutes for questions (100%) [ILOs 1-4].

When assessment does not go to plan

If the assessment cannot be undertaken: When required by the Board of Examiners, you will normally be required to complete reassessments in the same formats as those outlined above. In this case, students will be required to submit presentations in digital form shortly after the end of the summer school period.

If a student is unable – for whatever reason – to present ‘live’ in the classroom: there will be two options available, which will be discussed with the student. The first will be to present to the two assessors, outside of the class context. The second will be to pre-record the presentation which will then be played in class.


If this unit has a Resource List, you will normally find a link to it in the Blackboard area for the unit. Sometimes there will be a separate link for each weekly topic.

If you are unable to access a list through Blackboard, you can also find it via the Resource Lists homepage. Search for the list by the unit name or code (e.g. HUMS10016).

How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the University Workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. For appropriate assessments, if you have self-certificated your absence, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (for assessments at the end of TB1 and TB2 this is usually in the next re-assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any exceptional circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.