|Module Title||THE STUDY OF SLAVERY: MATERIALS AND METHODS|
|Co-ordinator||Dr Robert Harrison|
|Mutually Exclusive||HY33220 Single or Joint Honours History students only, HY33320 , HY33620 , HY33820 , HY34320|
|Course delivery||Seminars / Tutorials||20 Hours 10 x 2 hours|
|Assessment||Essay||2 x 1,500 word essays||40%|
|Assignment||1 x 5,000 word project||60%|
This module is designed to develop students' critical awareness of historical sources and methodology through a detailed examination of the sources and techniques employed in the study of slavery in the American South. It examines the various documentary sources, as well as other materials exploited by historians of slavery, including oral testimony, folklore, anthropometric measurements and archaeological remains, and considers the contribution of quantitative techniques, literary analysis and the comparative method to the study of slavery.
On completion of this module students will have developed their skills in source criticism, discussion, understanding and expression; have become familiar with a wide array of historical techniques; have explored the relationship between history and other disciplines; and have learned ways of exploring and understanding an unusually oppressed and disadvantaged group whose members left few written records. They will also have an ability to read, analyse and reflect critically on selected historical texts; an ability to develop and sustain historical arguments; an ability to gather and sift appropriate items of historical evidence; and an ability to work independently and collaboratively and to participate in group discussions.
** Recommended Text
Edward D.C. Campbell and Kim S. Rice (eds.),. Before Freedom Came : African-American Life in the Antebellum South.
Charles T. Davis and Henry L. Gates, Jr.,. The Slave's Narrative.