Module Identifier HY33720  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr Robert Harrison  
Semester Semester 2  
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 TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Essay: 2 x 1,500 word essays  40%
Semester Assessment Assignment: 1 x 5,000 word project  60%

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:
a) Demonstrate familiarity with a wide range of knowledge relating to the history of slavery in antebellum America
b) Demonstrate familiarity with comparative perspectives on the history of slavery
c) Demonstrate an understanding of a range of approaches to the study of social history.
d) Explore the relationships between history and other disciplines, particularly ???
e) Read, analyse and reflect critically on primary texts
f) Gather, sift and critically assess both primary and secondary source materials
g) Work both independently and collaboratively and to participate in group discussion

Brief description

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.

Reading Lists

** 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


This module is at CQFW Level 6