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HIST1185 Racism and Resistance: From Slavery to BLM

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • The history of slavery in the Atlantic world
  • The legacies of slavery in Britain/the British Empire and Commonwealth and in the US
  • How recent events, including those associated with the Black Lives Matter campaigns, relate to histories and legacies of slavery


This module connects the recent Black Lives Matter protests in the US and UK to histories of slavery, resistance and racism. It will allow students to explore the beginnings of slavery, the history of the institution in the British Caribbean and in the US South, as well as the struggle for emancipation. It will also look at how enslaved people resisted slavery; at the racism that has persisted after slavery; and at the contexts of the Black Lives Matter movement and ongoing struggles and debates about racism, equality, and inclusion in Britain and in America.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The current intention is to deliver teaching for this module online. If circumstances allow, some form of blended delivery methods, including lectures, seminars, workshops, or individual tutorials may be introduced if it is safe for all concerned to do so. However, delivery will remain entirely online if face to face teaching is not possible or advisable.

Independent Study276
Total study time300



MethodPercentage contribution
Timed Assignment 50%
Written assignment 50%
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