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Students taking this module will acquire an indepth knowledge of current debates and scholarship in the field of slavery and the new world from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries. They will be introduced to topical historiographical discussions through a thematic focus looking at questions of Portuguese, Spanish and British colonisation and settlement in the world; Africa and slavery; the emergence of the British Atlantic and the development of slavery in the Caribbean; slavery in Brazil; slaves and sailors in the revolutionary Atlantic; slave mutinies and revolts; slavery in antebellum America; abolitionism and abolition. Students will be encouraged to examine new world slavery with a view to understanding subsequent global political, economic and cultural developments in the Americas, Africa and Europe. Through seminar-based discussion and analysis of a selection of primary sources, students will enhance their historical knowledge and competence in document analysis and presentation. Students will also be supported in the development of critical writing skills.Indicative Module Content:
Week 1: Portugal and Spain in the New World Week 2: The emergence of the British Atlantic Week 3: Africa and the Middle Passage Week4: Slavery in the 17th century British Caribbean Week 5: Slavery in the 18th century British Caribbean Week 6: Slavery in Brazil Week 7: Sailors and slaves in the Atlantic world Week 8: Slave rebellions Week 9: Antebellum slavery in the United States Week 10: Cotton, slavery and global capitalism Week 11: Abolition and abolitionism
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|Autonomous Student Learning||
Not applicable to this module.
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|Project: Research paper||Unspecified||n/a||Graded||No||
|Essay: Book review||Unspecified||n/a||Graded||No||
|Assignment: Document analysis||Unspecified||n/a||Graded||No||
|Resit In||Terminal Exam|
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
Feedback on on the mid term assignment will be given on appointment in one to one meetings. Feedback on the end of semester papers is given by appointment on a one to one basis.