HIST3005 African American History: Freedom Struggles from Plantation to Prison and Beyond

6 points
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Face to face
Not available in 2020AlbanyFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the History major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
This unit investigates the history of African Americans, from the arrival of Africans as explorers, and later, in much larger numbers as slaves, from the sixteenth century to the present. Students gain thorough understanding of how these radically subordinated Americans fought for and contributed to what it means to be an American and a full-fledged citizen. In the process, they gain understanding of historical change, social movement, political economic change, processes of racial-gender formation and differentiation, as well as nation-making and the histories of racism(s).
Students are able to (1) critically apply the concepts of race, class, gender and nation, which are foundational to high-level methodology in African–American history; (2) identify the main methodological issues in the diverse scholarly literature that makes up African–American history; (3) demonstrate detailed knowledge of the major political struggles and cultural movements and critically interrogate the conflicting ideologies that have animated black lives in (and beyond) the United States; (4) gain methodological fluency in interpreting multiple forms of primary evidence such as textual documents, diaries, fiction, photographic evidence, aural and musical materials; (5) complete a research project that engages with relevant evidence drawn from primary and secondary sources, and forward an original argument; and (6) express arguments, ideas and research in both written and oral form at an advanced level.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) participation; (2) an annotated bibliography; and (3) a research essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Ethan Blue
Unit rules
12 points of Level 2 units.
HIST2279 Twentieth-century African–American History; HIST3379 Twentieth-century African–American History
Contact hours
Lecture x 1 hr per week; Workshop x 2 hrs per week (up to 3 hrs per week)
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