HIST2008 White Supremacy

6 points
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 option in the History; Gender Studies major sequences
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 2 elective
Between the seventeenth and the twentieth centuries, societies emerged in many parts of the world which deliberately gave 'white' people power over other 'races'. This unit begins by considering the material and intellectual origins of white supremacy. Emerging doctrines of racial differentiation and evolution are viewed against the background of colonisation, plantation slavery and inter-European warfare. The remainder of the unit is devoted to case studies of racial domination in a number of societies including South Africa, the United States of America, Kenya, Zimbabwe, New Zealand and Australia.
Students are able to (1) describe and assess the basic historiographical issues characteristic of the discipline of History through the example of historical writing on white supremacy; (2) identify and evaluate the historiographical problems posed by historical analyses that connect class, race and white supremacy in the United States, South Africa and Australia, and gender and white supremacy in the United States and South Africa; (3) demonstrate a detailed understanding of the history of South Africa (1870–1994), the American South (1863–1963), Kenya (1900–1963), Zimbabwe (1890–1980), Australia (1880–1970) and New Zealand (1880–1970); (4) locate appropriate sources for research essays; and (5) present arguments in both written and oral assessments using the conventions of the historical discipline.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tutorial participation; (2) research essay; and (3) a reflective 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 Jeremy Martens
Unit rules
a Level 1 History unit
EURO1101 Europe Now: Cultures and Identities
GEND1901 Gender in Australia
HIST2249 White Supremacy; HIST3349 White Supremacy
Contact hours
lectures: 18 (2 hours per week in weeks 1–9); tutorials: 11 (1 hour per week in weeks 2–12)
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