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Unit Overview


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).

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the History major sequence
  • Level 3 elective

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.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

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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  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.