Dr Martin Luther King Jr and the civil rights movement ADED11457

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 0
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course will consider Dr Martin Luther King Jr's career and legacy as a radical civil and human rights leader. We will discuss his contribution to civil rights campaigns to end segregation and to secure the vote for African-Americans. We will also analyse an aspect of his life often neglected by historians: Dr King's life-long commitment to ending poverty and inequality in America. The course will also consider how Dr King's agendas divided America and for example led the FBI to brand him as a communist agitator. 


Block 2

2 hours per week for 10 weeks



Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses






Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Provide students with a critical understanding of the radical leadership of Dr Martin Luther King Jr.

■ Consider the contributions made by Dr Martin Luther King Jr to civil rights movement campaigns between 1955 and 1968.

■ Enhance understanding of Dr King as both a civil and human rights leader.

■ Encourage students to develop familiarity with the various primary and secondary source material and to establish confidence in their use.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:


■ Identify the major historiographical debates and controversies on the life and work of Dr Martin Luther King Jr.

■ Describe the evolving nature and focus of civil rights movement campaigns between 1955 and 1968 with emphasis on both their civil rights and human rights agendas.

■ Demonstrate knowledge of Dr King's particular contribution as a leader to civil rights movement campaigns and their agendas in America during the 1950s and 1960s.

■ Describe the character and nature of the opposition, both from within and from outside the civil rights movement, to Dr King's plans to end poverty and inequality for all in America.

■ Discuss in class relevant primary and secondary sources of historical information.


Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits