Slavery and Forced Migration in Global Perspective HIST5164
- Academic Session: 2023-24
- School: School of Humanities
- Credits: 20
- Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
- Typically Offered: Semester 1
- Available to Visiting Students: No
This course introduces students to the history of slavery and forced migration, c. 1400-1900, giving them a solid grounding in a historiography that has become increasingly global and comparative. In a series of weekly seminars, students will discuss critical pieces of scholarship in the field, paying special attention to the Atlantic and Indian Ocean slave trades, nineteenth-century abolition and the subsequent expansion of indentured labour.
10 x 2 hour seminars as scheduled in mycampus
Requirements of Entry
Standard entry to Masters at College Level
1 x Review essay (3,000 words) 60%
1 x Seminar presentation: book-review length (10 min) 15%, 1000 words + written book review (1,000 words) 15%
Seminar participation 10%
This course aims to:
■ Engage students in current debates on the history of involuntary labour migrations;
■ Explore concepts and methodologies used in the study of slavery and forced migration;
■ Investigate the causes, organisation and outcomes of the overseas movement of enslaved and indentured workers;
■ Enable students to strengthen their skills as independent researchers through critical engagement with primary and secondary source materials, peer-group discussion and written output.
Intended Learning Outcomes of Course
By the end of this course students will be able to:
■ Distinguish different ways in which the historical movement of enslaved and indentured workers has shaped the modern world;
■ Appraise current trends in the historiography of involuntary migration;
■ Judge different conceptual and methodological approaches to the study of enslavement and forced migration;
■ Apply rigorous critical analysis to specialised secondary literature and relevant primary sources;
■ Compose an original research question and sound historical arguments based on independent research;
■ Translate research findings in a clear, logical and concise form.
Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits
Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.