Reparations Now I (DL) HIST5181
- Academic Session: 2023-24
- School: School of Humanities
- Credits: 20
- Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
- Typically Offered: Semester 1
- Available to Visiting Students: Yes
- Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes
This course examines key historical events, theories around reparations and reparative justice, including the historical injustices for which reparations are commonly claimed, the contemporary social movements that have emerged around reparations claims and the recent developments in Glasgow and the UK on reparative justice. It will evaluate how legacies of slavery, colonialism, and apartheid continue to have impact on social, economic and political issues in the UK and the Caribbean.
1 x two-hour seminar over 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus.
Requirements of Entry
Standard entry to Master's at College level.
Oral presentation 10 minutes (20%). This will be pre-recorded for dissemination before class and so re-assessable.
Blog post 1000 words (20%)
Research project 3000 words (60%)
This course aims to:
■ prepare students to define key historical events, theories and debates around reparations and reparative justice, including the historical injustices for which reparations are commonly claimed, the contemporary social movements that have emerged around reparations claims and the recent developments in Glasgow and the UK on reparative justice;
■ enable students to develop nuanced understandings of these issues;
■ equip students to analyse how legacies of slavery, colonialism, and apartheid shaped historical developments in the UK and the Caribbean and support students in becoming critical and independent thinkers, and;
■ encourage students to evaluate different methods of investigating reparations claims historically.
Intended Learning Outcomes of Course
By the end of this course students will be able to:
■ interpret key historical events, theories and debates concerning slavery, empire and apartheid in written and oral forms;
■ distinguish diverse scholarly arguments and historiographical trends;
■ apply key theoretical frameworks to the critical analysis of movements for reparative justice through history;
■ compose oral presentations, academic papers, public history interventions such as blog posts or material culture interpretations on themes related to slavery, empire and apartheid;
■ define their positionality, values and ethics in the context of current discussions regarding reparations, decolonisation, representation, equalities and anti-racist research and practice.
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.