Reparations Now (Part Two): Slavery, Colonialism and Human Rights in Contemporary Perspective (DL) HIST5182

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

Reparations Now: Slavery, Colonialism and Human Rights in Contemporary Perspective will take a student-led approach to creating a syllabus in co-operation with the cohort of students at the University of the West Indies. The course will employ a variety of synchronous and asynchronous online tools to connect the two courses at Glasgow and UWI, including shared online seminars (for example, using the Library & Special Collections' Virtual Collections Classroom), online discussion forums, recorded lectures and collaborative writing exercises.


1 x two-hour seminar over 22 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus.

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Master's at College level.

Excluded Courses





Blog post 1000 words (20%)

Oral presentation 10 minutes, 1000 words (20%)

Policy paper 3000 words (60%)

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ assess how different reparations programmes are implemented;

■ relate how movements have emerged around reparative justice, drawing on examples from Glasgow and the UK;

■ appraise the nuances of the issues of reparations and reparative justice;

■ evaluate the impact of the legacies of slavery, colonialism, and apartheid on the social, political and economic fabric of the UK and the Caribbean;

■ appraise these issues and so encourage critical and independent thinking;

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ apply the essential theoretical approaches to movements for reparative justice, both in the past and in the present;

■ evaluate the central issues, approaches and debates over the legacies of slavery, empire and apartheid on daily lives, using both textual and oral sources;

■ discuss themes concerning reparative justice through oral presentations, position papers, reading responses, sample policy recommendations and academic papers;

■ differentiate different scholarly interpretations and professional perspectives on reparations and reparative justice;

■ express their positionality, values and ethics regarding current controversies over 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.