Module Catalogue 2021/22

HCA1001 : Slavery

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Jane Webster
  • Lecturer: Dr Christina Mobley
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment

N/A

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment

N/A

Aims

This module explores slavery in the ancient, modern and early modern and modern periods. It is global in scope, introducing students to the experience and practise of slavery in Europe, Africa and the Americas. It will provide insight into the ideologies, practises and social structures that helped constitute the many different forms of slavery in these multiple eras and regions, and explore as far as is possible the lived experiences of slaves themselves.

Outline Of Syllabus

Will include some of the following:

Slavery in Classical Rome
Slavery in Africa
The Transatlantic Slave Trade
Caribbean Slavery
Slavery in Brazil
Slavery in the United States
Plantation Slavery: History and Archaeology
Abolitionism in Europe and the Americas

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

Students will on completion of the module be equipped to adopt a comparative approach to different forms of slavery across a range of historical eras. They will be able to grasp complex debates about the definition of slavery, and to understand how ideas of race and gender informed the practise of slavery. Students will also develop an awareness of the different ways of studying slavery. They will come to understand how archaeology can serve as a tool to recover slave experiences and chart the slave trade, as well as coming to appreciate comparative methodologies and the merits of Diachronic analysis.

Intended Skill Outcomes

Development of students’ critical skills in research, critical reading and reasoning, sustained discussion and appropriate presentation of the results.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture111:0011:00PinP
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion501:0050:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion301:0030:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials111:0011:00Pre-recorded lectures - count towards contact hrs
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading541:0054:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading331:0033:00Formative practice - 3 hrs a week of required seminar reading.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching111:0011:00PinP Seminars
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures - impart core knowledge and an outline of the knowledge that students are expected to acquire and they stimulate development of listening and note-taking skills.

SEMINARS encourage independent study and promote improvements in oral presentation, interpersonal communication, problem-solving skills, research skills and adaptability.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1A502,000 words (including footnotes but excluding bibliography)
Written exercise1M50Exercise exploring Digital Humanities resources on slavery (1500 words)
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Computer assessment1MWeekly Canvas Quiz (no word count)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Submitted work develops key skills in research, reading and writing and assesses intended knowledge and skills outcomes including independent thinking and the ability to critically evaluate the concepts and sources introduced in the module. Assessment I (Digital Humanities) encourages students to engage with scholarly resources beyond books, and to consider how data are collated and presented, and how scholars can use these resources. The essay allows students to focus in more depth on an aspect of the module: they must use data from at least two time periods and geographic zones, thereby broadening their knowledge and learning how to compare and contrast data from different periods. The formative assessment scaffolds for Assessment 2, a 2000 word essay. The seminar readings and allied quizzes support the Assessment 2 essay questions. The quizzes help students to develop critical thinking skills, and give them confidence in terms of articulating their learning in class.

All Erasmus students at Newcastle University are expected to do the same assessment as students registered for a degree.

Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending semester 1 only are required to finish their assessment while in Newcastle. This will take the form of an alternative assessment, as outlined in the formats below:

Modules assessed by Coursework and Exam:
The normal alternative form of assessment for all semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be one essay in addition to the other coursework assessment (the length of the essay should be adjusted in order to comply with the assessment tariff); to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.

Modules assessed by Exam only:
The normal alternative form of assessment for all semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be two 2,000 word written exercises; to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.

Modules assessed by Coursework only:
All semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be expected to complete the standard assessment for the module; to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.
Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending the whole academic year or semester 2 are required to complete the standard assessment as set out in the MOF under all circumstances.

Timetable

Past Exam Papers

General Notes

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Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2021/22 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2022/23 entry will be published here in early-April 2022. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.