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Unit information: Atlantic World Summer School in 2015/16

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Unit name Atlantic World Summer School
Unit code AFAC20005
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Professor. Mark Horton
Open unit status Not open

Enrolled at a University.



School/department Arts Faculty Office
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

The unit will operate as a summer school for external students to the University of Bristol. The unit offers a multidisciplinary approach to the Atlantic world during the early modern and modern periods (c. 1400 - 1900 CE). It will address the process of exploration and colonisation, the development of the globalised world economy and cultural exchanges around and across the Atlantic world. Both the Anglo-Saxon and Hispanic- Portuguese Atlantic worlds will be considered. The main disciplines that all be covered will include history and archaeology, anthropology, film, theatre and performance, music, philosophy. The unit aims are:

1. To provide a sound understanding of the chronology and historical processes that led to the development of the Atlantic world between the 15th and 19th centuries

2. To enable a wider interdisciplinary perspective of the Atlantic world.

3. To provide in-depth understanding of chosen aspects of the Atlantic world, through the use of primary material (documents, sites, buildings, film, artefacts)

4. To visit key locations in Bristol and the South West, that were associated with the Atlantic world and economy.

Intended Learning Outcomes

The unit will provide a sound and wide-ranging appreciation of the Atlantic world, its origins, development and cultural exchanges. The unit will combine the 'global' with the 'local' and the students will be encouraged to understand how small scale studies can help understand wider issues. Specifically:

1. The students will be able to make comparisons between the hispanic and anglo-saxon atlantic worlds, and their cultural exchanges.

2. The students will have a familiarity of the role of Bristol and the south west in the Atlantic world

3. The students will be able to handle primary material (such as documents, films, artefacts or buildings) and make historical conclusions about them.

4. Through their understanding of the Atlantic world, students will be encouraged to understand contemporary global issues, such as race, religion, development, and the rights of traditional communities.

Teaching Information

Lectures, fieldtrips and practical activities (museum visits, films, etc.). A daily programme will run over three weeks, based in Bristol. There will be a 2 day residential fieldtrip to the South West as part of the unit.

Assessment Information

The assessment, covering ILOs 1-4, will comprise a seminar presentation around a focused research topic linked to the Atlantic world, plus a 'poster' type output that

sets out the research that has been undertaken. The poster will have to fit onto a A1 sheet, and include text and illustrations.

Reading and References

Williams, C (ed.) Bridging the Atlantic World (Ashgate 2011)

Dresser, M. Slavery Obscured (Continuum 2001)

Dresser, M and Harn. A, Slavery and the English country House (English Heritage 2013)

Monroe, J.C. The precolonial state in West Africa (Cambridge 2013)