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Unit information: Black Humanities II in 2022/23

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Unit name Black Humanities II
Unit code MODLM0044
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Albertine Fox
Open unit status Not open
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School/department School of Modern Languages
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Unit Information

Based on cutting-edge interdisciplinary research and contemporary practice, this unit offers students foundational tools for learning about the intellectual and artistic production of people of African descent around the world. The unit is structured through our focus on three locations and the connections between them: Africa, Caribbean and the Americas, Black Britain. In connection to their reading, students will meet with arts practitioners and activists in order to reflect on their learning and consider how the arts and humanities can generate changes and forms of solidarity in today’s society. Topics to be discussed include: anti-colonial and decolonial thought, migration, mobility, diaspora, memory and language. The unit will introduce students to key texts as well as to influential methodological approaches across the disciplines (literature, history, philosophy, art history, film, music).

Your learning on this unit

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Identify and analyse key ideas in the study of the intellectual and artistic production of people of African descent, including decolonial thought, migration and mobility, diaspora.

2. Reflect on the connections between theory and practice.

3. Discuss and evaluate the debates that surround different and varied notions of blackness within the arts and humanities.

4. Work with primary sources and select pertinent evidence in order to illustrate/demonstrate specific and more general points.

5. Present research and judgements in written forms and styles appropriate to the discipline and to M Level.

How you will learn

Teaching will be delivered in the form of seminars, collaborative practice-based sessions, as well as self-directed learning opportunities supported by tutor consultation.

How you will be assessed

Journals (40%)

Essay (60%)


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.