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Undergraduate Course: Black Nationalism in America (HIST10116)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryNationalism has been a recurring theme in African American history. The peaks and troughs of its popularity tell us much about the state of American race relations at any given time. The course will enable you to examine diverse forms of black nationalism in the United States, and to engage with relevant historiographical debates and concepts.
Course description The course will examine key themes in the history of black nationalism in America from the nineteenth century until the mid-1970s, with some attention to post-1970s developments. Key issues include defining black nationalism, examining bases of support, and explaining the shifting appeal of black nationalism. Accordingly the course will investigate different forms of black nationalism, including racial solidarity, cultural nationalism, religious nationalism, and Pan-Africanism.

The topics covered are Black Nationalism in Nineteenth Century America; Marcus Garvey and the Universal Negro Improvement Association; African Americans and Pan-Africanism in the first half of the twentieth century; W. E. B. Du Bois; The Nation of Islam until Elijah Muhammad's Death; Robert Williams; Malcolm X after the Nation of Islam; The Meanings of Black Power; The Black Panther Party and other radical political groups; state repression of Black Nationalism; Cultural Nationalism; and Black Nationalism after the 1960s.

Content note: The study of History inevitably involves the study of difficult topics that we encourage students to approach in a respectful, scholarly, and sensitive manner. Nevertheless, we remain conscious that some students may wish to prepare themselves for the discussion of difficult topics. In particular, the course organiser has outlined that the following topics may be discussed in this course, whether in class or through required or recommended primary and secondary sources: racism, racial violence, sexual violence, misogyny, patriarchy, sexism, homophobia, classism, archaic terminology, religion, politics, identity. While this list indicates sensitive topics students are likely to encounter, it is not exhaustive because course organisers cannot entirely predict the directions discussions may take in tutorials or seminars, or through the wider reading that students may conduct for the course.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements A pass or passes in 40 credits of first level historical courses or equivalent and a pass or passes in 40 credits of second level historical courses or equivalent.
Students should only be enrolled on this course with approval from the History Honours Programme Administrator.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least 3 History courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses. Applicants should note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum does NOT guarantee admission.

** as numbers are limited, visiting students should contact the Visiting Student Office directly for admission to this course **
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 172 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework:
3000 word essay (50%)

Two hour exam (50%)
Feedback Students will receive written feedback on their coursework, and will have the opportunity to discuss that feedback further with the Course Organiser during their published office hours or by appointment.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate command of the body of knowledge considered in the course;
  2. Read, analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship;
  3. Understand, evaluate and utilise a variety of primary source material;
  4. Develop and sustain scholarly arguments in written form, by formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence;
  5. Demonstrate independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others.
Reading List
Wilson Jeremiah Moses, The Golden Age of Black Nationalism, 1850-1925 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1988)

Wilson Jeremiah Moses (ed.), Classical Black Nationalism: From the American Revolution to Marcus Garvey (New York: New York University Press, 1997)

Mark Newman, Black Nationalism in American History: From the Nineteenth Century to the Million Man March (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2018)

Alphonso Pinkney, Red, Black, and Green: Black Nationalism in the United States (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1976).

Dean E. Robinson, Black Nationalism in American Politics and Thought (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2001)

William L. Van Deburg (ed.), Modern Black Nationalism: From Marcus Garvey to Louis Farrakhan (New York and London: New York University Press, 1997)

Mark Newman, "Black Nationalism." In the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History. Ed. Jon Butler. New York: Oxford University Press, 2021.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsBlack Nationalism
Course organiserDr Mark Newman
Tel: (0131 6)50 3759
Course secretaryMrs Shannon McMillan
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