School of Global Studies

Civil Rights Movement (V1378)

Special Subject: The Civil Rights Movement

Module V1378

Module details for 2011/12.

30 credits

FHEQ Level 6

Module Outline

This module assesses the triumphs and tragedies of the movement for racial equality in the United States during the decades that followed the Second World War. It starts by familiarising students with the broader societal forces that created the context for the movement, including the decline of the agricultural economy of the American South, the migration of millions of African Americans from rural to urban communities, and the impact of the Second World War both in eroding the cultural and intellectual legitimacy of white supremacy and raising black expectations of claiming the full rights of citizenship. Although the personality of Martin Luther King, Jr. is central to the module, students will analyse the movement from the perspective not only of its leaders but also grassroots activists. They will evaluate the intellectual and institutional forces that shaped movement activism, especially the role of Christianity. In assessing the civil rights conflicts of the post-war decades, the module also gives due attention to the ideology and tactics of white racists who opposed reform.

Module learning outcomes

Write on a focused topic with critical awareness of broader course themes.

Demonstrate critical understanding of key academic debates.

Locate, analyse and interpret primary source materials.

Demonstrate strong factual and conceptual understanding.

Unseen ExaminationEnd of Year Assessment40.00%
Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
ExerciseT2 Week 7 50.00%
EssayA1 Week 1 50.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Autumn SemesterSeminar2 hours111111111111
Spring SemesterSeminar2 hours111111111111

How to read the week pattern

The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

Prof Clive Webb

Convenor, Assess convenor

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