Slavery, Emancipation and Legacies (L6303A)

30 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

How do contemporary and historical forms of slavery shape political, economic, social and cultural life along lines of race, caste, gender and class?

This module examines enslaved and unfree persons, processes of emancipation, and legacies of slavery from crosscultural perspectives. Despite longstanding national and international legislation on abolition and emancipation, slavery and unfree labour have ongoing histories and legacies. Addressing historical formations of slavery as well as their transformations into the contemporary era, the module explores:

  • intersections of enslavement with genocide
  • colonialism
  • (forced) migration and global capitalism
  • resistance
  • rebellion and emancipation movements
  • legacies of unfree labour in physical and structural violence
  • intimate relationships
  • material environments
  • contested memorialisation.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 30 hours of contact time and about 270 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: