Department of History and Philosophy
Areas of Specialisation
HIST6001 HIST6101 HIST6301 HIST6302 HIST6303 HIST6702 HIST6705
HIST6711 HIST6713 HIST6714 HIST6716 HIST6799 HIST6802 HIST6803

HIST6001: The Emergence of West Indian History

This course is designed to study the history of historical writing in the post-slavery (British) Caribbean. It will trace the emergence of West Indian history as a subject from its nineteenth century imperial orientation to the birth of a nationalist history. It will also examine the institutionalisation of West Indian history in local historical societies, the UWI and the curricula of secondary schools. Themes to be explored include: Proto-nationalist History; The Euro- American Imperial Historians; The Birth of a Nationalist History I; The Birth of a Nationalist History II; Institutionalisation of West Indian History:; Schools and UWI; Theory & Methodology in West Indian Historiography; Historical Geography; Ecological Determinism; The Plantation School; The Pluralist Model; The Creole Model; Dialectical Materialist/Class Model; and The Emergence of Women’s History & Gender History.

Assessment: 100% Coursework
HIST6101: Independence and the Nation State in Northern Spanish America in the 19th Century  (Not Offered)

The course will examine developments in Venezuela, Colombia, Central America and Mexico during the nineteenth century. Themes to be studied are: the nature and extent of political and social change at the time of independence; the impact of the regimes that consolidated the accomplishment of independence. This will involve, where relevant, areas such as the destruction of Gran Colombia and the rise of its successor states, the creation and fall of the Central American Federation, and the progression of Mexico to the Porfiriato. An underlying theme will be the more or less successful assertion of central government authority in the various states.

Assessment: TBA
HIST6301: Society and Economy in Pre- Colonial Africa

This course examines the dynamic nature of pre-colonial Africa by focusing on the development of social and cultural institutions and their inter-relationship in West Africa before 1900.

Assessment: 50% Coursework; 50% Final Examination
HIST6302: Nation Building in Western Africa

This course takes a look at the attempts by West and Central African states since independence to build viable and sustainable states in the face of major difficulties, economic, political and cultural. It begins by paying attention to the pre-colonial situation noting both the centripetal and centrifugal tendencies; then turns to examine Western rule in the area and the colonial legacy. The measures taken by independent rulers and the consequences - especially the unintended consequences - of these actions form the bedrock of the course. The course examines such issues as civil war, ethnic struggles, corruption, neo-colonial influence, military rule and the campaigns for democracy, the rule of ‘strong men,’ emergence of regional superpowers.

Assessment: 50% Coursework; 50% Final Examination
HIST6303: Women and Islam in Africa

This course is intended to introduce students to a more advanced discussion of the interaction of two great themes in African history: women and Islam, particularly in the twentieth century.

Assessment: 50% Coursework; 50% Final Examination
HIST6702: Artifacts, Archives and Museums


This course will focus on practical aspects of Artifacts, Museums and Archives.

Assessment: 100% Coursework
HIST6705: Family History and Historical Biography
This course examines Family in the Caribbean since 1400, and does so by using a thematic rather than a purely chronological approach. The Caribbean family has long been the focus of historical and sociological debate as the core social unit within the region. This course will help students to evaluate the historical events that have shaped the development of the Caribbean family. Historiographical trends and approaches to the study of the family in history are discussed. Sources available to the historian for the study of family history are assessed. Issues relating to the family in historical contexts are analysed from a cross-cultural and comparative perspective. A special focus is placed on the Afro-Caribbean family and in this respect and the course examines the family in parts of pre-colonial West Africa, the family within the context of enslavement (in both the American South and the Anglophone Caribbean) and the family in freedom. Another focus of the course is to evaluate the role of biography in the development of Caribbean history and as a historiographical tool.


HIST6711: History and Caribbean Heritage

This course describes and analyses Caribbean heritage, and the attitudes of peoples towards it. it will include the efforts of government and non-governmental organisations to preserve Caribbean heritage in and outside museums. It will examine the politics of heritage management and presentation, and the role and status of public history in the Caribbean. It will investigate the relations between Caribbean history and Caribbean heritage.

Topics to be covered include: Overview and definition of Heritage; Attitudes to the past; Survival and management of historical evidence/heritage—Overseas; Survival and management of historical evidence/heritage-the Caribbean; Public History; The Politics of Heritage; The Heritage industry; and Problems and prospects in Caribbean history and heritage.

Assessment: 100% Coursework
HIST6713: Key Works in History  (Not Offered)

This course is conceived of as an examination of seminal works in the development of the profession, with particular emphasis on recent authors. It is intended that students should read and critique the texts themselves, rather than just digest what others have written about them, though such books will still be available, of course. The criteria for selection of suitable writings are variable and will be based on such factors as the introduction of new methodologies, the significance of the topic addressed, and the effectiveness with which the subject is dealt. It is proposed that various historical traditions be dealt with, new and old, the only requirement being that suitable texts are available in English.

Assessment: 100% Coursework
HIST6714: Current Debates in History

The central objective of this course is to introduce postgraduate students in history to current debates in the discipline concerning its purpose, direction and methodology. Students will be required to engage with these debates through extensive reading and seminar presentations. The course will examine the issues these debates raise and consider the extent to which they should impact on our own practice as historians in the Caribbean. Topics will vary according to developments in the discipline.

Assessment: 100% Coursework
HIST6716: Advanced Methods in History 
This is a seminar course designed to equip postgraduate students with the advanced skills and methodologies required to conduct and present original research work in History. The course is designed to be a crossroad of readings in methodology, practicum exercises and debates over their applicability to each student’s current research.  It will also provide guidance in formatting the thesis/dissertation according to international standards.

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HIST6799: Politics in Post-slavery Barbados, 1838-1937 (year-long course)

This course examines the interplay of political forces in Barbados over the period 1834- 1950, with special emphasis on the efforts of disadvantaged groups to influence public policy, the strategies adopted by the ruling oligarchy to maintain control, and the emergence of mass-based political movements representing organized challenge to the establishment. The course will include a heavy emphasis on documents that assist in providing information on the political development of Barbados in the period under survey. It is important, also, to note that while the focus is on events, personalities, and processes in Barbados, students will be expected to show some familiarity with relevant material on the wider Caribbean, and with a wider historiography.

Assessment: 50% Coursework; 50% Final Examination
HIST6802: Reading Material Culture

HIST6803: Eastern Caribbean Landscape History
 

Faculty of Humanities and Education
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