CIVIL RIGHTS HISTORIES: CHASING FREEDOMS

HIS2ACR

2021

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

U.S. historian William H. Chafe has called the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s "the most significant social movement in all of American history." This subject allows students to explore in detail the central protests of this important movement. Our chronology will largely concentrate on events between the landmark 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision and the 1968 Poor Peoples' Campaign. As they examine the various protests, students explore how a mass movement mobilizes successfully. In particular, they will explore the remarkable story of how an allegedly politically feeble and dependent racial minority was able to secure substantial racial change from a powerful white majority. They will also assess the key role of Martin Luther King. In both their assignments, third year students will be expected to outline an argument which is more sustained, referencing which is more accomplished, and to utilize a wider range of sources than second year students.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorTimothy Minchin

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesTutorial Discussion and Short Topical Essay and Long Comparative/Thematic Essay

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsHIS3ACR

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Readings

Eyes on the prize: America's civil rights years

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorWilliams, J.

Year1988

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PublisherPENGUIN

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Voices of freedom: an oral history of the civil rights movement

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorHampton, H. and Fayer, S.

Year1990

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherBANTAM

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To redeem the soul of America: the southern christian leadership conference and Martin Luther King Jr.

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorFairclough, A.

Year1987

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherUNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA PRESS

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Eyes on the prize civil rights reader: documents, speeches, and firsthand accounts from the black freedom struggle

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorCarson, C. et al.

Year1988

Edition/Volume2ND EDN

PublisherPENGUIN

ISBNN/A

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Career Ready

Career-focusedNo

Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Assimilate historians' lines of arguments and use of sources in relation to a particular historical problem, placing all in their contexts
02. Discuss disciplinary skills as articulated in readings and as modelled in lectures
03. Identify change and continuity across different protests
04. Identify and Reflect on the use of primary sources: the student's own, and other historians'

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorTimothy Minchin

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 30 - 42
One 2.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via blended.

TutorialWeek: 30 - 42
One 1.00 h tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Essay (2500 words) 1 x Long comparative essay

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo60 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Essay (1500 words) 1 x Topic specific short essay

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO3, SILO4