Race and Racism in Modern European History

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Race and Racism in Modern European History

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    European Studies, History

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    40 pts from (HIST 100-199, CLAS 104, 105)

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course examines the concept of race, the origins of racial thinking and the practice of racial intolerance and persecution in Europe and its colonies from 1750 to 1950. Emphasis will be given to the meanings of race through its codes: class, colour, and culture, and the implications of these codes for the negotiations of self, group and national identities in the construction of racial 'types' in a range of discourses. This theoretical background will be illuminated with select examples of race-based politics and nation-making projects, and the responses of colonised and persecuted groups to these policies, in Europe, the British and French Caribbean, and Africa. 100% internal assessment.

    Course Learning Objectives
    Students passing the course should be able to:
    1. identify, classify and review primary and secondary source documents of a textual and visual nature that relate to the history of race and racism in modern European history;
    2. review the impact of individuals, social movements, events, and ideologies that had a lasting negative and/or positive impact on the development of racial thought;
    3. critically analyse the main political, social and cultural events that shaped the history of race and racism in Europe and its colonies in the time frame covered by the course;
    4. demonstrate comprehension and analytical skills by making informed decisions about essay construction, relevant sources, and writing;
    5. apply knowledge of print information resources in the library and approved online repositories, where relevant, to the completion of set assessment tasks.

    Review Essay 30%
    Research Essay 45%
    In-class Test 25%

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