Date: Every Tuesday, from 20 October 2015 - 8 December 2015
For several decades Coventry has been a hub of African and Caribbean immigration and settlement in Britain. From the early West Indian immigration to the region in the 1950s, to the more recent growth in the number of people from Africa, Coventry has had and continues to have a strong African and Caribbean presence.
This module offers students the opportunity to learn more about the history of the African and Caribbean presence in Britain in order to provide context to contemporary issues facing these communities today. Although this course is predominately focused on the post-World War period, the course will also explore histories of slavery and colonialism in the Anglo-Caribbean and African regions. An understanding of how these histories contributed to specific structural inequalities that have affected and continue to affect the way African and Caribbean communities have been able to settle in Britain, and more specifically Coventry, are an integral part of this course.
In addition, this course is also concerned with discussing local responses to the challenges that African and Caribbean communities have and continue to face. Such a focus will provide students with an appreciation of how individuals have participated in creating change within their communities. This course will accomplish these objectives through historical study and the use of a variety of sources including films, images, interactive websites and newspapers. The course will also draw significantly upon the experiences of class participants.
The course consists of 8 two-and-a-half-hour weekly sessions. Each session will begin with a small meal followed by an introductory lecture, usually not exceeding 30 minutes. The remainder of each session will include structured discussion based on materials presented, and informal but well-structured time for individual and small group reflection on the relevance and implications of topics raised for the communities from which students come.
For detailed course outline and suggested readings for each week, please see the course outline.
By the end of this course students should be able to:
• Show a familiarity with the history and some of the issues relevant to African and Caribbean communities
• Gain a firm understanding of how structural inequalities have shaped the experiences of African and Caribbean communities in Coventry, and Britain more broadly
• Become familiar with the resources available for researching African and Caribbean communities available in local repositories, including those located at the Modern Records Centre
• Become familiar with community initiatives and responses
Readings and Assessment
This is a non-assessed, non-credit course. Students are expected to come prepared to discuss the topic for that week and to complete any assignments given. There are no required texts to be purchased. All materials will be accessible online or supplied in class.