International Slavery Studies MA

  • Programme duration: Full-time: 12 months   Part-time: 24 months
  • Programme start: Autumn 2021
  • Entry requirements: You should normally have a BA in History or a related discipline (2:1 or above, or international equivalent).
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Module details

Due to the impact of COVID-19 we're changing how the course is delivered

The programme contains core modules in the development of research skills and methods, dedicated modules for the historical and modern slavery pathways, and a dissertation in slavery and unfree labour. This allows you to engage with a range of professional activities and learning, alongside developing your awareness of research methodologies and theoretical approaches.

In semester one, you are introduced to a broad, advanced understanding of slavery and unfree labour so that you are aware of the issues involved in studying slavery at postgraduate level, as well as advanced research methods to develop an advanced understanding of relevant research methods according to your selected pathway. In the second semester, you are introduced to an advanced understanding of your chosen pathways so you are able to position your chosen specialism within a broader context.

There is a dissertation preparation module and also a choice from a range of optional modules including a project-based work placement co-taught with our non-academic partners. You will work throughout the year with your supervisors to develop your awareness of the concepts and controversies at the centre of your chosen pathway and dissertation topics. By doing so you will be able to craft an advanced awareness of slavery and unfree labour through a diverse yet intellectually cohesive programme of learning.

Modules include:*

  • Studying slavery: themes and concepts
  • Decolonizing research methods: an introduction
  • Modern slavery, forced labour and human rights
  • Transatlantic slavery: histories and afterlives
  • Studying slavery in practice: project-based work placement
  • Representing slavery
  • International record keeping.

* Information provided above is indicative and changes may be made according to programme development and teaching availability.