Civil Rights Histories: Chasing Freedoms
Undergraduate | LTU-HIS3001 | 2024
- Study method
- 100% online
- 100% online
- Enrol by
- 21 July 2024
- Entry requirements
- Prior study needed
- 12 weeks
- Start dates
- 29 July 2024
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Civil Rights Histories: Chasing Freedoms
About this subject
On successful completion you will be able to:
- Critically compare the arguments employed by various historians and assimilate them with other sources to contextualise particular historical problems.
- Examine historical events using effective disciplinary skills.
- Identify and critically assess change and its continuity across different protests.
- Identify and reflect on the use of primary sources at an intermediate level
- Civil Rights in the U.S.
- Race Relations in the U.S.
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Major Civil Rights Protests
- African-Americans and Direct Action Protest
- Causes and Consequences of the Civil Rights Movement
- Understanding Direct Action Protest
- Strategies Adopted by Terrorists and Insurgencies
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.” The aim of this subject is to explore in detail the central protests and demonstrations of this important movement. Our chronology will largely concentrate on the period from the landmark 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision through to the 1968 Poor Peoples’ Campaign. The subject, however, will also assess major changes in race relations since 1968, especially in the light of ongoing racial divisions in the United States. These divisions have been highlighted by the recent Black Lives Matter protests, which also illustrate the international reach of U.S. civil rights histories. Students will explore how the American civil rights movement was influenced by global events and how it inspired other protest movements, in the U.S. and beyond. They will also examine how a mass movement mobilises successfully, identifying the circumstances under which non-violent direct action is successful. In the process, they will assess the key role of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
This is a level 3 subject. This subject includes live sessions with the expectation of student attendance and participation.
- Essay (2000 words) 1 x Long comparative essay (50%)
- Essay (1500 words) 1 x Topic specific short essay (40%)
- Essay Plan (500 words equivalent) (10%)
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Past La Trobe University students who have previously completed HIS3ACR (The American Civil Rights Movement), or HIS2ACR (Civil Rights Histories: Chasing Freedoms) are ineligible to enrol in this subject.
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- 0.125 EFTSL
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