Black British Communities from the 1700s to the 21st century

Course Dates: 02/10/24 - 27/11/24
Time: 19:30 - 21:00
Location: Online
We’ll explore the presence and experiences of Black communities in Britain, from the 1700s to the present. We’ll also analyse the concept of race and racist ideologies as they evolved, and community resistance to them.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Black British Communities from the 1700s to the 21st century
  • Course Code: HBH92
  • Dates: 02/10/24 - 27/11/24
  • Time: 19:30 - 21:00
  • Taught: Wed, Evening
  • Duration: 9 sessions (over 9 weeks)
  • Location: Online
  • Tutor: A. S

Course Code: HBH92

Wed, eve, 02 Oct - 27 Nov '24

Duration: 9 sessions (over 9 weeks)

Please note: We offer a wide variety of financial support to make courses affordable. Just visit our online Help Centre for more information on a range of topics including fees, online learning and FAQs.

What is the course about?

In the first half of this course, we will identify both well and lesser known figures of political change, particularly in relation to anti-slavery, anti-colonial and worker’s suffrage movements, and the growth of Black communities in urban spaces throughout the 19th century. This course will also provide insight into the concept of race and racist ideologies as they evolved alongside capitalist expansion, and Black community resistance to them. The second half of the course focuses on the 20th century as a significant period of change and social transformation. We will assess the contributions of Black soldiers during the First and Second World Wars, city-wide ‘race riots’ and campaigns for civil rights, Black Power and Black Feminist organising, during the 1960s-1980s, as well as the longstanding impact of African and Caribbean arts and cultures on British popular culture into the 21st century.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

• The notable influence of people of African and Caribbean heritage in Britain’s major social and political movements since the 1700s.
• The role of slavery, imperialism, and capitalism, in shaping ideas around race in British society
• The political ideas that helped to fuel resistance to racism by Black individuals and communities
• The nuanced experiences of Black Britons throughout history
• The intersections of race, gender and class in Black British historical experiences
• Political movements such as workers’ suffrage, anti-colonialism, Pan-Africanism, Socialism, Black Power, and Black Feminist traditions in Britain
• Cultural influences of Black British communities on wider British culture.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

You can expect to have gained a great level of knowledge on the various societal shifts and changes that have taken place throughout the last 4 centuries in Britain, from the perspective of Black individuals and communities, and gain insight into the movements and ideas that have inspired these communities in working for positive change throughout this time period.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

A general knowledge of modern British history, good English language and reading skills.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Tutor presentation, group discussions, tutor-guided analysing of key texts, archive materials such as images, documents, and video clips. There will be a list of recommended reads if you’d like to continue studying outside of class, but this is not essential.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

No other costs.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Other courses on British and Global history. Please see the City Lit website.

We’re sorry. We don’t have a bio ready for the tutor of this class at the moment, but we’re working on it! Watch this space.