H294 - Race, Segregation, and Apartheid in Twentieth-century South Africa
- Module Code:
- Year of study:
- Year 2 or Year 3
- Taught in:
- Term 2
This course is concerned with South Africa's tumultuous twentieth-century history. It commences with the reconstruction of the South African state following the end of the South African War (1899-1902), and examines the respective origins and consequences of formal segregation (1910s - 1930s) and apartheid (1940s - 1980s). It is especially concerned with the ways in which ordinary Africans negotiated daily life within the strictures of these forms state repression. A significant part of the course is concerned with the emergence of African nationalism, resistance to apartheid, and the collapse of the apartheid state at the end of the twentieth century, a conflict that engulfed all of southern Africa.
Objectives and learning outcomes of the module
At the end of the course, a student should be able to demonstrate…
understand the nature of the South African state that emerged at the beginning of the twentieth century
understand the history of segregation as a discrete historical period
understand the origins of apartheid and its impact on the daily lives of Africans
understand the changing ways in which scholars have written about the South African past.
Scope and syllabus
Reconstruction following the South African war; the emergence of segregation; the Great Depression and socio-economic change; the rise of African and Afrikaner nationalism; the rise of apartheid; popular culture in the age of segregation; the transformation of African nationalism and the rise of Black Consciousness; everyday life under apartheid rule; the demise of the apartheid state; Truth and Reconciliation; post-apartheid South Africa.
Method of assessment
- Response paper to a primary source (300 words) at 20%
- Response paper to secondary reading (700 words) at 30%
- One Essay (3,000 words) at 50%