SOAS University of London

Academic Services: Widening Participation

Year 12 & 13 History Masterclass and History Teacher Event


Date: 5 November 2019Time: 10:00 AM

Finishes: 5 November 2019Time: 1:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Type of Event: Workshop

Decolonisation and the post-war world: approaching the Cold War from a non-western perspective

This masterclass will allow students to explore two important A-level themes - the end of World War II and the Cold War - from a distinctly non-western perspective. Focusing on the second half of the twentieth century, the class will explore how peoples outside Europe, in Britain's colonial territories, witnessed World War II and its aftermath.

Examining the impact of the war on economic and political structures, as well as on understandings of identity and morality, students will consider whether decolonisation was the result of colonial powers willingly giving up their empires or due to pressure from anti-colonial resistance. They will explore how the Cold War affected these dynamics, and what this relationship means for how we understand the term 'decolonisation' and 'post-imperial'.

The masterclass will include a separate session for teachers to discuss their history teaching with SOAS staff, who will share not only new ideas and historical sources but also pedagogical approaches to teaching themes of empire, migration and identity within the British A-level system.

To apply to attend the masterclass please complete the Individual Student Application form (if you are in Year 12 or 13 and want to attend on your own) or the School Application form (if you are a teacher and would like to bring a group of students and attend the session for History teachers)

Organiser: Sarah Tucker

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Contact Tel: 020 7898 4043