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1. Identify key issues in the study of African American literature
2. Articulate the importance of (and challenges to) the idea of “double consciousness” in this literature
3. Explore the wider theoretical, cultural, political and artistic contexts surrounding African American literature in the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, including the legacy of antebellum slavery
4. Display strong primary and secondary research skills – undertaking research, application of research, transmission of research
5. Demonstrate ability to discuss complex ideas in class and/or in written assignments
Novels by Ralph Ellison, Nella Larsen, and Toni Morrison.
Short Stories by Derrick Bell, Octavia Butler, and Richard Wright.
Poetry by Jericho Brown, Mari Evans, Nikki Giovanni, Langston Hughes, Audre Lorde, Claudia Rankine, and Sonia Sanchez.
Drama by Amiri Baraka.
Film by Jordan Peele.
Autobiography by James Baldwin and Frederick Douglass.
Essays by W. E. B. DuBois, Barbara Fields, Malcolm X, Toni Morrison, Larry Neal, Alondra Nelson, Keeanga-Yamattha Taylor, and Richard Wright.
|Student Effort Type||Hours|
|Specified Learning Activities||
|Autonomous Student Learning||
|Seminar (or Webinar)||
Not applicable to this module.
|Description||Timing||Component Scale||% of Final Grade|
|Continuous Assessment: Plan for final essay||Week 8||n/a||Pass/Fail Grade Scale||No||
|Essay: Final essay on agreed topic||Coursework (End of Trimester)||n/a||Graded||No||
|Continuous Assessment: Participation in Brightspace Discussion Board||Throughout the Trimester||n/a||Graded||No||
|Resit In||Terminal Exam|
• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Self-assessment activities
Online discussion board: Informal feedback is offered to the group through written engagement by the module coordinator, and through verbal comments in the classes. Essay plan: Written feedback is offered by the module coordinator on the essay plan of each student, and module coordinator is available for follow-up discussion in office hours. The module coordinator is available for individual feedback following the final essay assessment.