Part-time and Short Courses

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Application deadline: 6pm, 30 November 2022

Black History Revisited

Black History Revisited is a short course designed primarily to help mature students progress to a degree in the History Department.

This course will provide you with historical knowledge and critical skills to understand contemporary debates around black history. You will explore the value of evidence, ways of interpreting evidence and the role of bias including when approaching historical sources. We will draw on a range of sources around history and memorialisation to unpack the multiple stories offered by widely differing sources. When thinking about historical sources we often refer to archives and documents or books written about a period. Art, literature, film, and music equally tell us much about our past and present. These may also be the only sources available that provide an alternative perspective to narratives written by those in power. This course will help you focus on what makes a historical source.

This course will be led by Dr Edson Burton, with guest lectures by academics at the forefront of research into the history of the transatlantic trade of enslaved Africans, & the sociology of race and post-colonial discourses.

Further details:

This course runs across 12 Wednesday evenings, 6 - 8:45 pm, from Wednesday 25 January until Wednesday 24 May 2023 with breaks for half-term and Easter.

The first half of the course will take place at St Paul's Learning Centre, and after the Easter break the course will continue at the University of Bristol Arts Complex on Woodland Road. 

The course will encourage you to develop skills in:

  • Reading a range of historical sources. We’ll be looking at lots of different types of sources which help shed light on Black History in Bristol and around the world from Black Tudors to the toppling of the Colston Statue. We’ll be thinking about how Black History has been presented in the media, in film, and in literature. We will explore a range of sources and artefacts in Bristol itself to unpack some of the stories narrated about the city today.
  • Discussion: There will be an emphasis on class discussion and debate as well as on critical analysis of the sources. This is a great way to improve confidence and to start thinking about what you are reading. This leads towards…
  • Essay writing: We’ll be focusing the opening weeks of the course on planning and writing essays: so don’t panic if you haven’t written one before or if you are out of practice!

How much does it cost?

The course fee is £252. Students on a low income or in receipt of benefits can apply for funding support to help with some of the costs. You can download our funding guidance document here: Pathway Funding Guidance (PDF, 72kB)

How do I apply?

Click here to fill in our online application form. If you require the form in an alternative format, please email us at

Application deadline is 6pm on 30 November 2022

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