HIST247-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021

Slavery to Freedom in World History

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 27 June 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 7 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 14 May 2021


This course focuses on histories of slavery and bonded labour from the ancient to the modern world. It explores the links between histories of unfree labor, ideas of citizenship and the influence of ‘enlightenment’ thinking in the shaping of modern democracies.

Learning Outcomes

  • The overall aim of the course it to provide students with a fascinating and challenging introduction to the study of some of the key issues in early modern world history and to develop skills needed for further historical study and for transfer into the work environment.
    On successful completion of the course students will be able to
  • Communicate insights into the history of unfree labour and the movement for the abolition of slavery.
  • Discuss the contribution of the western ‘enlightenment’ to the movements towards freedom of religion, freedom from slavery and political freedom – in particular for women.
  • Discuss contribution of unfree labour, colonialism and industrialisation to the modern world.
  • Analyse and discuss appropriate primary and secondary sources.
  • Demonstrate historical insights into early modern world history in both written and oral form.

    Generic/Transferable Skills
  • Ability to analyse complex material from a variety of sources and to communicate the results verbally and in written form.
  • Ability to both follow instruction and to work independently
  • Ability to engage appropriately with a range of people in small group discussion
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

      Biculturally competent and confident

      Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

      Globally aware

      Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


Any 15 points at 100 level in HIST or CLAS120, or
any 60 points at 100 level from the Schedule V of the BA.



Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Jane Buckingham


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Lectorial Assignment 5% 500 words
Oral presentation 5% 5 minutes
Essay 1 25% 1500 words
Essay 2 25% 1500 words
Final Exam 40% Two hours

For more information on assessments and linkage to learning outcomes please see your Course Outline.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $785.00

International fee $3,500.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Humanities and Creative Arts .

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  • HIST247-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021