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  • Entry requirements
    The MA in Modern Slavery Studies is aimed at both British and international students who wish to develop research skills and knowledge in the history of slavery, either in advance of a doctorate or to acquire transferable skills for employment in the global market in teaching, government departments and non-governmental organisations.
  • Academic Title
    MA in Modern Slavery Studies
  • Course description

    The programme offers students the opportunity to study slavery and emancipation in various historical contexts and to explore the conditions under which slavery continues to exist today.

    It engages with emerging debates about multiculturalism, globalisation, poverty and identity. It is designed to provide students with a combination of research skills and specialist knowledge in the social, economic, political and cultural contexts of slavery through a series of core and optional modules and through the preparation of a dissertation.


    -Historiography of Slavery
    -Voices of Slavery
    -Slavery in the Modern World
    -Slavery Since Emancipation


    -Bonded Labour in a Historical Perspective
    -Russian Slavery: From Serfdom to Totalitarianism
    -The Demography of Slavery
    -The Slave Trade: Abolition and Suppression
    -The Black Atlantic
    -Political Theory of Multiculturalism
    -Globalisation and Poverty
    -Movement and Identity, 1800–2000
    -Race, Ethnicity and Gender in Postcolonial Women’s Writing
    -Environment and Development in Africa

    The core and optional modules are worth 120 credits in total. Following the taught component of the programme, students prepare a 15,000-word dissertation which is worth 60 credits.

    One unique feature of the programme is that students can choose to specialise in slavery in historical perspective or focus on issues of modern slavery according to their choices of optional modules.

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