Teaching Black History in Schools
Open for enrolment
- Duration: 20 Hours
- Format: Online
This comprehensive course will help educators design and deliver engaging Black history curricula.
Taking participants from first principles, the course starts by considering what constitutes Black history and the historic deficit in the teaching of those histories, before diving into subject knowledge lectures to help educators enhance their understanding of specific Black histories. The course closes with curriculum and lesson planning lectures that aim to introduce educators to the wealth of digital resources available and how these can be creatively integrated into lessons.
In light of continuing human and civil rights challenges around the world, the need to champion the study of global communities is more important now than ever before. Young people are requesting more than ever that their educators give them the knowledge and skills to face these challenges head on, this is what this course aims to do. This course aims to train educators who are ready to meet the challenge of delivering more robust histories to their students.
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Apeike Umolu is the founder of the African History Project. She is an educator and historian with over 15 years of experience supporting students in the attainment of academic excellence. She has designed and led continuing professional development courses for over ten years, training corporate leaders as well as educators in the UK, Middle East and Africa. Specialising in African history, she is a passionate historian and has undertaken historical studies at the University of Oxford. She researches extensively on West African political history and is working on her first book Birth of Nations: West Africa 1945-1960.
Module 1: An Introduction to Black History
- What is Black History?
- Black History – a Critical Evaluation of the National Curriculum
- An Introduction to African Approaches to History
Module 2: Teaching Black History as British History
- Expanding Geographies and Expanding Narratives in the Teaching of Black History as British History
- Teaching Constructive Black British Histories
- Teaching Slavery, Colonisation and the British Empire
Module 3: Teaching Black History as World History
- Protagonists and Stakeholders in the Teaching of Black History as World History
- Teaching Modern African History
- Teaching Emancipatory Histories of Africans, Caribbeans and African Americans
- Teaching Contemporary Black Histories of Africans, Caribbeans and African Americans
Module 4: Cultural Awareness and Curriculum Planning
- An Audit of Black History Digital Resources
- Curriculum and Lesson Planning Masterclass
- Cultural Awareness and the Teaching of Black Histories
- Responding in the Classroom to Global Black Human Rights Abuses
*the lecture names are indicative and may change slightly
Course Delivery and Assessment
The qualification is delivered through 20 hours of online learning via video lectures, coursework and an exam.
The qualification is assessed by:
- 1000-word reflection essay
- Curriculum planning assignment
- 1 hour open-book exam. Candidates will answer 3 short form essay questions – 2 on historical content and 1 on curriculum design.
The passing grade is 60%.
On successful completion of the course, participants will be issued with a Certificate of Completion and be eligible for academic reference.
The course aims to give participants an understanding of what constitutes Black history, the different ways Black histories can be classified, and an overview of current challenges in how the topic is being taught. It will empower participants to begin thinking about the opportunities provided by Black history to fulfil national curriculum requirements, as well as to engage students more fully in conversations about the historical origins of the social and political settlements of our time.
Participants will be encouraged to review their current history programmes and begin considering areas where Black narratives can be re-inserted. The course is curriculum focussed, so participants will engage with statutory and non-statutory requirements, allowing them to see how the teaching of Black histories can be used to fulfil the national curriculum more widely.
By the end of this course, students will be expected to understand:
- what constitutes Black history and the different ways of categorising and teaching Black histories including an understanding of the place of colonial histories in Black history;
- the opportunities and limitations of the National Curriculum as it pertains to the teaching of Black histories;
- the content and debates within different Black histories including Black British, African, Caribbean and African American histories;
- enhanced curriculum and lesson planning using Black history digital resources.
- Lectures 16
- Quizzes 0
- Duration 30 Hours
- Skill level All levels
- Language English
- Students 16
- Assessments Yes