CAPE History SBA
MODULE 1: INDIGENOUS SOCIETIES On completion of this Module, students should: 1. appreciate the various achievements of the indigenous American societies in science, technology, art, culture, politics, economy, and ecology before the arrival of Africans and Europeans; 2. understand the nature of the interactions among indigenous peoples, Africans and Europeans.
- Analyse the social, political and economic activities of indigenous American cultures using the available evidence, including archaeological findings;
- Evaluate the arguments found in secondary sources on contacts between indigenous peoples of the Caribbean and other peoples before 1492 in the light of archaeological evidence;
- Analyse the nature of West African contact with Europe up to 1492;
- Assess the consequences of Spanish settlement in the Caribbean up to 1600;
- Explain the factors responsible for the conquests of the Aztecs and Incas by Spain in the sixteenth century.
MODULE 2: SLAVE SYSTEMS: CHARACTER AND DISMANTLEMENT On completion of this Module, students should: 1. understand the character of Caribbean society during the period of enslavement; 2. appreciate the significance of the struggles against enslavement; 3. understand the process of abolition.
- Explain the issues relating to the institution of slavery:
- Evaluate the impact of the institution of slavery on race, gender, demography and ethnic relations;
- Assess the measures used by enslaved peoples to survive, and to contribute to the overthrow of slave systems;
- Explain the process by which Haiti achieved political independence;
- Evaluate the reasons for the physical and legislative dismantlement of slave systems in the Caribbean, including the abolition of the Trans-Atlantic trade in African captives and the “Decline Thesis” of Eric Williams.
MODULE 3: FREEDOM IN ACTION On completion of this Module, students should: 1. understand the evolution of new institutions and relationships in the post-slavery period; 2. appreciate the social and demographic changes in post-slavery societies; 3. understand the process of nation building in the Caribbean
- Explain how the former enslaved and new immigrants established new identities and social relations in the nineteenth century;
- Analyse the attempts by Haiti’s revolutionary leaders to create a free society between 1804 and 1825;
- Evaluate the strategies employed by the people of the British-colonised Caribbean to establish independence movements and regional integration organisations;
- Evaluate the impact of the Cuban Revolution on Cuba and Cuba’s international relations between 1959 and 1983;
- Explain why the French-colonised Caribbean territories have not yet achieved independence.