Postgraduate taught 

Reparatory Justice MSc/MA

Course: Pedagogy of Reparatory Justice

Course: Pedagogy of Reparatory Justice

Pedagogy of Reparatory Justice JUST6001

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: Department of History and Philosophy, The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus
  • Credits: 20
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2

Short Description

This course will provide an advanced and comprehensive introduction to the field of reparation studies by examining the historical evidence that can be used as justification for the demand for reparatory justice. The course will also examine the moral and legal arguments and explore the continued legacies of slavery and colonialism that have shaped contemporary Black Atlantic identities, societies and marginalities. Students will be exposed to the CARICOM Reparations Commission’s 10 Point Action Plan for Reparatory Justice and the recommendations of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action and the Programme of Activities for the International Decade for People of African Descent.


1 x three-hour seminar over 10 weeks

Excluded Courses





This course will be assessed utilising 100% Coursework as follows:

  • Oral presentation - 20%
  • Critique / Creative Project - 30%
  • Research Paper (5000 words) - 50%

Course aims

The goals of this course are to:

  • deliver advanced training for academics in the field of reparatory justice and to provide a comprehensive foundation/framework for scholars to build and advance the field of reparation
  • increase awareness of the current economic and social realities of the Black Atlantic
  • provide practical assistance to institutions, committees and organisations working towards reparation
  • increase advocacy for the demand for reparation based on the historical injustices and the continuing harm of colonialism to the people of the Black Atlantic. revisit the history of the Black Atlantic, including (but not limited to) slavery and colonialism
  • foster understanding of precedent as it pertains to reparation

Intended learning outcomes of course

On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • critically examine the history of slavery and colonialism in the Black Atlantic
  • explore tangible legacies of slavery and colonialism that have affected the lives of Indigenous Peoples and people of African descent globally
  • analyse the interconnectivity of the Black Atlantic’s current reality and its past
  • evaluate the contemporary legacies of colonialism as justification for the search for reparatory justice
  • distinguish the arguments for and against reparatory justice
  • assess contemporary examples of successful demands for reparation