AFR 200 Fall 2014 Introduction to Africana Studies

Also offered Spring 2015

This course introduces students to the content and contours of Africana Studies as a vibrant field of knowledge. Through exploration of the genealogy, disciplinary diversity, and evolution of the field, we will examine the depth and range of experiences of African-descended peoples throughout the Americas, the Caribbean, Europe, and Africa. We will also give some attention to how members of the Diaspora remember and encounter Africa, as well as their diverse responses to the history of enslavement, colonialism, apartheid, racism, and globalization. Through materials that embrace both historical and contemporary perspectives, we seek to help students develop critical frameworks for understanding African diasporic experience while simultaneously illumining disjunctures and challenges for the field. This course features two pedagogical strategies: 1) a rotational, interdisciplinary approach that includes the expertise, methods, and specializations of Africana faculty; and 2) the incorporation of aesthetic materials--film, photography, music, dance, performance, and artwork--to enhance student ability to draw ongoing connections between visual and textual sources covered in the course. Close textual analysis, vibrant debate, and engaging discourse are expected.
Class Format: lecture/discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based upon class participation, weekly reading response papers, two short essays, and a final research project
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
Other Attributes: AFR Core Electives,AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora, INST African Studies Electives,LATS Comparative Race + Ethnic Studies Electives
Enrollment Limit: 18
Expected Enrollment: 15
Class Number: 1104
CLASSES ATTR INSTRUCTORS TIMES CLASS NUMBER
AFR 200 - 01 (F) LEC Intro to Africana Studies Division 2: Social Studies Neil Roberts
MR 2:35 PM-3:50 PM Griffin 4 1104
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