Crafting Research: Methods in Africana Studies
This is not the current course catalog
Any student of Africana Studies swiftly recognizes there is a limitless breadth to what constitutes “Africana experience” and that there are diverse means through which Africana experience is examined. For example, while some scholars utilize a more historical approach to chronicle Africana experience, others study the black body via performance to unearth nuanced meanings of Africana experience. This capstone seminar will explore a variety of methods and strategies for crafting research within the field of Africana Studies. We will focus on approaches that derive from traditional disciplines as well as techniques that have emerged with the advent of dynamic new media and digital technologies. Some of the methodologies we will engage include: historiography; archival research; digital archiving; quantitative data analysis; ethnographic and qualitative analysis; critical textual analysis; reading the body as art and text; blogging and digital publishing; and evaluating films as text. Serving as a practicum, the course will provide considerable background in a variety of methods as well as hands-on learning. Students will have the opportunity to craft a final research project that is best explored through one or more of the methods we examine.
The Class: Type: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based upon class participation, response papers, and a final research project
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
Enrollment Preference: Africana Studies concentrators
Distributions: Division II;