COMP 238
Europe and the Black Diaspora Fall 2023
Division I Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
Cross-listed GERM 234 / AFR 236
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This course provides an overview of the relationships and interactions between the Black diaspora and the European continent in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Drawing from biographies, autobiographies, reports, literature, creative arts and academic articles, we will consider the different relationships that have evolved between Black people and Europe over the course of time. Focusing on Central Europe, we will discuss the relationships established between Europe and the Black diaspora, such as Africans, African-Americans, Afro-Latinx and Afro-Caribbeans. Some of the themes we will address include the influence of cultural contact on intellectuals, writers, artists, soldiers, politicians and asylum seekers and their works, factors that established and influenced their relationship with Europe, as well the ways in which these selected people did or did not exert influence on European cultures. We will conclude by looking at some of the current discussions that still revolve around the relationship between the Black diaspora and Europe. Reading and Discussion in English.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 15
Class#: 1978
Grading: yes pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Active class participation, written homework, short papers and final research paper.
Prerequisites: None.
Enrollment Preferences: If course overenrolls (beyond cap), preference given to first-years, sophomores, and juniors.
Distributions: Division I Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
GERM 234 Division I AFR 236 Division II COMP 238 Division I
WS Notes: Students will write two 3-5-page essays each written in two drafts with instructor comments. They will also write an 8-12-page research paper with required submission of a proposed topic, an annotated bibliography, an outline, and a draft before the final paper itself. Students will receive from the instructor timely comments on their writing skills, with suggestions for improvement.
DPE Notes: We will discuss how minorities and minoritized individuals and the identities they hold can be affected by the dominant cultures around them. While we will focus on Europe, we will approach discussions with a comparative view, so as to encourage the students to reflect on how difference, power and equity interact and impact minorities in the context of the United States or wherever they come from.

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