Spring 2017  |  AFRO 1011 Section 001: Introduction to African American Studies (52721)

Class Component:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
01/17/2017 - 05/05/2017
Mon, Wed 01:00PM - 02:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 240
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Course Catalog Description:
The study of peoples of African descent including the evolution of African American culture, comparative race relations, feminism and social policy change.
Class Notes:
Class Description:
This course is an introduction to the study of people of African descent in the United States, Africa, making connections to the African diaspora. We will explore why people of African descent have occupied an oppressed position in this culture and globally, and how they have resisted this oppression creating social change. Our major form of analysis is historical sociology, as well as the arts and humanities. We will examine changes over time and employ sociological, economic, cultural, and political tools for understanding the historical and contemporary positioning of African Americans again with connections to diaspora Africans. We will be centrally concerned with how domination, race, gender, and class shape Black life in the U.S. and how resistance has occurred. In our analyses we take seriously the deep intersectionality of systems of oppression as well as historic resistance to oppression. Critical race theory is an important frame for our work. Moreover, the significance of the cultural creativity of African peoples is foundational to our understanding. A major assumption for us is that African Americans have maintained a cultural integrity which is distinctive but deeply reflective of life in the United States and globally. This cultural integrity is also exemplified across the African diaspora This integrity is often reflected in a service tradition, a commitment to community, a struggle for democracy, decolonization and freedom. This means that the expansion and creation of a more democratic reality in the U. S. and globally has been deeply connected to the demands and activism for full citizenship and democratic participation. So crucial issues around citizenship and democracy are centered in this course.
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
25 September 2015

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