African & Diaspora Studies - Fall 2013
AFSD 492 00. AFSD Senior Project
Prerequisite: Permission of Program Director
Note: Students must submit an Independent Study –Senior Project Proposal-- to the Registrar’s office, Recitation Hall, for final approval. After final approval, the student will be officially registered for the credits.
During the senior year, our minors are required to complete a two-credit Senior Project that explores the Black Diasporic connections between academic disciplines. Students often study and analyze the intersection of Africana Studies and their major. For example, one student produced and directed a compilation of scenes from plays by two important African American playwrights while another planned a Black Knowledge Conference for the Wittenberg community in conjunction with the Office of Multicultural Student Programs.
English 180A - Black Writers and Artists
4 semester hours
Prerequisite: English 101E
This course examines 20th and 21st century writers and artists of plural-cultural heritage who create as politically positioned “African Americans” and who respond to issues of identity in their work. In this course we will read selected literature from authors whose texts are studied issues about the influences of race on identity in the USA. Heavy reading, regular quizzes, and 2 required films.
ENGL 190A/C - Afro-Caribbean Studies: Migratory Subjects
4 semester hours
Prerequisite: English 101E
This course will introduce students to the literary works and cultural history of English-speaking Caribbean authors. The course will study closely an historical group, “The Windrush Generation,” Caribbean men and women who immigrated to Great Britain in search of better lives for themselves and for their families. The course will ground class lecture in issues of migration and the politics of identity for the Anglophone Caribbean in Great Britain. We will discover the beauty of the works by selected authors as they lead us on the path of discovery into the world of literature, language and culture. This course is designated A (The student should gain an understanding of aesthetic experience and of how the arts enrich and express the human spirit.) and C (The student should gain an understanding of the diversity of non-Western cultures through a study of the history, institutions, or traditions of one or more of these cultures.) Thus, the course will integrate both the aesthetic and socio-historic aspects of the literature and the time period.
HIST 170C 1W. Genocide in Modern Africa
During the 20th century, Africans fought against a range of inequalities, both during and after colonial rule. In their creative resuscitations of the past they have struggled over the production and reproduction of social categories such as nationalism and ethnicity. This class will explore a number of issues such as the construction of Africa's current national borders as well as ethnicity and "tribalism" which are often blamed for much of Africa's strife. This class will look closely at a number of violent liberation struggles as well as several civil wars that have occurred since liberation In particular, we will look at the civil wars/genocides of Nigeria, Uganda, Rwanda, and the Sudan. Lastly, the question of AIDS in Africa will be addressed. Novels and films will be used to provide a more personal account of these events. Students will be evaluated on class participation, take-home exams, and papers based upon the readings. Writing intensive.
HIST 203C 1W. Negro Leagues
4. 00 credits
Prerequisite: ENG101E and Sophomore standing only
The course will focus on the Negro Leagues that existed in the United States from the early 20th century until the late 1960s. We will also explore the experience of black baseball players both before and after the period of segregation in the United States. While it is essential that we come to grips with the broader political, social, and economic institutions that supported racial segregation, the main focus of this course is to expose the lives that black baseball players made for themselves. In exploring the lives of African-American baseball players, we will focus on an emerging culture and the evolution of race relations. Of particular interest will be the few successful Negro Leagues that operated from 1919 through the 1940s and the long process of breaking baseball's color barrier from 1946 through the 1960s. This course is designed to teach students the basic skills of researching and writing a historical paper. Assessment will be based on a book review, two take home exams, and the main component of the grade will be based on the research assignments and final paper. Writing intensive.
SOCI 350 01 Race and Ethnicity
Race and ethnicity continue to be important markers of identity, stratification, and political action in the world. This course will expose you to concepts and theories that can promote an understanding of the roles of race and ethnicity in contemporary society and guide new ways of thinking about these issues. Specifically, the course will introduce you to the sociocultural analysis of race and ethnic group membership in its various historical and geographical contexts around the world. Why has racial/ethnic group membership remained a salient factor in social life? What factors perpetuate racial/ethnic stratification? When does racial/ethnic group membership form the basis of social and political mobilization? Key concepts will be critically evaluated, with attention drawn to their ideological basis, explanatory power, and policy implications. Students will be encouraged to think critically about the social issues under study and their relevance to their own lives as members of a global society.
THDN 210C Dance Ethnology
4 Semester Hours
Chang, Shih-Ming Li
The purpose of this course is to provide knowledge and understanding of different cultures around the world by comparing and analyzing the differences of their dances. Through the understanding of the basic elements of time, space, and movement quality, the course will help students develop the ability to analyze different styles, forms, and functions of the dances of different countries and cultures. The course format includes video viewing, lecture/discussion, research, and learning some folk dances. Grading is based upon participation, assignments, a midterm, a final exam, and a presentation.