African and Diaspora Studies - Spring 2014
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 contemporary writers and artists of plural-cultural heritage who create as politically positioned “artists of the African diaspora” and who respond to issues of identity in their work. In this course we will read selected literature from authors whose texts are studied concepts about the influences of race on identity in the US and abroad. Heavy reading, regular quizzes, and 2 required films.
English 315 – Harlem Renaissance
4 semester hours
Prerequisites: ENGL 200 and 290A
The core ideals of the Harlem Renaissance fueled an ideological movement brought about by a keen political awareness of the oppression and inequity that Blacks faced in the United States at the beginning of the 20th century. Writers of the Harlem Renaissance used this awareness as a tool to reach a large audience of Black and white Americans. The Harlem Renaissance was an era of enormous literary production written by and about Black Americans. By the end of this course, students will:
(1) recognize major writers of the period
(2) develop an understanding of how race informs literary identity
(3) be acquainted with a selection of women writers of the period
(4) have further advanced skills in critical reading, thinking and writing
HIST 203H 1W The Historian’s Craft: Race and Comics, 1865-1945
Prerequisite: ENGL101E and sophomore standing.
What is the Historian’s Craft? History 203 is dedicated to teaching students how historians “craft” history. Since historians spend much of their time engaged in research and writing, the main focus of this class is to teach you how to research and write a research paper. Our topic will be representations of race in American comics during the period 1865 to 1945. Following the Civil War, comics became phenomenally popular with Americans of all ages, regions, and class backgrounds. As a result, comics became an important arena where ideas about race were made and re-made on a daily basis. Combining the authority of text with the potency of image, drawing on humor as well as political commentary, comics shaped, reflected, and challenged Americans’ notions of racial difference. In addition to examining caricatured depictions of African Americans, Native Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos, Irish Catholics, and Jews, we will explore how ethnic and racial minorities themselves employed comics to challenge and subvert prevailing stereotypes. Attendance required. Students will research and write a 12-page paper on a topic of their own choosing related to race and comics. Writing Intensive.
POLI 234S 01 Black Politics
This course will introduce students to the nature of black politics and black political behavior. The course will inquire into the political dimensions of black life in America and how Black Americans have interpreted and responded to the democratic experiment. Considerable attention will be given to how individuals, institutions, and protest movements have shaped black political consciousness and black political participation. Finally, the course will examine the relative impact of black protest politics versus black electoral politics in addressing black political demands. Evaluation will be based on three exams, several quizzes, class participation, and short, one page writing assignments. 10/13