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Fall 2020 African-American Studies UN1001 section 001
INTRO TO AFRICAN-AMER STUDIES
INTRO TO AFRICAN-AMER STU

Call Number 14380
Day & Time
Location
MW 10:10am-11:25am
ONLINE ONLY
Points 4
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Instructor Josef Sorett
Type LECTURE
Method of Instruction On-Line Only
Course Description Prerequisites: Students need to register for a section of AFAS UN1010, the required discussion section for this course. From the arrival of enslaved Africans to the recent election of President Barack Obama, black people have been central to the story of the United States, and the Americas, more broadly. African Americans have been both contributors to, and victims of, this “New World” democratic experiment. To capture the complexities of this ongoing saga, this course offers an inter-disciplinary exploration of the development of African-American cultural and political life in the U.S. but also in relationship to the different African diasporic outposts of the Atlantic world. The course will be organized both chronologically and thematically, moving from the “middle passage” to the present so-called “post-racial” moment—drawing on a range of classical texts, primary sources, and more recent secondary literature—to grapple with key questions, concerns, and problems (i.e. agency, resistance, culture, etc.) that have preoccupied scholars of African-American history, culture, and politics. Students will be introduced to a range of disciplinary methods and theoretical approaches (spanning the humanities and social sciences), while also attending to the critical tension between intellectual work and everyday life, which are central to the formation of African-American Studies as an academic field. This course will engage specific social formations (i.e. migration, urbanization, globalization, etc.), significant cultural/political developments (i.e. uplift ideologies, nationalism, feminism, Pan-Africanism, religion/spirituality, etc.), and hallmark moments/movements (i.e. Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights movement, etc.). By the end of the semester, students will be expected to possess a working knowledge of major themes/figures/traditions, alongside a range of cultural/political practices and institutional arrangements, in African-American Studies.
Web Site Vergil
Department African American and African Diaspora
Enrollment 127 students (175 max) as of 3:17PM Friday, November 27, 2020
Subject African-American Studies
Number UN1001
Section 001
Division Columbia College
Campus Morningside
Section key 20203AFAS1001C001

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