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HIS-317-20, African American Experience (SP14)

OUTLINE REVISED

INSTRUCTOR: Virginia Davidson

SCHEDULE/DAY/TIME: Semester/Monday/6:00-8:45 PM, 01/27/2014-05/12/2014

CONTENT: 

The history of African Americans has been a paradox of incredible triumph in the face of tremendous human tragedy. This course will present a detailed examination of the Black experience from slavery to the election of President Obama. We will focus on the role African Americans have played in the history, and development, of the United States. During the semester, we will examine the experience of African Americans (both slave and free) within the larger context of American history. We will discuss the hurdles this diverse community has faced as well as the movements and individuals who have come to define a people and culture. We will also focus on the ways in which African Americans have been portrayed by whites, and the Black community in the media, literature, music and film.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

1. Students will understand the histories, and historical contributions of Africans and their descendants in the U.S.

2. Students will gain a better understanding of the centrality of race in American history.

3. Students will be able to demonstrate factual knowledge of key political, economic, social and cultural events and issues in early African American history.

4. Students will be able to apply critical thinking (including causal analysis and skeptical inquiry) to historical concepts and developments in early African American history.

5. Students will be able to evaluate, analyze and interpret primary and secondary historical sources and make historical arguments based on these sources about early African American history.

6. Students will be able to interpret recent events, ideas and cultural productions within the context of historical events in early African American history.

METHODS:

In class Lectures, in class Discussions, online Videos, online Primary Documents, Secondary Articles, and resources in Joule

REQUIREMENTS AND ASSIGNMENTS: 

Participation - 150 points (15 x 10)

Analysis Papers - 100 points (2 x 50)

Primary Documents Quizzes - 100 points (10 x 10)

Exams - 200 points (2 x 100)

Total Points - 550 possible

REQUIRED TEXT(S) OR MATERIALS: 

-Carson, Clayborne. “The Struggle for Freedom: A History of African Americans”, Concise Edition, Combined Volume (Penguin Academic Series), 2/E, Pearson Publishing, 2011. ISBN-10: 0205832407

-Online Primary Documents/Secondary Articles in Joule

RECOMMENDED READINGS OR MATERIALS:

Resources linked in Joule

READINGS AND/OR ASSIGNMENTS TO BE DONE PRIOR TO THE FIRST CLASS:

Log into Joule the week of January 20, print and read the Course Syllabus, Calendar and peruse all the material links. Read chapter 1 in the textbook, “The Struggle for Freedom: A History of African Americans”.