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ASRC_191_Syllabus_Fall_2007 - COURSE SYLLABUS Africana...

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COURSE SYLLABUS. Africana Studies & Research Center, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. AS&RC 191: Africa: The Continent And Its People. Fall 2007. TR 2.55-4.10pm Instructor: Adeolu Ademoyo Office Hours: 4.30pm-7.30pm Tuesday. Room: 208 Africana Studies. Phone: 2557256 E-mail: [email protected] . Lecture Venue: White Hall 106. Teaching Assistant: Gabriel Peoples. Email: [email protected] . Office Hours: TBA Description The course syllabus proceeds from answering a basic question: how does anyone know a continent, just any continent and its people? Our answers in the syllabus focus on the continent’s environment, history, intellectual heritages viz social, economic, political , ethical, arts and aesthetics, philosophy, family institutions, religion etc, her ties with the world external to her and her impact and contributions to world civilizations. We engage Africa from its classical period through the interregnum of colonialism and transatlantic slavery, its ties with United States to the contemporary period. We situate Africa within the context of the constant internal dynamics, internal migration and peopling on the continent. Course Requirements . Class Methodology . 1.Class methodology shall be primarily interactive, dialogical, discursive and conversational. So? Instructor triggers the dialogue and students have the academic obligation to jump in. Instructor and teaching assistant academically interact closely in the class room with the students . Bonus points are awarded to students with effective interventions in the dialogue. 2. Written texts are available on the University Blackboard. Students are therefore advised to interact closely with the Blackboard. Students are free to suggest areas/readings/texts/ideas/concepts/notions they want clarified , discussed and engaged in the class. This turns our syllabus to a flexible tool between and among students and Instructor /T.A. to engage our subject matter. 3. Visual Texts are creative teaching tools for this class. 4. Required readings are indicated by the dates allocated to the readings. Where it is required instructor shall direct students’ attention to excerpts and pages in the required readings. 5. Other readings are prescribed for more extended and general readings. 6. Some texts –both visual and written are on reserve in the Africana Library, 310 Triphammer Road , and Cornell University. 7. Students are urged to pay attention to this class/teaching methodology . 1
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Writing Assignment No 1 : Identify and discuss at least three (3) reasons why the study of Africa could be an important part of your undergraduate study and experience. 1-2 pages (due date September 4, 2007). S/U Writing Assignment No 2 : ‘Compare and assess the contributions of the two video presentations (by Davidson and Waterson) as related to reflections in Section A.
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