ADST 3100 syllabus

ADST 3100 syllabus - ADST 3100-01 African American Cultural...

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ADST 3100-01 1 African American Cultural History African and African Diaspora Studies 3100 Spring 2011 Instructor: Dr. Marc Perry Class: TR 9:30-10:45am Room: 305 Dinwiddie Hall Office hours: Weds 2-4, or by appointment Contact: [email protected] or 504-862-3053 Office: 409 Dinwiddie Hall Course Description/Objectives: This course provides an introductory historical survey of African American culture and the arts with an emphasis on questions of identity and the politics of culture. Moving from the “birth” of African American culture on through the rise of black cultural forms, movements and their key figures, attention will be paid to the ways African Americans have historically used realms of culture to negotiate conditions of racial oppression in the making of black selves, community, and social vision. Whether the Blues, the Harlem Renaissance, or Hip Hop, the central question to be explored is the extent to which “culture” has a nd continues to serve as a “political” medium in forging of black experience and agency in the U.S. and into the diaspora. Student Learning Outcomes: By the end of the semester students should be conversant in: An historical overview of the evolving nature of African American cultural practice in relation to foundational and ongoing elaborations of U.S. social history. A working understanding of the relationship between cultural production, power, cultural politics, and identity in the African American historical context. An analytical conception of the interlocking nature of race, class, gender, and sexuality in shaping social organization and individual identity/subjectivity. Teaching Method: Lecture, interactive class discussion, and educational audiovisual. Texts: W.E.B. Du Bois - The Souls of Black Folk (Norton Critical Editions Series)(1998) Angela Y. Davis - Blues Legacies and Black Feminism: Gertrude "Ma" Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday (1999) Supplementary articles and book chapters will be posted on the course’s Blackboard website in weekly folders.
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ADST 3100-01 2 Course Work and Grade Requirements: Quizzes 20% Two critical response papers 40% Take-home final 30% Class participation/attendance 10% Quizzes: A number of pop quizzes comprised of multiple-choice questions will be given during the semester. Quizzes will draw on the current day’s or week’s readings and will be unannounced beforehand. These quizzes help to ensure that students are both doing, as well as understanding course readings. Missed quizzes cannot be made up though during final tabulation I may drop the lowest quiz grade of which a missed quiz would count.
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