Not too easy. Not too difficult.
I would recommend this course because it teaches a large piece of history that is commonly overlooked and it is always a good thing to learn something new. This course also has a lot of interesting books to read and the assignments are fairly light. Additionally the final was made optional for my semester and that saved a lot of students from the stress of another final.
This course begins in the time of antiquity and follows African descended peoples into many regions until the modern day. Most of the course is spent in studying the Atlantic slave trade. In the very beginning of the course we looked at the role of Africans in the bible and saw that there was a lot of cross-cultural connections between Africa and the baltic region. This challenged the idea of Africa as being uncivilized as it was the beginning of civilization with the Egyptians. Also this course evaluates the differences between African Americans and black immigrants from the Caribbean during the Harlem Renaissance. Perhaps the most valuable piece of information to be taken away from this course is the generations of compounded suffering from the time of slavery. Especially for Americans, it is integral to know how the system of slavery evolved into Jim Crow and eventually into today's system Mass Incarceration, which is a very real and important issue for millions of people.
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Advice for students:
In order to succeed in this course it is of the utmost importance that you read all the material assigned to you because it will appear in an essay you will be asked to write. I recommend going to all the recitations and all the lectures. The professor will give special privileges to those students who attend his lecture such as early notices or little hints. There is not much to study per-say in this course but takes notes on the readings and mark interesting quotes you might be able t use in your essays.