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AAST 315 AFRICAN HISTORY

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    Jul 10, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    The professor is a new, young professor that brings energy and life to the history of ACTUAL African culture. Not the stereotypical nonsense they feed us in grade school. My and my peers took a specific liking to the class as it wasn't a burden to have to show up every day. The teaching style made the in class material relatable to real life scenarios. Not only did we learn about the culture and the life style of many different African groups, we learn locations and deeper meanings behind the just a few groups of people that live in this country.

    Course highlights:

    I would say the most impacting highlight this class had to offer was the lesson of a "single story". College is especially interesting, the professors aren't given a list of topics they have to hit by the end of the year. They teach their students based off of what they themselves have learned. As one of my teachers described they "re-teach" the ways that we were taught throughout middle and high school. Now let me tell you about a "single story". A single story is a story about a particular thing that has been presented to an individual a countless amount of times starting from a young age. Not only is this story represented time and time again but it is the ONLY representation of this thing. In this class I was taught a single story in relation to Africa. We are given images online, on tv, in magazines. These images suggest that Africa is poor. That its people live in extream poverty with dirty water, no food and no proper clothing and that we as Americans should feel sorry for them and do what we can to help. So you see this is now the only image that comes to mind when we think "Africa" and there for we put a whole entire continent into one single category based off of one "single story". Our professor asked us to think of other situations where this misrepresentation could take place and all of a sudden the number of answers became unreal.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    The first day Dr. Ayeni makes the class seem like taking college calculus in 6th grade. Don't get scared. College is all about being interactive and attentive. Show up to class every day, take notes, ask questions! Be on top of studying because the quizzes that he has every week are incredibly easy if you just do the homework. If you want to get a good grade COME TO CLASS just by showing up and being attentive I guarantee you will receive at least a B on your mid term and final. Most of all communicate with the professor. In high school teachers make it seem like college professors could care less about you but that's really not the case. Teachers love when you reach out via email or even before or after class. It shows them that you do care about their class and about your grade.

    • Spring 2017
    • Ayeni
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Many Small Assignments Great Discussions
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    Feb 16, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    Finnie is an amusing and engaging professor. His class is not too difficult, and he is happy to help you in whatever way he can.

    Course highlights:

    Finnie does a great job of making associations you can understand. For me, using male privilege was effective in teaching me about the subject and getting me to understand.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Attend each day to ensure you receive full points at the end of the quarter.

    • Fall 2016
    • Scott finnie
    • Yes
    • Participation Counts Final Paper

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