African and African Disapora Studies Department
African and African Disapora Studies Department

Brenda Burt


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AFR 348C • Minority Stu Ldrshp Issues

29605 • Fall 2015
Meets MWF 1200pm-100pm BUR 112

This course will explore racial identity development by discussing innovative ways to think and talk about race. The course incorporates the use of lectures, readings, simulation exercises, group research project and extensive class discussion to assist students as they explore the psychological impact of racism on all students, regardless of ethnicity. 

Required Texts:

Almetris M. Duren, Overcoming: A History of Black Integration at the University of Texas at Austin, 1979, University Printing Division "

Our Stories: The Experiences of Black Professionals on Predominantly White Campuses, by The John D. O’Bryant National Think Tank for Black Professionals in Higher Education on Predominantly White Campuses, 2002. "

Beverly Daniel Tatum, Ph.D., 1997, “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?” 1997, Basics Books, Perseus Books Group 

Grading Breakdown:

Class participation 100 points

Attendance 100 points

Test(s) (total of 2) 200 points

Discussion questions 100 points

Individual class objectives & personal leadership philosophy paper 100 points

Self Analysis Paper 100 points

Book Report 100 points

Final Project (in class presentations) 100 points

Campus Life Experience (4@25 pts each) 100 points

AFR 374D • Black Lives Matter Mvmt

29688 • Fall 2015
Meets MWF 1100am-1200pm BUR 136

This course will explore the UT Student Movement focusing on the history of student activism on the UT campus including the role and contributions of faculty and staff as the main unit of the course.  The course will incorporate the use of lectures, readings, video, research and extensive class discussions to assist students as they explore the impact of the UT Student Movement, using The University of Texas at Austin as its case study.   

In this course, students will developing an understanding about Black identity, an in-depth view of the UT Student Movement, skills including research, public speaking, ethical and moral decision-making, and the concept of personal empowerment. 

Grading breakdown:

Midterm exam - 25%

Final exam - 25%

In-Class Presentation - 20%

Reading Journals (10) - 20%

Attendance - 10%

AFR 317D • Mlk Jr: A Moral Obligation

29665 • Spring 2015
Meets TTH 930am-1100am GWB 2.206

This course will explore the Civil Rights Movement focusing on the specific work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  The selected readings will help the student to explore the history of Blacks from slavery to the present, using Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s work as a lens.  The history of the MLK statue on the UT campus will be a main unit of the course, with the anticipation of a Black Studies History tour to Memphis, TN or Atlanta, GA as a “study abroad” opportunity. The course will incorporate the use of lectures, readings, video, simulation exercises, research, and extensive class discussions to assist students as they explore the impact of the Civil Rights Movement, using The University of Texas as one case study among many.

AFR 317D • Mlk Jr: A Moral Obligation

30595 • Spring 2014
Meets MWF 200pm-300pm JES A209A

The Civil Rights Movement:

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., A Moral Obligation

Mrs. Brenda Burt

princekwame@austin.utexas.edu Jester A232A

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course will explore the Civil Rights Movement focusing on the specific work of Dr. Martin Luther

King, Jr. The history of the MLK statue on the UT campus will be the main unit of the course. The

course will incorporate the use of lectures, readings, video, simulation exercises, research and extensive

class discussions to assist students as they explore the impact of the Civil Rights Movement, using The

University of Texas at Austin as one case study.

COURSE GOALS

Students enrolled will

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Develop an understanding about racial identity development.

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Develop an in-depth view of the leadership of the Civil Rights Movement

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Develop skills including research, public speaking, ethical and moral decision-making.

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Understand the concept of personal empowerment

TEXTBOOKS The following textbooks will be used in class: (First one is on Blackboard + additional articles)

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Almetris M. Duren, Overcoming: A History of Black Integration at the University of Texas at Austin,

1979, University Printing Division

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Manning Marable, Leith Mullings, Let Nobody Turn Us Around, Voices of Resistance, Reform,

and Renewal, An African American Anthology, 2000 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

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Juan Williams, Eyes on the Prize, America’s Civil Rights Years 1954-1965, Penguin Group 1987

Cultural Diversity Flag

This course carries the flag for Cultural Diversity in the United States. Cultural Diversity courses are designed

to increase your familiarity with the variety and richness of the American cultural experience. You should

therefore, expect a substantial portion of your grade to come from assignments covering the practices,

beliefs and histories of at least one U.S. cultural group that has experienced persistent marginalization.

ASSIGNMENTS

ALL PAPERS MUST BE TYPEWRITTEN; DOUBLE SPACED; TIMES NEW ROMAN 12 PT FONT

Late Course Work:

25 points per day will be deducted from the assignment grade.

Make-Up:

NO make up test if late to class or absent on the day of a test.

ATTENDANCE POLICY

The majority of the course is participatory and a great deal of emphasis will be placed on attending class

. 50 points for absences over two will be deducted from your attendance score.

Documentation will be allowed only if from reputable sources (Athletics, DOS, etc.)

and turned by the next class following your absence. Late/tardy to class will be calculated as 2 late/tardy equal

1 absence.

CLASSROOM ETIQUETTE

Turn off all cell phones, ipods, notebooks, computers, and NO texting in class. No hats of any kind or

sunglasses shall be worn in class.

PAPERS:

Individual Class Objectives

Each student is required to submit in writing your specific objectives that he/she plans to accomplish as a

result of matriculation in the class. Must be typewritten, minimum 1 page.

Dr. King and the Movement Due

“Now I realize that there are those all over who are telling us that we must slow up. …

But we cannot afford to slow up. We have a moral obligation to press on. We have our self-respect

to maintain. But even more, we can’t afford to slow up because of our love for America and our

love for the democratic way of life. …We must keep moving. We must keep going.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

http://www.thekingcenter.org/archive/document/address-mlk-47th-naacp-annual-convention#

After reading the speech on the above website, write your paper on what this quote means and describe

one way racism remains a problem in the U.S. today?

Must be typewritten, minimum 3 pages.

Community Service Paper

“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve.

You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul

generated by love.” Dr. MLK, Jr.

Write a paper on your idea of service as it relates to the quote above. Include any community service you

have participated in. How have you served others?

Must be typewritten, minimum 3 pages.

Final Presentation Due

Dates for presentations will be selected in class.

Be prepared to present your paper in class. You may use power point, video, skit, or any other creative

way to present. Attire for the presentation is “Business”.

Final Paper 5 PAGES MINIMUM Due: Day of Presentation

Using the required books for class; information presented in class; articles and any additional

information/research you develop, to compare and contrast the methodologies of the Civil Rights

Movement of the 1960’s with the civil and economic strategies of today. All papers are due on the day of

your presentation.

AFR 374D • Minority Student Leadrshp Iss

30760 • Spring 2014
Meets MWF 100pm-200pm JES A303A

This course is designed to develop, educate, and enhance the leadership skills of students of color. The course will focus on leadership development, issues affecting students of color as leaders, cultural diversity, decision making, communication, presentation skills, ethics, and group dynamics.

 

Texts:

Altremis M. Duren, Overcoming: A History Integration at the University of Austin, 1979, Univerity Printing Division

Bevek Daniel Tatum, Ph.D., 1997, "Why Are all the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?" 1997, Basic Groups, Perseus Book Group

Our Stories: The Experiences of Black Professionals on Predominantly White Campuses, 2002; The John D. O'Bryant National Think Tank for Black Professionals on Predominantly White Campuses; King Printing Co., Inc.

Active Class Parîicipation 25% Short Essay 20% Ora! Presentation 15% Final Paper 40%

AFR 317D • Mlk Jr: A Moral Obligation

30267 • Fall 2013
Meets TTH 930am-1100am JES A230

This course will explore the Civil Rights Movement, focusing on the specific work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The selected readings will help the student to explore the history of Blacks from slavery to the present, using Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s work as a lens. The history of the MLK statue on the UT campus will be a main unit of the course. The course will incorporate the use of lectures, readings, video, simulation exercises, research, and extensive class discussions to assist students in exploring the impact of the Civil Rights movement, using UT-Austin as one case study among many.

 

Texts

Almetrius M. Duren. Overcoming: A History of Black Integration at the University of Texas at Austin. 1979, University Printing Division.

Manning Marable, Leith Mullings. Let Nobody Turn Us Around: Voices of Resistance, Reform, and Renewal, An African American Anthology. 2000, Rowan & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

 

Juan Williams. Eyes on the Prize, America's Civil Rights Years 1954 - 1965. 1987, Penguin Group.

 

Grading Breakdown

Attendance - 10%

Participation - 10%

One research paper, 10 pages - 25%

Two exams - 30%

Four response papers- 20%

Campus life experience write-up - 5%

 

Course DESCRIPTION 

This course will explore the Civil Rights Movement focusing on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  The selected readings will help the student to explore the history of Blacks from slavery to the present.  The history of the MLK statue on the UT campus will be included.   The course will incorporate the use of lectures, readings, video, simulation exercises, research and extensive class discussions to assist students as they explore the impact of the Civil Rights Movement.   

Texts (needs to be specific texts, not “course packet” or “TBA)”:

 

TEXTBOOKS    Almetris M. Duren, Overcoming:  A History of Black Integration at the University of Texas at Austin,

1979, University Printing Division

Manning Marable, Leith Mullings, Let Nobody Turn Us Around, Voices of Resistance, Reform, and Renewal, An African American Anthology, 2000 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

 

Juan Williams, Eyes on the Prize, America’s Civil Rights Years 1954-1965, Penguin Group 1987

 

Grading breakdown (percentages):

 

Grading Scale:  Attendance; participation; research; test(s); papers; campus life experience

A:            1000- 900pts

B:            899-800

C:            799-700

D:            699-600

F:            599 or less

 

AFR 374D • Minority Student Leadrshp Iss

30455 • Fall 2013
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm JGB 2.202

This course is designed to develop, educate, and enhance the leadership skills of students of color. The course will focus on leadership development, issues affecting students of color as leaders, cultural diversity, decision making, communication, presentation skills, ethics, and group dynamics.

 

Texts:

Altremis M. Duren, Overcoming: A History Integration at the University of Austin, 1979, Univerity Printing Division

Bevek Daniel Tatum, Ph.D., 1997, "Why Are all the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?" 1997, Basic Groups, Perseus Book Group

Our Stories: The Experiences of Black Professionals on Predominantly White Campuses, 2002; The John D. O'Bryant National Think Tank for Black Professionals on Predominantly White Campuses; King Printing Co., Inc.

Active Class Parîicipation 25% Short Essay 20% Ora! Presentation 15% Final Paper 40%

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