ANT 310L • African American Culture-W
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
This is an introductory survey course of African American studies. As such, it is comprehensive in nature, covering Black American cultural and social dynamics from the colonial period to the present. Students will explore African-American heritage, identity formation, and social relations largely through the analyses of culture and its intersections with race, class, and gender. The course provides an interdisciplinary perspective of black culture in the U.S., as students will be introduced to readings and lectures based on research insights from the fields of history, anthropology, archaeology, folklore, black feminist studies, cultural studies, and sociology.
Since this course contains a substantial writing component, 70% of the final grade will be based upon written assignments. This is a more intensive course than most lower-level undergraduate courses. We will hold a workshop at the library geared to help you learn about the various means at your disposal for conducting research on topics introduced in this class. You will also be required to meet with me twice during the semester to discuss your progress in class, and your written work. You must be prepared and willing to undertake a heavier reading and writing load than is typically required of lower 300-level courses. Attendance is required, as is the timely completion of assignments.
Required: A course packet is available at Speedway Printers, Dobie Mall. Several readings will be available on electronic reserves. Recommended: Strunk and White, The Elements of Style. Allyn and Bacon.