CAAS 111 - Introduction to Africa and Its Diaspora
Section: 001
Term: FA 2007
Subject: Afroamerican and African Studies (CAAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
HU, RE
Other Course Info:
May not be included in a concentration plan. F.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

CAAS 111 is a team-taught course that introduces students to the study of Africa and its Diaspora in the Americas, the West Indies, South America, and Europe. This course takes a multimedia, interdisciplinary approach to a range of historical, literary, artistic, religious, economic, and political questions crucial to the understanding of the experiences of people of African descent. Using maps, films, the visual arts, music, important historical texts, and short stories, the course will focus on four major themes:

  1. migration and the middle passage;
  2. slavery and resistance;
  3. segregation and freedom movements; and
  4. the arts and global Black consciousness.

This course is appropriate for both concentrators and non-concentrators. Concentrators should complete this course by the sophomore year.

Requirements The course will meet in a lecture and audio/film format twice a week, with one discussion section per week.

  1. Class and section attendance is an important part of the course. Students will be responsible for the assigned readings and for taking part in section discussions. (25%)
  2. A map quiz, sections (5%)
  3. A midterm in-class exam (short answer and identification questions) (25%)
  4. A 5-page essay (10%)
  5. A final exam (50% multiple choice, 50% short answer) (35%)

The essay and exams will be based on lectures, discussion sections, films, and readings.

Required texts:

  • Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali, D. T. Niane, ed.
  • The Classic Slave Narratives, Henry Louis Gates, ed.
  • Africanisms in American Culture, Joseph E. Holloway, ed.
  • The Origins of American Slavery, Betty Wood
  • Classical Black Nationalism, Wilson J. Moses, ed.

Books are available for purchase at Shaman Drum Bookstore (313 South State St., 662-7407). The books are also on reserve, along with journal articles, at Course Reserves (Shapiro Library) and the CAAS Library (5511 Haven Hall). A course pack of additional required readings will be available for purchase at Kolossus (310 East Washington, 994-5400).

CAAS 111 - Introduction to Africa and Its Diaspora
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
11029
Open
52
 
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TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
002 (DIS)
P
11030
Open
2
 
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Tu 3:00PM - 4:00PM
003 (DIS)
P
11031
Open
8
 
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W 9:00AM - 10:00AM
004 (DIS)
P
11032
Open
2
 
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Th 9:00AM - 10:00AM
005 (DIS)
P
11033
Open
2
 
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Th 12:00PM - 1:00PM
006 (DIS)
P
11034
Open
14
14LSA Hnrs
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W 2:00PM - 3:00PM
007 (DIS)
P
11035
Open
6
 
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F 10:00AM - 11:00AM
008 (DIS)
P
11036
Open
8
 
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F 12:00PM - 1:00PM
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