CAAS 469 - Issues in Field Studies in the Diaspora
Section: 001 Feminism in the Global Field
Term: WN 2008
Subject: Afroamerican and African Studies (CAAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
Advisory Prerequisites:
CAAS 111 or permission of instructor. May require concurrent registration in CAAS 468, Field Studies in the Diaspora.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
Rackham Information:
Rackham credit requires additional work.
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Although this class is designed to prepare the student for their work in South Africa, students who are interested in this class are also encouraged to participate. Readings and discussions about the issues, ideas, culture, and politics of the young American student engaged in communities abroad will be rigorously addressed.

  • What and where is South Africa?
  • What are the myths and perceptions of this African country?
  • Is Africa a place to be exoticised or to take seriously this place as a site of cultural significance, a place of ideas and learning?
  • What does it mean to be an American in the world today?
  • How do South Africans see Americans?
  • What kind of American do you want to be and present to the world.

This academic term, an evaluation component will be added. The purpose of this is to prepare students with the skills to conduct on site assessment of the efficacy of their work, particularly in the areas of activist projects and service projects. Learning how to conduct focus groups, developing assessment sheets for short term feedback on teaching and learning interventions, and developing simple interview guides to conduct individual interviews with recipients of these interventions will become an important addition to this class. Experts from ISR, IRWG and IRB will be invited as guest contributors in developing these skills. Readings relevant to this component will also be added. The idea is to find ways to document the impact of activism in a manner that is accessible to students doing qualitative work. The purpose of this class is to both prepare students for work and assessment in the field.

CAAS 469 - Issues in Field Studies in the Diaspora
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001 (SEM)
W 4:00PM - 7:00PM
Note: Meets with WS 483.006
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