CAAS 471 - Higher Education and African-American Social Development
Section: 001
Term: WN 2008
Subject: Afroamerican and African Studies (CAAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
Advisory Prerequisites:
Upperclass standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course will provide an empirically informed overview and analytical engagement of the various factors central to understanding the role higher education has played in the social development of the African-American population in the United States. Historically most African Americans have understood that access to higher education (i.e., colleges and universities) can have a fundamental impact on their future life opportunities within the American social structure. Many African Americans also view higher education access and attainment as proven vehicles for achieving desired social and economic well-being. The various benefits associated with advanced education include higher incomes and upward social mobility for the poor, enhanced career and social opportunities, and access to the knowledge and resources needed to acquire a desirable standard of living. However, it is not clear that there is a broad understanding of how the mechanisms (i.e., social and political) by which higher education has enhanced African-American social development have been either advanced or impeded in the struggle for equal opportunity and racial democracy in American society. In this course we will examine those mechanisms and their consequences from detailed conceptual and disciplinary perspectives.

Intended audience: Juniors, seniors and interested grad students.

Course Requirements: Attendance & participation; 1-page reflections on the weekly readings (not graded); one 5-6 page book review/analysis; and a 10-12 page term paper based on library research. Take-home exam consists of 5-6 questions regarding course materials read over the first part of the term. Students are asked to select 3 of them to answer in short essay form (no more than 2 pages per question for a total of 6 pages).

Class Format: 3 hrs per week in seminar format.

CAAS 471 - Higher Education and African-American Social Development
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001 (SEM)
W 2:00PM - 5:00PM
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