CAAS 111 - Introduction to Africa and Its Diaspora
Section: 001
Term: WN 2009
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:
Instructor:

CAAS 111 is a team-taught course that introduces students to the study of Africa and its Diaspora in the Americas and West Indies, as well as Europe. The 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 contemporary writings, the course will focus on four major themes: 1) migration and the middle passage; 2) slavery and resistance; 3) segregation, colonialism, and freedom movements; and 4) comparative dimensions of race. A course website with the syllabus, schedule, announcements, and additional information is accessible at: https://ctools.umich.edu.

This course is appropriate for both concentrators and non-concentrators. It counts as 4 credits toward the LS&A humanities distribution requirements and also satisfies the LS&A race and ethnicity requirement. Concentrators should complete this course by the sophomore year.

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

  1. Regular class and section attendance is crucial to success in this course. Students are held responsible for the assigned readings, any assigned section writing assignments, and for taking part in section discussions (25%)
  2. A midterm exam, Thursday, February 19th (25%)
  3. One five-page essay, due in lecture on Tuesday, March 24th (20%)
  4. A final exam, Friday, April 24th, from 4-6 PM (30% total). The essay and exams will be based on lectures, discussion sections, films, and readings.

Required texts (listed below) are available for purchase at Shaman Drum Bookstore (313 S. State St., 662-7407) and are on reserve at both the Shapiro Undergraduate Library and the CAAS Library (5511 Haven Hall). A coursepack of additional required readings is available for purchase at Excel (1117 South University Ave.). These readings are also accessible through Electronic Reserves (via Mirlyn, the University of Michigan library catalog) and through the CAAS 111 Ctools website (http://ctools.umich.edu).

Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali, D. T. Niane, ed. (Longman, 1965)
The Life of Olaudah Equiano, Olaudah Equiano (Dover, 1999)
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Frederick Douglass (Dover, 1995)
Reversing Sail: A History of the African Diaspora, Michael Gomez (Cambridge, 2005)

CAAS 111 - Introduction to Africa and Its Diaspora
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
22201
Open
1
 
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TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
002 (DIS)
P
22202
Closed
0
 
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Tu 3:00PM - 4:00PM
003 (DIS)
P
22203
Closed
0
 
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W 9:00AM - 10:00AM
004 (DIS)
P
22204
Closed
0
 
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Th 9:00AM - 10:00AM
005 (DIS)
P
22205
Closed
0
 
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Th 12:00PM - 1:00PM
006 (DIS)
P
22206
Open
1
 
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Tu 4:00PM - 5:00PM
009 (DIS)
P
24446
Closed
0
 
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Th 12:00PM - 1:00PM
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Coursepack Location:
EXCEL
ISBN: 1405849428
Sundiata : an epic of old Mali, Author: D.T. Niane ; translated by G.D, Publisher: Pearson Longman Rev. ed. 2006
Required
ISBN: 0486284999
Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, Author: Frederick Douglass., Publisher: Dover Publications 1995
Required
ISBN: 9780521001359
Reversing sail a history of the African diaspora, Author: Gomez, Michael Angelo, Publisher: Cambridge U.P 2005
Required
ISBN: 9780486406619
The life of Olaudah Equiano, or, Gustavus Vassa, the African, Author: Equiano, Olaudah, b. 1745., Publisher: Dover Publications 1999
Required
CAAS 111 Coursepack
Required
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