AAS 358 - Topics in Black World Studies
Section: 002 Civil Rights and Black Power in Modern America
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Afroamerican & African Studies (AAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
99
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
Primary Instructor:

What does democracy look like? Where does it come from? How is it practiced and by whom? What role have ordinary people played in expanding its limits? In this course, students will explore these and other questions through an examination of social movements in US history. Beginning with the popular democracy of Black Reconstruction, students will explore the history and legacy of U.S. social movements since the end of the Civil War. These will include multiracial agrarian populism in the South, the Progressive Era, the founding of industrial unionism in the 1930s, the black freedom movement from Civil Rights to Black Power, feminism and gay liberation, concluding with today’s #blacklivesmatter movement.

Motivated students at all levels will explore the origins of social movements, their intellectual heritage and legacies, the circumstances surrounding their decline and fall, their successes, and the impact these movements had on participants, among other themes. We will examine this history through intensive class discussion based on assigned readings, brief lectures in class, and a project utilizing digital technology to tell narrative history to a popular audience. Technical expertise in digital technologies is valuable but not required, as the course will explore strategies for digital storytelling collectively.

Course Requirements:

Grades will be based on written assignments, a digital project, and two exams, as well as class participation. Books will cost less than $100, and the course will also utilize library reserves and Canvas to distribute reading material.

AAS 358 - Topics in Black World Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
21488
Open
35
 
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MW 10:00AM - 12:00PM
Note: CAAS 358.001 meets with DANCE 348.001.
002 (SEM)
P
25762
Open
35
 
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MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
005 (SEM)
P
28528
Open
15
 
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
007 (SEM)
P
25763
Open
18
 
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MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Note: Advisory prerequisite: Senior Standing
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