AAS 111 - Introduction to Africa and Its Diaspora
Fall 2018, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Afroamerican & African Studies (AAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
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Requirements & Distribution:
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Other Course Info:
May not be included in a DAAS major. F.
May not be repeated for credit.
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AAS 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
  4. comparative dimensions of race.

A course website with the syllabus, schedule, announcements, and additional information is accessible at: https://ctools.umich.edu.

Course Requirements:

  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 (20%)
  2. A midterm exam
  3. One five-page essay
  4. A final exam

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

Intended Audience:

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

Class Format:

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


AAS 111 - Introduction to Africa and Its Diaspora
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
002 (DIS)
 In Person
Th 9:00AM - 10:00AM
003 (DIS)
 In Person
Th 10:00AM - 11:00AM
004 (DIS)
 In Person
F 10:00AM - 11:00AM
006 (DIS)
 In Person
F 11:00AM - 12:00PM

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