Introduction to African American Studies



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Course Description

This course examines and explores the social, political, intellectual and cultural history of African Americans from the development of slavery to the present. Though ten weeks is absurdly too short a time to thoroughly understand the African American experience, this class will help create a learning environment that encourages appreciation of the history and culture of African Americans; teach the economic, psychological, and social situation of Blacks past and present; and explore the diversity and range of thought in the African Diaspora.



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Required Texts

Required Reading

  • Manning Marable, Let Nobody Turn Us Around, Second Edition.
  • Articles on Canvas and online


Other Requirements

  • Access to Kanopy ( You need to use your student ID or your public library card to join, it is free.
  • Access to NETFLIX for 1 film.


A-F grading

Quizzes, Discussion forums, Project/Papers and Exams:

  • Every week there will be a quiz on the lectures and films.
  • Weekly discussions. These will be in-class discussions on the weekly readings.
  • Midterm: you will create a Fact Sheet on any event, movement, era, location, community, individual or group; it is your choice, but you must check with the instructor first.
  • Final: you will create a Poster on a specific research question, thesis and/or “burning issue.”
  • “1-Minute Papers,” which is a type of “pop” quiz. These 1-minute papers will be asking you questions about the lectures or films we have just watched that day or the previous class time.



Fall 2023

Course Instructor(s)

Midori Takagi

Course Subject