Introduction to African American Culture (AFR 301) Unique numbers: 30367 (AFR 301), 30782 (AMS 315), & 31264

(ANT 310L) Meeting Times: MWF 12-1 Location: RLM 5.104 Instructor: Dr. Foster (Office hours GRG 106, Tuesdays and Wednesdays 1-3pm) Teaching Assistant: Autumn Caviness, (Office hours GRG 106, Mondays and Fridays 12:30pm) autumn@mail.utexas.edu Course Description This course surveys African American Culture from the 1600s to the present. Topics cover the circumstances and responses of blacks during: North American enslavement, the Civil War, Reconstruction, the Great Migration, the Harlem Renaissance, the Civil Rights Movement, and in contemporary contexts. Classroom lectures and discussions reflect our reading of primary and secondary texts that embody a wide range of African American religious, political, social and artistic thought and production. The class will fill gaps in students knowledge about African American culture and history and provide a foundation for future African and African Diaspora Studies course work. Course Goals 1) Students will develop a baseline of knowledge and skills that will equip them to critically engage and experience success in future African and African Diaspora Studies courses. 2) Students will develop an understanding of the cultural history of people of African descent in the United States. 3) Students will engage and understand cultural history, narratives, performances and texts as relevant and impactful in their own lives. Required Readings List (books available at the University Co-op) Kindred (Butler) Souls of Black Folk (Du Bois) The New Negro (Locke, ed) Why We Can t Wait (MLK, Jr) Event Attendance (three events required, fourth event optional for extra credit) Each student will be required to attend three events sponsored by the Warfield Center for African and African American Studies. One of the events will be a 4/26 filming of talks by Black Studies professors for airing on public television. A calendar of approved events will be available at the beginning of the semester. Students are encouraged to choose and start attending events as soon as their schedule permits. For each event attended students will be required to sign in at the event and write a 2-page reaction paper due the following week on Blackboard (https://courses.utexas.edu/ ). The reaction paper will: 1) summarize the event (no more than one paragraph); and 2) provide a personal reaction to the event or tie the event to materials or discussions from class. Students may attend and write about a fourth event for extra credit.

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five points each) (30) Final Test (during exam period) Grading Scale A: 93-100. The River. Expectations 1/20 (F) Foundations: Vindicationism & Cultural Anthropology 1/23 Foundations: Critical Thinking 1/25 Slave Trade 1/27 Quiz #1. The fourth unexcused absence will result in 3 points off a student s final grade. C+: 77-79. Reading Discussion: Kindred (Prologue. An additional three points will be deducted for each additional unexcused absence.Class Attendance Each student s class attendance will be recorded. or family emergencies (on a case by case basis) will be excused. religious holidays. B+: 87-89. Souls of Black Folk (Reading: Souls of Black Folk) 2/13 Reading Discussion: Souls of Black Folk 2/15 Souls of Black Folk 2/17 Reading Discussion: Souls of Black Folk 2/20 Push and Pull Factors of The Great Migration (Reading: The New Negro) 2/22 Literacy and Education 2/24 Negotiating Blackness during the Harlem Renaissance 2/27 Harlem Renaissance (Reading: The New Negro) Last updated 1/30/12 . Absences for university sanctioned events. Class and Readings schedule Part I. Enslavement through Civil Rights 1/18 (W) Syllabus. Epilogue) 2/3 Culture in Context 2/6 Stereotypes 2/8 Civil War and Racial Terrorism 2/10 Quiz #2. A-: 90-92. D: 60-69. B-: 80-82. The Storm. C-: 70-72. The Rope. The Fall) 1/30 Colonial Era Enslavement 2/1 Reading Discussion: Kindred (The Fight. no points will be deducted for the first three unexcused absences. The Fire. Grading (100 points available) (5) Quiz #1 (10) Quiz #2 (25) Mid-term Test (15) Quiz #3 (15) Event attendance and write-up (3 events. C: 73-76. B: 83-86. F: Below 60.

you are deemed complicit in the breach of academic integrity. regardless of their numerical grade. plus student evaluations 4/30 Make-up day 5/2 Review 5/4 Final Test Policies Class Preparation: Students are expected to complete readings before each lecture. Attendance sign-in. If someone is caught signing you in with your EID. Students caught signing in for others will not be able to receive higher than a C for the class. and to engage discussion with the instructor or classmates when called upon. Special Event Discussion on BlackThoughts. Last updated 1/30/12 . Affirmative Action BlackThoughts speakers preview American Gladiators (Black participation in sports) (AB) 4/16 Make-up day 4/18 Black Participation in the New Media age 4/20 Aesthetics (hair) Short: A girl like me 4/23 4/25 4/26 4/27 Entrepreneurship & Contemporary Bookerites Black Expression through Film and New Media BlackThoughts. one of which will be a filming of black studies talks scheduled for April 26. Special events: Students are expected to attend and write about three special events during the semester.2/29 Reading Discussion: The New Negro 3/2 Reading Discussion: The New Negro 3/5 3/7 3/9 Transitions Midterm review Midterm 3/12 3/16 Spring Break No Class Session (Reading: Why We Can t Wait) 3/19 Civil Rights Philosophy and Strategies (Reading: Why We Can t Wait) 3/21 From Civil Rights to Self-Restoration (Reading: Ballot or the Bullet) 3/23 From Motown to Funk 3/26 Gender and Schooling (girls) 3/28 Gender and Schooling (boys) 3/30 School to Prison Pipeline 4/2 4/4 4/6 4/9 4/11 4/13 Stereotype Threat Theories of High Achievement Black Student Community on Campus Quiz #3. Do not sign in for classmates. Do not share your EID with others. The same holds for student(s) whom they signed in.

Personal technology in the classroom usage policy: No cell phones. Plagiarism: In reflection and position papers. Religious holidays: The University policy is to respect religious holidays. cell phones can be left on vibrate. Let Autumn Caviness know ahead of time if you will miss a class for observance of a religious holiday or event. Issues not covered in this syllabus are guided by the policies and procedures of The University as a whole. Last updated 1/30/12 . Cell phones must be turned off before class. if you use words or ideas that are not your own you must cite your sources. Err on the side of precision and transparency by providing a bibliographic reference to sources that inform your opinions. This syllabus is subject to change in response to student and instructional needs over the course of the semester. By special exception and on a pre-approved basis. Otherwise you will be guilty of plagiarism. texting or laptop use during class.

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