African and African-American Studies

Learning Goals & Objectives

I. Demonstrate knowledge of the major developments in African and African American people’s experiences.

To achieve this goal, students will be able to:

    • Describe the major social, cultural, and political movements throughout the history of African and African American people’s experiences;
    • Trace the development of African civilizations and examine their contributions to the development of the continent and major world civilizations;
    • Identify major figures in African and African American culture and explain their impact on their societies and beyond;
    • Describe and analyze the experiences of people of African descent in all parts of the world, but especially in the Americas, the Caribbean and Africa.

II. Analyze information critically using African and African American studies’ theories and concepts.

To achieve this goal, students will be able to:

    • Collect and analyze qualitative and quantitative data;
    • Use data to explain the impact of societal, economic, and political factors on the experiences of people of African descent.;
    • Compare and contrast different theories and research methods that have been used to explain the experiences of persons of African descent.

III. Communicate effectively in oral and written form about their knowledge of key concepts in African and African American studies

To achieve this goal, students will be able to:

    • Demonstrate knowledge of research techniques, evaluation of evidence, documentation, organization, style and mechanics of writing;
    • Write a cohesive argument demonstrating knowledge of research techniques, documentation, organization, and the mechanics of writing;
    • Defend a cohesive argument before an audience of peers.

IV. Demonstrate a commitment to volunteerism and civic engagement in the broader community.

To achieve this goal, students will be able to participate in community outreach activities, such as service learning projects in Africana communities locally, nationally, and/or internationally.

V. Demonstrate knowledge of the interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, and global nature of African and African American Studies.

To achieve this goal, students will be able to:

  • Apply African and African American centered theories, approaches and concepts, and research to various disciplines such as history, sociology, etc;
  • Identify national and/or global forces that have shaped the perspective of others towards people of African descent.

 

     

Last modified: Oct 31, 2013

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