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BCUL 1515A - The African-American Odysssey, from Phyllis Weatley to #BlackLivesMatter

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English

Pre-requisite

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Course Description

This course aims to introduce students to major elements of the African-American journey in the United States. The African-American experience spans four hundred years, from the initial settlement of the American continent by Europeans and the establishment of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, and down through the present day. This class contemplates this “odyssey” from a multidisciplinary perspective (literature, sociology, political science) along with an historical background. Central to our discussions will be a focus on the African-American voice since the 18th century. The course is organized chronologically, with an emphasis on the ideas of black social thought, political protest and efforts to initiate social change. This course also draws on popular culture (music, visual arts, television, sports) as to explore the destiny of black people in the American contemporary cultural history, with particular attention to the interplay between “black” culture and political consciousness. From slave poetess Phyllis Weatley to the current president of the United States, the black experience has leaned toward the elimination of racism, the realization of democratic rights and greater social fairness, and toward the achievement of cultural integrity of the black community.

Teachers

LAURENT, Sylvie E. (Auteur)