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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - AFA6355

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2007-06-28
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  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    1691 2007-02-14
    Department College Budget Account Number
    AFA AS 0-1202-000
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Cheryl Rodriguez 44220

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    AFA 6355 African American Community Research: Ethnography

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? N
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable?
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    African Am Com Research
    Course Online? Percentage Online





    Course Description

    This course is designed to assist students in understanding the dynamics of African American communities and community research in urban settings.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    This course is one of four core courses that, together, gives our graduate MLA students a thorough grounding within the discipline of Africana Studies. This course, in particular, is designed to equip students with applied research skills essential in co

    B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?

    This course will be a required core course for the AFA MLA program and one of two core course options for the AFA Graduate Certificate.

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?

    Yes. Three times.

    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    Ph.D. in Anthropology, Sociology, or similar field. The instructor must have a background in community-based research.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    1. To explore and critically analyze selected ethnographic literature (and a few ethnographic films) on the African-American urban experience. Through this exploration and analysis we will become familiar with a range of social science research on African-American urban communities.

    2. To develop an understanding of the diverse nature of social institutions and cultural mechanisms that compose and define African-American urban communities.

    3. To explore issues of race, ethnicity, gender and class within in the context of the African-American urban experience.

    4. To examine and explore the role of ethnographic methodology in social science research by utilitizing these methodologies in a range of research contexts.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    1. Students will be able to identify appropriate sources for ethnographic data.

    2. Become familiar with the nature and purpose of social science research that has been conducted on African American urban communities.

    3. Become knowledgeable of the nature and function of African-American social institutions in urban communities.

    4. Gain insight and develop perspectives on issues of race, ethnicity, gender, and class within African American urban institutions and with the research conducted on these institutions.

    5. Become skilled in the knowledge and application of ethnographic research methodologies.

    C. Major Topics

    African American communities, African American institutions, urbanity, ethnography, sociality of race, class, gender, ethnicity.

    D. Textbooks

    St. Clair Drake and Horace Cayton, BLACK METROPOLIS

    Carol Stack, ALL OUR KIN

    William Juliius Wilson, WHEN WORK DISAPPEARS

    Steven Gregory, BLACK CORONA

    articles from research journals, etc.

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    H. Attendance Policy

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    J. Program This Course Supports

  5. Course Concurrence Information

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