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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - AFA6800

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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
    1693 2007-02-14
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Africana Studies AS 120200
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Eric D. Duke 9744442

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    AFA 6800 African American Historiography

    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 D - Discussion (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    AfricanAmerican Historiography
    Course Online? Percentage Online





    Course Description

    This course introduces graduate students to some of the major topics and texts in African American history. Readings will include both classic studies and recent innovative works in the field. The course is open to majors and non-majors.

  3. Justification

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

    This course provides an essential introduction to the major works in African American history, as well as the multiple perspectives and evolving approaches in writing such histories. Additionally, it will show students how to review critically historical

    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 form one of the core requirements for the Africana Studies MLA program, as well as the departmentís Graduate Certificate. The expected enrollment is 15-20 students. It will be offered once a year. The course will also likely draw interested students from History, as well as other fields in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Education.

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


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

    The professor should have a doctoral degree in History. It will also be the responsibility of the professor to maintain a familiarity with new works in the field.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    1) Provide an overview of African American history through both classic and contemporary studies in the field.

    2) Introduce students to the multiple themes and perspectives of African American history, and the evolving approaches in writing such histories.

    3) Challenge static and monolithic portrayals of African American history.

    4) Support the mission of the Department of Africana Studies at the University of South Florida to (among other things):

    (a) Study the history and experiences of Africans and peoples of African descent across the globe

    (b) Provide a forum in which students can explore conceptions and constructions of race and racial identities

    (c) Explore the various means through which Black peoples have resisted and challenged racism, both historically and contemporarily

    (d) Develop and refine studentsí critical thinking skills, as well as improve both oral and written communication skills

    B. Learning Outcomes

    1) Students will gain a broad familiarity with classic studies of African American history that continue to influence the discipline today, as well as new works that offer fresh perspectives or innovations in the field.

    2) Students will understand how history comes to be written, and the evolution of historical writing, including the various methodologies and sources used by historians.

    3) Students will learn how the writing of history is influenced often by the particular economic, social, and political conditions and ideologies of the respective authorís era.

    4) Students will become familiar with the long-standing activism associated with African American history.

    5) Students will be able to analyze critically major historical works in African American history.

    C. Major Topics

    1) Slavery and Resistance

    2) Reconstruction

    3) African American Internationalism (including World Wars and Cold War)

    4) Civil Rights Movements

    5) Black Radicalism

    6) Gender

    7) Class

    D. Textbooks

    The required texts will be chosen according to the professorís preference, but should include both classic and contemporary works in African American history. The class will use approximately ten books for the semester, an appropriate number for a graduate level history seminar. The professor will also be sure to place the readings on reserve in the library, as well as inform students of e-copies (if available).

    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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