Credit hours: 3
|The Struggle for Freedom: A History of African Americans,||Carson, Clayborne et al||Pearson Education, Inc.|
Course Objectives: This course is designed to introduce students to the study of the origins of the people of African descent, the environments to which they adapted themselves, the evolution of their cultures, and their forced migration to the Caribbean, North America, and South America. this course will also examine the inter-relationships between Africa, Europe, and the Americas in the context of commercial and military contacts during the Atlantic Slave Trade (1441-1888). special attention will be paid to the discussion and analysis of race, ethnicity, class, and gender in shaping the attitudes of white towards people of African descent in the United during the period of slavery (1619-1865). speical attention will be paid to the discussion on the kind of relationships that existed between blacks and white during the Reconstruction Period (1865-1977), the Jim Crow and Civil Rights Era (1881-1970)
Course Content: students acquire a perspective on history & an understanding of the facts that shape human activity; students display knowledge about the origins & nature of contemporary issues & develop a foundation for future comparative understanding; students appreciate the interrelationships between Africa, Europe, and the Americas during the trans-Atlantic Slave Trade; students think, speak, and write critically about primary & secondary historical sources by examing diverse interpretions of past events & ideas in their historical contexts.
Method of Presentation: this course is primarily based on lectures, discussions, and films. weekly readings will be provided, and it is important that students must read the materials before the lectures. students will be expected to attend classes regularly in order to keep up with the course. students are encouraged to participate effectively in discussion sessions.
Method of Evaluation: the final grade in this course will be based on the following criteria: mid-term exam - 45%; final exam - 45%; class attendance & participation - 10%;