Afro-american Studies | Black Women in the Diaspora (3 cr.)
A210 | 0370 | A. McCluskey


Instructor: Dr. Audrey McCluskey
2:30-3:45 PM   MW   BH 003
Fulfills: SCSI, CSA

This course utilizes an interdisciplinary approach to examine salient aspects of black women's
history, identity, and experience, including the interaction of race, gender, and class factors in
both historical and contemporary settings.  While the primary focus is North America, other
cultural settings in the African Diaspora are also represented.  Much of the first part of the course
is grounded in an historical discussion of the roles and forces that helped to shape black women as
social and cultural beings.  The course also examines important contemporary issues that confront
black women.

The student-centered format minimizes lectures and encourages active discussion, small group
interaction, and collaborative learning.  It requires students to keep up with readings and attend
class regularly.

Course objectives: 1) to examine salient historical and cultural factors and forces that inform black
women's experience; 2) to interrogate policies and perceptions that define and seek to limit black
women's empowerment cross-culturally; and 3) to gain critical understanding of key issues in
contemporary scholarship on black women and its relationship to their lived experience.

Examples of Required Texts: 1) Paula Geldings, When and Where I Enter: The Impact of Black
Women on Race and Sex in America; 2) Micheline Malson, Black Women In America: Social
Science Perspectives; 3) Jamaica Kincaid, Annie John; 4) course reading packet at local copy
store.

The following are examples of class participation:   preparation of discussion questions for
assigned readings; participation in small group discussions; bringing newsworthy items to the
attention of the class; participation in peer evaluations of focus groups, etc.

Attendance Policy: Students are expected to attend class.  Excessive absences will result in a
lower grade, depending on the number of the unexcused absences beyond three.

Code of Academic Conduct: Students are expected to adhere to a strict code of academic honesty
and integrity in all course related work.  Cheating (including having others do your work for you
and plagiarism) will be met with swift and serious consequences that will likely result in failing the
course.
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