HUM 220 Syllabus

Division:Arts andSciences††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Date: February 2014

Curricula in Which Course is Taught:†† Liberal Arts, Science, Business Administration or as a HUM elective


Course Number and Title:†† HUM 220,Introduction to African-American Studies

Credit Hours:†† 3††††††††† Hours/WK Lecture:†† 3†† Hours/WK Lab:0Lec/Lab Comb:3/0

I.            Catalog Description:††† Presents an interdisciplinary approach to the study of African-American life, history, and culture.Examines specific events, ideologies, and individuals that have shaped the contours of African-American life.Studies the history, sociology, economics, religion, politics, psychology, creative productions, and culture of African-Americans.


II.          Relationship of the course to curricula objectives in which it is taught:This course counts as a humanities or liberal arts elective in both transfer and vocational programs.

III.       Required background:Prerequisites ENF 1

IV.        Course Content:

A.   Understanding the African in the diaspora.

B.   Understanding culture, customs, and traditions.

C.   Understanding assimilation.

D.  Writers and artists throughout the Diaspora that laid the intellectual basis for the opposition to imperialism, colonialism, and domestic racism in their writings which blossomed in the 1920ís.

E.   The systematic study of black life, politics and (historical legacy that moves into the role of the slave trade).††

F.   Race and class in analysis of the music of the African-American experience.

G.  The impact of music on slavery and emancipation.

H.  African-American music connecting to Africa and Europe.

I.    African-American literature used in music.

V.           Learner Outcomes

††††† The student will:

A.             Understand language in the foundation of culture (including music, dance, etc)

B.             Understand that the dispersal of people of African descent around the world is largely a result of slavery.

C.             Understand that modern colonialism/imperialism and migration have played a role in the development of music.

D.            Understand that the earliest encounter of Europeans and Africans was a result of economic exchange in the global market of the 1500's (and earlier).

E.             Understand that slavery was an economic prerequisite of capitalism.

F.             Understand that everyone has his/her own perception.

G.            Understand that African culture is not monolithic.


VI.        Evaluation

Students will be required to produce written assignments demonstrating critical thinking skills, an accurate understanding of the social and political values of others. 

Students will be required to engage in oral presentations assigned by the instructor

VII.      This course supports the following objectives.

DCC Educational Objectives:
Critical Thinking
Cultural and Social Understanding