Spring 2010

Introduction to Black Studies

Listed in: Black Studies, as BLST-11


Carol Y. Bailey (Section 02)
Hilary J. Moss (Section 01)


[R] This interdisciplinary introduction to Black Studies combines the teaching of foundational texts in the field with instruction in reading and writing. The first half of the course employs How to Read a Book by Mortimer Adler and Charles Van Doren as a guide to the careful reading of books focusing on the slave trade and its effects in Africa, the Caribbean, and the United States. Important readings in this part of the course include Black Odyssey by Nathan Huggins, Racism: A Short History by George Frederickson, and The Black Jacobins by C. L. R. James. The second half of the course addresses important themes from the turn of the twentieth century to the present. Beginning with The Souls of Black Folk by W. E. B. Du Bois, it proceeds through a range of seminal texts, including The Wretched of the Earth by Franz Fanon and The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin. This part of the course utilizes Revising Prose by Richard Lanham to extend the lesson in reading from the first half of the semester into an exploration of precision and style in writing. Computer exercises based on Revising Prose and three short essays--one on a single book, another comparing two books, and the last on a major theme in the course--provide the main opportunity to apply and reinforce skills in reading and writing learned throughout the semester. After taking this course, students at all levels of preparation should emerge not only with a good foundation for advancement in Black Studies but also with a useful set of guidelines for further achievement in the humanities and the social sciences.

Each section limited to 20 students. Spring semester. Professor Moss and Visiting Lecturer Bailey.

If Overenrolled: Preference given to majors and first year students


2017-18: Offered in Fall 2017 and Spring 2018
Other years: Offered in Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017

Black Studies 11 Course Evaluation, 2010 Spring Semester

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Question 1
What did you learn about Black Studies as the result of taking this course? 
Question 2
Please share your general thoughts about syllabus organization, subject matter, and materials.
Question 3
Are there specific issues not covered by the syllabus that you think this course should consider?
Question 4
Which readings or course segments did you find most helpful or enjoyable?  Which were least engaging?
Question 5
Were paper assignments relevant and interesting?  Which assignments did you find the most/least useful?
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How would you rate the workload in this course?  About how many hours a week, outside of class time, did you spend on course assignments?
Question 7
Approximately what percentage of course readings did you complete this semester?
Question 1
What role did this course and the professor play in your college education?  Did you learn new ideas in this course?  If so, what were they?  Were you challenged to think differently?
Question 2
Did the course help you refine further your basic reading and writing skills?  How? What role did the professor play in this process?
Question 3
Does the professor have a distinctive style of teaching? Did this style help you to learn? How?
Question 4
How accessible was this professor outside of class. Did you make use of her office hours? If you have a broader relationship with this professor (as an academic advisor, for example; if you have taken her other classes, or if you have worked with her on a project), please comment on the effect this has had on your academic career. 

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