Introduction to Africana Studies
This course introduces students to the academic discipline of Africana Studies which emerged in the 1960s and centers the subjectivity and humanity of people within the African Diaspora and continental Africa. Several key areas, such as Black history, psychology, sociology, economics, politics, religion, and creative production, are under exploration via an Africana Studies lens. The course conveys the significance of studying and understanding such areas from this perspective in classrooms as well as the broader community. In the course, students will read an array of sources from established and up-and-coming scholars of the discipline to complement the interpretation provided in the course’s central textbook. Most of the material in the course has a US context (the location in which the discipline was formally established), though contexts from several areas of the African Diaspora, including the Americas, the Caribbean, and Europe, are highlighted as well. With an ultimate goal of liberation and transformation in mind, the course moves from an examination of pre-colonial Africa to contemporary society.