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COU
RSE OVERVIEW
Textbook
Welcome to the spring term. The following texts are the primary texts for this course: Things Fall Apart
(Chinua Achebe), Twelve Years a Slave (Solomon Northup), Black Boy (Richard Wright), Their Eyes Were
Watching God (Zora Neale Hurston), In the Castle of My Skin (George Lemming), Foreign Gods, Inc. (Okey
Ndibe), and Two Tons O’ Fun (Fred Khumalo).
Canvas
This course will take place face-to-face on specific days of the week, and you are encouraged to review the
orientation module material in canvas. In addition, it is important that you set up your phone or e-mail to
receive alerts or notifications regarding this course through Canvas. To do this, log into Canvas and click on
Account. Thereafter, click on Notifications. Afterward, select the desired options for the various course
activities. However, I highly recommend that you set your notification preference to “Notify me right away.”
For support
Course Description
This course aims at interrogating issues associated with the lived experiences of people of African descent.
Focus is on the stories the primary texts tell and the meaning of the stories: theme. Nonetheless, you are
encouraged to keenly study other elements of literature: the characters, setting, plot, and language style to
identify and differentiate their significance and impact on stories the texts tell. However, emphasis is on the
manifestation of norms and cultures in society prior to the advent of western civilization, and the impact of
the contact with western values on lived experiences in the motherland and in the diaspora.
Course Catalog Description
This course focuses on the history, issues, and aesthetics of literature of one or more peoples of the African
diaspora. Examples might include literature of Africans, African Americans, Afro-Caribbean Afro-Hispanics or
Afro-Asians as indicated by the subtitle.
Major Learning Outcomes
By the end of the semester, course participants will be able to:
● Describe the contemporary and historical conditions of the descendants of enslaved Black
Americans, Black Americans, The African diaspora, and the Black diaspora
● Discuss the structures, processes, and practices that influence macro and micro-outcomes in
the production, reproduction and destruction of Cultures, Institutions, and Identities.
● Apply knowledge to create Black-integrated, racially just, socially and morally responsible
patterns of human interactions at the micro and macro level through creative arts,
community engagement on or off campus, internships, and scholarship.
● Demonstrate the skills and knowledge to identify, evaluate, and use evidence to engage in
scholarly research using Afrocentric ways of knowing.
CLAS
Attendance
SROOM POLICIES
Attendance is mandatory in accordance with the university policy. Therefore, you may be withdrawn from the
class should you miss, consecutively, three weeks’ activities except permission is granted for you to do so.
“No Show” Status
As per university policy, class attendance is required beginning with the first week of class activity. If you do
not attend the first week of class and participate in the activities for the first week, you may be withdrawn
from the class as a “no show” at the end of the Roster Verification exercise for the semester (8/25). If you are
withdrawn as a “no show,” you will be financially responsible for the class and a final grade of “WN” will
appear on your transcript for the course.
Class Preparation
Please come to class prepared. In other words, you are required to review prior lecture notes, read suggested
primary and secondary texts for the week prior to contributing to in-class and online discussions and ensure
that you employ critical reading strategies as you study materials relating to this course. Your level of
preparedness will reflect in the quality of your contribution during discussions and in your assignments.
Participation
Kindly maintain proper decorum while participating in any in-class or online activity relating to this course.
Apply same rule to electronic communications. Proper etiquette includes, but is not limited to, treating fellow
students with respect, and using appropriate language during class discussions. You should also demonstrate a
critical aptitude in your contributions to discussions both online and in the classroom. Such contributions
should be insightful and valuable. They should NOT simply concur with what others have said. In essence,
participation means asking questions and contributing insightful comments during in-class and online
discussions. Be aware that attendance does not equate class participation. Should you need more time for an
assignment, it is your responsibility to discuss the possibility of an extension with me a week prior to the due
date. Please note that failure to turn in a particular assignment may drop your grade by one letter. In other
words, when you decide not to submit any assignments, you run the risk of failing this course.
Writing Format and Other Requirements
Essays must be typed and double-spaced and should be in Microsoft Word document: PDF and Google doc are
not acceptable. The acceptable file extensions for essays to be submitted through Canvas are “.doc” and
“.docx.” Every essay should be formatted according to the 7th edition of APA Style and Grammar Guidelines.
All essays are persuasive paper. Note: Every argumentative essay, including the final exam, requires a
minimum of six secondary texts as supporting evidence.
Rewrites
You may rewrite any one essay with a grade of 80% or lower during this semester. However, I reserve the
right to ask for rewrites of failed essays that deserve another chance based on my reading of them. The
maximum grade for a rewrite is 87%
Communication with Professor
Every piece of communication between you and me should be through the Canvas Inbox. You can ONLY
communicate with me via email should there be a problem with Canvas. Such times, only use the email
address indicated on page one of this syllabus or by clicking on my email’s link on the course’s homepage on
Canvas. Be informed that I will respond to messages/emails within 72-hours. I may NOT respond to messages
or emails sent after 12:00pm on Friday until after 7:30am of the following Monday.
International Students (F-1 or J-1 Visa)
If you are an International Student, please be advised that withdrawal from this course due to attendance may
result in the termination of your visa status if you fall below the full-time enrollment requirements of 12 credit
hours. Consult the International Student Service office for more information.
EVAL
Course Evaluation & Grading Scale
UATION AND GRADING
You will receive number grades for every work*. These grades, cumulatively, will account for your final letter grade
for this course. Your final grade is the sum of the following five (5) categories of assignments:
Flip Activity and Syllabus Quiz
10%
Discussions & Reflexive Journal
30%
Problem-based Learning Project (Group)
20%
Film Analysis: Argumentative Essay
15%
Exam: Argumentative Essay
Attendance
20%
05%
TOTAL
100%
*Pay attention to the rubrics for each of the assignments on Canvas.
The sum of percentage earned throughout the course assignments will determine a final letter grade:
● A+ = 100%
● A = 94.01% and above
● A- = 90.01% to 94%
● B+ = 87.01% to 90%
● B = 84.01% to 87%
● B- =80.01% to 84%
● C+ = 77.01% to 80%
● C = 74.01% to 77%
● C- = 70.01% to 74%
● D+ = 67.01% to 70%
● D = 64.01% to 67%
● D- = 60.01% to 64%
● F = 60% and below
Exam/Quiz Make Up Policy
I will allow make-up exams (or assignments) only in emergencies provided you have notified me within a
reasonable period. Please note that missing an assignment or exam will have an adverse effect on your final
grade. Please also be aware that the final exam is required to pass this course. Therefore, missing the final
exam will result in an automatic “F” no matter what your grade is prior to this event.
ADA Accommodations
A course participant who anticipates barriers related to the format or requirements of this course should meet
with me to discuss ways to ensure full participation. If disability-related accommodations are necessary,
participant must register with Academic Success through the Accessibility Services Center located at 209 E.
Bert Fish Drive and notify me of their eligibility for reasonable accommodations in order to fashion a plan best
suitable for their success.
W
EEKLY ACTIVITIES
Week
Date
Topic
Homework
1
8/22 – 8/26
● Introduction
● Understanding the Element of Literature
See Canvas
2
8/29 – 9/2
● Understanding literature and why it
represents the human condition
See Canvas
3
9/5 – 9/9
● Defining Africana Literature and
understanding its context
● Exploring Things Fall Apart
No class on 9/5
See Canvas
4
9/12 – 9/16
● Exploring Things Fall Apart
See Canvas
5
9/19 – 9/23
● Transatlantic Slave Trade and the
Burden of Memory
See Canvas
6
9/26 – 9/30
● Exploring Twelve Years a Slave
See Canvas
7
10/3 – 10/7
● Exploring Twelve Years a Slave
See Canvas
8
10/10 – 10/14
● Exploring Black Boy
See Canvas
9
10/17 – 10/21
● Exploring Black Boy
See Canvas
10
10/24 – 10/28
● Exploring Their Eyes Were Watching God
See Canvas
11
10/31 – 11/4
● Exploring Their Eyes Were Watching God
See Canvas
12
11/7 – 11/11
● Exploring In the Castle of My Skin
See Canvas
13
11/14 – 11/18
● Exploring In the Castle of My Skin
See Canvas
14
11/21 – 11/25
● Thanksgiving
No Class
15
11/28 – 12/2
● Exploring Foreign Gods. Inc. & Two Tons O’
Fun
See Canvas
16
12/5 – 12/9
● Exam Week (Exam: 12/7)
See Canvas
NOTE: Unforeseen exigencies may alter this schedule during the semester.
ASSI
GNMENTS
AND
POINT
A detailed description of each assignment
is on canvas,
along
withVALUES
the breakdown of the assignment criteria
(rubric) and point values in percentage. Rubric will help you clearly identify where points were lost for areas
of improvement in future assignments. Therefore, it is very important that you use the rubric for each of the
assignments as you write your papers as well as for revision after grading.
Due Date
Major
Topic/Outcome
Assignment
Points
Words
100%
8/26
9/9
9/16
9/25
Introduction
Discussion
Discussion
Discussion
Flipgrid activity and Syllabus Quiz
Knowing Africa(na)
On Things Fall Apart
each
100%
100%
300- 500
300- 500
Essay
Discussion
Discussion
On the Middle Passage
Argumentative Research Paper
On Black Boy
On Their Eyes Were Watching God
100%
100%
100%
100%
1000
300- 500
300- 500
300- 500
9/30
10/14
10/28
11/4
Research
Research Question
100%
100%
11/18
12/2
Class Experts
Rewrite [optional]
Group presentation: Grade each group member
Any one essay with a grade less than 79%
each
12/2
12/7
Reflexive Essay1
Exam due @ 11.59pm
Journal
Researched Essay using Argumentation as Mode of
100%
500/800
Strategy
100%
1000
1000
Extra Credit Assignments
The availability of extra credit opportunities is at my discretion.
Late Work Make Up Policy
No make up for missed discussions and quizzes. Therefore, make sure you complete these assignments on
time.
CAMPUS RESOURCES AND SERVICES
AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS AT NO ADDITIONAL
COST
The Hollis Family Student Success Center
It offers study spaces for groups and individuals, and it provides Success Coaches (peers or staff members)
who can help with issues such as time management, note taking, test preparation) Other services include the
Writing Center, Stetson’ tutoring/Peer Instruction (SPI), and academic advising support.
duPont-Ball Library
Research librarians at the duPont-Ball Library are available to help you with all of your information needs, such
as choosing a topic, using databases, finding sources, evaluating sources, and formatting citations. A librarian
1 A reflexive (also called reflective) study journal is a steadily growing document which you (the learner) write, to record the progress
of your learning. A reflexive journal is NOT: A) simply a summary of the course material: You should focus on your reactions and what
you have been reading; B) a learning log. A log is a record of events, but a journal is a record of your reflections and thoughts.
is “on-call” and ready to help during the following hours: Monday- Thursday 10 AM – 10 PM, Friday 10 AM – 5 PM,
Saturday 11 AM – 6PM, and Sunday 2 PM – 10 PM. Call or text or email for immediate help. On the other hand, you can
set up a research consultation appointment at
Counseling Center
College can be extremely stressful for some students, especially if it is their first time away from home for an extended
period or if they are facing other pressures. Should you find yourself in any of these situations, you may find it helpful to
consult the University Counseling Center. The Counseling Center staff members are qualified professional counselors,
who can support and guide you through difficult transitions, experiences, and feelings. Counseling is confidential and
free of charge for all currently enrolled Stetson University students. Here is the contact information:
If a student experiences a mental health emergency after hours, they can call Public Safety and ask to speak with the
on-call counselor.
Important Course and College Dates
August 25
September 5
October 5
October 12
October 12
November 14
November 23-25
December 2
December 6 – 9
December 13
Roster Verification Ends
Labor Day (No class)
Mid-Term Grades Due
Withdrawal w/o Penalty
Withdrawal with W Grades
Withdrawal with WP/WF Grades
Thanksgiving Holiday
Classes End
Final Examination
Final Grades Due
Other Relevant University Policies
REC
OMMENDED READINGS
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