AFR/HIS 200

INTRODUCTION TO THE AFRICAN DIASPORA

JR 130

Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays 2:40-3:50PM

Professor James Dator
James.Dator@goucher.edu
No Preferred Gender Pronoun
Phone: x3299
Skype: jamesdator
Office Hours:
M, 1-2:30pm &
By Appointment (48 hours notice)
VM 138
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Course Requirements

(Note: all items must be completed to pass the course!)

  • Map Quiz – 5%

  • Class Participation – 25%

  • Essay #1 – 20%

  • Comprehensive Midterm Exam - 25%

  • Comprehensive Final Experience – 25% (Essay or Exam)

  • Handwritten Notebook

ESSAY DETAILS

 

Your essays must be written in Times New Roman, 12-point and be no shorter than 5 pages each, double-spaced with 1" margins. Paragraphs should not have extra spaces between them, so be sure to proofread your formatting and grammar carefully before submitting your essay.

 

You must cite your information. Please consult the Chicago Manual of Style Quick Citation Guide. If you have questions, please come speak with me.

Submit your essay by uploading to the link provided.

Essay #1

Option #1

 

Sunjata not only tells the story of a figure central to the development of the Mali Empire—it reveals key characteristics of Mande society, such as religious practice and beliefs, cultural values, and social structure. Throughout the story, we learn of these matters via the deli (griot), who provides us knowledge about these matters in creative and often lively ways.

 

Construct an essay that analyzes the role of the djeli in shaping knowledge in and about the society of ancient Mali.   

 

Option #2

 

Equiano’s Narrative tells the remarkable story of one man’s journey from enslavement in West Africa to freedom in England. Central to this story is his adoption of Christianity.

 

Construct an essay that analyzes Equiano’s identity as an African and how it relates to his identity as a Christian. Do you think Equiano’s conversion negates his identity as an African? Your response must take into account the historical

SUBMIT ESSAY#1 HERE

 

FINAL EXPERIENCE ASSIGNMENT

The final experience will entail either an exam or essay. It will be comprehensive in scope.
 

MAP QUIZ DETAILS & GUIDES

 

Your quiz will consist of the following: 

You will receive three blank maps and a list of states, places, and geographic features. You will have to write these names within 1mm of the correct location on the provided maps.

Use the study guides provided here. The study guides include all possible names that you will be quizzed on, blank maps, and maps with the proper placement.

MIDTERM & FINAL STUDY GUIDES

 
Midterm Study Guide
FINAL EXPERIENCE GUIDE