Introduction to African-American History
(Bevezetés az afro-amerikai történelembe) in spring 2019
, Tue 14:00–15:30
seminar, 30 h/term
description & set texts
The course offers and introductory overview of African American history. During the course of the semester we will trace the history of African Americans from Ancestral Africa to North America, from Slavery to the Black Revolution and Black Power. We will discuss the cultural, social, and political status of the African American community throughout the history of the United States, focusing on such important periods like Colonial America, the American Revolution, the Antebellum Period, the Civil War, the Reconstruction Era, World War I, the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, World War II, and the Civil Rights Movement.
Required Reading: Franklin, John Hope (1988/1994): From Slavery To Freedom: A History of Negro Americans. 6th and 7th ed. New York: Knopf/McGraw-Hill.
requirements & assessment
Continuous assessment of your work throughout the semester.
1. End-term exam: 40 Points; the exam will assess the student’s knowledge of the course material and the recommended literature.
2. Presentation and Essay: 40 Points (20 Points, Presentation / 20 Points, Essay); the student has to give a 10 to 15 minute long presentation on a topic related to the course. An essay should be prepared in which the student summarizes his or her thoughts on the topic, and it has to be handed in on time. The Essay should be minimum 4 pages long, and according to the MLA Formatting and Style Guide.
3. Class participation: 20 Points (10 Points, Attendance / 10 Points, Participation); regular attendance is mandatory (no more than 3 absences), preparedness for the class, completed reading assignments, and contribution to the class discussion. Students are required to hand in at the beginning of the class topics and/or questions relating to their readings as proof of their preparedness, which counts for their participation points.
Failing to complete the end-term exam and the presentation/essay, as well as having more than three absences, will result in a failed grade.