Viewing: AFS 343 / : African Religions

Last approved: Tue, 15 Jan 2019 09:00:15 GMT

Last edit: Wed, 09 Jan 2019 14:47:02 GMT

Changes proposed by: scfergus
Catalog Pages referencing this course
Change Type
Minor
AFS (Africana Studies)
343
000371
Dual-Level Course
Cross-listed Course
No
African Religions
African Religions
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Interdisciplinary Studies (16IDS)
30.9999
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.
Term Offering
Fall Only
Offered Every Year
Spring 2019
Previously taught as Special Topics?
No
 
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

Grading Method
Graded with S/U option
3
16
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Lecture3.0
Course Attribute(s)
GEP (Gen Ed)

If your course includes any of the following competencies, check all that apply.
University Competencies

Course Is Repeatable for Credit
No
 
 
Instructor recently retired, hiring new tenure-track faculty member to teach this course
Assistant Professor

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Lecture35No
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote


Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
Yes
SIS Program CodeProgram TitleRequired or Elective?
16IDSBA-16IDSAFSInterdisciplinary Studies (BA): Africana StudiesElective
16IDSBA-16IDSAFSCInterdisciplinary Studies (BA): Africana Studies Community StudiesElective
Examination of African Religions on the African continent and throughout the African Diaspora. Focus on traditional religious practices, African reformulation of Islam and Christianity, New Orleans and Haitian vodun, Cuban Santeria, and Brazilian Candomble. Designed to de-mystify African religion without divesting it of its cultural uniqueness and richness.

GER to GEP Review only


No

Is this a GEP Course?
Yes
GEP Categories
Global Knowledge
Humanities
Humanities Open when gep_category = HUM
Each course in the Humanities category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 
Demonstrate knowledge of the religious beliefs, practices, and spiritualities in Africa, including African formulations of Christianity and Islam on the continent.
 
 
Quiz questions; example prompt: “Critically examine William R. Jones’s argument against Black liberation theology”; “Critically evaluate John McClendon’s critique of Jones’s argument.”
 
 
Compare and contrast African religious practices, using case studies from across the African continent and the diaspora.
 
 
Individual oral presentations; Students will write a well-conceived and developed essay comparing and contrasting African religious practices, using case studies from across the African continent and the diaspora. They will submit the written text of this in advance and then deliver it as an oral presentation to the class. An example topic could include "Santeria Women: Gendered Practices in New York and Lagos compared".
 
 
Produce a well-written essay with an explicit subject, thesis, and interpretive framework on the topic of African religion on and off the continent.
 
 
Quiz questions; example prompt: "According to Geertz, is Santeria a religion? Be sure to discuss the main principles underlying his approach to evaluating whether something can be categorized as a religion."
Mathematical Sciences Open when gep_category = MATH
Each course in the Mathematial Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Natural Sciences Open when gep_category = NATSCI
Each course in the Natural Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Social Sciences Open when gep_category = SOCSCI
Each course in the Social Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Interdisciplinary Perspectives Open when gep_category = INTERDISC
Each course in the Interdisciplinary Perspectives category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Visual & Performing Arts Open when gep_category = VPA
Each course in the Visual and Performing Arts category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Health and Exercise Studies Open when gep_category = HES
Each course in the Health and Exercise Studies category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
&
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Global Knowledge Open when gep_category = GLOBAL
Each course in the Global Knowledge category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve objective #1 plus at least one of objectives 2, 3, and 4:
 
 
Critically analyze the religious beliefs, practices, and spiritualities in Africa, including African formulations of Christianity and Islam on the continent.
 
 
Quiz questions; example prompt: “Critically examine William R. Jones’s argument against Black liberation theology”; “Critically evaluate John McClendon’s critique of Jones’s argument.”
 
Please complete at least 1 of the following student objectives.
 
Compare and contrast African religious practices, using case studies from across the African continent and the diaspora.
 
 
Individual oral presentations; Students will write a well-conceived and developed essay comparing and contrasting African religious practices, using case studies from across the African continent and the diaspora. They will submit the written text of this in advance and then deliver it as an oral presentation to the class. An example topic could include "Santeria Women: Gendered Practices in New York and Lagos compared".
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

US Diversity Open when gep_category = USDIV
Each course in the US Diversity category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve at least 2 of the following objectives:
Please complete at least 2 of the following student objectives.
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Requisites and Scheduling
100
 
a. If seats are restricted, describe the restrictions being applied.
 

 
b. Is this restriction listed in the course catalog description for the course?
 

 
List all course pre-requisites, co-requisites, and restrictive statements (ex: Jr standing; Chemistry majors only). If none, state none.
 

 
List any discipline specific background or skills that a student is expected to have prior to taking this course. If none, state none. (ex: ability to analyze historical text; prepare a lesson plan)
 

Additional Information
Complete the following 3 questions or attach a syllabus that includes this information. If a 400-level or dual level course, a syllabus is required.
 
Title and author of any required text or publications.
 
Readings provided: Eglash, African Fractals: modern computing and indigenous design;
Jacob Olupona, African Spirituality: Forms, Meanings and Expressions (World Spirituality)
 
Major topics to be covered and required readings including laboratory and studio topics.
 
See attached weekly topics
 
List any required field trips, out of class activities, and/or guest speakers.
 
None


Student Learning Outcomes

HMNjie (4-29-2016) There are some gaps in information concerning how AFS 343 course objectives will satisfy some of the objectives of the GEP categories of Humanities and Global Knowledge. This information was not quite an accessible from the syllabus.
aeherget (Thu, 06 Dec 2018 16:22:30 GMT): Rollback: AECHH: Rollback because Student Evaluation Methods are considered a major change, please remove this information and resubmit the minor action. 12/6/2018.
n51ls801 (Wed, 12 Dec 2018 20:21:27 GMT): During review by the H&SS college committee, the friendly suggestion was made that omitting the constraint imposed by the last sentence of the catalog description might render the course's approach more flexible and thus more readily taught by a range of instructors (including one yet to be hired).
aeherget (Wed, 09 Jan 2019 14:47:02 GMT): AECHH: At the Jan. 4, 2019 CUE Meeting the members approved AFS 343 with the following friendly suggestion: -Reword Humanities objective one's outcome from "demonstrate knowledge of" to something more measurable.
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