Course Content and Outcome Guide for HUM 205
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- HUM 205
- Course Title:
- African Literature
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Course DescriptionIntroduces written and oral literature of the African continent, from ancient to modern and from many different geographic regions, cultures and religions. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.
Intended Outcomes for the courseStudents will be able to:
- Think critically about a text in order to evaluate its effectiveness in terms of conveying theme.
- Identify how culture affects an authors perspective, choice of genre, style, and overall purpose in writing.
- Use collaborative techniques to explore texts and test interpretations.
- Construct an original interpretation of a literary text and communicate it effectively both orally and in writing.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
- Analyze primary literary texts and secondary sources of contextual information both in written work and in oral presentations.
- Present ideas, analyses, and interpretations both in small group activities and in large class discussions.
- Investigate the historical, cultural, and social contexts in which a particular text was created and read/heard, as well as any specific references or allusions in the text itself.
- Assess how literature has responded to historical events.
- Demonstrate mastery of the technical vocabulary for literary analysis.
- Make connections and comparisons between texts and our own lives.
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
- Literature as a vehicle for protest and revolution
- Gender roles
- Agency and voice
- Identity construction (personal, political, national)
- Literature as laboratory (experimental fictive space)
- Literature as history
(Specifically how these things contribute to the success of a literary work)
- Structure and form
- Figurative language, imagery, and symbolism
- Point-of-view and voice
- Ethnicity, gender and socio-economic class
- Contribution of oral/folkloric traditions
- Role of European education
- Language and translation
- Thinking critically and creatively
- Identifying literary devices in a primary text
- Researching cultural and historical information
- Constructing and evaluating interpretations of literary texts
- Communicating ideas both orally and in writing
- Producing and receiving constructive criticism effectively
- Drawing connections between literary texts and our own lives
- Working collaboratively with others
- Contributing actively to group discussions