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 course
Students 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
The SAC expects the instructors will assess student learning throughout the term using a variety of methods. The SAC encourages instructors to consider the following in determining the achievement of course outcomes:
- 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
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
COMPETENCIES AND SKILLS
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