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AFAM 4882W

Black Film Matters: Studies in African American Film
Credit Hours:
3

With special attention to musical content, this course explores the roles played by “blackness” in U.S. and world cinema. Examination of the positioning of black people, black music, and black cultural content in films made from the World War II era to the present.

Nontraditional Format:

This version of the course will be taught as writing intensive, which means that the course will include substantial and ongoing writing assignments that a) relate clearly to course learning; b) teach the communication values of a discipline—for example, its practices of argument, evidence, credibility, and format; and c) prepare students for further writing in their academic work, in graduate school, and in professional life. The written assignments will result in a significant and diverse body of written work (the equivalent of 6000 words or 25 pages) and the instructor (and/or the teaching assistant assigned to the course) will be closely involved in student writing, providing opportunities for feedback and substantive revision.

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Study within African American cultural history provides a basis for understanding political, social, and economic relations throughout human history.