SYLLABUS

HON 130-2 (WORLD CULTURES -- AFRICA)

Fall 2003

INSTRUCTORS:         Professor Parker English

                                    315 Marcus White, Ext. 2-2824

                                    englishp@ccsu.edu (e-mail username)

                                    Office hours: 2:00-3:00 WF; 12:30-2 TR

                                    Professor Andrew Moemeka

                                    3170200 Vance, Ext. 2-2698

                                    moemeka@ccsu.edu (e-mail username)

                                    Office hours: 11-12 TR; 2-4:30 W

 

TEXTS:           

-           Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (purchase required)

-           Ambiguous Adventure by Cheikh Hamidou Kane (purchase required)

-           Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (purchase required)

-           Photocopies of essays by and about Leopold Senghor (supplied)

-           Photocopies of essays by Zora Neale Hurston (supplied)

-           Photocopies of essays about “performatives” (supplied)

 

COURSE GOALS:      To familiarize you with some of the most important concepts, beliefs, and practices in African cultures.  We will emphasize co-cultural variations which impact relationships, marriages, songs and dances, as well as child-rearing, local and state governments, and conflict resolution.

THE EVALUATION AND GRADING SYSTEM:     

Assignment                                                       Date Due                      % of Final Grade  

           Computer Conference                          on-going                                   15

           Papers

                        English (First paper: 4-5pp. )                TBA                             12

                                     (Second paper: 4-5pp.)           TBA                             12

                        Moemeka (First paper: 4-5pp.)            TBA                             12

                                         (Second paper: 4-5pp.)       TBA                             12

           Debate/Rebuttal Presentations               10-24 November                     25

           Position Paper (4-5  pp.)                      15 December                           12

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                                                                                                                        100

 

Schedule

Meeting            Topic                                                              

Sept. 8             Course introduction.  Library introduction.

Moemeka

15                    Africa (geography, short history and government)

22                    Culture (fundamental principles in action)

29                    Relationships (Interpersonal, Friendship and Age Grades)

English

Oct. 6              Traditional African philosophy; read Things Fall Apart.

13                    Contemporary African philosophy; read Ambiguous Adventure.

20                    Combining African philosophy with African American philosophy; read Their Eyes                    Were Watching God.

Moemeka

27                    The Family:­       (a)­ Hierarchy and Responsibilities

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­                        (b)­ Mateship – courtship, marriage, children, names

Nov. 3             Socials­ (Songs, Dance, Dress, Births/Burials)

Debates and Rebuttals

10                    First two four-person groups, with rebuttals.

17                    Second two four-person groups, with rebuttals.

24                    Third two four-person groups, with rebuttals.

English

Dec. 1              Combining Africana philosophy with Western philosophy; read "Performatives" by J.L. Austin.

Conclusion

11                    Discussion and Course Evaluation