Below, Professor M. Amah Edoh describes various aspects of how she taught 21G.026 Global Africa: Creative Cultures.
- Africa as a Category of Thought
- The Broader Relevance of Studying Africa
- Varieties of Cultural Production
- Special Events
- Written Reading Responses
- The Creative Final Project
- What Will It Be Like Next Time?
- Advice to Fellow Educators
There are no prerequisites for this course, but French language concentrators should have taken 21G.028 African Migrations or have the permission of the instructor.
- 21G.026 can be applied toward a Bachelor of Science in Global Studies and Languages (French Studies).
21G.026 was offered for the first time in Spring 2018.
The students’ grades were based on the following activities:
- 20% Reading responses (weekly, 10 total)
- 20% Presentation of readings
- 20% Paper
- 30% Final project (20% project, 10% presentation)
- 10% Class participation
Breakdown by Year
About 2/3 sophomores and juniors; about 1/3 first-year students and seniors
Breakdown by Major
Many engineering and computer science majors; a few humanities majors
Typical Student Background
About half the students were Africans from the continent or first-generation Americans of African background. Many of the non-African students were going to be working in Africa during the summer or had recently spent time there.
How Student Time Was Spent
During an average week, students were expected to spend 12 hours on the course, roughly divided as follows:
- Met once per week for 3 hours per session; 12 sessions total; mandatory attendance.
- Students participated in active discussions, listened to weekly samples of African music, and delivered presentations of their final projects.
Out of Class
- Readings in preparation for class sessions
- Attending theatrical performance and film screenings
- 10 weekly reading responses
- 5-page analytical paper
- Creative final project