Course Goals

Course description: This course will focus on the manifestations of indigenous and African resistance in face of slavery (and its variants) and its socio-political repercussions today. How have these acts of resistance been carried out from colonial times to present-day in Latin America? By examining testimonial texts (written and visual); movies and documentaries; Web sites of political organizations, and various modes of artistic expression, our goal as a discussion group will be to compare and contrast how resistance has been carried out by these two distinct groups. We will evaluate the historical contexts from which resistance movements emerge  and postulate hypothetical predictions for the future of such movements. Throughout the semester, students will be in charge or leading round table discussions in order to practice how to read a text carefully, organize its principal  ideas/arguments, and present them in the form a class discussion. By the end of the semester, students will propose and defend a thesis with respect to a manifestation of socio-political resistance in African or indigenous society and its cultural impact.

Goals:

1. Students will propose and defend a thesis regarding an indigenous or African socio-political movement and its cultural impact/manifestations.

2. Students will evaluate the historical contexts from which indigenous and African resistance movements have emerged and postulate hypothetical regional outcomes for the future.

Descripción del curso: Este curso enfocará las manifestaciones de resistencia indígena y africana frente a la esclavitud (y sus variantes) y sus repercusiones socio-políticas hoy día.  ¿Cómo han sido actualizadas las resistencias por los grupos indígenas y africanos desde la época colonial hasta el presente en Latinoamérica?  Por examinar textos de testimonio (escritos y visuales), películas y documentarios, sitios de Web de organizaciones socio-políticas y expresiones artísticas, nuestra meta como grupo de discusión será comparar y contrastar cómo la resistencia se manifiesta por estos dos grupos distintos.  Evaluaremos los contextos históricos de los cuales emergen movimientos de resistencia contra el opresor y postularemos posibles resultados hipotéticos para el futuro.  A lo largo del semestre, los estudiantes estarán encargados de liderar mesas redondas para practicar cómo leer cuidadosamente un texto, organizar sus ideas/argumentos principales y presentarlos en la forma de una discusión con la clase.  Para el final del curso, el estudiante propondrá y defenderá una tesis con respecto a una manifestación de resistencia socio-política indígena o africana  y su impacto/manifestación cultural.

 

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2 Responses to Course Goals

  1. cbzehnder says:

    This course looks fascinating and I’m glad you included your course description so we all have a better idea of what the course is about. Since you mention that “students will be in charge or leading round table discussions in order to practice how to read a text carefully, organize its principal ideas/arguments, and present them in the form a class discussion”, I was wondering if a goal specific to leading group discussions might be useful. I did something similar in a capstone class that I taught last fall and I had a rubric for assessing the discussion leader – I’m happy to share it with you if you’re interested.

    • rebeccacarte says:

      Yes, that is really a good point. In fact, we are starting these next week, so I need to put something together fairly soon. I would truly appreciate it if you could share your rubric with me, or really any advice for that matter!

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