SYLLABUS: Sweet Georgia Black: A history of African Americans in Georgia
This course is an upper-level survey that focuses on the history, politics and culture of African Americans in the State of Georgia. It seeks to provide students with an opportunity to actively and collaboratively engage significant topics, themes and issues in African American History from the beginning of African arrival in the Georgia to the present. Through class discussions, assigned readings, critically engaging film and media, and short writing exercises, students will hone their written and verbal communication skills and how to identify, analyze, and interpret primary and secondary historical sources. Overall, this course is intended to help students become better historical thinkers and writers. In order to accomplish these goals, students will be required to routinely attend class, complete all assignments, and be prepared to listen carefully and respond thoughtfully to the reading and comments offered by students and the instructor.
Our emphasis is on what you know, and not your opinions. Informed opinions must be based on understanding the issues, and that requires study of the facts and also what others believe about those facts. Informed opinions must be earned through hard work of study and investigation.