Maricopa Community Colleges  AFR110   20046-99999 

Official Course Description: MCCCD Approval: 5-27-2003

AFR110  2004 Fall – 2009 Spring

LEC  3.0 Credit(s)  3.0 Period(s)  3.0 Load  Acad

Introduction to African-American Studies

Introduction to the study of the African-American experience. Interdisciplinary approach includes historical underpinnings; population and cultural characteristics; social, economic, and political issues; and implications for the future.

Prerequisites: None.

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MCCCD Official Course Competencies:


AFR110  2004 Fall – 2009 Spring

Introduction to African-American Studies



Describe the impact of slavery, the Civil War, and reconstruction on African-Americans today. (I)


Explain the institutionalization of White supremacy in America. (I)


Identify and describe the major factors contributing to the Black revolt. (II)


Trace the continuation of White resistance after the Civil War and its role in the development of the civil rights movement. (II)


Explain relative deprivation among African-Americans after World War II including the influence of the civil rights movement and the Black power revolution. (II)


Describe the characteristics of the current African-American population in the United States, including population size and growth, fertility and mortality rates, age and sex composition, and geographical distribution. (III)


Describe the impact of education and technology, occupational status, and income on the socioeconomic status of African- Americans today. (IV)


Compare and contrast the impact of American social institutions, such as the family, politics, and religion on African-Americans and other groups. (V)


Identify the critical health issues facing African-Americans today, including mortality and morbidity rates and major chronic diseases such as AIDS, hypertension, heart disease, and diabetes. (VI)


Examine the factors that impact African-Americans' ability to access and afford health care. (VI)


Explain the implications for African-Americans of social problems such as poverty, homelessness, adolescent pregnancy and childbearing, substance abuse, domestic violence, homicide, and other violent crimes. (VII)


Examine the interaction of African-Americans within the criminal justice system, including adult crime, juvenile crime, racial profiling, and racial brutality. (VIII)


Describe and interpret the experience of racism in the enforcement of formal sanctions, including inconsistencies in laws and norms, differences in forms of legal representation, unequal application of sanctions, and capital punishment. (VIII)


Distinguish among various levels of assimilation, including cultural, structural, marital, identification, attitudinal, behavioral, and civic. (IX)


Review the factors leading to the decline of affirmative action, including the significance of specific legal cases, the influence of Black conservativism, and the implications for a diverse America in the future. (X)


Describe liberal and conservative perspectives for the future of African-Americans. (XI)

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AFR110  2004 Fall – 2009 Spring

Introduction to African-American Studies


I. Historical Background

A. Slavery

B. Civil War

C. Reconstruction

D. Institutionalized White supremacy

II. Major Factors of the Black Revolt

A. White resistance

B. Civil rights movement

C. Relative deprivation

D. Black power

III. Characteristics of the Population

A. Size and growth

B. Fertility rates

C. Mortality rates

D. Age and sex composition

E. Geographical distribution

IV. Socioeconomic Status

A. Education and technology

B. Occupational status

C. Income

V. Social Institutions

A. Family

B. Politics

1. Government agencies

2. Military organizations

C. Religion

VI. Health Issues

A. Mortality and morbidity rates

B. Major chronic diseases


2. Hypertension

3. Heart disease

4. Diabetes

C. Health care

1. Access

2. Affordability

VII. Social Problems

A. Poverty

B. Homelessness

C. Adolescent pregnancy and childbearing

D. Substance abuse

E. Domestic violence

F. Homicide

G. Other violent crimes

VIII. African-Americans and the Criminal Justice System

A. Adult crime

B. Juvenile crime

C. Racial profiling

D. Racial brutality

E. Racism in the enforcement of formal sanctions

1. Inconsistencies in laws and norms

2. Differences in forms of legal representation

3. Unequal application of sanctions

4. Capital punishment

IX. Assimilation

A. Cultural

B. Structural

C. Marital

D. Identification

E. Attitudinal

F. Behavioral

G. Civic

X. Decline of Affirmative Action

A. Legal cases

1. Allan Bakke

2. Brian Weber

B. Black conservativism

C. Future implications

1. Rethinking affirmative action

2. Affirmative action vs. diversity

XI. Implications for the Future of African-Americans

A. Liberal perspectives

B. Conservative perspectives


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