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African Diaspora & The World

African Diaspora & The World

ADW Creates Global Citizens

The overarching vision of ADW is to prepare students to develop a perception of themselves as citizens of a changing and increasingly compressed world, of sharpening the awareness of diverse cultural and historical experiences and of promoting the association between learning and social change.

The more specific mission of the African Diaspora and the World Program is to offer a gender-informed, interdisciplinary study of the histories and cultures of Africa and its diasporas. Particular emphasis is placed on the intersections and connections among the various communities of African descent globally.

Through scholarly and experiential engagement, the program seeks to prepare students to become members of a world community committed to positive social change. Building on discussions of epistemology, pedagogy and other critical terms of engagement in ADW 111 and ADW 112, students at the end of the two-course sequence will be able to do the following:

  • Analyze historical and modern diasporas in terms of international migration, movement and community formation.
  • Critically analyze and evaluate how internal and external power relations have shaped and impacted Africa and its diasporas.
  • Examine, interrogate and deconstruct dominant knowledge systems about Africa and its diasporas.
  • Identify how Africa and African diasporan communities have shaped the modern world.
  • Analyze categories of identity, especially in relation to difference and the construction of gender, race, ethnicity, class and citizenship.
  • Identify in the context of Africa and its diasporas the link between degradation of the environment and human exploitation.

Do you want to deepen your knowledge of the diaspora? Explore our African Diaspora Studies (ADS) Minor.

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