Review Comment

[AFAS C1001] Introduction to African-American Studies

December 07, 2017

Sorett, Josef
[AFAS C1001] Introduction to African-American Studies

Really really enjoyed this class. Sorrett is a great lecturer and the readings are really easy and interesting. The class overall is a great way to learn more about African American studies and get the global core requirement in. Definitely one of the best global cores you can take. hour and 15 min lecture twice a week plus mandatory 50 minute recitation that helps you get a grasp on the main themes of the course

Workload:

readings weekly (you can do about half of them and still be up to date). 1 midterm (30% of grade) and 1 final (40%) both take home, weekly discussion posts graded on completion (10%) and coming to class (20%) make up your grade.

March 27, 2017

Fellezs, Kevin
[AFAS C1001] Introduction to African-American Studies

Do not listen to previous reviews. TAKE THIS CLASS AS YOUR GLOBAL CORE. Professor Fellezs was so approachable and such a nice guy. He reviews all the readings in class so do not bother reading them. He has one TA and himself, both grade generously and I would consider this class an easy A and definitely the only good option for a global core. Take this especially if you are a good writer. I wish there was another global core as great as this one, I genuinely enjoyed his lectures and the readings. Yes he is a bit monotone, but who cares, he does you a favor going over all the readings and everything is take home.

Workload:

Three 500 word essays ("quizzes") and a final made of four of the "essays" each 750 words. Totally manageable, even if you do the readings, they are short/ you can find good summaries

October 04, 2013

Fellezs, Kevin
[AFAS C1001] Introduction to African-American Studies

This is the first time I've written a review, and I believe it is for good reason.

This course is disappointing to say the least, yet it has so much potential. I will start with the good, and progress to the bad and ugly.

Good:
The professor is very chill and requirements are very lax.

The readings are interesting.

You will learn something and it will at times be thought provoking.

The professor covers all the readings in class in case you didn't read it.

Bad:
The class takes this anti-capitalist stance. While I am totally fine with a critique of capitalism, this class (and its professor, but mostly the TA's) seem to take an anti-capitalist point of view and spew Communism without providing the same level of critique. While it is not a comparative politics/economics class, it nonetheless was disappointing that there was no counter argument of anti-Communism. While this is more prevalent amongst the TA's, the professor also falls into it.

There are a lot of assigned readings, most of them are interesting, but 300+ pages a week for a Global Core is my last priority.

Do you want to critically challenge some of the things in the class. Forget about it. It is a class where if you know the formula (ie. repeat what they say and write it down), you will get a good grade.

Ugly:
Discussion sections and the TA's. This is the part that compels me to write this review. In a full class discussion led by the TA, some students asked questions that reflected some level of ignorance. However, the class is billed as being a "safe space" to ask those questions and grow. While it may have seemed a tad comical, I believe it was nonetheless a genuine part of some students' learning process on race in America. One of the TA's made snide comments about the students' lack of knowledge and left the class saying, "That was painful to have to sit through all that." This I believe encapsulates the attitude in the class, the professor/TA were there to educate us and make us feel bad for not knowing things. Instead of being there as a conduit of promoting discussion and provoking critical thinking, it turned into: "Oh, you don't know this? Then you're stupid and wrong."

The other TA had an obsession with "radical thought". While this TA's perspectives were interesting, this TA nonetheless dominated the discussion section, shut down opposing opinions of the students. This TA said it was a "radical intellectual experiment". It was more or less an hour of him sputtering out anarchist/Marxist nonsense every week (my favorites: 1) Water is like a drug that alters the body, so why do we ban crack? 2) We didn't have prisons and there was still evil in the past, so why should we have prisons now?). May I add that this TA said all this while on his iPad.

I knew that I shouldn't say my actual opinion (more or less anti-Communism) because I would be shut down and get a lower grade on my papers etc.

Ultimately avoid this class. Sure it has its ups, but the TA's absolutely destroyed the class for me. A class that had (and still has) so much potential went to waste in my opinion because of the attitudes of the TA's (and to some degree the professor).

Workload:

Very light.

Workload:
6- 1 page response papers every other week in response to the readings
1- Midterm (may be take home?)
1- Final (may be take home?)
Attendance of discussion section

August 29, 2007

Rooks, Noliwe
[AFAS C1001] Introduction to African-American Studies

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

Mr. Rooks was visiting from Harvard last semester when I took her class, but I enjoyed having her as a professor. There are no objecite tests, only writings and a short discussion on the book of your choice. The class leaves you room to go without reading some material that maybe you are not interested in. You mostly need to know the main concepts and how to analize your thoughts into an essay. As long as you can handle learning basic concepts, develop your thoughts, and write a decent essay, you will do well in the class.

Workload:

Fifteen minute presentation of ideas on the book of your choice to start discussion, nothing major. Two 5-7 page papers and a 12-15 page final on the topic of your choice and using the books of your choice. Her flexibility makes the class enjoyable and less stressful. She encourages you to think for yourself and enjoy your work. I highly recommmend her.

January 19, 2003

Winks, Christopher
[AFAS C1001] Introduction to African-American Studies

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

Intro classes are supposed to be fairly broad, but this class was just out of control! There were 9 books to read, 2 8-10 page papers (one of which was a research paper), and a 15 minute presentation. Now be wary, unless he likes you, you WILL NOT get a good grade in this class. To top it off, Winks barely taught, leaving it up to the students to do presentations that they prepared right before class. Too much work for a lazy professor.

Workload:

15 minute presentation, 2 8-10 page papers, 9 WHOLE books

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
ARAF / AFAS ARAF AFAS C1001: Intro to African-Amer Studies Josef Sorett 2013 Spring TR / 2:40- 3:55 PM 1
ARAF / AFAS ARAF AFAS C1001: Intro to African-Amer Studies Josef Sorett 2012 Spring MW / 11:00-12:15 PM 1
ARAF / AFAS ARAF AFAS C1001: Intro to African-Amer Studies Josef Sorett 2012 Fall MW / 11:40-12:55 PM 1
ARAF / AFAS ARAF AFAS C1001: Intro to African-Amer Studies Josef Sorett 2011 Spring TR / 1:10- 2:25 PM 1
ARAF / AFAS ARAF AFAS C1001: Intro to African-Amer Studies T. Hunter 2010 Spring TR / 10:35-11:50 AM 1
ARAF / AFAS ARAF AFAS C1001: Intro to African-Amer Studies Mio Matsumoto 2009 Spring TR / 1:10- 2:25 PM 1
ARAF / AFAS ARAF AFAS C1001: Intro to African-Amer Studies Mio Matsumoto 2008 Spring TR / 11:00-12:15 PM 1
ARAF / AFAS ARAF AFAS C1001: Intro to African-Amer Studies Noliwe Rooks 2007 Spring W / 11:00- 1:00 PM 1
ARAF / AFAS ARAF AFAS C1001: Intro to African-Amer Studies Farah Griffin 2005 Spring / 1
ARAF / AFAS ARAF AFAS C1001: Intro to African-Amer Studies Omar Ali 2004 Spring / 1
ARAF / AFAS ARAF AFAS C1001: Intro to African-Amer Studies Christopher Winks 2002 Fall MW / 1:10- 2:25 PM 1
ARAF / AFAS ARAF AFAS C1001: Intro to African-Amer Studies Manning Marable 2002 Spring MW / 2:40- 3:55 PM 1