This course offers a broad introduction to Black Studies in Canada. This course will introduce students to themes and debates that have occupied Black Studies as a field of academic inquiry. The course connects the issues and investments central to Black Studies to the examination of Black lives and communities, social movements and expressive cultures in Canada. Students will develop critical tools, frameworks, and vocabulary for further study in the field.
This course offers a general introduction to the history of Black Canada from the era of slavery to the present. This course will reveal how Black Canadians actively shaped their history and the history of the Canadian nation, all in the midst of tremendous challenges. Topics of exploration will include slavery and the slave trade, segregation and organized white supremacy, gender and sexuality, the long civil rights movement, and the rise of the prison industrial complex.
In this course, we will examine the methodologies and method-making of a range of Black scholars, artists, and writers, who disrupt disciplinary projects and normative knowledges, illuminate narratives of Black life and humanity, and think about the possibilities of liberation.
This course explores critical conceptual discussions of the social formation of race and racism, traces the long history of anti-Black racism in Canada, explores the relationship between anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism, and imagines what would have to occur to achieve a world without racism.
This capstone course for students in the Black Canadian Studies minor will involve a community-engaged learning (CEL) project or an experiential learning (EL) placement in the surrounding community of Guelph/Wellington County. The CEL project or EL placement will focus on some dimension of community involvement that complements the courses completed for the minor.