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John Jay College of Criminal Justice


OER Course Conversion Projects

                            AFR 243

Africana Youth and Social Justice  Activism

                                           OER for AFR 243 




This course is a “Zero-cost Textbook” class. There is no required textbook to purchase. Students will be required to critically read, analyze and summarize the Selected Readings from chapters in books, journal articles, periodicals, and the media related to the social justice struggles of Africana youth dating from the African slave trade to the 21st century. Additionally, readings may be added based on current events, guest lectures and other related activities impacting social justice activism.

This course focuses on Africana youth’s struggles for social justice over the past hundred years. Students explore conceptual frameworks to analyze black youth organizational initiatives around civil rights and community building. Using primary texts, case studies, and a thirty-hour service-learning project, students examine Africana youth agency and change-making from multiple vantage points. Students also evaluate their own place in society, actions and personal choices. (Gen Ed Flexible Core, Individual and Society)

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, through their comments, written assignments and classroom presentations students will demonstrate the following skill sets:

  1. Gather, Interpret and Assess information from a variety of sources and points of view

  2. Apply concepts and methods of Africana Studies to exploring the relationship between individual and society.

  3. Evaluate evidence and arguments critically and analytically to produce well-reasoned written and oral arguments using evidence to support conclusions.

  4. Identify personal academic and/or professional goals, and demonstrate how course content and skills contribute toward achieving goals.

  5. Examine how an individual’s place in society affects their experiences, values, or choices.

  6. Identify and analyze local/national/global trends or ideologies and their impact on individual/collective decision-making.