ETH6218 African American Families in American Society

Course Overview

Educational Level: Graduate, Master
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Tiffany Combs-Boykin

Course Description:

Students will evaluate historical and sociological issues related to the experiences of African American families that have emerged out of the overlapping contexts of bondage, racism, sexism and economic exploitation. Students will access how African Americans have continuously constructed, defined, and lived family life in the face of constant social, political, and economic challenges, and in ways consistent with their cultural values, religious and spiritual values, and needs.

How This Course Benefits Students:

Students will evaluate African American families from historical, holistic, and multidisciplinary perspectives. They will be exposed to factual information about African American families in contradiction to prevailing myths and stereotypes, particularly from the perspective of African Americans. This course will foster students ability to critically examine how structural inequalities and social policies have historically and continue to affect the formation and development of family life for many African Americans. It will also foster students ability to relate their knowledge and understanding of African American families to their personal and professional lives.

Why This Course Is Important:

This course will provide the oppurtunity for students to acquire first hand knowledge about the experiences of African American families living within their local community and beyond. This course will also be an opportunity to learn what African American families are thinking, feeling, and experiencing, particularly with respect to the various issues that affect their lives from a holistic perspective.