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Nine U of R courses to educate you about the Black experience in North America

By University Advancement and Communications Posted: February 19, 2021 6:00 a.m.

Martin Luther King Jr., the most outspoken leader of the Civil Rights Movement, believed in a non-violence approach to achieving equality. His philosophy is contrasted to that of Malcolm X in Religious Studies 290AX.
Martin Luther King Jr., the most outspoken leader of the Civil Rights Movement, believed in a non-violence approach to achieving equality. His philosophy is contrasted to that of Malcolm X in Religious Studies 290AX. Photo: Pixabay

February is Black History Month – an opportunity to reflect upon and honour the contributions made by Black people to society in areas such as science, technology, education, politics, art and sport.

The recognition of the role Black people play in our past, present and future is especially significant when we reflect on last year and the critical awakening advanced by the Black Lives Matter movement.

The University of Regina offers many courses to help students learn more about the experiences and important contributions of Black people in North America. Although not offered every semester, many of these courses can be taken by students from any faculty to incorporate Black history as part of any U of R degree program.

Education 102 – Education for Justice: Self and Other

With a vision for social change and moving towards truth and reconciliation, students will examine issues related to eco-justice, multilingualism, racism, sexism, heteronormativity, and ableism in ways that challenge how they have come to view the world and better equip them, as future educators, to help children and youth engage with the unpredictability and complexity of our shared lives.

Within the Faculty of Education, a new scholarship has been established, the Black Teachers Matter Scholarship. This scholarship recognizes the important role of Black teachers in Saskatchewan, and will provide financial support to a Black undergraduate student pursuing a degree in the Faculty of Education in their final year. Learn more about U of R awards and scholarships for undergraduate students.

English 485 – Images of Africa

The course examines representations of Africa in African fiction and cinema, as well as in colonial fiction and contemporary western discourse.

Film 480BL – Afrofuturism

Focussing on themes and concerns of the African diaspora through a technoculture and science fiction lens, the course explores a range of media artists with a shared interest in envisioning Black futures that stem from Afrodiasporic experiences. The course exposes students to key figures in Afrofuturism, and the historical, cultural, ideological, aesthetic and narrative concerns of their films and art works.

History 114 – Issues in the Histories of the Americas

An exploration of major themes, periods and events in the history of the Americas, this course introduces students to the methods and sources of historical study, familiarizes them with significant developments in the history of the Americas and encourages them to compare the historical experiences of different races in North America. A strong emphasis of the course is the transatlantic slave trade.

History 233 – African American History Since 1783

Examines modern African-American history, analyzing culture, gender and social relations throughout the nineteenth and twentieth century in the United States. Areas of study include events leading up to the Civil War and its aftermath, early struggles for civic equality, and the emergence of a modern civil rights movement and the radicalization of social protest.

History 432 & 832 – Black Power in U.S. History

Explore the roots of Black Power and considers its historical evolution in the United States throughout the twentieth century. This course demonstrates how Black Power, commonly thought to be distinct from the mainstream of civil rights activism, has always been a vital part of African-American freedom struggles.

Music 204 – Jazz Appreciation

An overview of the history and development of jazz music, tracing the performers and style periods in the genre from its 19th-century African-American origins through to the presents. Students also study the social and historical factors impacting Black people in North America and how they affected the development of jazz.

Religious Studies 290AX – Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X: Religion and Violence

Martin Luther King Jr. adopted non-violent methods for achieving justice and freedom for Black Americans during the civil rights movement. But Malcolm X, a founder of the Black Power movement, said that only violence could bring changes to the structures of racism and hate embedded in American culture. Who was right?

Women’s and Gender Studies 480AH – Racialized Policing

This class explores the complexity of radicalized policing practices by looking at the history of policing, its roots in white supremacy, and settler colonialism in North America. The class is organized through an intersectional lens to analyze many movements including Black Lives Matter and Indigenous Lives Matter within broader discussions of justice reform including an exploration of the abolitionist movement.