Samuel J Clark
Selected topics of contemporary interest taught by a sociologist active in the field. Topics vary and may be substantive, theoretical, or methodological.
This course introduces issues in African population studies from a demographic perspective. The first half of the course is a brief historical overview of population issues in Africa, and the second half examines the impacts of HIV/AIDS on contemporary Africa.
Student learning goals
Students should come away with a general understanding of population issues in Africa from pre-colonial times to the present, including the recent impacts of HIV.
Critical thinking that integrates multiple perspectives will be highlighted.
Students will have an opportunity to present an oral presentation.
General method of instruction
This is a discussion-based class. Students read and as a group discuss articles. They are encouraged to think beyond the articles and integrate other sources of knowledge in their discussion.
Come prepared to use your brain and your communication abilities. Students must read the assigned material and participate in discussions.
Class assignments and grading
This is a seminar-format course in which we will read and discuss articles. There will be four types of assignment: 1) completion of assigned reading, 2) half-page summaries/opinion statements for each article read, 3) an oral presentation and 4) two short essays.
The course grade will consist of four parts: essays (25% each for a total of 50%), oral presentation (20%), opinion statements (20%) and participation (10%).