Sankofa: Roots of the African American Experience

Course Description

This is an African American Studies course that introduces students to concepts of race, racialization, ethnicity, racial identity formation, and their impact on the lived experiences of Black people in the United States. The course will build upon African American Studies concepts in order to understand the experiences of the African Diaspora in the United States. This course will build upon this concept of Sankofa or "returning to the source" in order to understand the present state of the African Diaspora, specifically those individuals identifying as Black American or African American. Emphasis will be placed on the historical and psycho-cultural understanding of people of African descent throughout the Diaspora.

Class Details

CRN Course Section Days Times Instructor Loc
37532 AFAM 11 60Z ······· TBA-TBA Julie Keiffer-Lewis ONLINE

Class Materials: View textbook and/or other materials for this course available at the Bookstore.
Class Dates: This class runs from 2024-01-08 to 2024-03-29.
AFAM-011.-60Z: Fully ONLINE. This class does not have scheduled meetings. Students can log in anytime to do the required weekly course work. Students must have access to a computer, the internet and an individual email address. We recommend a laptop or desktop computer to successfully complete the course; a tablet or phone may not be adequate for all assignments and tests. Most De Anza classes will use the Canvas course management system. Information about Canvas and Online Education Orientation can be found in Canvas on the Student Resources page: . The Student Online Resources hub with extensive information and tips can be found at

Course Details

4 Units
  • Weekly Lecture Hours: 4
  • Weekly Lab Hours: 0
Gen Ed
General Education Class
Program Status
Program Applicable
Credit - Degree Applicable
Grading Method
Letter Grading

General Course Statement

General Statement
See general education pages for the requirements this course meets.

Requisite and Advisory

EWRT D001A or EWRT D01AH or ESL D005.
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