African and African Disapora Studies Department
African and African Disapora Studies Department

Courtney R Robinson

Ph.D., Curriculum & Instruction, The University of Texas at Austin

Lecturer of African and African Diaspora Studies



UGS 303 • Education And Black America

62800-62810 • Fall 2021
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM PAR 203

The Signature Course (UGS 302 and 303) introduces first-year students to the university’s academic community through the exploration of new interests. The Signature Course is your opportunity to engage in college-level thinking and learning.

AFR 374D • Sociocul Influences On Learn

30390 • Spring 2013
Meets TH 1:00PM-4:00PM SZB 240

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AFR 372D • Sociocul Influences On Learn

30290 • Fall 2012
Meets W 7:00PM-10:00PM SZB 426
CD (also listed as ALD 327)

Instructor: Courtney Robinson


Course Overview

This course will explore the complex cultural and social issues that continue to shape U.S. schools. This course is cross-listed with African American Studies 374D. Most of the class materials and discussions will focus on African American issues in education in reference to the larger cultural milieu. This course does not focus on teaching strategies but will focus on the sociocultural/sociopolitical issues that influence pedagogy and curriculum. Discussions will be centered on respectful dialogue regarding race, gender, class, privilege, and sexual orientation (especially as they regard African Americans). You will be expected to question your own and others’ beliefs; if you believe this will be a problem, this is not the class for you.



Attendance/Discussion Questions/Participation: 10%

Class participation and attendance are vital to the success of the course. You are expected to be prepared to enter the discussion; therefore, you must have read the assigned readings prior to class. Please submit one discussion question to the discussion board by 9:00am Thursday morning. It is expected that your engagement will be thoughtful and critical; you cannot do this if you are constantly absent. After two unexcused absence, your grade will be automatically lowered ten points for each class you miss thereafter. If you are arriving late or leaving early more than twenty minutes without permission this will affect your grade, for every two tardy arrivals or early departures will result in your grade lowered by five points.


Educational Autobiography Paper: 5%

Write an essay (2-3 pages) detailing your educational career. Please consider issues of race, gender, and socioeconomics and how they have impacted your educational trajectory.


Two Book Reviews: 30%

Each book review is worth 10 points. Evaluate and critique the content of the book and your personal reflection (3 pages).


Field Project and Presentation: 15%

15 hours of field work is required. Tutor a student (K-12) of a different race. The purpose of the project is to gather information on the cultural wealth, funds of knowledge, and learning through participating in the community. All communities have particular and valuable ways of knowing.

Students will be responsible for 10 hours of tutoring, 5 hours of community observation, and one parent interview on the educational aspirations they have for their children. Students are required to submit a Self-Reflective analysis utilizing your observation notes, interview transcript, and tutoring experience (5 pages). Students will present their projects.


Midterm (20%) and Final Exam (20%): 40%

You will be given two take-home examinations. The exams will be essay form and will be distributed at the session prior to when they are due. The final exam is cumulative.


Grading Scale

A: 93-100; A-: 90-92; B+: 87-89; B: 83-86; B-: 80-82;

C+: 77-79; C: 73-76; C-: 70-72; D: 60-69; F: Below 60.


Late Work Policy

Extensions will only be granted for appropriate reasons in extreme cases. You must give at least

24-hour notification before the due date and you must inform me of the request during regular

business hours 9:00 am-5:00 pm. Extensions will NOT be granted on the actual due date. Any

late assignments will receive one letter grade deduction.


Class Schedule/Readings

Lewis, Amanda (2003). Race in the schoolyard: negotiating the color line in classrooms and communities. NJ: Rutgers Series in Childhood Studies


Marx, Sherry (2006). Revealing the Invisible: Confronting passive racism in teacher education.

New York, NY: Routledge


Perry, Theresa, Steele, Claude and Hilliard, Asa (2003). Young Gifted and Black: Promoting high achievement among African American students. Boston, MA: Beacon Press

Additional readings are available through Blackboard


AFR 374D • Sociocul Influences On Learn

30472 • Spring 2012
Meets TH 1:00PM-4:00PM SZB 424

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AFR 374D • Sociocul Influences On Learn

30257 • Fall 2011
Meets MW 11:00AM-12:30PM SZB 426

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AFR F374D • Sociocul Influences On Learn

81530 • Summer 2011
Meets MTWTH 8:30AM-11:30AM SZB 284

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