Black Canadian Studies (BLCK)
Dean's Office, College of Arts
The Black Canadian Studies minor is dedicated to the study of the histories and experiences, cultural identities, social and community formations, politics and contemporary concerns of Black people in Canada, other parts of the Americas, and the world. Students will learn about Black creative expression and literature, political and labour movements, and issues of language, law, immigration, and health. This minor seeks to explore essential contemporary and historical questions and examine how Black people contribute to a greater understanding of the world.
A student who graduates from the Black Canadian Studies minor program at the University of Guelph will be able to do the following:
Community Engagement and Global Understanding
- Demonstrate through various modalities (written, oral) an understanding of black Canadian positionings in relation to Canadian culture overall and to the global African diaspora more generally.
- Mobilise inter-cultural competencies to provide solutions to problems.
Critical and Creative Thinking
- Synthesize and integrate the theoretical, historical, literary, and philosophical frameworks of prominent Black thinkers into assignments and research projects.
- Engage with the work of Black creatives, i.e. poetry, filmmaking, spoken word, storytelling, blended language, music and so on in the context of research creation.
Literacy and Communication
- Demonstrate proficiency in written, oral, and creative modes of communication to engage with a range of communities and audiences about issues related to Black identity and Black thought.
- Work with a variety of nativities and dialects (AAVE, Patois, etc.) drawn from a variety of sources, i.e. archival, literary, or performative/embodied.
Evaluate and Conduct Research
- Incorporate critical theories from a variety of disciplines to construct methodologies to conduct research on Black identity and Black epistemologies.
- Engage with theories relating to Black identity to formulate and critically analyse the limitations of research questions.
Depth and Breadth of Understanding
- Recognise both the importance and limitations of multi-disciplinary approaches to research in Black Studies.
- Synthesize, integrate, and critically evaluate complex ideas related to Black identities.
Professional Development and Ethical Behavior
- Demonstrate active, ethical citizenship that incorporates inter-cultural competencies, critical self-reflection, and a sensitivity to positionality.
- Merge research with community engagement in ethical, responsible, and mutually beneficial ways.
A minimum of 5.00 credits is required, including:
|BLCK*1000||Introduction to Black Studies in Canada||0.50|
|BLCK*2000||Black Canadian History||0.50|
|BLCK*2020||Black Canadian Studies: Research Methodologies||0.50|
|BLCK*3000||Theorising Race and Racism||0.50|
|BLCK*3010||Experiential Learning in Black Studies||1.00|
|An additional 1.00 credits in Black Identities subjects:|
|ENGL*2200||Postcolonial Literatures, Film, and Other Media||0.50|
|ENGL*3760||The Atlantic World||0.50|
|HIST*2130||Modern Sport - A Global History||0.50|
|HIST*2340||Slavery and Migrations in the Atlantic World, 1500-1850||0.50|
|HIST*3440||The Global Sixties||0.50|
|IDEV*1000||Understanding Development and Global Inequalities||0.50|
|IDEV*2400||Development, Social Justice and Human Rights||0.50|
|PSYC*3000||Historical and Critical Perspectives on Psychology||0.50|
|SOAN*2290||Identities and Cultural Diversity||0.50|
|SOAN*2400||Introduction to Gender Systems||0.50|
|SOAN*3130||Protest, Resistance, and Collective Action||0.50|
|SOAN*3240||Gender and Global Inequality I||0.50|
|SOAN*3250||Social Change in Latin America||0.50|
|1.00 credits from the following in Black Cultures:|
|CTS*3000||Data and Difference||0.50|
|ENGL*2370||Literature and Community-Engaged Learning||0.50|
|ENGL*2640||Culture, Location, Identity: Minoritized Literatures in Canada and Beyond||0.50|
|ENGL*3540||Writing the United States||0.50|
|ENGL*3550||Modern United States Literatures||0.50|
|ENGL*3630||Writing Canada: Forging the Nation||0.50|
|ENGL*3750||Studies in Postcolonial Literatures||0.50|
|MUSC*2140||History of Jazz||0.50|
|MUSC*2150||Music and Popular Culture||0.50|
|SXGN*1010||Sexuality, Gender, Race, and Indigeneity||0.50|
|UNIV*2010||Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Oppression||0.50|
Note: Some of the courses are restricted to students in specific majors (e.g. PSYC*3000) and/or have prerequisites not included in the minor. Regular restrictions and prerequisite requirements are in effect.