Topic Courses

Topic Courses

Topic Courses

Description of Courses

International Model African Union (spring)

The African Union (AU) is a regional organization launched on 9 July 2002 as a successor organization of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), which was originally founded on 25 May 1963. The AU comprises fifty-five African member states, and is popularly referred to as “Africa’s European Union” or the “United States of Africa”. The AU is intended to articulate a vision of African unity and Pan-Africanism by liberating Africa from the legacies of slave trade, colonialism, foreign oppression and exploitation, and promote issues around democracy, human rights and development on the African continent. This course will simulate the politics, processes and procedures of the AU. It is intended to prepare students who will act as “African diplomats” from a specific state to “pick the brains” of diplomats in a bid to understand how they define and pursue their different national interests in the context of the AU. Furthermore, students are expected to develop an understanding of the foreign policy of a specific state, internalize the essence of the state’s foreign policy, perceive the world through the eyes of that state, and finally, articulate and present the state’s position. The course will culminate in a trip to Washington DC in the Fall of 2018. This course will be divided into four broad parts. The first part deals with the history, land, culture and people of Eritrea. The second part deals with the “Eritrean Question”. This involves issues such as the emergence of the struggle for self-determination, armed struggle and independence in Eritrea. The third part examines Eritrea’s external relations, from a regional (Horn of Africa), continental (African Union) and global (United Nations) perspective. This sections dissects Eritrea’s belligerent posture towards its neighbours, and indeed, towards the United States, European Union and the United Nations. The fourth and final section adopts a more practical approach which will enable students to put into practice their substantive and procedural knowledge of the workings of the AU. This includes understanding formal rules of parliamentary procedure, such as, drafting resolutions on issues and problems, engaging and participating in discussions, making amendments, and voting.

Black Hair and TanglePolitics (fall) 

Black Hair & Tangled Politics is a highly interactive class where you will spend a considerable amount of time exploring Black women, laws, culture norms and media that have shaped how their Natural Hair has been perceived and received in the United States. The negative and positive cultural and social connotations of Natural Hair will be looked at from slavery to present day with a visual analysis of hair care advertisements. The class will reflect on what Black women have done to move past laws, policies and perceptions that suppressed their hair in its natural state and the ways they fought back to reshape their hair history.

Black Lives Matter: An Ethnographic Perspective of the Movement (fall) 

This course will cover topics related to the socio-cultural, political, legal, and education foundational aspects of the Black Lives Matter Movement. Students will gain real-life perspectives on the impact of the BLM Movement on America’s current social justice narrative as well as their own personal assumptions. Students will engage in critical reflection, in-class discussion and debates, as well as an analysis of the social constructs of culture, race, and class in order to gain a better understanding of their identity in the country’s established systems

Student Testimonies

Student testimony for BLM: This is probably one of the most insightful courses I have taken at Rowan University. The course discussed so many relevant and relatable topics that everyone should be aware of. Dr. Monroe teaches this course in a way that no one can. She's energetic, compassionate, and knowledgeable. I'd recommend this course to anyone and I hope that others will have a chance to gain this experience. Dr. Monroe's passion for the course topics was so great to see. I loved seeing her face light up during discussions and I thank her for making me "WOKE." Spring 2019