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Research Methods in Africology

  • Number of students: 9
  • Teacher: Asar Imhotep
  • Released: 10-02-2018
  • Level: Beginner
  • Lesson Release: One lesson per week
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Must complete all lessons

Table of Contents

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Week 3: Africology and the Science of Knowing
Week 4: Methodology in Africology
Week 5: Research Design
Week 6: Literature and Peer Review
Week 7: History and Memory
Week 8: Physical Anthropology and African History
Week 9: Turn in final project

Description

Course Description: Research Methods in Africology (RMA) is a crash course that focuses on teaching students how scholars of Africana Studies think, make arguments, conduct research, and disseminate their findings. This course provides a scientific and African-Centered approach to the study of history and social phenomena as it pertains to African people worldwide. RMA enables students to develop their understanding of research methods, and confidence in designing a research project, choosing and executing appropriate methods, and assessing its intellectual/academic rigor. Systematic analyses of social life and history are important for a number of reasons. Systematic research replaces common sense conclusions or observations that are not accurate. Much of what we see, as well, in the popular media is incorrect, misleading, or biased. This course provides an overview of social research methods by studying ways researchers formulate research questions, design a research project, collect data, measure aspects of social life, and interpret results.

This course addresses obstacles and opportunities for collecting and interpreting data broadly in the social sciences, and specifically in the field of Africology. Students will read and discuss how research on race, ethnicity, integration and migration is conducted by examining the relevant literature, and interrogating the main methodological questions that need to be answered when conducting primary and original research. Quantitative and qualitative research methods will be presented and discussed. Classes will include a combination of lectures, film, class discussions, short quizzes, and research assignments. Your active class participation is an important component of the course.

Course Goals: Students will learn what interdisciplinary research means and how to choose appropriate methods to answer their research questions. Students will be introduced to a range of qualitative research strategies and sources, including ethnography, oral history, archival investigation, and textual analysis. Students will learn how to design a research project using one or more of these methods.

The course will appeal to those of you who require an understanding of research approaches and skills, and importantly an ability to deploy them in your studies or in your professional lives. In particular, this course will aid those of you who have to conduct research as part of your own self-improvement who may not have access to research methods courses. No prior knowledge or experience in research is required to take this course and as such, the course is for everyone.

Required text: Serie McDougal, III. Research Methods in Africana Studies. 1st Edition. (Peter Lang, 2014, New York, Washington, DC).

Class Schedule

Week 1: Introduction: Why we conduct research

Week 2: The importance of the scientific method, Debate, and Logical Fallacies

Week 3: Africology and the Science of Knowing

(Assignment: supply research question. See McDougal Chapter 5)

Week 4: Methodology in Africology

Week 5: Research Design

Week 6: Literature and Peer Review

Week 7: History and Memory

Week 8: Physical Anthropology and African History

Week 9: Turn in final project

Price

Plan Name Price
3 Months: $ 25

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Teacher

Asar Imhotep

Asar Imhotep is a software developer, Cultural Theorist and Africana researcher from Houston, TX whose research focus is the cultural, linguistic and philosophical links between the Ancient Egyptian civilizations and modern Bantu cultures of central and South Africa. He has a B.A. in Computer Information Systems (CIS) from the University of Houston, with a double minor in African-American and African studies. He is currently continuing his education in Computer Science with a concentration in Artificial Intelligence.

Asar is the founder of the Madu-Ndela Institute for the Advancement of Science and Culture. He is the author of such works as Where is the Love? How language can reorient us back to love’s purpose (2015), and Nsw.t Bjt.j [NOTE: pronounced NesuBiti] (King)in Ancient Egyptian: A lesson in paronymy and leadership (2016). He has contributed chapters to academic works including The Encyclopedia of African Religion (2008) edited by Molefi Asante and AmaMazama; and Unite et Pluralite de la Verite: Melangesenl’Honneur du Prof. Dr. Alphonse NginduMushete,Vol. I (2014) edited by R. MalabaMpoyi and KalambaNsapo. Asar Imhotep is a frequent contributor and presenter at the Cheikh Anta Diop International Conferences, and was also presented the DISA Award for “Intellectual Initiative and Academic Action” in 2015.

Asar is a noted speaker and philosopher and is currently organizing efforts in a nation-wide venture titled The African-American Cultural Development Project—a national project aimed at creating a framework for an African-American culture which will help vitally stimulate the economic, political, scientific and cultural spheres of African-American life in the United States. He also aco-founder of Black Science Month (October), that highlights and encourages African achievement and advancement in the S.T.E.M. fields.

Asar is a noted speaker and philosopher and is currently organizing efforts in a nation-wide venture titled The African-American Cultural Development Project—a national project aimed at creating a framework for an African-American culture which will help vitally stimulate the economic, political, scientific and cultural spheres of African-American life in the United States.

Asar has presented and submitted papers to such conferences as: 

•    National Council for Black Studies
•    National Association of Black Psychologists
•    NBUF National Conference
•    National Association of African American Studies
•    Free Minds, Free People National Conference
•    African-American Student Leadership Conference – Texas A&M
•    Women, Children, War and Violence Symposium – Texas Southern University
•    MAAFA featured speaker – New Orleans
•    African American Studies Research Symposium – University of Houston
•    ASCAC

Courses by this teacher

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Week 3: Africology and the Science of Knowing
Week 4: Methodology in Africology
Week 5: Research Design
Week 6: Literature and Peer Review
Week 7: History and Memory
Week 8: Physical Anthropology and African History
Week 9: Turn in final project