Courses

Students enrolled in the Black Canadian Studies Certificate will satisfy their 24 credits by drawing on a select group of courses that reflect the certificate’s specific humanities and fine arts approaches (cultural studies, history, literature, and music) and professional application component.

The 24 credits include 15 required credits in Humanities; six required credits in History; and three additional credits at the 3000 or 4000 level chosen from among the Black Canadian Studies placement course in the Department of Humanities, or courses in English, Music, Public Policy and Administration, and Business and Society.

- A required course at the first-year level (AP/HUMA 1300 9.0 Cultures of Resistance in the Americas) provides a broad and critical survey, acquainting students with the historical and cultural experiences of black peoples across the Americas. The prerequisite will not count for credits toward the certificate but is required to proceed through the program. Students interested in the certificate are encouraged to take this course toward their first-year General Education requirements.

The second-year core course (AP/HUMA 2310 6.0 The Caribbean and Canada) introduces the interconnections between Canada and the Caribbean—a region from which the majority of African Canadians in Toronto originate.

- Required courses at the third-year focus level offer students a more comprehensive understanding of specific aspects of black cultural production and black histories. These are taught from interdisciplinary humanities (AP/HUMA 3165 3.0 Griots to Emcees: Examining Culture, Performance and Spoken Word; AP/HUMA 3315 3.0 Black Literatures and Cultures in Canada; AP/HUMA 3318 3.0 Black Popular Culture) and historical perspectives (AP/HIST 3535 6.0 African Canadian History OR AP/HIST 4830 6.0 Blacks in the Americas).

- Students must choose one course from among the optional courses at the focus levels. These courses allow students to concentrate on either the expressive arts (FA/MUSI 3406 3.0 History of Gospel Music; FA/MUSI 3510 3.0 African American Popular Music; AP/HUMA 3316 3.0 Black Women’s Writing; AP/HUMA 4306 6.0 Imagining Slavery and Freedom; AP/EN 3410 3.0 Caribbean Literature) or a professional development component where they apply their knowledge of Black cultures in Canada beyond an academic setting (AP/HUMA 4305 3.0 Black Canadian Studies Practicum; AP/PPAS 4052 3.0 Race, Ethnicity and Social Policy—same as AP/MIST 4052 3.0); and AP/SOSC 3043. 3.0 Comparative Perspectives on Social Exclusion and Business).