Why choose Black and African Diaspora Studies at Dal?
In this minor program, you'll explore African-Canadian society and culture from both a historical and contemporary perspective. Through core courses and other materials, you will discover, analyze and celebrate the history, culture and sociology of Black people in Canada and of the global African diaspora.
As the major gateway into British North America for travelers on the Underground Railroad, the U.S./Canadian border along the Detroit River was a boundary that determined whether thousands of enslaved people of African descent could reach a place of freedom and opportunity.
Dr. Cooper's mandate is to help advance the field of Black Canadian Studies, and to foster an understanding of the cultural diversity of black Canadians through teaching, research, publications, national networks and presentations
Dalhousie students interested in exploring the experiences of Black Canadians and the global African diaspora from a historical and contemporary perspective will soon have just the program they’re looking for.
While the minor will be a natural fit for students in disciplines such as History, Sociology and International Development Studies, it is also open to undergraduates in Science, Commerce, Management, Computer Science and Informatics.
"The Black presence in this country is not just something that happened after 1945 as many people think," says Dr. Cooper, who is the James R. Robinson Chair in Black Canadian Studies at Dal. "I want learners to have a sense that this is a community with a long history here."
Dalhousie University Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
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Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 4R2