CAAS 458 - Issues in Black World Studies
Section: 003 Building Black Bondage
Term: WN 2008
Subject: Afroamerican and African Studies (CAAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
Credits:
3
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
Primary Instructor:

Building Black Bondage is an interdisciplinary course that focuses on social constructions and structures that mentally and physically contain/ed African ethnicities for the sake of power and control. Specifically, we will research the implications of the castles and forts that held slaves prior to being shipped abroad during the Transatlantic Slave Trade. The course will also look at the legacy of these spaces from the slave ship, to Jim Crow, to the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s Negro removal plans in the urban settings in the United States. Comparisons and contrast will be used by investigating the death camps created by the Nazi’s, such as Auschwitz in Poland.

Architecture thus defined is a record of deeds done by those who have had the power to build. It is shaped by social, political, and economic forces and values embodied in the forms themselves, the processes through which they are built, and the manner in which they are used. Creating buildings involves moral choices that are subject to moral judgment.

—   Leslie Kanes Weisman, Discrimination By Design

Course assignments will be in the forms of field studies, experimental observations, and research in society today. For example, the prison system today “contains” more African American males then our university campuses. Is this a legacy from the past? Is there capital to be gained by containing a race today as there was over 400 years ago? Examining further implications of our built environment will raise these questions and others. Lastly, each student will be asked to write a paper and/or present in a multimedia format a final project that looks at social containers today.

CAAS 458 - Issues in Black World Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
11140
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F 12:00PM - 3:00PM
Note: Section 001: Meets with Epid 666 Health and African Development
002 (SEM)
P
18816
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18
 
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: 1
003 (SEM)
P
19277
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17
 
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W 6:00PM - 9:00PM
Note: Section 003: Meets with Arch 409
004 (LEC)
P
21505
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14
 
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M 4:00PM - 7:00PM
Note: Studying African Americans
005 (SEM)
P
19324
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Note: The Southern Novel in Black and White
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