CAAS 458 - Issues in Black World Studies
Section: 005 Culture, Racism, and Human Nature
Term: WN 2009
Subject: Afroamerican and African Studies (CAAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
RE
Waitlist Capacity:
20
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
Primary Instructor:

This course examines the possible origins of culture to understand the unique behavior and historical development of Homo sapiens and traces the salient features of human history and contemporary modernity to discuss and explain the nature of humans. The understanding of the nature of humans and their development will enable the students to comprehend, explain and resolve racism, part of a pan-human phenomenon. Is racism fundamental to the character of human culture? The course will suggest that many of our modern social problems have a common generation - the nature of human culture. That would suggest that the solutions will require a social transformation in the character of human culture. These examinations of human culture will require us to return to the discussions of Leslie White (culture is autonomous) and Alfred Kroeber (culture is superorganic) to determine the possibilities of social transformations that contemporary society may require. The course looks at human Biophobia - the denial, defiance, and defilement of our animal kinship. This biophobia and denial gives humans an inferiority complex that is only assuaged by classism, racism, ethnocentrism, sexism, sectarianism, ageism, nationalism, disableism, speciesism, and power (CRESSANDS-POWER). The present stockpile of human weapons, the rage of international terrorism, and the oppression that CRESSANDS-POWER creates requires a new human revolution -- THE ECOLOGICAL REVOLUTION. In that revolution the human body and the Earth will have such value that we can develop a new human-global community and end the human plague that CRESSANDS-POWER has brought upon our species.

CAAS 458 - Issues in Black World Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
11120
Closed
0
 
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F 12:00PM - 3:00PM
Note: Section 001: Meets with Epid 666
002 (SEM)
P
18465
Open
16
 
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MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Note: Section 002: Meets with English 435.001
003 (SEM)
P
18878
Closed
0
 
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TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: Section 003: Meets with AC 498.
004 (SEM)
P
20818
Open
23
 
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Th 2:00PM - 5:00PM
Note: Section 004: Meets w/ RC 461 This course is part of the Semester in Detroit program and will meet at UM Detroit Center (non Semester in Detroit Students may enroll in the class, but they must be able to attend class at the Detroit Center; there will be no class meetings on campus).
005 (SEM)
P
18924
Open
32
 
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F 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Note: Section 005: Meets with Anthro 447
007 (SEM)
P
29533
Open
11
 
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M 1:00PM - 4:00PM
008 (SEM)
P
31027
Open
6
 
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MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: Section 008: Meets w/ AC 498.002.
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