AAS 103 - First Year Social Science Seminar
Section: 002 Understanding Social Problems through Memoirs
Term: FA 2011
Subject: Afroamerican & African Studies (AAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
Course Note:
This seminar introduces first-year students to the intellectual community of social scientists working in the field of Afroamerican and African studies. The topic of the seminar varies term to term.
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
SS
Other:
FYSem
Waitlist Capacity:
99
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
Other Course Info:
(Cross-Area Courses). May not be included in a concentration plan.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course peers into the lives of famous and ordinary African Americans through intensive analysis of their memoirs. Most people remember good and bad aspects of their lives well enough to share them with others in everyday conversations. But memoirs represent individuals’ attempts to chronicle the most meaningful experiences of their lives. Some of these authors expose their lives to strangers as a cautionary tale, others as a model for achieving economic mobility, still others to document life’s obstacles that they’ve managed to overcome.

This course has three objectives:

  • to apply major theories about race, class, and gender to the ‘real life’ experiences of individuals,
  • to understand the variety of ways in which individuals construct social identities through their interactions with others, and
  • to deepen students’ understanding of inequality and its consequences.

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AAS 103 - First Year Social Science Seminar
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
20219
Open
7
9Y1
-
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (SEM)
P
18855
Open
6
2MCSP Y1
8Y1
-
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
003 (SEM)
P
30184
Open
3
9Y1
-
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.


ISBN: 0143105175
Along this way, Author: James Weldon Johnson ; introduction by Sondra K. Wilson., Publisher: Penguin Books 2008
Required
ISBN: 0061443085
Black boy (American hunger) : a record of childhood and youth, Author: Richard Wright ; with a foreword by Edward P. Jones., Publisher: HarperPerennial Modern Classics 1st Harper 2008
Required
ISBN: 1566398010
Paper son : one man's story, Author: Tung Pok Chin with Winifred C. Chin., Publisher: Temple University press 2000
Required
ISBN: 1556520743
Assata an autobiography, Author: Assata Shakur ; [forewords by Angela Davis and Lennox S. Hinds]., Publisher: L. Hill Books PBK ED. 2001
Required
ISBN: 0307383415
Dreams from my father : a story of race and inheritance, Author: Barack Obama., Publisher: Crown Publishers 1st ed. 2004
Required
ISBN: 0316008060
One drop : my father's hidden life : a story of race and family secrets, Author: Bliss Broyard., Publisher: Little, Brown and Co. 1st pbk. e 2008
Required
ISBN: 1594202842
Battle hymn of the tiger mother, Author: Amy Chua., Publisher: Penguin Press
Required
ISBN: 1400068924
Decoded, Author: Jay-Z., Publisher: Spiegel & Grau 1st ed. 2010
Required
ISBN: 0385319630
American chica : two worlds, one childhood, Author: Marie Arana., Publisher: Delta Trade Paperbacks Dial Press 2002
Required
ISBN: 1594201099
The golden road : notes on my gentrification, Author: Caille Millner., Publisher: Penguin Press Uncorrecte 2007
Required
ISBN: 0982702787
Don Lemon., Publisher: Farrah Gray Foundation Pr
Required
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