Courses in Afroamerican and African Studies (Division 311)

100. Introduction to Afroamerican Studies. (4). (SS).

This course provides an interdisciplinary overview and introduction to the area of Afroamerican Studies. Historical, political, sociocultural and economic perspectives are brought to bear on the analysis of the Black American experience. Specifically, the course intends to: (1)introduce students to the principal body of knowledge characteristic of the Afroamerican Studies disciplinary perspective; (2) consider salient issues, debates and critiques in the area; (3) survey the Afroamerican experience with emphasis on current social, political and economic developments; and (4) encourage greater insight and exploration into the Afroamerican experience. The course has two weekly lectures with discussion sections. Guest lecturers and films often provide the basis for stimulating exchange. Course Pack Readings include articles from: Samuel Yette, The Choice; Robert Allen, Black Awakening in Capitalist America; Grace Lee Boggs in Education and Black Struggle: Notes from the Colonized World; Thomas Sowell in Slavery, Colonialism, and Racism; John A. Bracey, Jr. and St. Clair Drake in Key Issues in the Afro-American Experience, William J. Wilson, The Declining Significance of Race; Manning Marable, From the Grassroots; Robert Staples, Harriette McAdoo, Wade Nobles, W.E.B. DuBois, Horace Mann Bond, Walter Allen and Ron Karenga. (Kamara-Swan)

230(201)/Hist. 274. Survey of Afroamerican History I. (4). (SS).

This is a lecture course supported by weekly discussion sections. It will examine the history of Afro-Americans from their African origins to the Civil War. Particular attention will be devoted to examining the development of slavery, the nature and impact of racist thought, the growth of free Black communities, and the ideologies of Black leaders in the antebellum period. Two major themes will guide the lectures and discussions: (1) the dynamics of cultural survival and change among slaves, and (2) the material and social conditions that influenced the differing responses to racial oppression, as well as the competing strategies for liberation in the Black community. Course requirements include a midterm and final examination, and a term paper. (Thomas Holt)

410. Supervised Reading and Research. Permission of instructor. (1-6). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit with permission.

Arrangements may be made for adequately prepared students to undertake individual study under the direction of a departmental staff member. Students are provided with the proper section number by the staff member with whom the work has been arranged.

426. Physical Dimensions of Inner Urban Change. (3). (SS).

Taught from the perspective of a registered architect, this course is organized around topical issues of design, professionalism, and equity in urban resources management. It is intended primarily for students with non-architectural backgrounds. The course provides a spirited exploration of the explicit (and subtle) connections between people, land, and power in our cities and the specific effects of these linkages upon physical rebuilding efforts within downtown/central city neighborhoods. In the main, this experience is intended to provide a broadened philosophical understanding of the "who?" and "why?" of contemporary urban (re)development policies particularly as such policies interface with emerging 'grassroots' land struggles. Class will meet once each week for three hours. A seminar format will be followed, combining formal and informal lectures, color slide presentations, selected readings and selected case studies. Continued active class participation and the preparation of a 10 minute audio cassette tape for presentation near the end of the term are basic course requirements. In addition to lectures, audio-visual presentations, etc., ongoing class dialogue will be augmented periodically with urban field trips and invited guests. (Chaffers)

447(536)/Hist. 447. Africa in the Nineteenth Century. (4). (SS).

The purpose of Afroamerican 447 is to convey an understanding of 19th century Africa through an exploration of the great historical movements that shaped developments in the continent in the nineteenth century. The major issues to be covered by the lectures include: (1) Empire and state-building; (2) the dimensions of slavery and the slave trade; (3) the social, economic, military, religious and political revolutions that characterize this century; (4) Imperialism, the conquest of Africa, and their impact; (5) Socio-economic-cultural life; (6) African warfare. These will be explored through lectures, class discussion and written assignments. (Uzoigwe)

449/Poli. Sci. 459. Africa: Development and Dependence Prior or concurrent study of the Third World; Poli. Sci. 465 is recommended but not required. (4). (SS).

See Political Science 459. (Wilson)

450, 451. Black Communities and Legal Rights. (3). (SS).

This course uses law as a medium to examine and interpret the forces that have influenced the Afro-American past and present. The course aims to assist students in gaining knowledge of law and the legal process. Units studied include: the legal status of Blacks in the antebellum U.S., and the legacy of reconstruction; legal trends in education, housing and employment, (including the Reagan Administration's position on busing and affirmative action; current debates over the extension of the Voting Rights Act and over tax-exemptions to racially discriminatory private schools; the implications of the "New Federalism"; facets of U.S. immigration/refugee policy; and international law considerations. Another goal of the course is to generate thinking on the formulation and role of law. The course therefore will consider several themes, e.g., the impact of the political or economic climate upon race related legal developments; the role of race ideology, particularly nationalist and integrationist thought, in shaping the legal terrain; the function of law in the total design of race strategies; and the significance of law in the organization of society. Texts: Derrick A. Bell, Jr. Race, Racism and American Law, and (ed.) Civil Rights: Leading Cases. Lecture and discussion. Two tests, final, book analysis. (Woods)

476/Engl. 478. Contemporary Afroamerican Literature. Permission of instructor. (3). (HU).

This is a course in contemporary Afro-American fiction. We will read four early works for background and connections: Frederick Douglass' Narrative of the Life of, Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God, Jean Toomer's Cane, Richard Wright's Native Son. Contemporary works will include: Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man, Ernest Gaines' The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, Alice Walker's The Third Life of Grange Copeland, Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon, Margaret Walker's Jubilee. There will be several exams and a final paper. (Jones)


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