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Fall Academic Term 2001 Course Guide

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CAAS 103. First Year Social Science Seminar.

Cross-Area Courses

Section 001 Community Economic Development.

Instructor(s): Warren C Whatley (wwhatley@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may pre-register for First-Year Seminars. All others need permission of instructor. (3). (SS). (Cross-Area Courses). May not be included in a concentration plan.

First-Year Seminar,

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: https://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2001/fall/caas/103/001.nsf

The course will be experience-based research, meaning that students will read about issues that fall under the topic "community economic development" as they participate in actual community development initiatives. A goal is to gain an appreciation of the impact of direct experience on critical thinking about any subject matter. Learning tools include readings, discussions, outreach, biographies, diaries, and essays.

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CAAS 103. First Year Social Science Seminar.

Cross-Area Courses

Section 002 The Local and the Global in the African American Search for Community.

Instructor(s): Penny M Von Eschen (pmve@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may pre-register for First-Year Seminars. All others need permission of instructor. (3). (SS). (Cross-Area Courses). May not be included in a concentration plan.

First-Year Seminar

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The course will explore the local and global in African American ideas of community through focusing on music: from blues, gospel, and jazz, to Rhythm and Blues and pop. The course will be based on close readings of texts that analyze the social and political contexts in which music is created, performed, and listened to. We will also listen to and analyze music in class.

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CAAS 104. First Year Humanities Seminar.

Cross-Area Courses

Section 001 Black Multiculturalism. Meets with English 140.001.

Instructor(s): Ifeoma C Nwankwo (icn@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may pre-register for First-Year Seminars. All others need permission of instructor. (3). (HU). (Cross-Area Courses). May not be included in a concentration plan.

First-Year Seminar

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See English 140.001.

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CAAS 108 / HISTART 108. Introduction to African Art.

African Studies

Section 001.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (HU). (African Studies). May not be included in a concentration plan.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See History of Art 108.001.

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CAAS 111. Introduction to Africa and Its Diaspora.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Kevin K Gaines (gaineskk@umich.edu) , Elisha P Renne (erenne@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (HU). (R&E). May not be included in a concentration plan.

R&E

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: https://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2001/fall/caas/111/001.nsf

This team-taught course introduces basic questions, concepts, and methods involved in the study of Africa in relation to its Diaspora in the Americas and the West Indies, as well as Europe. The course takes a multimedia, interdisciplinary approach to a range of historical, literary, artistic, economic, and political questions crucial to the understanding of the experiences of people of African descent. Using maps, cultural artifacts, films, art, music, archival documents, literary texts, and key scholarly readings from various fields, the course treats topics such as:

  • early African civilizations;
  • the slave trade and the middle passage;
  • American Jim Crow and South African apartheid;
  • movements in Black Feminism; and
  • environmental racism and Black health.

Requirements:

  1. Take-home essay: 5 pages 20% of grade
  2. In class midterm exam: short answer/essay 30%
  3. Take-home essay, end of term: 6-8 pages 40%
  4. Class attendance and participation 10%

Prerequisite to the CAAS concentration and minor and suitable for interested non-concentrators.

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CAAS 214 / HISTART 214. Introduction to African-American Art.

African-American Studies

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Jacqueline R Francis (jrfranci@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: AAS 111. (3). (Excl). (African-American Studies).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See History of Art 214.001.

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CAAS 230 / HISTORY 274. Survey of Afro-American History I.

African-American Studies

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Julius S Scott III (jsscott@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: AAS 111. (3). (SS). (African-American Studies).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This lecture/discussion course surveys major themes, events, and personages in the history of Africans and people of African descent in the Americas, and in particular North America, through the end of the American Civil War. The survey begins on the African continent, follows captive Africans across the Atlantic, and then traces the contours of the struggle against slavery. Themes to be covered include: slavery and slave resistance; African-American culture; free Blacks, North and South; Black participation in the abolitionist movement; and the role of African Americans in the Civil War. Students will read a variety of texts, including examples of Black testimony as well as the work of contemporary cultural and social historians. Assignments include in-class examinations and a comprehensive final, short essays, and class presentations.

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CAAS 232 / FILMVID 232. Survey of African American Cinema.

African-American Studies

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Francis Gateward

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (HU). (R&E).

R&E

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See Film and Video Studies 232.001.

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CAAS 246(446) / HISTORY 246. Africa to 1850.

African Studies

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Mamadou Diouf (mdiouf@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (SS). (African Studies).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See History 246.001.

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CAAS 274 / ENGLISH 274. Introduction to Afro-American Literature.

African-American Studies

Section 001.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: AAS 111. (3). (HU). (African-American Studies).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See English 274.001.

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CAAS 303 / SOC 303. Race and Ethnic Relations.

African-American Studies

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Honeycutt

Prerequisites & Distribution: An introductory course in sociology or AAS; AAS 201 recommended. (4). (SS). (R&E). (African-American Studies).

R&E

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: https://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2001/fall/soc/303/001.nsf

See Sociology 303.001.

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CAAS 303 / SOC 303. Race and Ethnic Relations.

African-American Studies

Section 005.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: An introductory course in sociology or AAS; AAS 201 recommended. (4). (SS). (R&E). (African-American Studies).

R&E

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2001/fall/soc/303/005.nsf

See Sociology 303.005.

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CAAS 321 / SOC 323. African American Social Thought.

African-American Studies

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Alford A Young Jr (ayoun@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: AAS 201 recommended. (3). (SS). (African-American Studies).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course explores theoretical perspectives on the social condition and social character of African Americans. The schools of thought considered include: integrationist (liberal & conservative), nationalist, Afrocentric, feminist, postmodern, and marxist. The overarching goal of the course is to understand, interpret, and critique strands of social thought on Black Americans. We interrogate each school, and then compare and contrast them through a series of examinations and short essays. Readings include: Cornel West, "Race Matters;" Shelby Steele, "The Content of Our Character;" Patricia Hill Collins, "Black Feminist Thought;" and Molefi Asante, "Afrocentricity." Undergraduate students of all levels, especially sophomores & juniors. Three hours a week in a lecture and discussion format.

Students read substantial portions of representative books, usually around 9-10 works in all. They write four short review papers (4 pages each) on the texts and a midterm paper and a final paper (8 pages each) that compares & contrasts the schools of thought. A midterm examination and class participation are also required.

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CAAS 327 / PSYCH 315. Psychological Aspects of the Black Experience.

African-American Studies

Section 001 Social Psychology of the African Family.

Instructor(s): Denis Ugwuegbu (dcugwueg@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: One course in psychology or Afroamerican and African Studies. AAS 201 recommended. (3). (SS). (African-American Studies).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Social Psychology of the African Family is designed to be a highly interactive course. It is aimed at the 200 and 300 level students in Psychology, the Center for Afro-American and African Studies, and other related social science and liberal arts disciplines. The principal objective of the course is to guide the students through lectures, group discussions, and individual or group presentations to explore the traditional and contemporary psychodynamics of the African family. The family is a flexible unit that adapts deliberately to internal and external influences that act on it. In its interaction with these forces, it must adapt to prevalent customs and mores. Internally, the family also must come to terms with the basic biological bonds between man and woman, and of mother and child, and of children and parents. The second objective of the course is to assess how the African family met these needs and expectations in the past and how it is meeting them at the present.

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CAAS 331 / PSYCH 316. The World of the Black Child.

Cross-Area Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Vonnie C McLoyd (vcmcloyd@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: One course in psychology or Afroamerican and African Studies. (3). (Excl). (Cross-Area Courses).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course has two objectives. They are, first, to introduce key areas of research and theory related to the socialization and development of African-American children and second, to facilitate critical thinking regarding this body of research and theory. The course will focus on cultural and situational forces that affect the lives of African-American lower-and middle-class children. In order to highlight the factors that contribute to the social conditions of the African-American child, a section of the course will look at the lives of specific individuals through their personal accounts and will compare the converging and diverging features of the socialization of African-American children and South African children. Topics to be discussed will include:

  1. family, peers, and community socialization;
  2. the development of a sense of self and racial identification;
  3. portrayal of African-American in books for children;
  4. school achievement and intellectual development;
  5. teenage pregnancy; and
  6. welfare, poverty, and father absence.
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CAAS 336 / HISTORY 336 / WOMENSTD 336. Black Women in America.

African-American Studies

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Michele Mitchell (mmitch@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: AAS 201 recommended. (3). (SS). (African-American Studies).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

As an exploration of African-American women in the twentieth century, this course seeks to consider varieties of experience including class, sexuality, and region as it provides an historical framework for analyzing overarching issues facing contemporary Black women in the United States. We will also discuss Black women's relationships to both interracial and broader communities. In particular, we will assess how the nexus of race, gender, and class have influenced Black women's work, activism, political involvement, and creative output. Whereas this course is structured as a history course, it takes an interdisciplinary approach to Black women's lives: readings will draw from literature, sociology, women's studies, psychology, film studies, and legal theory. The method of instruction combines lecture and discussion. Successful completion of this course is contingent upon regular attendance, active participation, and appropriate preparation for each class meeting. Additional requirements included completion of short written assignments and a research paper.

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CAAS 341 / THTREMUS 222. Introduction to Black Theatre.

African-American Studies

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Glenda Dickerson (glendad@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: AAS 201 recommended. (3). (HU). (African-American Studies).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See Theatre and Drama 222.001.

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CAAS 358. Topics in Black World Studies.

Cross-Area Courses

Section 001 Prehistory of Africa. Meets with Cultural Anthropology 383.001.

Instructor(s): Augustin Holl

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). (Cross-Area Courses). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See Cultural Anthropology 383.001.

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CAAS 360. Afro-American Art.

African-American Studies

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Jon Onye Lockard

Prerequisites & Distribution: AAS 201 recommended. (3). (HU). (African-American Studies).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course:

  • introduces students to West African cultures and their relationships to Afro-American culture;
  • develops on a broad level an Afrocentric aesthetic point of view;
  • courages greater insight and exploration into the arts of African and Afro-American people and the spirits and realities that motivate the "arts," and
  • creates a living vehicle for understanding and resolving problematic cultural patterns which disturb, confuse, and cancerize our historic and contemporary lives.

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CAAS 380 / HISTART 360. Special Topics in African Art.

African Studies

Section 001 Introduction to African Diaspora Arts in the Americas.

Instructor(s): Jacqueline R Francis (jrfranci@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: AAS 108 or 214 and upperclass standing; AAS 200 recommended. (3). (Excl). (African Studies).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See History of Art 360.001.

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CAAS 384 / ENGLISH 384 / AMCULT 406. Topics in Caribbean Literature.

Afro-Caribbean Studies

Section 001 Life and Literature in the Contemporary Caribbean Diaspora.

Instructor(s): Ifeoma Nwankwo (icn@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: AAS 202 recommended. (3). (Excl). (Afro-Caribbean Studies). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See English 384.001.

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CAAS 400 / MUSICOL 457. The Musics of African Americans.

African-American Studies

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Travis A. Jackson (travieso@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: AAS 201 recommended. Musical background preferred. Undergraduates only. (3). (Excl). (African-American Studies).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~travieso/Syllabi/MusAfAm.html

See Music History and Musicology 457.001.

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CAAS 403. Education and Development in Africa.

African Studies

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Teshome G Wagaw (twagaw@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: AAS 200 recommended. (3). (Excl). (African Studies).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course is designed for:

  1. those who plan a career in international education as teachers or as other specialists;
  2. practicing and prospective teachers who desire to broaden their understanding of the process and dynamics of educational development in other cultures, e.g., Africa; and
  3. nonspecialists who wish to understand the problems and ramifications of educational development upon the development of national resources.

For convenience of treatment, the course will be organized under three broad divisions of time, i.e., indigenous (traditional), colonial, and national education.

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CAAS 408. African Economies: Social and Political Settings.

African Studies

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Yaw Twumasi (yawt@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: AAS 200 recommended. (4). (Excl). (African Studies).

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The purpose of this course in comparative politics is to understand the problems and the potential for economic growth in Africa. It is necessary, therefore, to acquire some knowledge of how African economies developed and the kind of social factors which contributed and still shape the processes of economic growth. Accordingly, this course will trace the evolution of African economies in the context of wealth accumulation and the conflicts and struggles it generates.

Throughout the academic term considerable emphasis will be placed on critical analysis of well-known scholarly studies of African political economies with a view to drawing out their methodological assumptions and ideological biases.

We will, first, provide an overview of pre-capitalist social organizations and modes of production. We will, secondly, focus on various dimensions of the problems and possibilities for economic growth. In the final part of the course, we will examine contemporary African economies, exploring in particular the social, political, and global forces that influence the adoption of economic policies in selected African states.

This is a seminar, and students will, therefore, be expected to prepare materials and lead discussions on topics chosen after consultation with the instructor. The instructor will first give lectures on the major themes of the course in the first half of the academic term. Final grades will be based on a critical book report, two short papers, and a midterm and a final examination.

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CAAS 410. Supervised Reading and Research.

Cross-Area Courses

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (1-6). (Excl). (Cross-Area Courses). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit with permission of the concentration advisor.

Credits: (1-6).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

For students who can show appropriate preparation in courses previously taken, the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies offers course credit for independent study. A full-time faculty member must agree to supervise the undertaking and to meet with the student during the term. The proposed course of study may not duplicate the material of any course regularly offered by the Center. The reading and writing requirement should be comparable to that required in a regular course for the same number of credits; and all the work must be completed by the final day of class in the term. After consultation with and approval from a CAAS faculty member, applications for independent study along with statements describing the schedule of readings and of writing assignments must be filled out. Such applications must be signed by the faculty member involved and turned in before the end of the second week of the term. It is therefore advisable to submit applications (available in 200 West Hall) in advance of the beginning of the independent study term and, upon approval, a permission number will be issued.

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CAAS 413. Theories of Black Nationalism.

Section 001 20th Century African Cultural Movements

Instructor(s): Mbala Nkanga (mbalank@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: AAS 111, and one 200-level course, AAS 200, 201 or 202. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course aims at studying the major cultural currents and movements of thought that have characterized Africa during the 20th Century, and have shaped the identities of individual and communities in the continent. From the pre-Negritude Movement of the early African migrants in Europe to the Negritude Movement and its immediate effect: the cultural anti-colonial movement and the Independence era of the 1960s, the students will be exposed to various materials revealing the status and the situation of Blacks under colonialism and the ways in which they reacted to the policies of oppression, exploitation, and acculturation (assimilation). We will also consider the post-independence era and the fights for cultural identity as they evolved in major cultural events such as the Black World Festivals of Dakar and Lagos, and the role of the FESPACO along with the RFI Theatre and Music Competitions. We will consider, at last, how these thoughts have been incorporated in major artistic creations (film, literature, theatre, paintings...). Major thinkers in consideration will be: Senghor, Nkrumah, Lumumba, Cheik Anta Diop, Amilcar Cabral, Amadou Hampate Ba, Alexis Kagame, V.Y. Mudimbe, and Wole Soyinka, to name but some. Students will be required to attend all class lecture and discussion sessions. They will, at the start of the course, select one specific topic or thinker for a personal research project leading to a presentation in class and a final paper.

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CAAS 426. Urban Redevelopment and Social Justice.

Cross-Area Courses

Section 001 Urban Redevelopment & Social Justice: Can We Have Both? A Seminar For Future Professionals.

Instructor(s): James A Chaffers (chaffers@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). (Cross-Area Courses).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Taught from the perspective of a registered architect, this course is organized around topical issues of design, professionalism, and equity in urban resources development. Intended primarily for students with non-architectural backgrounds, the course seeks to provide 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 contemporary urban rebuilding. In the main, our explorations are aimed at providing a broadened philosophical understanding of the "Who?" and "Why?" of contemporary urban redevelopment policies particularly as such policies impact on the emerging "central city." A seminar format will be followed, combining formal and informal lectures, slide presentations, selected case studies, selected readings, and a series of student-generated workshops. Continued active class participation and the preparation of a thirty-minute audio cassette tape for presentation near the end of the term are basic course requirements. Ongoing class dialogue will be augmented periodically with urban field trips and invited guests.

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CAAS 444 / ANTHRCUL 414. Introduction to Caribbean Societies and Cultures, I.

Afro-Caribbean Studies

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Maxwell K Owusu (omk@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Junior standing. (3). (Excl). (Afro-Caribbean Studies).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See Cultural Anthropology 414.001.

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CAAS 449 / POLSCI 459. African Politics.

African Studies

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Jennifer A Widner (jwidner@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: AAS 200 recommended. (4). (Excl). (African Studies).

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~jwidner/ps459.html

See Political Science 459.001.

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CAAS 450. Law, Race, and the Historical Process, I.

African-American Studies

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Ronald C Woods (rcwoods@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: AAS 201 recommended. (3). (Excl). (African-American Studies).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Law defines the status and prospects of Blacks, occupies a key role in Black ideological debates and organizational activity, and reflects the dominant crises in United States and world history. This course covers the period from the initial interaction between Blacks and the processes of law in colonial North America to the beginnings of the modern Civil Rights era. It reviews the law of slavery and the slave trade, the Constitution and the status of Blacks in the ante-bellum period, Constitutional and legislative developments during Reconstruction, and the legal circumstance of Blacks in the era of Jim Crow segregation.

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CAAS 458. Issues in Black World Studies.

Cross-Area Courses

Section 001 Affirmative Action And Reparations. Meets With Women's Studies 483.001

Instructor(s): Nesha Z Haniff (nzh@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). (Cross-Area Courses). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2001/fall/caas/458/001.nsf

This course will analyze and debate the many issues surrounding affirmative action and reparations. The increasing challenges to affirmative action in the last ten years has led to a re-examination of affirmative action as the answer to the historic discrimination against African Americans. This examination has led to a growing reparations movement in this country which is today stronger than at any time in U.S. history. The rising importance of this movement has been fueled by the many writings of Richard America and by books like The Debt by Randall Robinson and by congressional committees sponsored by John Conyers and other members of the congressional Black Caucus. These readings as well as the large literature on affirmative action pro and con will be looked at. The current University of Michigan case will also be a part of this class particularly the documentation of the university's own racism since its existence. Will the constant challenges to affirmative action mean its demise? Should reparations have been the premise of any justice to African Americans? These and other central questions will form the core of the discussion in this class.

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CAAS 458. Issues in Black World Studies.

Cross-Area Courses

Section 002 Contemporary State Relations In Africa.

Instructor(s): Yaw Twumasi (yawt@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). (Cross-Area Courses). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Over the last decade and a half, the ways in which scholars think about Africa's political problems have changed and have come to be profoundly influenced by the theoretical debates concerning weak and strong states in the international community. This is a course in comparative politics designed to explore two closely related dimensions of contemporary state relations in Africa. First, we will explore the strengths and weaknesses of the diverse interpretations of "stateness" in the context of how African states establish effective governments and manage to exercise control over the permanent populations under their jurisdictions. We will note any tensions between the theoretical concerns of the analysts and the political realities of Africa. Second, we will examine relations among African states, paying particular attention to Africa's catalog of contemporary conflicts: boundary disputes; conflict resolution successes and failures; refugees; wars and the prospects for peace on the continent.

The course is recommended for juniors and seniors. A previous background in African studies is not a prerequisite. It will be taught as a seminar, but the instructor will give a few lectures, interspersed with a lot of class discussions and student presentations. Students will be required to give class presentations on topics to be defined in close cooperation with the instructor. Students will also be expected to build on their presentations and develop them into substantial research papers.

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CAAS 458. Issues in Black World Studies.

Cross-Area Courses

Section 003 HISTORY, MEMORY, AND IDENTITY IN CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN LITERATURE.

Instructor(s): Arlene Keizer (arkeizer@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). (Cross-Area Courses). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided.

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CAAS 458. Issues in Black World Studies.

Cross-Area Courses

Section 004 A Critique of Western Feminism. Meets with Women's Studies 430.001

Instructor(s): Nesha Z Haniff (nzh@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). (Cross-Area Courses). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: https://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2001/fall/caas/458/004.nsf

See Women's Studies 430.001.

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CAAS 458. Issues in Black World Studies.

Cross-Area Courses

Section 005 Harlem Renaissance. (3 Credits). Meets with American Culture 496.001.

Instructor(s): Paul A Anderson (paanders@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). (Cross-Area Courses). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See American Culture 496.001.

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CAAS 458. Issues in Black World Studies.

Cross-Area Courses

Section 006 Psychological Problems In The Management Of African Organizations.

Instructor(s): Denis Ugwuegbu (dcugwueg@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). (Cross-Area Courses). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Psychological Problems in the Management of African Organizations is an upper level organizational psychology course that is open to 300 and 400 level undergraduate and graduate students in Psychology, Afro-American and African Studies Center, Management, and other related social science disciplines. African organizations are retarded relative to organizations in the Western industrialized organizations. African organizations are not responding to the challenges of technology and globalization. The objective of the course is to explore with students the nature of African organizations, African system of work, and the behavior of these organizations in order to assess the psychological causes of these problems.

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CAAS 466. The Music of Africa.

African Studies

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Kelly M Askew (kaskew@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course will introduce students to African musical traditions through an investigation of the aural styles, creative processes, and social contexts of music-making. We will explore the fascinating ways music is used to communicate, record history, shape social behavior, practice religion, treat and heal illness, form and maintain communities (local and national), and advance political agendas. Students will develop skills for cross-cultural listening and learn to recognize some of the more popular African musical forms. No previous background in music theory or African Studies is required.

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CAAS 470 / FILMVID 470. Cultural Issues in Cinema.

Cross-Area Courses

Section 001 WOMEN DIRECTORS OF THE BLACK DIASPORA.

Instructor(s): Frances Gateward (gateward@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). (Cross-Area Courses). Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course provides the opportunity for a comparative study of the themes and styles of films by Black women directors from around the world. We will look closely at a variety of works shorts, documentaries, experimental films, and features to examine the treatment of identity, coming of age, racism, and sexism. The films will be studied within the contexts of their respective national cinemas using film theories concerned with aesthetics and cultural production. Directors include Julie Dash, Cheryl Dunye, Safi Faye, Sara Gomez, Alile Sharon Larkin, Sarah Maldoror, Ngozi Onwurah, Euzhan Palcy, Gloria Rolando, Yvonne Welbon.

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CAAS 478 / LACS 400 / HISTORY 578. Ethnicity and Culture in Latin America.

Afro-Caribbean Studies

Section 001 Ethnicity and Culture in Latin America: mestizaje and Nation. Meets with Cultural Anthropology 458.003 & History 478.001.

Instructor(s): Julie A Skurski (skurski@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: AAS 202 recommended. (3). (Excl). (Afro-Caribbean Studies). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See Cultural Anthropology 458.003.

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CAAS 482 / NRE 482. Environmental Justice: Theoretical Approaches.

Cross-Area Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Dorceta Taylor (dorceta@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). (Cross-Area Courses).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course examines theoretical approaches that are either currently being used or could be applicable to environmental justice research. Students will study several theories including: race relations theories, power elite theory, social movement theories relative deprivation, rational choice, political opportunity, resource mobilization, microstructural recruitment, identity theories and organizational theory. The course provides students interested in environmental justice research, advocacy, policymaking, or community organizing an opportunity to see how the aforementioned theorectical frameworks can help them understand environmental justice cases that arise. The course will help students organize information they glean from observations of community groups contending with environmental justice issues, from reading case studies, or from working in the environmental field. A sound understanding of these theoretical approaches will enhance the student's understanding of how and why communities organize around environmental justice issues, why some people participate and not others, why some communities succeed and not others, why the environmental justice discourse differs from the mainstream environmental discourse, and how movements are maintained. Undergraduate/graduate students interested in environmental justice. Students will write essay questions in their two class exams and a term paper.

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CAAS 495. Senior Seminar.

Cross-Area Courses

Section 001 Gender, Development, and Inequality.

Instructor(s): Dorceta E Taylor (dorceta@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Upperclass standing. (4). (Excl). (Cross-Area Courses). (Capstone Course). May be repeated for a total of eight credits.

Upper-Level Writing

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The course focuses on the relationship between gender, economic restructuring, globalization, international development efforts, and social inequality. It focuses primarily on women and the environment in developing countries. The course lays out some of the major global environmental problems and looks at the disproportionate impacts they have on women's lives. In the last two decades economic restructuring (structural adjustments) and globalization have had significant impacts on developing countries. In addition, debt and warfare are two important factors contributing to environmental degradation. Others include inappropriate development, inappropriate transfer of technology, deforestation, food production, the quantity and quality of the water, reproduction, access to arable land, rural and urban poverty, fuel wood shortage, and the kind and amount of international aid.

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CAAS 510. Supervised Research.

Cross-Area Courses

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. (1-6). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit with permission of the concentration advisor.

Credits: (1-6).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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.

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CAAS 557 / MUSICOL 557. The Music of Black Americans.

African-American Studies

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Travis A. Jackson (travieso@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (Excl).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~travieso/Syllabi/MusAfAm.html

See Music History and Musicology 557.001.

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CAAS 558. Seminar in Black World Studies.

Cross-Area Courses

Section 001 The Pedagogy Of Empowerment: Activism In Race, Gender, and Health. Meets With Women's Studies 440.001

Instructor(s): Nesha Z Haniff (nzh@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl). (Cross-Area Courses). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2001/fall/caas/558/001.nsf

See Women's Studies 440.001.

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