Courses in Afroamerican and African Studies (Division 311)


Introductory Courses

100. Introduction to Afro-American Studies. (4). (SS).

A general overview of Afro-American Studies from a multi-disciplinary perspective, combining elements from historical, political-cultural, and behavioral orientations in the analysis of Afro-American culture and institutions. Cost:3 WL:1 (Brown)


Historical Perspectives

230/Hist. 274. Survey of Afro-American History I. (3). (SS).

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, though the end of the American Civil War. The survey begins on 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; 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. Cost:3 WL:1 (Theoharis)

446/Hist. 446. Africa to 1850. (3). (SS).

See History 446. (Lindsay)


Politics, Economics, and Development

329. African American Leadership. (3). (Excl).

This course considers the origins, evolutions, and histories of the various ways in which men, women, and institutions have provided leadership in Afro-American history. The focus will be on leaders and on their works. Garvey, Douglass, Wells-Barnett, DuBois, Malcolm X will be among those to be read and evaluated. Cost:4 WL:4 (Walton)

408. African Economies: Social and Political Settings. (4). (Excl).

A study of the factors which contribute to current economic conditions in Africa: the problems and the potential for change, traditionalism and modernism in African economics, colonial economics, colonial economic policies. Uses case studies of representatives countries. Cost:3 WL:1 (Twumasi)

426. Urban Redevelopment and Social Justice. (3). (SS).

Taught from the perspective of an 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, this course seeks to provide a spirited exploration of the explicit and subtle connections between people, land, and power in our cities. Cost:2 WL:1 (Chaffers)

449/Pol. Sci. 459. Africa: Development and Dependence. Prior or concurrent study of the Third World; Pol. Sci. 465 is recommended but not required. (3). (Excl).

See Political Science 459. (Widner)

450. Law, Race, and the Historical Process, I. (3). (Excl).

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. Cost:4 WL:1 (Woods)


Literature and the Arts

108/Hist. of Art 108. Introduction to African Art. (4). (HU).

See History of Art 108. (Quarcoopome)


360. Afro-American Art. (3). (HU).

This course (1) introduces students to West African cultures and their relationships to Afro-American culture; (2) develops on a broad level an Afrocentric aesthetic point of view; (3) encourages greater insight and exploration into the arts of African and Afro-American people and the spirits and realities that motivate the "arts," and (4) creates a living vehicle for understanding and resolving problematic cultural patterns which disturb, confuse, and cancerize our historic and contemporary lives. COst:2 WL:1 (Lockard)

470/Comm. 470/Film-Video 470. Cultural Issues in Cinema. (3). (HU).

This course explores the cross-cultural use of media from Hollywood feature films to ethnographic documentaries, from Caribbean liberationist literature to African allegories of colonialism, from indigenous use of film and video to Black Diasporan "oppositional" film practice. Films screened included: Imitation of Life, Uncle Moses, The Searchers, Passion Remembrance, Faces of Women, She's Gotta Have It, and Nice Colored Girls. Cost:3 WL:4 (Ukadike)


Individual Behavior, Cultural Systems, and Social Organization

303/Soc. 303. Race and Ethnic Relations. An introductory course in Sociology or CAAS. (4). (SS). (This course meets the Race and Ethnicity Requirement).

See Sociology 303. (Almaguer)

403. Education and Development in Africa. (3). (Excl).

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. Cost:3 WL:1 (Wagaw)

444/Anthro. 414. Introduction to Caribbean Societies and Cultures, I. Junior standing. (3). (Excl).

See Cultural Anthropology 414. (Owusu)

459/Anthro. 451. African-American Religion. One introductory course in the social sciences. (3). (Excl).

See Cultural Anthropology 451. (Williams)

486. Communication Media in the Black World: Print Media. (3). (Excl).

This course studies the recording of the Black experience in Black media, mainstream mass media, and special interest media in the context of the Black struggle for equality. Beginning with oral media, we study the canon of media that Blacks have developed to supplement and correct their representation in the dominant media and to advocate and debate issues such as emigration, abolition, segregation, lynching, employment, self-improvement, self-defense, race relations, and civil rights. Cost:3 WL:4 (Chrisman)


Independent Study and Special Topics

103. First Year Social Science Seminar. (3). (SS).
Section 001 Barrel of a Pen: African Politics in Literature.
Africans have lived in an intensely political era since the end of World War II. They have struggled for independence, charted plans for decolonization, promoted and suffered the rise of authoritarian regimes, and debated and experimented with a wide variety of political frameworks for economic and social development. This course looks at the central role played by African writers in shaping the politics of this era. Readings will be selected from the works of writers, men and women, from throughout the continent, including Chinua Achebe, Ama Ata Aidoo, Ayi Kwei Armah, Mariama Ba, Camara Laye, Ngugi wa Thiongo, and others. Cost:3 WL:4 (Twumasi)

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

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 Room 200 West Hall) in advance of the beginning of the independent study term, upon approval, and an electronic override will be issued.

458. Issues in Black World Studies. (3). (Excl). May be elected for a total of 6 credits.
Section 001 Empowering African American Families and Communities.
For Fall Term, 1996, this section is offered jointly with Psychology 470.002. Cost:4 WL:4 (Barbarin)

Section 002 Social Change: Strategies and Consequences of the Civil Rights Movement for Black-White Relations in the U.S. For Fall Term, 1996, this section is offered jointly with Sociology 460. Cost:4 WL:4 (Young)


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