Courses in Afroamerican and African Studies (Division 311)

Introductory Courses

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

In this thematic approach to an understanding of Black folks in the United States, we will take a multidisciplinary look at African America. Although I have selected a pair of exemplary novels as the twin anchors for this course, we will learn about a variety of non-literary "stuff" rural gardens, archaeological digs, soul food, or the blues that will refer to, augment, and heighten our readings of those two twentieth century classics. Be prepared to use your eyes and ears: along with the lectures and readings, documentary and feature film productions will be screened during regular class meetings; we ll also be listening to music from time to time. In addition to Toni Morrison's Beloved and Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man, assigned texts may include such works as Mules and Men, By the Work of Their Hands, and Blues People, and/or other books representative of this cultural approach to African American studies. Cost:2 WL:4 (Zafar)
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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 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; 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:2 WL:4 (J. Scott)
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446/Hist. 446. Africa to 1850. (3). (SS).

See History 446.
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Politics, Economics, and Development

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 representative countries. (Twumasi)
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418/Pol. Sci. 419. Black Americans and the Political System. Two courses in political science. (3). (Excl).

See Political Science 419. (Walton)
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426. Urban Redevelopment and Social Justice. (3). (SS).
Section 001 Urban Redevelopment and Social Justice Can We Have Both? A Seminar for Future Professionals.
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. WL:4 (Chaffers)
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449/Pol. Sci. 459. African Politics. Prior or concurrent study of the Third World; Pol. Sci. 465 is recommended but not required. (3). (Excl).

See Political Science 459. (Widner)
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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)
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Literature and the Arts

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

See History of Art 108. (Quarcoopome)
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274/English 274. Introduction to Afro-American Literature. (3). (HU).

See English 274. (Keizer)
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342/Theatre 233. Acting and the Black Experience. Permission of instructor (brief interview). (3). (HU).

See Theatre and Drama 233.
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348/Dance 358. Dance in Culture: Origins of Jazz Dance. (3). (Excl).
Section 001 Dances of Latinas/Latinos.
For Fall Term, 1997, this course is offered jointly with American Culture 311.001. (Velez Aguayo)
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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)
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442/Film-Video 442. Third World Cinema. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee ($35) required.

See Film-Video 442. (Ukadike)
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470/Film-Video 470. Cultural Issues in Cinema. (3). (HU). Laboratory fee ($35) required.

This course is designed to explore developments in 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. This course, at once theoretical, historical, and metacritical in its focus, is divided into two parts. The first deals with dominant Western paradigms (Hollywood and ethnographic films) and the representation of ethnic minorities and other cultures, while the second part will profile Black film productions revealing counterimages that call into question many of the assumptions that shape conventional film history. We will foreground recent debates concerning Afrocentrism, Eurocentrism, multi-culturism, racism, sexism, and class bias as reflected in films and discourse about films. Some of the films screened include: Imitation of Life, The Searchers, Passion of Remembrance, Sankofa, She's Gotta Have It, and Nice Colored Girls. Readings, screening, and written assignments required. Cost:4 WL:3,4 (Ukadike)
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489/English 479. Topics in Afro-American Literature. CAAS 274 and/or 338 strongly recommended. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

See English 479. (Gunning)
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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)
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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 perspective 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. Cost:2 (Wagaw)
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444/Anthro. 414. Introduction to Caribbean Societies and Cultures, I. Junior standing. (3). (Excl).

See Anthropology 414. (Owusu)
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459/Anthro. 451. African-American Religion. One introductory course in the social sciences. (3). (Excl).

See Anthropology 451. (Williams)
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521/Soc. 521. African American Intellectual Thought. Senior standing. (3). (Excl).
Section 001 Paradigms of Social Progress.
The purpose of this course is to explore some debates and arguments constructed by African American scholars on the "Negro Problem." The objective will be to ascertain how African American scholarly debate and commentary has framed definitions of, and has posed solutions for, the social condition of the African-American community throughout the twentieth century. More specifically, we will consider how these scholars framed their arguments within larger intellectual and disciplinary frameworks. In doing so, we will attend to the historical contexts that circumscribe these arguments. This course will involve seminar-style discussion. Students will be evaluated on a research paper that explores some dimension of African American scholarly inquiry on a social issue of pertinence to Black Americans. There also will be brief written assignments that will facilitate the development of the term paper. Cost:2 WL:2 (Young)
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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:2 WL:4 (Twumasi)
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358. Topics in Black World Studies. (3). (Excl). May be elected for a total of 6 credits.
Section 001 Economic History of African Americans.
This course will cover the economic history of Africans in America from the 15th century to the present, with emphasis placed on the historical roots of contemporary African-American life. Students will leave the class with well-informed opinions on the following topics: the contributions of African Americans to American economic development; the economic foundations and legacies of racial slavery in the United States; the economic significance and meaning of freedom and citizenship; the economic thought of African Americans; the economic structure of Jim Crow and the responses of African Americans to it; the economic causes and consequences of the Black migration to the north; the economics of the Civil Rights Movement; the changing class structure of the Black community; the economics of Black family structure; markets vs. the state in Black economic development; an accounting of contemporary Black economic resources; African Americans in the global economy; and economic strategies for the future. Cost:2 WL:4 (Whatley)
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Section 002 Gender in Caribbean Society. In this course, we will look at how gender has operated across history, across the social field (in different social institutions and practices), and across race and class groups in the Caribbean, focusing on women in the English-speaking sub-region. Throughout the course we will try to bring women to life by understanding how they both suffer and resist indignities, and attempt to invent their own lives and livelihoods. Particular attention will be paid to how race, ethnicity, class and gender interact in the formation of male and female identities. Students will write two take-home exams, and do a final paper and related presentation. Open to but not restricted to CEW evening program students. (Green)
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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 200 West Hall) in advance of the beginning of the independent study term and, upon approval, an electronic override will be issued.
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458. Issues in Black World Studies. (3). (Excl). May be elected for a total of 6 credits.
Section 001 Slavery and Abolition in Brazil: Current Themes in Comparative Perspective.
For Fall Term, 1997, this section is offered jointly with History 478. (Machado)
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