Courses in Afroamerican and African Studies (Division 311)

Fall Term, 1998 (September 8-December 21, 1998)

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Introductory Courses

100. Introduction to Afro-American Studies. (4). (SS).
This course introduces and provides a general overview of the area of Afroamerican Studies. It employs a multi-disciplinary perspective which combines elements from conventional historical, political, sociocultural, and behavioral orientations in the analysis of Afroamerican culture and institutions. The course format is a lecture-discussion with three weekly lectures. Students meet with GSIs once weekly to discuss course readings and lectures. The course will be supplemented by guest lecturers, selected CAAS colloquia, films, and special projects. WL:4
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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; 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. Cost:2 WL:1 (Scott)
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336/WS 336. Black Women in America. (3). (SS).
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. Cost:2 WL:1 (Mitchell)
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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; and colonial economic policies. Uses case studies of representative countries. Cost:2 WL:1 (Twumasi)
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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/Poli. Sci. 459. African Politics. Prior or concurrent study of the Third World; Poli. 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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214/Hist. of Art 214. Introduction to African-American Art. (3). (Excl).
See History of Art 214. (Patton)
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274/English 274. Introduction to Afro-American Literature. (3). (HU).
See English 274. (Gunning)
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342/Theatre 233. Acting and the Black Experience. Permission of instructor (brief interview). (3). (HU).
See Theatre and Drama 233. (Jones)
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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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384/Engl. 384/Amer. Cult. 406. Topics in Caribbean Literature. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of six credits.
See English 384. (Gikandi)
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465. Dynamics of Afro-American Music. Junior standing. (3). (Excl).
Section 001 Beyond Bebop: Black Music of the 1960s.
The 1960s introduced new directions in jazz, establishing musical styles that metaphorically reflected the world turmoil from which they emerged. This lecture/discussion course surveys the jazz music from the late 1950s to the present, carefully examining it within its surrounding social and political contexts. Throughout the term, we will trace the contemporary legacies of several jazz instruments. We will explore how the bebop lines of Miles Davis became the inspiration for trumpeters Lester Bowie and Don Cherry, and how John Coltrane paved the way for such saxophonists as Dewey Redman and Joseph Jarman. We also will discuss the problems of listening to avant-garde jazz, using this course to train our ears so to better understand the musicians' intents and conscious expansions of musical form and style. Students are encouraged in their written projects to trace the legacy of a chosen instrument, presenting portions to the class at the end of term. Cost:1 WL:1 (de Jong)
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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). (R&E).
See Sociology 303. (Bonilla-Silva)
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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 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. Cost:2 WL:1 (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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452. Education of the Black Child. (3). (Excl).
This course deals with overlooked but crucial questions related to the education of Black children in the United States. The area of primary concern will be public schooling, and the emphasis will be laid on analyzing the social, cultural, political, and economic forces which act to influence the learning experiences of Black children. This course will thus consider, on the one hand, the theoretical framing of ideas about the growth, development, and learning of children in different life settings and styles, and, on the other, the existing structural, socio-political attempts to find ways and means of relating the philosophy and objectives of public education to the needs of Black children. In the process, this course examines the defects of present-day educational theories which are based on empirical data drawn from studies of less than 1% of the population. The course will test for the applicability and generalizability of such data to other population groups, examine their implications for different cultural systems, and assess what is thus contributed to cognitive variation and performance and competence in the learning process. Cost:2 WL:4 (Wagaw)
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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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478/LACS 400/Hist. 578. Ethnicity and Culture in Latin America. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of six credits.
See History 578. (Caulfield)
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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:1 (Twumasi)
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358. Topics in Black World Studies. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of six 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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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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510. Supervised Research. Graduate standing or permission of instructor. (1-6). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit with permission of the concentration advisor.
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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