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Fall '00 Graduate Course Guide

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Courses in Afroamerican and African Studies (Division 311)

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Fall Term, 2000 (September 6 December 22)

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CAAS 403. Education and Development in Africa.

African Studies

Section 001.

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

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

Credits: (3; 2 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

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (1-6). (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, an electronic override will be issued.

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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 Chaffers (chaffers@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (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 434/Soc. 434. Social Organization of Black Communities.

African-American Studies

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Al Young (ayoun@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course offers a critical examination of a series of ethnographic studies of African-American urban life in the twentieth century. The ethnographies will be assessed within the context of the development of American social scientific research, and the historical developments that affected the social and cultural spheres of African American urban life throughout the twentieth century. The format for the course will be a combination of lectures and class discussions. Some of the analytical questions that will shape our interrogation of the ethnographies are:

  1. What kinds of social organizational patterns exist in the urban communities within which Black Americans reside?,
  2. Does a distinctive Black American culture also exist in these communities?,
  3. In what ways may Black American social organizational and cultural patterns be perceived as healthy or deleterious, and by what standards?,
  4. In what ways, and to what extent, are developments in Black American social organization and culture autonomous from, or dependent upon, developments in American social organization and culture?,
  5. What implications for social policy are elucidated in each of the studies?, and
  6. What kind of specific methodology or approach to ethnography is articulated by each of the authors?
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CAAS 444/Anthro. 414. Introduction to Caribbean Societies and Cultures, I.

Afro-Caribbean Studies

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: Junior standing. AAS 202 recommended. (3). (Afro-Caribbean Studies).

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

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Cultural Anthropology 414.001.

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CAAS 446/Hist. 446. Africa to 1850.

African Studies

Section 001.

Instructor(s): David Cohen (dwcohen@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: https://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2000/fall/lsa/history/446/001.nsf

See History 446.001.

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CAAS 449/Poli. Sci. 459. African Politics.

African Studies

Section 001.

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

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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 Woods (rcwoods@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: AAS 201 recommended. (3). (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 The Life & Times of Muhammad Ali. Meets with Women's Studies 483.001.

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

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Muhammad Ali has been named by many as the greatest athlete of the 20th Century. His life reflects the transformation of race and gender which occurred in 20th Century United States. To be male and Black and successful was to be a performer or an athlete. Muhammad Ali performed as an athlete in the most grueling sport and in so doing transformed the sport, himself, and America. He spoke when he should have been silent, he was beautiful when he should have been ugly, he was a Black Muslim when he should have been a Christian, he was sent to jail for refusing to be inducted in the United States Army, and he never knew his place. He was greatly reviled and now greatly adored by many of the same people who rejected him. For all athletes, his life is a necessary study for it teaches that sports can be an arena for transforming society. For those interested in the study of gender, the Life and Times of Muhammad Ali is quite an exploration, since it involves us in understanding the constructions of maleness and sports, maleness and religion, and the perception of women in each of these domains. And finally race and its inextricable connection to poverty, sport, and politics must be examined. David Remnick's book King of the World will be one of the texts as well as video and film material. There is an enormous body of work on this athlete, and this course will use much of it.

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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). (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 Topic

Instructor(s): Nkanga Dieudonne

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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CAAS 458. Issues in Black World Studies.

Cross-Area Courses

Section 004 Women of Color and Third World Women. Meets with Women's Studies 430.001

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

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Women's Studies 430.001.

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CAAS 458. Issues in Black World Studies.

Cross-Area Courses

Section 005 Language, Culture, & Society in Africa. Meets with Anthropology 458.001.

Instructor(s): Judith Irvine (jti@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Cultural Anthropology 458.001.

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CAAS 458. Issues in Black World Studies.

Cross-Area Courses

Section 006 Social Psychology of the African Family. Meets with Psychology 401.005.

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

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Social Psychology of the African family is a course aimed at 400 level students in Psychology, the Center for Afro-American and African Studies, and other related social science disciplines. The principle objective of the course is to lead the students through lectures, group discussions, individual, and group presentations to help students explore the traditional and contemporary psycho-dynamics of the African family. The family is a flexible unit that adapts deliberately to influences acting upon it both from within and without. 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 of man and woman, and of mother and child. The second objective of the course is to assess how the African family is meeting these needs and expectations. The course begins with the examination of psychology and the study of the family. This will be followed by in-depth and detailed analysis of types of traditional African family, the psychology of the African marriage systems, the centrality of children in African family and culture, and family roles. Special emphasis will be given to the analysis of the European intrusion into the African family life such as the slave trade, colonialism, and industrial labor. Finally, the course will consider the new threats to the survival of the African family system, such as wars, hunger and diseases, and assess the coping strategies by which the African family is surviving the stresses of social change and the demand for change.

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CAAS 459/Anthro. 451. African-American Religion.

African-American Studies

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Melvin Williams (mddoublu@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: One introductory course in the social sciences. AAS 201 recommended. (3). (African-American Studies).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Cultural Anthropology 451.001.

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CAAS 461. Pan-Africanism, I.

African Studies

Section 001 From Pan-Africanism to the Black Atlantic: What's in a Name? Meets with History 393.001 and History 593.001

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

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

In recent years, the term "Black Atlantic" has replaced "pan-Africans" as the preferred scholarly rubric for analyzing transnational Black projects and Black experiences in an international context. In this course, we will begin by asking: why the shift? In other words: what's in a name? What kinds of projects and modes of analysis do each of the terms encourage and enable? What have scholars gained from a shift to the "Black Atlantic" rubric? What, if anything, have they lost? This question will be our jumping off point for a broad consideration of debates concerning race, gender, feminism, anticolonialism and nation-building, and Black cultural production.

Class structure and requirements: The class format will be a combination of lecture and discussion. Lectures are intended to provide necessary background and framing for meaningful engagement with the texts, and students are expected to come to class prepared to discuss the assigned texts for the day. In addition to participating in discussions, students will write two take-home midterm exams and write one fifteen page paper, due at the end of the academic term, on a topic chosen by the student and approved by Von Eschen.

The course syllabus is available in the CAAS and History offices.

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CAAS 490. Special Topics in Black World Studies.

Cross-Area Courses

Section 001 Life is a Performance: Yoruba Art and Thought. (2 credits). Meets with Art and Design 454.005. Meets October 6 December 8. (Drop/Add deadline=October 19).

Instructor(s): Olabayo Olaniyi (olabayo@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Junior standing. (1-2). (Cross-Area Courses). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Mini/Short course

Credits: (1-2).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

For over nine centuries, the Yoruba of West Africa have impressed the world with their elaborate economic, political and social structures, and with their religious thoughts and arts forms. The class "Life is a Performance" is designed to give students a first hand taste of Yoruba culture through an exploration of object making, music, dance and Yoruba philosophical thought. Along with ongoing hands-on art making, there will be a series of lectures, discussions and performances that further enhance students' understanding. "Life is a Performance" is taught through four media. Each medium is symbolically charged and chosen to help students their journey through the Yoruba experience.

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CAAS 490. Special Topics in Black World Studies.

Cross-Area Courses

Section 002 Traditions and Modernity in African Drama. (1 credit). Meets October 26th November 30th. (Drop/Add deadline=November 1).

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: Junior standing. (1-2). (Cross-Area Courses). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Mini/Short course

Credits: (1-2).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course will explore the general situation of African Theatre and Drama as cultural manifestation and representation. Through reading plays and relevant articles, and discussion of them, the students and the instructor will analyze the writing and performance patterns of African drama in the light of the contradiction between Ancestral values and practices, and Western cultural imports. Special attention will be paid to plays dealing with issues such as: Individual and social identity, Social processes, Visions of the past and the future, Women and children issues, Theatre as a tool for development. Dramatists to be considered include, but not limited to: Efua Sutherland, Femi Osofisan, Sony Labou Tansi, Diur N'tumb, Guillaume Oyono, Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Ama Ata Aidoo, and Wole Soyinka.

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CAAS 510. Supervised Research.

Cross-Area Courses

Prerequisites & Distribution: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. (1-6). (Cross-Area Courses). (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 519/Pol. Sci. 619. African Americans and the Politics of Race.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Hanes Walton (hantonjr@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Political Science 619.001.

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CAAS 596/NR&E 596. History of Environmental Thought and Activism.

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: Senior or Graduate Standing. It is highly desirable for students to have taken differential and integral calculus. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course uses a race, class, and gender approach to examine the history of American environmental activism (1850-present). It identifies the major periods of environmental mobilization and significant forms of environmental activism among the white middle class, white working class, and people of color. The course also examines the way in which a persons' social class, race, gender, environmental, and labor market experiences influence their environmental perceptions and the kinds of environmental ideologies they develop. The course examines the rise of major environmental paradigms, environmental justice, and the factors that make them influential.

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CAAS 629/Hist. 629. Studies in African History.

Section 001 Literature in the Social Sciences and History written by and about Africans During the Era of Struggles over Decolonization (1930's-1980's).

Instructor(s): Frederick Cooper (fcooper@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3).May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor.

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

Course Homepage: http://www.lib.umich.edu/libhome/Reserves/F00/HS629/index.html

See History 629.001.

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CAAS 846/Doctoral 846 (Social Work)/Pol. Sci. 846. Poverty, the Underclass, and Public Policy

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Mary Corcoran (marycor@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Doctoral standing. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Political Science 846.001.

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