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Fall '01 Graduate Course Guide

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CAAS 403. Education and Development in Africa.

African Studies

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites: 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: 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

Instructor(s):

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

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

Afro-Caribbean Studies

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites: Junior standing. (3). (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: AAS 200 recommended. (3). (African Studies).

Credits: (3).

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

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

Prerequisites: (3). (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: (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 HISTORY, MEMORY, AND IDENTITY IN CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN LITERATURE.

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

Prerequisites: (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 A Critique of Western Feminism. Meets with Women's Studies 430.001

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

Prerequisites: (3). (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: (3). (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: (3). (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: (3).

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: (3). (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: AAS 202 recommended. (3). (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: (3). (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 510. Supervised Research.

Cross-Area Courses

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. (1-6). (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 / POLSCI 619. African Americans and the Politics of Race.

African-American Studies

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Hanes Walton Jr

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This seminar in African American Politics is designed to explore in each weekly session a particular conceptual issue that is inherent in the political process. In these sessions we will probe the issue in both its historical antecedents and its contemporary manifestations. And we will look at the intellectual debates and scholarly treatments surrounding these issues particularly where such insights exist.

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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: Graduate standing. (3).

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: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. (3). (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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CAAS 629 / HISTORY 629. Studies in African History.

African Studies

Section 001.

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

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

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

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See History 629.001.

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CAAS 651 / POLSCI 659. Proseminar in Governments and Politics of Africa.

African Studies

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites: Graduate standing. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See Political Science 659.001.

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CAAS 687 / HISTORY 687. Studies in Black History.

Cross-Area Courses

Section 001 Intro to the Black Atlantic.

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

Prerequisites: Graduate standing; seniors with permission of instructor. (3).

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

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See History 687.001.

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CAAS 695 / HISTORY 695. Studies in the Comparison of Historical Cultures.

Cross-Area Courses

Section 001 Empires States&Polit Imaginati

Instructor(s): Frederick Cooper (fcooper@umich.edu) , Jane R Burbank (jburbank@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing. (3).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See History 695.001.

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