Courses in Afroamerican and African Studies (DIVISION 311)

Literature and the Arts

338/English 320. Literature in Afro-American Culture. (3). (HU).
Section 101.
In this course students will examine the complexities of African American cultures by engaging the work of African American writers from the late 19th century to the present. A central theme for the course will be the socio-political and cultural shifts between urban and rural settings. Throughout the course we will examine how authors negotiate multiple ideologies that attach particular racial, class, and gendered meanings to the notions of "space" and "place." How are African Americans to relate to geographical places like "The South" that carry memories of enslavement and oppression? How do African Americans relate to "space" in urban enrvironments where self-definition and movement is limited by economic, political, and racial constraints? Of particular interest is Black women's "place" in relationship to their physical and social environment. Readings include: Charles Chesnutt, Nella Larsen, Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, Alice Walker, Ishmael Reed, Toni Morrison, and Gloria Naylor. (Johnson)

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

This course will (a) introduce students to a primary body of knowledge reflective of West African cultures and their relationships to Afro-American culture; (b) develop reference on a broad level for an Afrocentric aesthetic point of view; (c) encourage greater insight and exploration into the arts of African and Afro-American people and the spirits and realities that motivate the "arts"; (d) create a living vehicle capable of a broader understanding and resolution of problematic cultural pattern levels which disturb, confuse, and cancerize our historic and our contemporary lives. Course requirements include three short papers (3-5 pages each), an analytical overview from a video presentation, guest lecturer or audio presentation (5 pages), and an in-class final group presentation. This course is designed to be "communal/interactive/ intensive/informative/spiritual," creating countless opportunities for students to involve themselves, strengthen their skills, and establish a clearer concept of identity, purpose, and direction. Students must be prepared for discussion and interaction. WL:4 (Lockard)

401. Music and Afroamerican Culture. (3). (Excl).

In this course, we will learn to appreciate the sound ideals of Black music since the era of "race" recordings through readings, music listening, and discussion. The primary goal is to gain a knowledge of Black music aesthetics and the way sound is ideally structured. This class will also involve critically examining the production, consumption and reception of Black music in our culture and, more importantly, among the individuals of the class. Requirements: weekly readings and written summaries, listening analysis and quizzes, discussion, two Black music concert reports and final paper or project. (Gaunt)

470/Comm. 470. Cultural Issues in Cinema. (3). (Excl).

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 recent 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 REMEMBERENCE, FACES OF WOMEN, SHE'S GOTTA HAVE IT and NICE COLORED GIRLS. Readings, screening and written assignments required. Cost:4 WL:3,4 (Ukadike)

Individual Behavior, Cultural Systems, and Social Organization

303/Soc. 303. Race and Ethnic Relations. One of the following: Soc. 100, 101, 102, 195, 202, 203, 400, or 401; or permission of instructor. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in Sociology 503. (3). (SS).

See Sociology 303.

327. Psychological Aspects of Black Experience. (3). (SS).
Section 101 Black Women.
This course examines and critiques the study of the lives of Black women throughout the diaspora. Using the writings, art, and music of Black women we will explore ways of (1) "doing" psychology; and (2) examining the complex and varied constructions of race, gender, sexuality, and nation among Black women. Course requirements: attendance, short weekly papers, final written project. (Mattis)

336/Women's Studies 336. Black Women in America. (3). (Excl).

This course examines Black women in America from a historical and contemporary perspective. Understanding the full life cycle and multiple roles of Black women as wives, workers, mothers, daughters, sisters and social change agents is the principal focus of the readings, discussions, and research project. Reading materials will be drawn from literature, history, and the social sciences. (Patterson)

420/Anthro. 347. Race and Ethnicity. Junior standing. (2). (SS).

This course is a comparative analysis of race and ethnicity as social and political phenomena with emphasis on the current theoretical literature. It analyzes the criteria by which different peoples classify races and/or ethnic groups; the implications of these classifications for intergroup relations; and the study of how attitudes and values surrounding race and ethnicity have shaped contemporary world events. Cost:3 WL:3 (Williams)

430. Education and Cultures of the Black World. (3). (SS). May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

This course is a comparative study of education and of the cultures of Black peoples in Africa, the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean and South Pacific Islands. The readings and approach are designed to help students gain a systematic understanding of the dynamics and the interplay of education and culture as they relate to peoples of color in the regions listed above - whether such people live within self-governing and independent nation-states, or whether they do so as minority members of multi-ethnic societies. WL:4 (Wagaw)


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