Courses in Afroamerican and African Studies (DIVISION 311)

Historical Perspectives

333. Perspectives in Afro-American History. (3). (Excl).
Section 101 Family History Research: A Multi-Ethnic Approach.
This course will explore a variety of research techniques needed for students to complete a term paper on their individual family histories. Readings will cover the social history of American families with a special emphasis upon ethnic variations in family experiences, lifestyles, customs, values, etc. African American families and Native American families will be highlighted and compared to European and Caucasian American families. (Dykes)

Politics, Economics, and Development

203. Issues in Afro-American Development. (3). (SS).
Section 101 Political and Economic Thought From 1965-1995: Where Do We Go From Here?
This course seeks to trace the development of African American political and economic thought from 1965 to the present, in order to show how such current concepts as "deracialization," and "the culture of poverty," as well as such ideas as "afrocentricity" actually have their roots in the debates of the Civil Rights and Black Power movements. Among the texts discussed are: Testament of Hope, Martin Luther King; The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual, Harold Cruse; Blacks in Conservative America, Marcus Pohlman; The Declining Significance of Race, William Julius Wilson; Race Matters, Cornel West; Black Power, Stokely Carmichael; The Autobiography of Malcolm X, Malcolm X; select readings from The Black Scholar. (Spence)

479/Pol. Sci. 479. International Relations of Africa. (3). (SS).

See Political Science 479. (Twumasi)

Literature and the Arts

340/Amer. Cult. 340. A History of Blacks in American Film. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee ($15) required.
Section 101 The African-American Cinematic Experience.
This course focuses on the developing and burgeoning film industry emerging from the African American experience and/or its cultural context. It considers the historical circumstances that have impeded a reasonable representation of Black Americans in American cinema, while investigating the forms and styles expressed in independent and commercial productions. This includes an historical overview, but focuses on more recent works since the Civil Rights Movement of the '60s and '70s. Both documentary and feature films are examined and considered in terms of their cinematic techniques and aesthetic characteristics as well as for their social and political themes. The course will consider major Black directors and will attempt to view at least one of their works, and preview others. There will also be a comparative analysis of the feature and the documentary on Malcolm X. The examination and discussion of the films will require the use of cinematic vocabulary. (Boyd)

Independent Study and Special Topics

358. Topics in Black World Studies. (3). (Excl). May be elected for a total of 6 credits.
Section 101 Gender and Social Change in 19th and 20th Century East Africa.
Through a focus on gender relations, this course will explore processes of social change in nineteenth- and twentieth-century East African history. The main objective of the course is to examine both how relations between and among men and women shaped social, cultural, economic, and political transformations across these two centuries and how such transformations reconfigured gender relations. Concentrating on the geographical areas of present-day Tanzania, Kenya, and Uganda, the course will trace the theme of gender relations through various phases of East African history: pre-colonial political and economic formations; slavery and long distance trading systems; the installations and elaboration of colonialism; urbanization and labor migrancy; nationalist political struggles and the attainment of Independence; and post-colonial conditions. Class discussions and writing assignments will draw on a range of source materials including historical monographs and articles, ethnographies, life histories, novels, and film. (Thomas)


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