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Spring/Summer '00 Course Guide

Courses in Afroamerican and African Studies (Division 311)


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Spring Half-Term, 2000 (May 2 June 23, 2000)
Spring/Summer Term, 2000 (May 2 August 18, 2000)
Summer Half-Term, 2000 (June 28 August 18, 2000)


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CAAS 203. Issues in Afro-American Development.

Politics, Economics, and Development

Section 101 History of Black America Since Emancipation.

Instructor(s): Adrian Burgos (aburgos@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (SS).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course is designed to introduce students to the manner culture has served as a principal site of identity formation, community building, and political contestation for people of the African Diaspora in the United States. Readings will consist of a variety of materials that document the African American experience: historical texts, films, and music. These materials will examine their experience in terms of culture, class, gender, and diasporic consciousness. Specific readings will focus on the working class (Ralph Ellison, "Invisible Man"), the Black middle class (Kevin Gaines, "Uplifting the Race"), and range from the post-emancipation era (Lawrence Levine, "Black Culture/Black Consciousness") to the late twentieth century culture wars (Robin Kelley, "Yo1 Mama's Disfunkational!"). Course themes will explore the emergence of African-American communities and identities, and the manner the Black experience has illuminated contradictions within American discourses of social equality and equal opportunity. We will focus on the cultural conflicts that arise within the race such as policing the lines of respectability and sexuality, between racial groups as occurred during Jim Crow and integration, and over the role of the State in fulfilling the dream of an egalitarian society. Assignments will include book reviews, leading class discussions, two short essays, and a final paper.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 3 Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

CAAS 203. Issues in Afro-American Development.

Politics, Economics, and Development

Section 102 African Americans in Juvenile Justice

Instructor(s): Geoffrey Ward (geofward@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (SS).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The course will integrate historical and sociological approaches to survey the involvement of African Americans in the juvenile justice system, as both agents and subjects of social control, from it's emergence in the mid-nineteenth century to the present. Special emphasis will be given to the conceptual development of "juvenile justice" and issues of inequality and transformation in this institutional history, including: the exclusion of Black children from early juvenile justice institutions, the leadership of Black women's organizations in the southern (Black) child-saving movement and the distinctiveness of their reforms, and the contemporary challenges in our radically changing juvenile justice system including minority overrepresentation in juvenile institutions and waivers to adult court. The course will conclude with a consideration of potential solutions.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 1

CAAS 340/Amer. Cult. 340. A History of Blacks in American Film.

Literature and the Arts

Section 101 The African American Cinematic Experience.

Instructor(s): Melba Boyd

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee ($15) required.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($15) required.

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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.

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CAAS 358. Topics in Black World Studies.

Independent Study and Special Topics

Section 101 The Development of Psychological Research in Africa

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The primary objective of this course is to equip students with the necessary knowledge, skills, and techniques that will enable them to carry out psychological research on African topics and in Africa. The course is aimed at upper-level undergraduates and graduate students in psychology, Afroamerican & African studies, and related social science disciplines. The course begins with an examination of the status of psychology and of psychological and social research in Africa impediments to the development of psychological and social research in African settings; ethical standards and abuses of early research privileges by researchers in Africa. This is followed by a comparative analysis of African traditional approaches to gaining knowledge and Western psychological and social science approaches. The student will further learn how to plan psychological and social research in Africa, the use of scientific sampling techniques in African settings, how to recruit and train field workers or interviewers, and how to obtain data that are reliable, valid, and generalizable from a non-Western population such as in Africa.

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CAAS 410. Supervised Reading and Research.

Independent Study and Special Topics

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (1-6). (Excl). (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.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

CAAS 458. Issues in Black World Studies.

Independent Study and Special Topics

Section 101 City and Countryside in African Society.

Instructor(s): Yaw Twumasi (yawt@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course attempts to illuminate the dynamics of politics in sub-Saharan Africa through a critical analysis of the nature and the changing patterns of the relationship between city-based elites and peasant producers. In the immediate post-independence years, African leaders strove to consolidate their power and to extend the authority of the state over populations scattered in the countryside. Much of the literature on African politics, therefore, tended to focus on ruling classes and the formal institutions of the state. One of the main objectives of this course is to seek to broaden the analytical focus of post-colonial politics to include peasant producers as relevant historical actors involved in complex relationships with city-based ruling coalitions. Texts include: Jonathan Baker, Peasant Farmers and the State in Africa; Goran Hyden, Beyond Ujamaa in Tanzania.

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CAAS 462 The Pedagogy of Action: A Study Abroad to South Africa.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Haniff

Prerequisites & Distribution: 462/WS 462. The Pedagogy of Action: A Study Abroad to South Africa. III in South Africa. (6 in the half-term).

Credits: /WS 462.

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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CAAS 510. Supervised Research.

Independent Study and Special Topics

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. (1-6). (Excl). (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.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

Spring/Summer Term Courses

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Summer Half-Term Courses

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CAAS 410. Supervised Reading and Research.

Independent Study and Special Topics

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (1-6). (Excl). (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.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

CAAS 510. Supervised Research.

Independent Study and Special Topics

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. (1-6). (Excl). (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.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

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