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Winter Academic Term 2002 Course Guide

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CAAS 200(105). Introduction to African Studies.

African Studies

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: CAAS 111. (3). (SS). (R&E). (African Studies).

R&E

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

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course is designed to give students an overview of the historical, political, cultural, and economic developments in sub-Saharan Africa. Contemporary Africa has been characterized by analysts in all kinds of ways: as a group of new nations with a need for development; as a collection of states with colonially-created boundaries searching for viable political frameworks for development; and as a region of the world where authoritarian political and statist economic systems are giving way to a movement toward democracy and economic liberalization. This course does not seek to be comprehensive; rather, it will provide an overview on how Africa came to be characterized in these various ways, specifically focusing on the interactions of sub-Saharan African societies with outsiders, both historically and at present. The issues of race and ethnicity, discrimination and inequality, that have been and continue to be a major element of these interactions, will be examined in this course.

The course will begin with an examination of myths and facts about Africa. This will be followed by an exploration of the African precolonial past, emphasizing African connections with other societies, through migration and trade as well as through the trans-Saharan and Atlantic slave trade. The effects of colonialism in Africa will then be examined, along the resulting nationalist movements and related postcolonial concerns and problems. Central among these problems and issues are: the centralization of power and transitions to more pluralist and participatory political systems; the shifts in strategies of development, population growth, and poverty; and the intersection of gender and race in African postcolonial societies. The aim in presenting a historical background at the outset is to provide a context for understanding the bases of these problems and issues.

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CAAS 202(200). Introduction to Afro-Caribbean Studies.

Afro-Caribbean Studies

Section 001 Topic?

Instructor(s): Lorna G Goodison

Prerequisites & Distribution: CAAS 111. (3). (Excl). (R&E). (Afro-Caribbean Studies).

R&E

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Caribbean poet Lorna Goodison will teach this introductory course. Readings will include poems by Derek Walcott,.V. S. Naipaul, Jean Rhys and other Caribbean poets.

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CAAS 211. Dynamics of the Black Diaspora.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Ifeoma C Nwankwo (icn@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: CAAS 111. (3). (HU).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course is intended to help students sort through social and theoretical questions concerning Black Diasporan identities by foregrounding the influential notion of Africa as a mythic geographic site, the significance of Black as a label of social identification, and the varied approaches to self-definition taken by African-American and Caribbean peoples in disparate national contexts. Because the multicultural history and present of Black Diasporan culture and identity are so historically exposed as obviously possessing multiple African, European, and Native American influences, Black Diasporan identity is also conspicuously intermixed. Whether it is a matter of language, religion, food, or music, the "mixed" nature of the identity cannot be avoided. At the same time, particular Black Diasporan identities have become encrusted with national, racial, linguistic, and other cultural stereotypes continually re-formed in mass culture. Notions of the Jamaican, the Cuban, the African-American, for instance, show up in a variety of contemporary contexts, sometimes spread by African-American or Caribbean peoples intentionally and/or unintentionally but most frequently shaped by mass media apparatus not fully in the control of these African-descended people. Historical debates over national interests versus global identification among the African-American and Caribbean peoples have continued to reverberate in the ways that these African descended people are sometimes clumped together as a single group despite their obvious differences in language, tradition, politics, and culture, and yet at other times their differences are showcased such that Afro-Cubans as categorized as Hispanics or Latinos but African-Americans as Blacks in U.S. culture, for instance. Because emigration, immigration, and remigration have played such a vital role in the formation and deformation of Black Diasporan identities, this course will pay particular attention to the questions of how such resettlements help to rigidify and disturb settled notions of what constitutes Black Diasporan identity in general, and African-American and Caribbean identity in particular. How do we gauge the identity-location of someone like Sidney Poitier or Colin Powell, whose influences on U.S. and global cultures have been so prominent. Is Poitier, for instance, Bahamian, Caribbean, Bahamian American, African American? At one point does an identity slip from being identified with a particular nation to being identified with the final country of settlement to being identified with a global Black culture? How does one locate the African versus the British versus the American versus the Native American influence on and impact of "Poitier" as a mass cultural phenomenon? Moving beyond individual subjects to collective ones, we'll ask similar questions about such cultural expressions as Reggae, Calypso, Dancehall, Ska, and Hip Hop. While the course focuses on the intermixed multicultural manifestations in films, music, fiction, and other cultural forms, it also requires students to study some key theoretical reflections on the problem of Black Diasporan identity formation in the contemporary diaspora. Readings from Michael Omi and Howard Winant's "Racial Formation," Edwidge Danticat's Farming of Bones, Thomas Hylland Erikson's "Ethnicity, Race and Nation: What is Ethnicity," Antonio Benitez-Rojo's The Repeating Island: The Caribbean and the Postmodern Perspective, Angelyn Mitchell's Within the Circle, Present. Kamau Brathwaite's Contradictory Omens: Cultural Diversity and Integration in the Caribbean, Carole Boyce Davies' Black Women, Writing and Identity: Migrations of the Subject, and Hilary Beckles and Verene Shepherd's Caribbean Freedom: Economy and Society from Emancipation to the Intended Audience

This course is aimed at a broad undergraduate audience. It is intended also as an introductory level course for CAAS concentrators and minors who have or are completing CAAS 111, "Intro to Africa & Its Diaspora," to satisfy the requirement for a cross-area course (one focusing on issues across Caribbean and African American Studies) at the 200 level. Because this is a discussion-intensive course, students will be required to participate in class discussion individually and through small-group activities, as well as to do individual and group presentations. Several short essays (1 to 3 pages), two longer essays (5 to 6 pages), and a final paper (12 to 15 pages) are included in the written assignments. There will be a final exam, and perhaps a midterm.

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CAAS 232 / FILMVID 232. Survey of African American Cinema.

African-American Studies

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Frances Gateward (gateward@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (HU). (R&E). Laboratory fee ($50) required.

R&E

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($50) required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See Film and Video Studies 232.001.

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CAAS 247(448) / HISTORY 247. Modern Africa.

African Studies

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: CAAS 200 recommended. (4). (SS). (R&E). (African Studies).

R&E

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See History 247.001.

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CAAS 274 / ENGLISH 274. Introduction to Afro-American Literature.

African-American Studies

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Gunning

Prerequisites & Distribution: CAAS 111. (3). (HU). (African-American Studies).

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

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See English 274.001.

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CAAS 303 / SOC 303. Race and Ethnic Relations.

African-American Studies

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Karen S Honeycutt

Prerequisites & Distribution: An introductory course in sociology or AAS; AAS 201 recommended. (4). (SS). (R&E). (African-American Studies).

R&E

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2002/winter/soc/303/001.nsf

See Sociology 303.001.

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CAAS 303 / SOC 303. Race and Ethnic Relations.

African-American Studies

Section 005.

Instructor(s): John Lie

Prerequisites & Distribution: An introductory course in sociology or CAAS; CAAS 201 recommended. (4). (SS). (R&E). (African-American Studies).

R&E

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See Sociology 303.005.

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CAAS 327 / PSYCH 315. Psychological Aspects of the Black Experience.

African-American Studies

Section 001 The Development of Social Psychological Research in Africa.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: One course in psychology or Afroamerican and African Studies. CAAS 201 recommended. (3). (SS). (African-American Studies).

R&E

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The primary objective of this course is to equip students, through lectures, group discussions, and discovery, with the necessary theoretical and practical knowledge, skills, and technique that will enable them to carry out social psychological research in African environment. The course is aimed at the upper-level undergraduate students in Psychology, African-American and African Studies, and other related social science disciplines. The principles underlying the collection of scientific research data remain the same but the cultural influence under which scientific research data is collected must be taken into consideration if a researcher is to collect valid and reliable research information. The discussion begins with examination of the status of psychology and social psychological research in Africa, factors that impede the development of psychology and social psychological research in the African setting, and the responsibilities of a social psychological researcher to the African subjects. We also will discuss the traditional African approaches to the generation of knowledge. The student will further learn how to plan psychological and social research in Africa, the use of sampling techniques in African setting, how to recruit and train field workers, interviewers, and how to obtain data that are reliable, valid, and have external validity from a non-Western population such as Africa. Finally, the course will assess the contributions of social psychological research to social change in Africa.

A textbook and course pack will be used for the course. Student assessment will comprise of attendance, class participation, midterm and final examinations, and field research experience.

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CAAS 335 / AAPTIS 335 / RELIGION 310. African-American Religion Between Christianity and Islam.

African-American Studies

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Sherman A Jackson (sajackso@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: CAAS 201 recommended. (4). (HU). (African-American Studies).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See Arabic, Armenian, Persian, Turkish, and Islamic Studies 335.001.

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CAAS 342 / THTREMUS 233. Acting and the Black Experience.

African-American Studies

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Darryl V. Jones (dvjones@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor (brief interview). CAAS 201 recommended. (3). (HU). (African-American Studies).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See Theatre and Drama 233.001.

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CAAS 348 / DANCE 358. Dance in Culture: Origins of Jazz Dance.

Cross-Area Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Robin Wilson (robinwl@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course is an exploration of the origins of Jazz Dance through movement, as it relates to African-American vernacular dance, the African Diaspora, and American culture as a whole, placing African-American vernacular dance right at its center and providing a broader understanding of the influence of African-American dance and its legacy within 20th-century concert dance. Starting from the early dances of enslaved Africans in the Americas to the present, this course investigates the relationship of African-American vernacular dance to jazz dance forms. Its focus in this context is the influence of African-American vernacular dance and the identification of specific movement motifs and concepts, such as rhythm, improvisation, theme, syncopation, balanced asymmetry, and body carriage, as a clear retention of African culture and rooted deeply in the African aesthetic, as evidenced in the work of George Balanchine, Martha Graham, Jerome Robbins, and Jack Cole. It will identify the commonalities of movement and aesthetics of both, as well as the sociocultural conditions that contributed to their creation and influence in American dance and culture. The course utilizes movement sequences, as well as lecture, group discussion, supplemental readings, film, and video components, to provide both an experiential and theoretical understanding of these concepts. The course also will incorporate improvisation as an essential element through the class, as a basic concept in all African Diasporic forms.

Course requirements: Studio participation and regular attendance at all lectures; reading assignments; take-home midterm; midterm choreographic phrase; final research project, and final choreographic phrase.

This course is intended for Dance majors, CAAS students, and the wider university community. Two meetings a week, 1.5 hours per session, in a format mixing lab with lecture and discussion.

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CAAS 358. Topics in Black World Studies.

Cross-Area Courses

Section 001 Sacred Art of the African Diaspora. Meets with History of Art 394.006.

Instructor(s): Dana Rush (danarush@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See History of Art 394.006.

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CAAS 361. Comparative Black Art.

Cross-Area Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): John M Lockard (jmlockaz@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: CAAS 360. (3). (Excl). (Cross-Area Courses).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course is a continuation of CAAS 360, an accelerated course which provides an interdisciplinary overview of Afro-American culture and art. CAAS 361 develops further information and dialogue for a closer examination of the interrelationship of the arts, and of how they influence and are influenced by society. The approach continues to be interdisciplinary, and Afrocentric. The Afro-American cultural experience and its various forms of existence and encounters are brought under close scrutiny in a variety of contexts: these will range from the historical and political to the philosophical, the religious, and the aesthetic. In the process, this course also examines the relationship of West African cultures to both South and North American insistencies. The course also recognizes and will examine the controversies surrounding the impact of the Afrocentric aesthetic on Western culture and lifestyles. Slides, films, and guest appearances will supplement lectures. But this course also is designed to be interactive and communal and to create opportunities for students to strengthen their skills and establish a clearer, more substantial concept of identity, focus, and direction.

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CAAS 394. Junior Seminar.

Cross-Area Courses

Section 001 Social and Political Changes in African Literature.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: Upperclass standing. (4). (Excl). (Cross-Area Courses). May be repeated for a total of eight credits.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course offers a general introduction to the social and political transformation that has occurred in Africa since the early years of the twentieth century. The transformation has been profound and African writers have not escaped its impulse, and have sought to give expression to it in their writings. We will thus seek to understand various aspects of the musical and political changes through the eyes and words of African novelists who live and write in Africa. We will focus on: significant cultural changes resulting from the contact between African peoples and European traders, missionaries, and colonial officials; the popular struggle to make sense of the European presence; social inequalities, concentration of power at the center, wealth accumulation and the conflicts it generates, all in the post-colonial period. African writers have shed a great deal of light on these issues, and their writings thus provide us with a rare opportunity to think critically about the constantly changing wider context of African politics. We will select, for intensive study, novels written by African men and women from different parts of the continent and at different time periods. We will discuss one novel each week, and every student will be responsible for leading the discussion for one class period. Active class participation will be encouraged. Several writing assignments will constitute the main requirements for this seminar course.

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CAAS 405 / ANTHRCUL 400. Field Studies.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Augustin Holl

Prerequisites & Distribution: Junior standing. (8). (Excl).

Credits: (8).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See Cultural Anthropology 400.001.

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CAAS 406 / ANTHRCUL 401. Archaeology Laboratory Studies.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Augustin Holl

Prerequisites & Distribution: Junior standing; concurrent enrollment in Anthro. 400. (6). (Excl).

Credits: (6).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See Cultural Anthropology 401.001.

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CAAS 410. Supervised Reading and Research.

Cross-Area Courses

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (1-6). (Excl). (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 418 / POLSCI 419. Black Americans and the Political System.

African-American Studies

Section 001 Black Am & Political System.

Instructor(s): Hanes Walton Jr

Prerequisites & Distribution: Two courses in political science. CAAS 201 recommended. (3). (Excl). (African-American Studies).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See Political Science 419.001.

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CAAS 427 / ANTHRCUL 427 / WOMENSTD 427. African Women.

African Studies

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Elisha P Renne (erenne@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: One course in African Studies, anthropology, or women's studies. AAS 200 recommended. (3). (Excl). (African Studies).

Upper-Level Writing

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2002/winter/caas/427/001.nsf

This course considers differences in African women's experiences (raising the question of whether the term African women is a meaningful category) as well as the experiences that women living in the various sub-Saharan African countries share. We will begin with the theoretical question of African women's power and their role in the domestic sphere, focussing on marriage (as institution, as ritual, as strategy, as site of reproduction) for women in Kenya, Liberia, Niger, and Nigeria. Since marriage was affected by colonial policies, changes in marriage practices as well as other aspects of women's lives will be discussed. Some of these changes provided opportunities while others restricted women's options. Cote d'Ivoire, Nigeria, and South Africa, Zaire, and Zimbabwe responded to these new situations in various ways. Specific African women's interpretations of these present-day events will be examined through readings of selected autobiographies and novels. The course based on readings from books, journals, newspapers, and African films  will be evaluated through one short paper, class participation, and midterm and final exams (with the option of a research paper).

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CAAS 433 / FRENCH 402. Francophone Literature in Translation.

Cross-Area Courses

Section 001 African Drama.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: A literature course or any course dealing with the Black experience in Africa or the Americas. (3). (Excl). (Cross-Area Courses).

Foreign Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See French 402.001.

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CAAS 451. Law, Race, and the Historical Process, II.

African-American Studies

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Ronald C Woods (rcwoods@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: CAAS 201 and 450 recommended. (3). (Excl). (African-American Studies).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course is the second half of a two-course sequence on the constitutional and legal history of African Americans. It covers the phase of this history beginning with the advent of the Modern Civil Rights Movement and extending to the present. In this course, we will approach law as an institution which is constantly shaping and being shaped by the cultural, economic, political, and social environments around it. In looking at the interaction between law, race, and historical process in the latter half of the twentieth century, the course will explore the reciprocal relationship between law and the societal order, the role of law in the philosophical and social discourse of African Americans, and the function of law in the developmental strategies adopted by them. This course will routinely examine the constitutional and legal experience of African Americans as a case study in how ideas are transformed by historical forces in malleable principles of law.

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CAAS 452. Education of the Black Child.

African-American Studies

Section 001.

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

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2002/winter/caas/452/001.nsf

This course deals with overlooked but crucial questions related to the education of Black children in the United States. The area of primary concern will be public schooling, and the emphasis will be laid on analyzing the social, cultural, political, and economic forces which act to influence the learning experiences of Black children. This course will thus consider, on the one hand, the theoretical framing of ideas about the growth, development, and learning of children in different life settings and styles, and, on the other, the existing structural, sociopolitical attempts to find ways and means of relating the philosophy and objectives of public education to the needs of Black children. In the process, this course examines the defects of present-day educational theories which are based on empirical data drawn from studies of less than 1% of the population. The course will test for the applicability and generalizability of such data to other population groups, examine their implications for different cultural systems, and assess what is thus contributed to cognitive variation and performance and competence in the learning process.

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CAAS 454 / ANTHRCUL 453. African-American Culture.

African-American Studies

Section 001.

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

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See Cultural Anthropology 453.001.

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CAAS 457 / ECON 476. Political Economy of Black America.

African-American Studies

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Warren C Whatley (wwhatley@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Econ. 101. AAS 201 recommended. (3). (Excl). (R&E). (African-American Studies).

Upper-Level Writing R&E

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2002/winter/econ/476/001.nsf

This course will cover the economic history of Africans in America from the 15th century to the present, with emphasis placed on the historical roots of contemporary African-American life. Students will leave the class with well-informed opinions on the following topics: the contributions of African Americans to American economic development; the economic foundations and legacies of racial slavery in the United States; the economic significance and meaning of freedom and citizenship; the economic thought of African Americans; the economic structure of Jim Crow and the responses of African Americans to it; the economic causes and consequences of the Black migration to the north; the economics of the Civil Rights Movement; the changing class structure of the Black community; the economics of Black family structure; markets vs. the state in Black economic development; an accounting of contemporary Black economic resources; African Americans in the global economy; and economic strategies for the future.

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CAAS 458. Issues in Black World Studies.

Cross-Area Courses

Section 001 Toni Morrison as Novelist and Critic. Meets with English 482.004.

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

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See English 482.004.

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CAAS 458. Issues in Black World Studies.

Cross-Area Courses

Section 002 19Th CENTURY AFRICAN- AMERICAN HISTORY. Meets with History 468.002.

Instructor(s): Martha Jones (msjonz@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2002/winter/caas/458/002.nsf

See History 468.002.

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CAAS 458. Issues in Black World Studies.

Cross-Area Courses

Section 003 SEMINAR IN PSYCHOLOGY OF UNDERDEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA

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

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

When economists discuss the development of Africa, they often forget the psychological component of social and economic development. "The Psychology of Underdevelopment in Africa" is a seminar course that is designed to lead students through lectures, discussions, and demonstrations to explore the psychological causes of the contemporary underdevelopment of the nations of Africa. Emphasis will be placed on the behavioral aspect of development, and will cover topics such as colonial underdevelopment policies in Africa, neo-colonial theories of development, the new nations of Africa and their alternative plan for development, and psychological principles of development.

Special considerations will be given to topics such as attitudes, motivation, and trust and development. Finally, the place of education and human resources planning as important aspects of development efforts will be examined.

Since this course will attract students with various educational backgrounds, students who are ready to make insightful and innovative contributions to the understanding of the causes and possible eradication of development problems of Africa are encouraged to register for it.

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CAAS 458. Issues in Black World Studies.

Cross-Area Courses

Section 004 RALPH ELLISON AND THE BLUES AESTHETIC.

Instructor(s): Paul A Anderson (paanders@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

"I am an invisible man. No, I am not a spook like those who haunted Edgar Allan Poe; nor am I one of your Hollywood-movie ectoplasms. I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber, and liquids and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me. Like the bodiless heads you see sometimes in circus sideshows, it is as though I have been surrounded by mirrors of hard, distorting glass. When they approach me they see only my surroundings, themselves, or figments of their imagination indeed, everything and anything expect me."

So begins Ralph Ellison's INVISIBLE MAN (1952), certainly one of the most influential and widely discussed African American novels of the twentieth century. This senior seminar will dedicate considerable time to reading Ellison's classic novel and to interpreting it in historical context. We also will survey the non-fiction writings of Ellison (1914-1994), paying particular attention to his theories about African American and American cultural identity as reflected in the languages and rhythms of literary, political, and musical expression (especially the blues and jazz). INVISIBLE MAN, for example, addressed these issues through a strikingly imaginative and controversial depiction of the unnamed main character's "progress" through a series of African American and American political, educational, and cultural institutions and social worlds in the mid-twentieth century. Using Ellison as a partial guide to mid-20th century African American intellectual life, we also will explore the multi-ethnic roots of Ellison's intellectual world, controversies surrounding his writings and ideas, and his impact on later writers. Other authors and critics discussed or read here will include assorted Harlem Renaissance writers, Black leftists, separatists, and liberals, Nation of Islam spokesmen, writers and activists from the 1960s Black Arts movement, and more recent literary artists and postmodernist critics.

Grades will be determined on the basis of attendance, active participation, short reading quizzes or written commentaries, two short papers (4-6 pp. each), an in-class midterm, and a take-home final exam. There are no specific prerequisites, but it is expected that students will have done some prior relevant coursework in African American Studies, cultural studies, or U.S. literature. Enrollment limited to 20 students.

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CAAS 458. Issues in Black World Studies.

Cross-Area Courses

Section 005 REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH, GENDER, AND POLITICS IN AFRICA: A SOUTHERN AFRICA PERSPECTIVE.

Instructor(s): Shingairai A Feresu (sferesu@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course will consider reproductive health of women, gender inequalities, and politics of health in Africa with a special focus on Southern Africa. The course is designed for mid-level to upper level undergraduate Afro-American and African studies, women studies, social science courses, and students planning international careers or internships. This course will discuss the background, dynamics, and underpinnings of health practices in Africa in the broader social context. Comparisons of Southern Africa to other parts of Africa will be made throughout the course. The course will explore how gender relations and cultural practices influence health. The macroeconomic and political context and their impact on health in this continent also will be considered. The course will focus on the AIDS crisis in Southern Africa and strategies necessary to compact the epidemic as a specific case study. Other reproductive health issues including sexually transmitted diseases, other reproductive tract infections, family planning, and maternal mortality and morbidity also will be discussed in this course. The main questions we will address are: is the African woman uniquely vulnerable to poor access to health care? Is there a way the African woman can be meaningfully empowered in a sustainable way to promote and control her reproductive health without creating dependency? How can we as ambassadors of health or activists help create improved health status of mothers and their families in a cost effective manner? The course will use techniques from public health, the medical sciences, and epidemiology in articulating health problems and strategies by engaging students in dialogue and problem solving techniques through lectures, group discussions, and case studies. No prior knowledge of Africa or the health sciences is assumed. Required text will posted on the web prior to beginning of class. Assessment of student performance in the course will be through a case study, group project, and a small student end-of-term paper.

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CAAS 458. Issues in Black World Studies.

Cross-Area Courses

Section 006 Cultural Psychology of Immigrants. Meets with Psychology 401.004

Instructor(s): Ram Mahalingham (ramawasi@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See Psychology 401.004.

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CAAS 477 / NRE 477. Women and the Environment.

Cross-Area Courses

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: Junior standing. (3). (Excl). (Cross-Area Courses). Laboratory fee ($30) required.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($30) required.

Course Homepage: https://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2002/winter/nre/477/001.nsf

This course explores issues related to gender, race, class, and environmental inequality. It looks at the historical role of women in the environment in the U.S., explores the development of environmental ideologies, and looks at the relationship between women, environment, and social justice. It examines environmental sub-movements like ecofeminism and environmental justice. The course also examines gender and inequality in the international context. In particular, it focuses on women and development issues.

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CAAS 486. Communication Media in the Black World: Print Media.

African-American Studies

Section 001 History of the African American Press. Meets with Communication Studies 458.001.

Instructor(s): Catherine A Squires (squiresc@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~squiresc/pressyll.htm

This course gives students in-depth knowledge of the history of the African American press from the antebellum era to the present. Through readings, discussions, and short papers, students will investigate relationships between the Black press, Black political ideas and social movements, and mainstream news coverage of African Americans.

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CAAS 489 / ENGLISH 479. Topics in Afro-American Literature.

African-American Studies

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Michele Simms-Burton (mlsimms@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: CAAS 201, 274 and/or 338 strongly recommended. (3). (Excl). (African-American Studies). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

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

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See English 479.001.

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CAAS 490. Special Topics in Black World Studies.

Cross-Area Courses

Section 001 Telling their Stories: Black Autobiography and Identity Politics in the Americas. (1 Credit). (Drop/Add deadline=January 27).

Instructor(s): Lesley Feracho (ferachol@umich.edu)

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

Mini/Short course

Credits: (1-2).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This class will look at the autobiographies of Blacks of the Americas in order to answer important questions about identity politics and nation building:

  • How do Black men and women use different autobiographical forms to explore the different facets of identity: race, class, gender, sexuality, and religion?
  • What are the external factors that affect the ways in which autobiographical subjects must construct their identities?
  • How do the politics of publication and readership affect this process?
  • In what historical moment were these autobiographies written?
  • What comparisons can be made between the Black autobiographical texts of Latin America and those of Anglophone America, particularly as part of a dialogue with the historical and political projects of nation building in the region and the specific country of each text?
  • How do these subjects dialogue with the traditional autobiographical form and reshape it to fit their particular social and political realities?

In order to answer these questions this course will look at autobiographies from Cuba and Brazil. As countries whose very identities are made up of multiple racial groups and ethnicities we will study the ways in which this diversity affects how its citizens define themselves. The autobiographies chosen will include the only slave narrative written to date in Latin America by Juan Francisco Manzano, Esteban Montejo's accounts of his life during the war for Cuban independence, Maria Castillo's accounts of her life as a Black Cuban woman in the 20th century, and Carolina Maria de Jesus' diary of a Black woman's survival in a Brazilian favela. Our discussions of these texts will be supplemented by cultural information, video, and music that expand on each country's social and political history. Students will be expected to give occasional presentations on a specific text and present a final written investigation of a text of their choice discussed in class.

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CAAS 490. Special Topics in Black World Studies.

Cross-Area Courses

Section 002 Regionalism, Racial Identity, and Conspicuous Consumption. (1 credit). Meets March 5-April 4. (Drop/Add deadline=March 11).

Instructor(s): Jack Kerkering (jackk@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Junior standing. (1-2). (Excl). (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 examines how racial identity serves as a marker of elevated class status by enabling "conspicuous consumption," or the social display of wealth and leisure. Commencing with recent accounts of this phenomenon, the course then turns to the American 1890s, the period when the drive for conspicuous consumption first began to make identity a luxury item. The first identities to be consumed as luxuries were the regional identities marketed to the leisure class through regionalist fiction. In the work of later African-American writers the conventions of regionalism were adapted to display the identity not just of a place but also of a race, thereby making racial identity available as an object of conspicuous consumption. Readings for this course will include contemporary criticism by Adolph Reed, Kenneth Warren, Richard Broadhead, and Roberto Dainotto; primary readings will include Thorstein Veblen's The Theory of the Leisure Class (1899), Sarah Orne Jewett's The Country of the Pointed Firs (1896), Charles Chesnutt's The Conjure Woman (1899), W.E.B. DuBois' The Souls of Black Folk (1903), and Pauline Hopkins' Of One Blood (1903). Course requirements include class attendance and participation, weekly response papers, and a 6-8 page final paper.

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CAAS 490. Special Topics in Black World Studies.

Cross-Area Courses

Section 003 Defining Freedom in the Post-slavery British Caribbean. (1 credit). March 4 to April 1. (Drop/Add deadline=March 8).

Instructor(s): Juanita De Barros (debarros@umich.edu)

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

Mini/Short course

Credits: (1-2).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The legal end of slavery in the British Caribbean is a significant historical moment, an event that marked the end of one era and the beginning of another. Yet the freedom that arrived in 1838 was elusive and contested. This course examines the attempts of former slaves to ensure that de jure freedom became freedom in fact. By exploring the process by which freed Afro-Creoles attempted to realize freedom - establishing free villages, engaging in peasant agriculture, and tentatively organizing themselves as a working class - in three British Caribbean colonies (Jamaica, Guyana, Barbados), this course charts the efforts of the emancipated population to define freedom and, in the process, to define a new post-emancipation political, economic, and cultural order. We will focus our readings on three major works that examine these colonies during the first hundred years of freedom in the British Caribbean: Thomas Holt, The Problem of Freedom: Race, Labor, and Politics in Jamaica and Britain, 1832-1938; Walter Rodney, A History of the Guyanese Working People, 1881-1905; Bonham Richardson, Panama Money in Barbados, 1900-1920. These books will be supplemented by articles that will be provided in advance. To prepare for the course, students should have some background in Caribbean history or have read Franklin Knight's The Caribbean: The Genesis of a Fragmented Nationalism or Eric William's From Columbus to Castro: The History of the Caribbean, 1492-1969 or some other overview. As well as regular attendance and participation, the course requirements include one seminar presentation and one final essay (6-8 pages).

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CAAS 495. Senior Seminar.

Cross-Area Courses

Section 001 Critical Race Theory. Meets with History 396.005.

Instructor(s): Martha Jones (msjonz@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Upperclass standing. (4). (Excl). (Cross-Area Courses). (Capstone Course). May be repeated for a total of eight credits.

Upper-Level Writing

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2002/winter/caas/495/001.nsf

This course will explore Critical Race Theory, an intellectual movement that has sought to reexamine the terms by which race and racism have been understood in the American Consciousness. Through readings in law, history, literature and the social sciences, as well as through autobiography and film, students will explore the ways in which race and power are constructed and represented in American legal culture, and more generally, in American society as a while. We will investigate the connections between race and other social markers such as gender, sexual orientation, and ethnicity through a consideration of queer theory, whiteness studies and Latina/o critical theory. Also central to Critical Race Theory is its mobilization as a political intervention aimed at changing the relationship between race and power in American culture. Thus, we will consider concepts of neutrality and objectivity, activism and social change, and their relationship to scholarship and the production of knowledge. Students will be evaluated based upon contribution to class discussion and completion of a research project with final paper.

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CAAS 510. Supervised Research.

Cross-Area Courses

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.

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CAAS 521 / SOC 521. African American Intellectual Thought.

African-American Studies

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Alford A Young Jr (ayoun@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Senior standing. CAAS 201 recommended. (3). (Excl). (African-American Studies).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The purpose of this course is to explore some debates and arguments constructed by African American scholars on the "Negro Problem." The objective will be to ascertain how African American scholarly debate and commentary has framed definitions of, and has posed solutions for, the social condition of the African American community throughout the twentieth century. More specifically, we will consider how these scholars framed their arguments within larger intellectual and disciplinary frameworks. In doing so, we will attend to the historical contexts that circumscribe these arguments. This course will involve seminar-style discussion. Students will be evaluated on a research paper that explores some dimension of African American scholarly inquiry on a social issue of pertinence to Black Americans. There also will be brief written assignments that will facilitate the development of the term paper.

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CAAS 533 / AMCULT 533 / HISTORY 572. Black Civil Rights from 1900.

African-American Studies

Section 001 The Origins of Black Studies

Instructor(s): Kevin Gaines (gainesk@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

We will discuss a selection of the more influential texts for the formation and development of the field of Black Studies. Texts include:

Drake and Cayton, Black Metropolis;
Frazier, Black Bourgeoisie;
Clark, Dark Ghetto;
C.L.R. James, The History of Pan-African Revolt;
Du Bois, Black Reconstruction;
Jones, Blues People;
Murray, The Omni-Americans;
Cruse, Crisis of the Negro Intellectual;
Fanon, Wretched of the Earth;
Carmichael and Hamilton, Black Power;
Ladner, The Death of White Sociology;
Grier and Cobbs, Black Rage;
Cade, The Black Woman;
Lorde, Sister Outsider;
Raboteau, Slave Religion;
West, Prophecy Deliverance;
Gates, Black Literature and Literary Theory;
Carby, Reconstructing Womanhood;
Drake, Black Folk Here and There;
Asante, The Afrocentric Idea;
Gilroy, The Black Atlantic.

Requirements: regular attendance and active participation, one 5-8 page book review, one 15-20 page review essay discussing a minimum of three texts.

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CAAS 558. Seminar in Black World Studies.

Cross-Area Courses

Section 001 Comparative Slavery in a Circum-Atlantic Perspective. Meets with History 604.001, American Culture 699.001, Women's Studies 698.003.

Instructor(s): Carroll Smith-Rosenberg (csmithro@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl). (Cross-Area Courses). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See History 604.001.

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CAAS 558. Seminar in Black World Studies.

Cross-Area Courses

Section 002 READINGS IN BLACK LABOR HISTORY.

Instructor(s): Kenneth Brown (krbrown@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl). (Cross-Area Courses). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This seminar will investigate the alchemy of race, class, and gender as they related to the history of African American labor. Exactly what 'the' dominate force driving Black labor history is hotly contested terrain. Many scholars believe in a Marxist dialectical interpretation of the dynamics of Black labor. Traditional "race men/women" adhere to the ever-present reality of racism as the true determinant motivating the historical environment in which Black labor history has developed. Black womenist scholars have complicated this discourse with a significantly modified interpretation of labor history in general and Black labor in particular emphasizing a gender oriented analysis in order to gain a comprehensive understands of the subject. This course will engage each of these arguments. Students will attempt to select and defend a position that answers the question of which dynamics is dominant or, if not which one, than which combination of these dynamics drives the phenomenon. This is a readings course, and students will be required to read a book per week on average with short weekly e-mail reviews and commentary. There will be several videos and a small course pack of selected articles to view and read. Classroom participation is mandatory in order to facilitate the student lead dialogue. The final will be a 15-25 page paper on topic chosen be the student and approved by the instructor.

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CAAS 558. Seminar in Black World Studies.

Cross-Area Courses

Section 003 Globalization and the Information Society: Information Systems and International Communications Policy. Meets with Information 607.001.

Instructor(s): Derrick L Cogburn (dcogburn@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl). (Cross-Area Courses). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This graduate seminar is an initiative of the Alliance for Community Technology and designed to contribute to the Information Economics, Management and Policy (IEMP) specialization of the University of Michigan School of Information, and the information technology specialization coordinated by the Vodacom LINK Centre at the University of the Witwatersrand Graduate School of Public & Development Management in South Africa. The seminar uses a unique, interactive, Web-based multimedia approach and collaborative resources to explore the socioeconomic, political, and cultural implications of globalization and the ongoing development of a knowledge-based information society. While the seminar takes a global approach, particular emphasis is developing world.

Given the fundamental transformation engendered by globalization, it is imperative that students interested in the converging interdisciplinary fields of information systems, broadcasting, information and communications technology, and international communications policy have exciting opportunities to engage in cutting-edge educational and learning opportunities, preparing them for these new global realities.

This seminar provides such a learning opportunity by breaking the boundaries of space, time, and distance by immersing participants from each university in key selections of the relevant literature and by fostering a deeper theoretical and critical understanding of the issues covered. It employs a suite of Web-based tools to create a globally networked collaborative learning environment. The seminar has a mix of synchronous and asynchronous activities and provides participants with continuous feedback, high levels of interaction and an emphasis on both individual work and group projects.

Prerequisites: SI 501 or permission of instructor

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