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Winter Academic Term 2001 Course Guide

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CAAS 200(105) Introduction to African Studies.

African Studies

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: AAS 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 201(100). Introduction to Afro-American Studies.

African-American Studies

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Nikki Taylor

Prerequisites & Distribution: AAS 111. (3). (SS). (R&E). (African-American Studies).

R&E

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

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Introduction to Afroamerican Studies is an introductory course designed to provide an overview of the Black experience in the African Diaspora, with a focus on the United States. We will begin by examining how African culture and value systems contributed to the development of African-American culture and identity. This course will cover major themes in African American history such as slavery and emancipation, migration, and the struggle for civil rights and economic power. Throughout the term, we will examine different modes of self-determination and self expression that African Americans have used to counter the forces of racism and oppression. Although this course will largely focus on history, it is multidisciplinary in scope engaging religion, politics, sociology, economics, education, and culture.

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CAAS 303/Soc. 303. Race and Ethnic Relations.

African-American Studies

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Prudence L Carter (plcarter@umich.edu)

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: No Homepage Submitted.

See Sociology 303.001.

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CAAS 335/Rel. 310. Religion in the Afro-American Experience.

African-American Studies

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Norman K Miles

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Religion 310.001.

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CAAS 348/Dance 358 (Music). Dance in Culture: Origins of Jazz Dance.

Cross-Area Courses

Section 001.

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

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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CAAS 355/Hist. 355. Health and Illness in African Worlds.

African Studies

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Nancy Rose Hunt (nrhunt@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: AAS 200 recommended. (4). (Excl). (African Studies).

R&E

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See History 355.001.

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CAAS 358. Topics in Black World Studies.

Cross-Area Courses

Section 001 PSYCHOLOGICAL PROBLEMS IN THE MANAGEMENT OF AFRICAN ORGANIZATIONS. MEETS WITH PSYCH 401.004

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.

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CAAS 358. Topics in Black World Studies.

Cross-Area Courses

Section 002 African-American Women in Context. Meets with Women's Studies 346.001

Instructor(s): Elizabeth Ruth Cole

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Women's Studies 346.001.

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CAAS 361. Comparative Black Art.

Cross-Area Courses

Section 001.

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

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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CAAS 380/Hist. of Art 360. Special Topics in African Art.

African Studies

Section 001 Introduction to African Diaspora Arts in the Americas.

Instructor(s): Jacqueline R Francis (jrfranci@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Upperclass standing, and AAS 108 or 214. AAS 200 recommended. (3). (Excl). (African Studies).

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

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See History of Art 360.001.

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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 or permission of instructor. (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 410. Supervised Reading and Research.

Cross-Area Courses

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, an electronic override will be issued.

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CAAS 418/Poli. Sci. 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. AAS 201 recommended. (3). (Excl). (African-American Studies).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Political Science 419.001.

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CAAS 422/Anthro. 411. African Culture.

African Studies

Section 001.

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

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

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

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Cultural Anthropology 411.001.

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CAAS 448/Hist. 448. Africa Since 1850.

African Studies

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: AAS 200 recommended. (3). (SS). (R&E). (African Studies).

R&E

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See History 448.001.

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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: AAS 201 and 450 recommended. (3). (Excl). (African-American Studies).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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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: No Homepage Submitted.

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CAAS 454/Anthro. 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. AAS 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). (African-American Studies).

R&E

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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CAAS 458. Issues in Black World Studies.

Cross-Area Courses

Section 001 Seminar in Psychology of Underdevelopment in Africa. Meets with Psychology 401.005

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.

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CAAS 477/NR&E 477. Women and the Environment.

Cross-Area Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Dorceta Taylor

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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/Engl. 479. Topics in Afro-American Literature.

African-American Studies

Section 001 African American Writers and the Politics of Travel.

Instructor(s): Sandra R Gunning

Prerequisites & Distribution: AAS 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 AFRICAN-AMERICAN SCIENCE FICTION. (1 credit)

Instructor(s): Jeffrey Tucker (tckr@umi@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.

As contemporary readers continue to search for new and exciting types of writing, and as "cyberculture" becomes mainstream, the paraliterary genre of science fiction (SF) becomes increasingly relevant to scholars of American literature and culture. However, SF and African-American culture are frequently understood by both African Americans and the SF community as mutually exclusive. The history of the genre explains why some have seen only an absence of Black SF talent; however the history of Africans in America that of alien abductees suggests that these discourses have much to say to and about each other. This course introduces students to SF by focusing on short fiction and essays by a variety of writers of African descent, including Octavia Butler, Samuel R. Delany, George Schuyler, Charles Saunders, Derrick Bell, W.E.B. DuBois, Nalo Hopkinson, Walter Mosley, and more. A number of issues will be explored: Is SF "literature"? Is there an identifiable "Afrofuturist" aesthetic? How do these works represent or comment on a politics of (racial, class, gender, sexual) difference? The course will also feature a screening of the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Far Beyond the Stars" as well as other video and musical texts. Course requirements include class attendance and participation, weekly response papers, and a 6-8-page final paper.

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CAAS 495. Senior Seminar.

Cross-Area Courses

Section 001 Comparing Black Aesthetics: Black Drama and Theatre in U.S., Caribs, and Africa

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

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

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This seminar intended for Seniors in CAAS will be devoted to exploring the major developments in the aesthetic experience of Black Drama and Theatre in U.S., Caribs, and Africa. Through reading plays and critical materials, viewing videos and films, and discussions, the students will consider, question, and compare the experience of domination, colonialism, post-colonialism, and emancipation of the Black people in this geographical space as expressed by various playwrights and artists of African descent over the last fifty years. Some of the names to consider are (and not limited to): Ama Ata Aidoo, Baraka, Cesaire, Hansberry, Shange, Soyinka, Sutherland, Ward, and Walcott. In addition to these playwrights the students will question writings by Du Bois, Asante, Appiah, Gates, as well as Soyinka, as they pertain to Blackness and its expression. The main tasks of the students will consist in responding to class materials (both orally and in writing) and preparing the various steps of final research paper to be written according to the "MLA Style Manual."

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CAAS 510. Supervised Research.

Cross-Area Courses

Prerequisites & Distribution: Graduate standing or 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.

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 558. Seminar in Black World Studies.

Cross-Area Courses

Section 001 Prosperos, Calibans, Mirandas, and Others: Race and Gender in the New World. Meets with CAAS 558.001 and American Culture 699.001.

Instructor(s): Carroll Smith-Rosenberg, Arlene Rosemary Keizer

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 Institute for the Humanities 611.001.

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CAAS 558. Seminar in Black World Studies.

Cross-Area Courses

Section 002 THE URBAN ETHNOGRAPHIC TRADITION.

Instructor(s): Alford A Young Jr

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

Credits: (3).

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CAAS 558. Seminar in Black World Studies.

Cross-Area Courses

Section 003 The Spaces of James Baldwin. Meets with Art and Design 509.053 and American Culture 699.004.

Instructor(s): Magdalena J Zaborowska, Coleman Austin Jordan

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

Credits: (3).

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