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Winter Academic Term 2001 Course Guide

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Winter Term, 2001 (January 4 April 26)

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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

Sections 002-007 may be elected to satisfy the Upper-Level Writing Requirement.

Instructor(s): Norman K Miles

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

Upper-Level Writing

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.

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. Class will also 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 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.

The Management of Work in African Organizations is an upper level organizational psychology course that is open to 200 and 300 level undergraduate students in Afro-American and African Studies, Management, Psychology, and other related Social Science courses. The objective of the course is to explore with students the nature of African organizations and the African system of work through lectures, group discussions, and discovery approaches. The lectures will begin with a consideration of colonial legacy in the management of work in African organizations and then proceed to discussion of some of the psychological problems in the management of African organizations. Other topics to be discussed in the course include problems of motivation, decision making, leadership, human resource development and utilization in Africa, and the nature of performance evaluation in African organizations. Assessment of student performance in the course should include class participation, examinations, and a project.

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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: https://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2001/winter/womenstd/346/001.nsf

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.

This course is a continuation of AAS 360, an accelerated course which provides an interdisciplinary overview of Afro-American culture and art. AAS 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 is also 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 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.

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: No Homepage Submitted.

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 453. Culture, Class, and Conflict in Southern Africa.

African Studies

Section 001 Southern African Debates.

Instructor(s): Sinfree Makoni (smakoni@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The aim of this course is to provide participants with a sense of the current historical and social contexts of Southern Africa by exploring recent developments in social, political, economic, medical, and educational issues. The course will examine the impact of industrialization, labor migration, urbanization, nationalist political movements and the role of western medical system in current epidemics. A course pack will be provided which includes readings in the social, political, and health sciences, contemporary cinema and educational policy. The seminar will be complemented with a series of films, which enrich the lecture material.

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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: https://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2001/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 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.

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 002 Life is a Performance, Part II.

Instructor(s): Olabayo Olaniyi (olabayo@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.

Yoruba of West Africa believe the physical world (aye) to be a marketplace. People living in this marketplace (oja) are performers who assume various roles in order to navigate through life. Based on this Yoruba philosophical approach to life, "Life is a Performance, Part II" is a marketplace for students interested in performance. As a continuation of "Life is a Performance, Part I," students will perform in a variety of ways including dance, drumming, object making, masquerading and theater. The course will culminate in a large-scale, year-end performance in the University of Michigan Museum of Art. The performance entitled: "Ori: A Journey," will be constructed around the important Yoruba concept of "ori" or destiny. Students will also be involved in set design, installation, and costume making.

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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.

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: AAS 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/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 (sgunning@umich.edu)

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

African-American Studies

Section 002 African-American Literature and the Politics of Civil Rights, 1954-1974.

Instructor(s): A Xavier Nicholas (xas@umich.edu)

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). Meets March 6 April 5. (Drop/Add deadline=March 12).

Instructor(s): Jeffrey Tucker (tckr@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 490. Special Topics in Black World Studies.

Cross-Area Courses

Section 002 Community Participation and Service. (1-2 credits). (Drop/Add deadline=January 24).

Instructor(s): Marlon Ross (mbross@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 is an experiential course that enables students to do community participation and service under the direct supervision of onsite program heads coordinated by a CAAS faculty member. Internships have been arranged through selected programs under way at Washtenaw Community College (WCC). The student would commit 15 hours of community service during the term, on a schedule to be determined in consultation with the onsite program directors and CAAS staff. Some of the current possibilities for internships through this cooperative project include: 1) doing academic tutoring with "at-risk" 9th and 10th graders; 2) working with young children in a fully licensed childcare facility; 3) tutoring adults seeking to complete a high school equivalency; 4) helping to conduct research on the progress and needs of the minority student body at WCC. All of these community service opportunities are intended to engage interns in collaborative work in well-established programs used to providing counseling, tutoring, and other kinds of support to under-served populations, as well as to engage them in acts of dialogue and self-reflection concerning their onsite experiences. Entry and exit interviews are required, with either a journal or brief self-evaluation to be handed in by the end of the term.

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CAAS 490. Special Topics in Black World Studies.

Cross-Area Courses

Section 003 (1 credit). (Drop/Add deadline=January 24).

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

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CAAS 490. Special Topics in Black World Studies.

Cross-Area Courses

Section 004 Race, Gender, and the First Amendment: Examining Arguments For And Against Restricting Hate-Speech. (1 credit). Meets March 6 April 5. (Drop/Add deadline=March 12).

Instructor(s): Tracy Edwards (edwardst@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.

In this course, we will explore questions such as: What are proffered justifications for and against the restriction of racist and misogynist hate-speech? What types of expression should count as hate-speech? What is the purported harm of hate-speech and how do we assess its extent and duration? Reading assignments will include works from contemporary critical race and feminist theorists such as Kimberlè Williams Crenshaw, Richard Delgado, and Mari Matsuda; opposing responses from liberal theorists such as Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Nadine Strosson; and supporting responses from liberal theorists such as Frederick Schauer and Cass Sunstein.

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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.

Upper-Level Writing

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).

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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 Institute for the Humanities 611.001, American Culture 699.001, and History 698.003.

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

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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. Meets with Sociology 597.001

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

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Urban ethnography is one of the oldest and most renown subfields in sociology. By paying specific attention to literature that addresses experiences in race and class inequality, this course provides a critical consideration of the contributions of this tradition. Each work in the course will be explored in terms of three central themes:

  1. theoretical, or claims made about culture and social organization
  2. methodological, or the employment of research tools (e.g., participant-observation, interviewing) and designs (e.g., the community study, the streetcorner/public space study, the organizational unit or social group study), and
  3. positional/standpoint, or the narrative styles employed by ethnographers (i.e., whether and how researchers situate their own voices in these works).

Additionally, attention will be given to where and how each work fits into the intellectual history of ethnographic research and the social and cultural dynamics in American urban life at the time of its publication. The course literature includes classic Chicago School ethnographies, post-World War II urban studies, and contemporary works. Course requirements include a series of short critical reaction papers and a larger final paper.

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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 (mzaborow@umich.edu), 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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This seminar is a collaborative teaching project between faculty in two academic units: Program in American Culture and the professional School of Architecture and Urban Planning. It brings together graduate students from American Culture, Architecture, and the Center for African American Studies. By engaging in producing architectural and textual interpretations of Baldwin's "spaces of desire," students from different departments and programs will collaborate on "deterritorializing" disciplinary and curricular criteria, models, patterns, and scales. More specifically, the course aims to identify, interrogate, and encourage obscuring and subverting of socially constructed boundaries that have been set up to define race, gender, sexuality, and national identity. It does so by focusing on narrative and spatial interpretations of James Baldwin's work, and especially his "European" novel, Giovanni's Room, his short stories, and essays. Class discussions and group projects will also examine Baldwin's theorizing of and being represented through the lens of black masculinity and nationalism in an international context. In addition to literary critical material on Baldwin, readings include theoretical considerations of race, sexuality, and nationality, as well as those exploring social production, gendering, and racialization of space. We will also watch the following films: "Ethnic Notions," "The Birth of a Nation," and "Paris Is Burning." Requirements include attendance, participation in group projects, and willingness to be challenged by new concepts, as well as trying one's hand/pen at alternative kinds of "cultural/(academic) production" (e.g., students used to producing "text" may be expected to assist in designing and building objects, while those from architecture to incorporate textuality into their designs and products). The course will culminate in a collective exhibit/showcase/installation that will constitute the students' final project.

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