CAAS 495 - Senior Seminar
Section: 003 The Intersectionalities of Race, Gender, Culture and Health
Term: WN 2008
Subject: Afroamerican and African Studies (CAAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Upperclass standing.
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(Cross-Area Courses). (Capstone Course).
May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credit(s).
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The core of this class will be an examination of masculinity and race as they intersect with culture and health. Black masculinity will be at the center of this discourse. Through this lens we will examine how this masculinity affects and is affected by the hip hop culture, and how this construct of masculinity also affects the great HIV epidemic affecting the African American community.

A retrospective look at Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man and his collected essays Shadow and Act on the new unaccepted music at the time of be bop and Jazz will be the reference point for an examination of today’s problematic dialogues on hip hop, Tupac Shakur and Black masculinity. The essays and edited collections of Kevin Powell, and a collection of the best hip hop journalism in the last twenty five years by Nelson George will form the bulwark of the material on modern hip hop and its impact.

Black masculinity and its centrality to the epidemic of HIV/AIDS will also be examined since homophobia and hyper-heterosexuality is an important driver of this disease in the African American community. The work of Keith Boykin will provide an analytical frame for this discussion. Students will be challenged to develop their analyses in connecting these important constructs reflecting their own critical thinking on these intersectionalities of race, gender, culture and health.

CAAS 495 - Senior Seminar
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
Th 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Note: The Black Power Movement
002 (SEM)
M 10:00AM - 1:00PM
Note: Transforming History: Haiti to Cuba
003 (SEM)
Th 1:00PM - 4:00PM
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