AAS 495 - Senior Seminar
Fall 2021, Section 002 - Contemporary Africa and the World
Instruction Mode: Section 002 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Afroamerican & African Studies (AAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Upperclass standing.
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(Cross-Area Courses).
May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credit(s).
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This course explores cities in contemporary Africa through the lens of work and livelihoods, mobility and circulation, informal economies and survivalist strategies, architecture and the built environment, film, art and culture, social justice and citizenship. One goal of the course is to critically evaluate how and why cities in Africa are often portrayed in dystopian terms and in negative stereotypes. There is an unfortunate tendency in journalistic, scholarly accounts to portray cities in Africa as examples of distressed, distorted, truncated, or failed urbanism. This view that “cities in Africa just don’t work” is a fairly widespread perception that has embedded itself in both academic discourse and in popular culture. Rather than treating cities in Africa as undifferentiated places of socio-economic malaise, famine and war, infrastructural failure, and service breakdown, the course seeks to understand the complexity of processes at work that produce cities in Africa today. This course fulfills the Upper-level Writing Requirement. Because giving and receiving feedback about writing enables us to develop our abilities as writers, peer review workshops will play a central role in our course.


AAS 495 - Senior Seminar
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002 (SEM)
 In Person
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM

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