African American Studies Course Listing
African American Studies
Fall - 2016
(10292) AAM-2000-01 Introduction to African American Studies
Tuesday & Thursday 11:00AM-12:15PM Instructor: TBD
An interdisciplinary survey course that introduces the discipline through the examination of the African Diaspora and impact on the Americas. The course focuses on the movement, conditions and experiences that shaped the development of the African American Society. Fulfills Arts & Sciences diversity requirement. Satisfies a certificate requirement. Cross listed with
(12683) AAM-2010-01 Contemporary Black America
Tuesday & Thursday 2:15PM-3:30PM Instructor: Laird
A study into the current issues and problems facing and impacting African American society from the 1960's through today. This course also examines the present leadership in Black America and delves into a treatment of future directions and problems facing the society. Fulfills diversity requirement. Satisfies certificate requirement. Crosslisted with AAM-2010-01H
(18091) AAM-2320-01 Art of the African Diaspora
(17565 ) ARTH-2320-01
Tuesday & Thursday 11:00AM-12:15PM Instructor: Gbadegesin
This course explores material and visual culture in Africa from prehistoric period through present time. During this semester, we will look at the rock art of the Sahara and South Africa, ancient Nubia, the nomadic Wodaabe, Christian Ethiopia, and various sub-Saharan cultures. Students will learn about the material culture of these groups, from architecture to ceramics, from textiles to metal arts. The course will emphasize the historical background as well as the material production of these ethnic groups. Readings and in-class slide lectures will be complemented by occasional film viewings.
((18138) AAM-2930-01 Urban Politics
Mon., Wed., Fri. 10:00AM-10:50AM Instructor: Laird
(10293) AAM-2980-01 Independent Study TBA
NOTE: Program director permission required.
(10700) AAM-3270-01 Diversity & Anti-Oppression
Tuesday 2:30PM-5:00PM Instructor: Carrillo
(18095) AAM-3270-02 Diversity & Anti-Oppression
Wed. 5:30PM-9:30PM Instructor: Naeger
This course focuses on human diversity and anti-oppression interventions in social work
practice. The content concerns the mechanisms and effects of discrimination and oppression
based on race, gender, class, age, sexual orientation, national origin, mental/physical disability,
and spiritual orientation. Of particular interest are the adaptive capabilities and strengths of
economically disadvantaged and oppressed individuals and groups. The course reviews social
work practice strategies, resources, and skills - specifically advocacy and social change skills
that aim to advance social and economic justice. It emphasizes social work empowerment
as it directs attention to the heritage of culturally specific strategies to alleviate societal
Prerequisite: SW S1000 or permission of the instructor.
(12710) AAM-3310-01 Intercultural Communication
Tuesday & Thursday 9:30AM-10:45AM Instructor: Johnson
Introduces the role of culture in the process of human interaction and encourages in-depth
analysis of the unique challenges posed by intercultural encounters. Develops a better
understanding of culture and the many ways in which it influences interaction between
individuals and groups.
Crosslisted with CMMA 3300 and fulfills A&S diversity requirement. NOTE: Pre-requisite:
(17418) AAM-3330-01 Literature of the African Diaspora
Mon., Wed., Fri. 12:50PM-12:50PM Instructor: Casmier
An introduction to the fiction and poetry of Black, African and African American writers.
Crosslisted with ENG-3540-01.
(10294) AAM-3350-01 African American Religious Traditions
Tuesday & Thursday 2:15PM-3:30PM Instructor: Witherspoon
Course content covers the history of African American religious thought and the Black Churches of the United States as well as contributions of Black theologians in articulating African American values and religious experience.
NOTE: Crosslisted with SOC-3940-01, THEO-3350-01, and fulfills the A&S diversity
(18133) AAM-3360-01 Racial & Ethnic Relations
Tuesday & Thursday 11:00AM-12:15PM Instructor: Monti
Cross-listed with SOC-3360-01. Impact of racial, cultural, national and religious differences on social processes. Emphasis on current data.
(18096) AAM-3860-01 Human Sexuality in the Black Community
Tuesday & Thursday 12:45PM-2:00PM Instructor: Witherspoon
This course examines theoretical and conceptual issues, empirical research, and social
policies germane to human sexuality. The primary focus is on sexuality within the
United States. Students should be aware that while this course may prompt them to
think about their own sexuality more systematically, the course is not designed to be
a "personal growth" experience. Instead, students should expect to approach sexuality
more analytically and to develop a sociological and social psychological understanding
of the diverse issues covered in this course. These topics include: Sexual Function;
Gender; Sexuality over the life span; Intimate Relations: A typical Behavior;
Reproductive Issues; Sexual Health and Illness; violence and Coercion, and Commercial
Sex. Cross-listed with SOC-3850-01.
(18116) AAM-3930-01 American Decades: Hip Hop History and Culture
Mon., Wed. 11:00AM-12:15PM Instructor: Butler
This course considers the production and consumption of hip-hop culture, tracing it from
its 1970's subcultural beginnings to its current state of global popularity and cross-cultural
appeal. Topics include geographic and political factors in the genre's spread and popularity,
processes of appropriation and recontextualization in hip-hop style and music, notions of
authenticity and "realness," commercialization and luxury product placement, censorship of
depictions of sex and violence, and attitudes regarding misogyny and homophobia. We
will explore these topics through analysis of varied media - including album covers,
music videos, lyrics, concert footage, film, ads and interviews.
(15787) AAM4200-01 History of African American Cinema
Tuesday 4:20PM-6:50PM Instructor: Kushma
This course traces the history of African-Americans in the motion picture industry from early
stages of silent films to the Academy Awards. Topics of discussion will cover
"black-face" minstrel stereotypes, wages, social and political opposition, organizing
for representation, Blaxploitation era, inter-racial casting and subject matter, and
documentary films. A comparative study of Hollywood versus the Independent Filmmaker
will take a close look at "Race Movies" and the first African-American film companies.
Students gain an understanding of how film and television mediums manipulate viewing
audiences by creating one-dimensional characters of African-Americans, which leave
lasting impressions whether negative or positive.
(12711) AAM-4340-01 African American Psychology
Monday & Wednesday 1:10PM-2:25PM Instructor: Clark
The course reviews some of the theoretical perspectives in the psychological study
of African Americans, examines some of the biases in past research, reviews current
research in the field, and current theory and research in other areas of psychology
(clinical, organizational, etc.) Crosslisted with PSY-4340-01.
(16609) AAM-4810-01 Philosophy & Race
Mon., Wed., Fri. 9:00AM-9:50AM Instructor: Bazil/Barber
In this class, we will look at race, both from a theoretical perspective and a practical
perspective. We will consider different philosophical conceptions of race and the
ways in which although ostensively grounded in nature, race is socially constructed.
We will also consider the ways in which race (and racism) functions in our culture
and profoundly affects people's lives. This course has a service learning component,
in which students will be expected to fulfill 15 hours of service at an agency that
serves a population whose race or ethnicity is different from their own. Students
will be assisted in finding suitable agencies, if assistance is needed. Assignments
will consist of short reflection papers on the readings assigned for the class, 2-3
take-home exams of 3-5 pages each, and a final paper in which the students will
integrate the theoretical knowledge gained from the course readings and discussions
with the practical knowledge they have gained as a result of their service.
Prerequisites: PHIL-1050 and PHIL-2050.
(18114) AAM4830-01 Post 1900 African American Literature
Tues.,Thurs. 2:15PM-3:30PM Instructor: Grant
(13457) AAM-4950-01 Senior Residency
(12712) AAM-4970-01 Research Methods in African American Studies
Tuesday 5:00PM-7:30PM Instructor: Thompson
Through the reading of major scholarly monographs and articles, students
will learn and analyze methodological approaches to African American Studies.
Students will then design independent research projects utilizing methodologies
appropriate to the field. This course is open to African American Studies majors
and by permission of the instructor.
10295) AAM-4980-01 Advanced Independent Study: Research
Tuesday & Thursday 11:00AM-12:15PM Instructor: TBA
Independent study topics are assigned that deal with selected problems in the African,
African American or African Diaspora experience. Research topics may be integrated
with student's major. Majors and minors students only. Permission of program director