African American Studies Course Listing
African American Studies
(10425) AAM-200-01 Introduction to African American Studies
Tuesday & Thursday 11:00AM-12:15PM Instructor: Bradley
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
(13397) AAM-201-01 Contemporary Black America
Tuesday & Thursday 2:15PM-3:30PM Instructor: Thompson
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-201-01H
(18784) AAM-232-01 Art of the African Diaspora
Tuesday & Thursday 12:45PM-2:00PM 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.
(13427) AAM-250-01 Intergroup Dialogue
Thursday 2:15PM-4:45PM Instructor: French
Inter Group Dialogue courses provide structured, sustained, and facilitated face-to-face meetings for people from different and often conflicted social identity groups. These encounters are designed to offer an open and inclusive space where participants can foster a deeper understanding of diversity and social justice issues through experiential activities, pedagogical interventions, individual and small group reflections, and intergroup dialogues. Each IGD class meets once a week for 3 hours over the span of an entire semester. Each group will typically have 12-14 participants with equal identity dynamics. Students will spend the semester discussing, thinking, reading, and writing about issues relating to race.
(19065) AAM-252-01 Intro. To African Politics
MWF 9:00AM-9:50AM Instructor: Uwalaka
Cross-listed with POLA 252. A study of governments & political processes in Africa. Examines salient themes such as the nature of African traditional heritage; the colonial experience; nationalism and independence; the challenge of nation building; African political parties; the role of military and contributions of different theories to the understanding of African Politics.
(19160) AAM-293-01 Black Politics
MWF 1:10PM-2:00PM Instructor: Laird
This course introduces students to the dynamics of race and ethnicity in American Political life. Using the case of Black Americans, the course explores the following themes: Origins of African American Political Philosophies; Race and Electoral Politics; as well as race and political Representation. The purpose of this course is to assist students in gaining an understanding of the relationship of people of African descent in the United States to the political system and other structures of power. The focus of the course is both analytical and prescriptive. While we will examine how nation, state, and local governments in the United States have shaped the lives of African-Americans through the institutionalization of discrimination and the application of policies based on racist assumptions, we will focus primarily on how African Americans have responded to prejudice, discrimination, and racism in the American polity.
(19071) AAM-295-01 Intergroup Dialogue: Black Male Identity
Wednesday 4:00PM-6:30PM Instructor: Bradley
The overarching goal of the course is to deconstruct the facile depiction of the one dimensional "black male" that prevails in the academy, media, and society at large. In that effort, this course will engage black male identity via dialogue. In a culturally and socially diverse society, discussion of differences is needed to facilitate understanding and build relationships among people. Intergroup Dialogue is designed to provide a space for such discussion and for learning about issues of difference, conflict, and community through dialogue. In this course, young scholars will explore their own and others' perspectives from the practice of dialogue. Students will also explore ways of taking action to create change and bridge differences at both the interpersonal and the social/community levels. In-class learning will be enhanced through readings, films, weekly written reflection, group work, and a whole class project.
Permission of program director required.
(10426) AAM-298-01 Independent Study TBA
NOTE: Program director permission required.
(19078) AAM-320-01 African American Culture
MWF 11:00AM-11:50AM Instructor: Smith
According to Mel Watkins, only African American music has affected mainstream US popular culture more than African American humor. This course accepts this contention and traces the expressive uses of humor in black communities from slavery to the present, with an eye towards how this humor affects and permeates mainstream culture. We will examine African American uses of humor and comedy in literature, music, visual art, movies, TV and standup through a mostly chronological exploration of these forms. Throughout, we will trace the political and social uses of humor and its development through this variety of cultural forms.
(19081) AAM-324-01 History of Africa since 1884
Tuesday & Thursday 9:30AM-10:45AM Instructor: Ndege
Examines population movement and interaction; development of institutions and ideas in African civilization; varying type of polities and revolutionary changes; slavery and the Atlantic encounter; impact of Christianity and Islam. Cross-listed with HS A324.
(10936) AAM-327-01 Diversity & Anti-Oppression
(15558 ) SWRK-327-01H
Tuesday 2:30PM-5:00PM Instructor: C-Khan
(13434) AAM327-02 Diversity & Anti-Oppression
Wednesday 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 oppression(s). Prerequisite: SW S100 or permission of the instructor.
(13435) AAM-331-01 Intercultural Communication
Tuesday & Thursday 2:15PM-3:30PM Instructor: Gould
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 330 and fulfills A& S diversity requirement. NOTE: Pre-requisite: CMMA-200
(10430) AAM-335-01 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-394-01, THEO-335-01, and fulfills the A&S diversity
(19162) AAM-393-01 International Relations of Africa
MWF 11:00AM-11:50AM Instructor: Uwalaka
This course will examine the major goals and objectives which African states project and endeavor to attain in the international political and economic system. Conversely, we will analyze the impact of the international system on the African states. In addition, the nature and consequences of conflicts as well as cooperation between African states will be evaluated. The domestic setting and sources of the external relations of these states will be carefully analyzed. Finally, Africa's contributions to an understanding of international institutional cooperation and economic integration will be assessed.
(19166) AAM-393-02 History & Fiction: The Harlem Renaissance
Tuesday & Thursday 2:15PM- 3:30PM Instructor: Lutenski
The first decades of the twentieth century witnessed the beginning of the "Great Migration" of African Americans from the rural south to the urban north and west, where many hoped to find increased employment opportunities and decreased prejudice, discrimination, and racialized violence. Cities like Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles saw the establishment of vibrant black communities and a subsequent explosion in black visual arts, music, literature, and intellectual work. The most renowned of these sites was Harlem in the 1920s and 1930s, during what is now commonly known as the "Harlem Renaissance" or "New Negro Movement." This course will explore the literary arm of this movement and its intersections with the broader cultural history of the period, putting literature into dialogue with black politics, music, and visual arts.
Fulfills the Upper Division Literature requirement for the Arts & Sciences BA core, and the Literature requirement for the BS core.
(13451) AAM-395-01 Human Sexuality in the Black Community
Tuesday & Thursday 3:45PM-5:00PM 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-395.
(19084) AAM-400-01 Field Service
Instructor Permission Required
This course is designed to provide students with opportunities to engage in a field study experience within the African American community or with agencies and institutions that impact or serve African American communities. Students will be encouraged to select placement in experiences that will provide a meaningful understanding of the specific population(s) served as well as the cultural contexts of the African American communities. Every semester
(19085) AAM420-01 History of African American Cinema
Thursday 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.
(13452) AAM-434-01 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-434-01.
(13455) AAM-494-01 Research Methods in African American Studies
Thursday 5:00PM-7:30PM Instructor: Smith
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.
(13457) AAM-495-01 Senior Residency
(10896) AAM-496-01 Capstone Course
TBA Instructor: Smith
Required for students completing the certificate. This synthesizing course provides an opportunity to integrate key concepts of African American Studies in a specific area of interest. Capstone projects are expected to demonstrate competence in critical thinking, inquiry skills and the synthesis of knowledge through original research, field service project or artistic endeavor. Permission of program director required.
(10431) AAM-498-01 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. Certificate students only. Permission of program director required.