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African American Studies Course Listing

African American Studies
Spring - 2016

20002 AAM-2000-01 Introduction to African American Studies
23973 AAM-2000-01H
Tuesday & Thursday 11:00AM-12:15PM Instructor: Thompson

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 Honors - AAM-2000-01H

20003 AAM-2010-01 Contemporary Black America
23974 AAM-2010-01H
Tuesday & Thursday 2:15PM-3:30PM Instructor: TBA

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. Cross listed with Honors - AAM-201-01H

27747 AAM-2220-01 African American Art
27550 ARTH-2220-01
Tuesday & Thursday 2:15PM-3:30PM Instructor: Gbadegesin

This course will discuss the visual arts (such as painting, sculpture, mixed media) created by African-American artists between 1600s through the present-day. Together, we will read and talk about several important periods in African American art, including but not limited to Colonial Functionalism, the New Negro Movement, and Black Aestheticism. As we learn more about these moments in African-American art history, we will pause occasionally to take closer looks at specific artists (like Aaron Douglass, Jeff Donaldson, and Kara Walker) and important artworks.

26305 AAM-2900-01 Intergroup Dialogue: Black Male Identity
Tuesday 4:20PM-6:50PM 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.

27672 AAM-2930-01 In Search of the Real: Spike Lee's America
27587 ASTD-2930-01
Tuesday & Thursday 9:30AM-10:45AM Instructor: Blair

Love him or loathe him, Spike Lee is undeniable. For more than twenty-five years, he has been one of America's best known filmmakers, and one of the most visible and vocal figures in African American culture. This interdisciplinary American Studies course will survey Lee's career to understand how his films engage with American history, reify cultural moods and trends, and struggle to pin down specific moments for posterity. Along the way, the course will reconcile Lee's portrayal of America with additional historical and cultural accounts. It will also investigate Spike Lee as an artist, analyzing his body of work through established critical approaches, especially film studies.

28141 AAM-2930-02 American Places: Empire & Identity in the US South and the Caribbean                                           26727 ASTD-2600-01                                                                                                                                                            Mon, Wed, Fri. 11:00AM-11:50AM Instructor: Stout

Several cities in the US South and the Caribbean evolved from European slave colonies into places that today often struggle to overcome the ghosts of slavery and the specter of underdevelopment. This course examines the intertwined history and culture of the US South and the Caribbean, and the battle for self-determination in these formerly and currently colonized communities. The Caribbean independence movements and the US civil rights movement are some of the social uprisings that will come into center focus in class discussions. Other core topics include imperialism, of the social uprisings that will come into center focus in class discussions. Other core topics include imperialism, migration, and tourism. Harry Belafonte films, reggae songs, beach photos, and government documents are some of the primary sources will use to gain a better understanding of these interdependent regions. Through written assignments and digital projects we will document the historic and contemporary ties that bind the US South and the Caribbean islands. This course fulfills the Cultural Diversity in the US requirement for the Arts & Sciences BA/BS core.

20004 AAM-2980-01 Independent Study                                                                                                                                 TBA
NOTE: Program director permission required.

26358 AAM-3300-01 African American Literary Traditions II (after 1900)
25929 ENGL-3520-01
Tuesday & Thursday 2:15PM-3:30PM Instructor: Casmier

An exploration of African American writings from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present through a reading of a variety of literary, critical, and historical texts from the Harlem Renaissance to Afro-centrism. Cross listed with ENGL-3520-01.

22768 AAM-3350-01 African American Religious Traditions
22492 SOC-3840-01
25404 THEO-3830-01
Tuesday & Thursday 11:00AM-12-15PM 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: Cross listed with SOC-3840-01, THEO-3830-01, and fulfills the A&S diversity requirement.

26398 AAM-3930-01 American Decades: Hip-Hop History and Culture
26201 ASTD-3000-01
Tuesday & Thursday 11:00AM-12:15PM Instructor: Butler

This critical introduction to hip-hop history and culture considers the production and consumption of the genre, tracing it from its 1970's subcultural beginnings to its current state of global popularity and cross-cultural appeal. Its scope includes a wide range of stylistic, artistic, and musical practices, considering rap artists, DJs, b-boys, graffiti artists fashion designers, producers, critics, and listeners as important actors making up the genre's diverse nature and culture. We consider topics such as geographic and political factors in the genre's spread and popularity, the processes of appropriation and recontextualization in hip-hop style and music, notions of authenticity and "realness," commercialization and luxury product placement, censorship of explicit depictions of sex and violence, and attitudes regarding misogyny and homophobia. Students will explore these topics through analysis of varied media-including album covers, music videos, lyrics, concert footage, film, ad campaigns, and interviews. Participants adopt a sociohistorical approach to examine the conditions for the creation and continued existence of hip-hop, while using frameworks such as Marxism and feminist theory to analyze issues of power and its distribution in hip-hop culture. This course fulfills the Cultural Diversity in the US requirement for the Arts & Sciences BA/BS core.

20005 AAM-4330-01 Psychology of Oppression
23767 PSY-4330-01
Tuesday & Thursday 11:00AM-12:15PM Instructor: Harvey

The course teaches students how to understand the mechanisms that undermine the appreciation of multiculturalism and other forms of diversity in society. The perspective emphasizes how socially constructed definitions of various groups are used to distinguish sameness and difference among people. Topics include micro and macro level theories of oppression, the importance of ideology in oppressive systems and theories of social change and liberation. Cross listed with PSYA-4330 and satisfies cultural diversity requirement.

28223 AAM-4930-01 Social Conflict in America: Black Theology and the Politics of Meaning
27625 THEO-4930-01 
Tuesday & Thursday 9:30AM-10:45AM Insstructor: McKinnis

This course examines subversive-theological and liberative hermeneutical responses that emerge from the question of black existence and identity in American life from clandestine theological claims of rebellious slaves to the rise of liberation movements in the America in the 60's, through more current events in Ferguson and Charleston. We will examine the ways in which identity, meaning, and agency have been theologically shaped in the tradition of Black theology, and how these claims borrow from or are compatible with classical Christian Theology, especially within the context of Ignatian Spirituality.

28224 AAM-4930-02 Race, Social Justice, and the African American Experience
27462 PHIL-4360-02
Tuesday & Thursday 11:00AM-12:15PM Instructor: Bazil

This course undertakes a systematic analysis of fundamental problems and issues related to the subject of race, class, and gender. The course will attempt to clarify the meaning of these concepts by examining them from the perspective of African American men and women. The course will scrutinize various forms of racism, class, and gender prejudice and explore the kinds of moral and political problems that they cause. Finally, the course will look at various forms of Black Nationalism, feminism, and womanism that aim to tackle the problems of race, class, and gender and that aspire to establish social justice.

25481 AAM-4950-01 Senior Residency

Wednesday 4:00-6:30PM Instructor: Laird

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.

20035 AAM-4980-01 ADV. INDEPENDENT STUDY: Research
Instructor Permission Required Instructor: Bradley

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.

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