African American Studies Course Listing
African American Studies
22003 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. Crosslisted with Honors - AAM-200-01H
22004 AAM-201-01 Contemporary Black America
Tuesday & Thursday 2:15PM-3:30PM Instructor: Smith
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 Honors - AAM-201-01H
30592 AAM-222-01 African American Art
Tuesday & Thursday 3:45PM-5:00PM 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. Crosslisted with Honors - AAM-222-01H
28997 AAM-250-01 Intergroup Dialogue: Race/Ethnicity
Wednesday 2:10PM-4:40PM 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 gender. Crosslisted with CMM293-01
20005 AAM-298-01 Independent Study
TBA Instructor: Bradley
27990 AAM-333-01 African Diaspora Writing
Mon., Wed., Fri. 12:00PM-12:50PM Instructor: Casmier
An introduction to the fiction and poetry of Black, African and African American writers.
Crosslisted with ENG-333-01.
25801 AAM-335-01 African American Religious Traditions
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: Crosslisted with THEO-335-01 & SOC-394-01 and fulfills the A&S diversity requirement.
29007 AAM-393-01 AFAM Youth Movements in the 20th Century
Tuesday & Thursday 9:30AM-10:45AM Instructor: Bradley
This course will cover and analyze the role/impact of African American youth in the making of U.S. policy and culture in the twentieth century. At the root of nearly every social movement in the history of the United States was a push from the younger generation. For that reason, this course will detail various movements, court cases, and activities of young progressive black Americans from the early 1900s until the end of the millennium. Through research, discussion, and debate, young historians in this course will identify and deal with the various strategies and impacts of the Black Student Power Movement. By the end of this course, young historians will be able to conceptualize the power that young black people amassed by using their race, youth, and student status as means of strength. Crosslisted with HIST-358-01
31185 AAM-393-02 Women in Literature: Immigrant Women's Autobiographies
Mon., Wed., Fri. 10:00AM-10:50AM Instructor: Seethaler
Students in this course will study literature, in the form of autobiographies, to investigate issues of gender, ethnicity, citizenship, equality and oppression. We will highlight non-European female immigrant autobiographies in the U.S. in order to explore pertinent issues present in the primary works, such as the gendered nature of migration processes. Students will study the histories and politics of the countries' of origin and explore theories of life-writing, feminism, and ethnicity.
Readings include Meri Danquah's Willow Weep for Me (1997), in which the Ghana-born author describes her struggles with depression, Rosalina Rosay's Journey of Hope (2007), an autobiography about the life of an undocumented Mexican immigrant, Jane Jeong Trenka's Korean adoption memoir Language of Blood (2003), and Nahid Rachlin's collective autobiography Persian Girls (2006), which portrays the author's migration to the U.S. before the Iranian Revolution of 1979. Graded assignments will include midterm and final exams, presentations, and short papers. Crosslisted with WSTD-375-01
31193 AAM-393-03 International Relations of Africa
Tuesday & Thursday 3:45PM-5:00PM Instructor: Uwalaka
This course fulfills the College of Arts and Sciences core requirement for Global Citizenship. It 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 case study of "Globalization and Nigerian Oil". 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. Crosslisted with POLS-365-01
31208 AAM-393-04 Mixed Race in America
Tuesday & Thursday 12:45PM-2:00PM Instructor: Ardizzone
Mixed-Race America combines history, film, literature, and social science to examine patterns of racial mixing in the United States, especially in the 19th and 20th centuries. Focusing on periods of transition in American racial system, we will examine popular cultural perceptions of people of mixed ancestry, their social experiences, communities, and identities. Crosslisted with ASTD-393-03
31212 AAM-393-05 History of Health & Society in Africa
Tuesday & Thursday 11:00AM-12:15PM Instructor: Ndege
This course surveys the history of health and society in Africa from the nineteenth century to the present. It delves into the creative and shifting ways in which the patient, physician, and society endeavored to nurture healthy communities in the wake of many diseases ranging from malaria and bubonic plague to smallpox and cholera. The emergent ways of prevention, control, and cure are examined in the context of political, economic, and cultural formations that informed African and Western practices of medicine. Crosslisted with HIST-393-02
25802 AAM-395-01 Human Sexuality in the Black Community
30979 WSTD 395-01
Tuesday & Thursday 9:30AM-10:45AM 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. Crosslisted with SOC-395 & WSTD-395-01
22001 AAM-400 Field Service (1-3) Instructor: Smith
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.
27989 AAM-420-01 History of African American Cinema
Tuesday 6:00-8:30PM 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.
Crosslisted with FSTD-420-01
22006 AAM-433-01 Psychology of Oppression
22944 WSTD 433-01
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. Crosslisted with PSYA-433 and satisfies cultural diversity requirement.
31257 AAM-493-01 Stereotyping & Bias/Mass Media
Tuesday & Thursday 12:45PM-2:00PM Instructor: Bell
Media are a significant and primary contributor of popular culture in American society. The purpose of this course is to explore and critically analyze the role of media in constructing and reflecting norms, values, and trends that reinforce racial, class, gender, and sexually-oriented stereotypes. We will use a variety of texts and examples to interrogate dominant images presented through various types of media, focusing on the sociopolitical, ethical, power, and economic considerations that drive those images. We will not only discuss the extent to which those dominant depictions shape and reinforce society's ideas regarding race, class, gender, and sexual orientation but also how they may contribute to identity formation and the reproduction of social inequality. Crosslisted with CMM-435-01 & WSTD-435-01.
23001 AAM-496-01 Capstone Course
Wednesday 4:00PM-6:30PM Instructor: Smith
Required for students completing the major/minor in African American Studies. 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.
22075 AAM-498-01 ADV. INDEPENDENT STUDY : Research
Instructor Permission Required from: 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.