African American Studies Course Listing
African American Studies
20003 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
20004 AAM-201-01 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 Honors - AAM-201-01H
25605 AAM-250-01 Intergroup Dialogue: Race/Ethnicity
Wednesday 2:10PM-4:40PM Instructor: TBA
Intergroup 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 CMM 230-01.
28744 AAM-295-01 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
20005 AAM-298-01 Independent Study TBA
NOTE: Program director permission required.
28807 AAM-330-01 African American Literary Traditions II (after 1900)
Tuesday & Thursday 12:45-2:00PM Instructor: Grant
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.
23304 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 requirement.
28814 AAM-337-01 Spiritual Motown & Hip Hop, African American Social History in Music
Tuesday &Thursday 12:45PM-2:00PM Instructor: Thompson
The history and evolution of African-American music is as rich and complex as the history of African Americans themselves. African-American music has the ability to enhance a social and cultural understanding of race, class, and gender in American society. Genres such as the blues, jazz, Rhythm and Blues, gospel, reggae, and hip hop will be explored within the historical time frame to fully understand the origins, growth and development of black music and the manner it reflects the experiences of African Americans. Crosslisted with HIST-393-03.
28852 AAM-393-01 Radical Art/Work: The Black Arts Movement from 1960's to 1970's
Monday & Wednesday 2:10PM-3:25PM Instructor: Gbadegesin
Across the globe, the 1960s were a time of political activism, cultural change, and creativity. This course focuses on one particular movement that embodied all of these principles: The Black Arts Movement (BAM). Often known as the "artistic sister of the Black Power Movement," BAM was driven by black artists, poets, writers, intellectuals, musicians, actors and intellectuals, whose work connected the black liberation struggle with black cultural work. We will explore the work and legacy of this movement in Harlem, Chicago, Los Angeles, and St. Louis. This course requires four short response essays or video response and one final research paper. Crosslisted with ARTH-393-01.
23305 AAM-395-01 Human Sexuality in the Black Community
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. Cross-listed with SOC-395.
28102 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.
20006 AAM-433-01 Psychology of Oppression
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.
27471 AAM-493-01 The Middle Passage in Mass Culture
Monday 4:20PM-6:50PM Instructor: Smith
This course surveys the history of the Middle Passage and analyzes its centrality to the invention of race as we know it. From there, we explore the lingering cultural legacy it left to what we know and understand about race and culture. Although this course concerns itself greatly with African American literature and culture, it will make a conscious effort to discover how the Middle Passage-the Black Atlantic-participated not only in the invention of blackness, but also in the invention of whiteness. Our emphasis will include the facts and statistics of the Middle Passage, but will focus more heavily on theorizing and imagining this transatlantic epoch and discovering the ways in which its ‘memory' resonates in contemporary American cultural production.
28815 AAM-493-02 Race and Research Ethics
Tuesday & Thursday 11:00-12:12PM Instructor: Solomon
This course will explore the troubling history of the relationship between the American medical research establishment and African Americans, from slavery times up until the present. Tracing these historical abuses to the current research ethics climate between African Americans and research, as well as the safeguards and approaches currently implemented to improve this climate. Students will have the opportunity to actively engage the current state of affairs by thinking out of the box and creating potential solutions, and envisioning different future trajectories of this fraught relationship. Crosslisted with HCE-426-01.
27587 AAM495-01 Senior Residency
20843 AAM-496-01 CAPSTONE COURSE
Wednesday 4:00-6:30PM 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.
20037 AAM-498-01 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.