African Amercian Studies Course Listing
African American Studies
(10495) 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 withAAM-200-01H
(13700) 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 AAM-201-01H
(13729) AAM-212-01 African Art
Tuesday & Thursday 2:15PM-3:30PM 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.
(13731) AAM-222-01 African American Art
Tuesday & Thursday 12:45-2:00PM 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
(13733) AAM-250-01 Intergroup Dialogue
Wednesday 2:30PM-5:00PM 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.
(13737) AAM-293-01 Intergroup Dialogue: Black Male Identity Bradley
(10496) AAM-298-01 Independent Study TBA
NOTE: Program director permission required.
(13743) AAM-323-01 History of Africa to 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 A323.
(11055) AAM-327-01 Diversity & Anti-Oppression
Tuesday 2:15PM-5:00PM Instructor: C-Khan
(13744) 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.
(13745) AAM-331-01 Intercultural Communication
Mon., Wed., Fri. 2:10PM-3:00PM Instructor: Bell
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
(10502) 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.
(13768) 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.
(19405) AAM-415-01 Ethnic & Race Studies
Mon. & Wed. 9:30AM-10:45AM Instructor: Weixlmann
(13769) 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.
(13770) AAM-481-01 Philosophy & Race
Tues. & Thurs. 12:45PM - 2:00PM Instructor: McCluskey
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-105 and PHIL-205.
(19404) AAM-483-01 Post 1900 AFAM Literature: From Harlem to Paris
(18518) ENGL- 483-01
Monday 2:10PM-4:40PM 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.
(13773) 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.
(13775) AAM-495-01 Senior Residency
(11012) 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.
(10504) 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.