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African American Studies Course Listing


 African American Studies
Fall 2015

(10349) AAM-2000-01 Introduction to African American Studies
(12971) 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

(12972) AAM-2010-01 Contemporary Black America
(12996) AAM-2010-01H
Tuesday & Thursday 2:15PM-3:30PM Instructor: Gbadegesin

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-2010-01H

(18455) AAM-2120-01 Survey of Art in Africa since Prehistory
(17459) ARTH-2120-01
Tuesday & Thursday 11:00AM-12:15PM 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.

(10350) AAM-2980-01 Independent Study TBA
NOTE: Program director permission required.

(10814) AAM-3270-01 Diversity & Anti-Oppression
(10786) SWRK-3200-01
(14667) SWRK-3200-01H
Tuesday 2:30PM-5:00PM Instructor: C-Khan

(17970) AAM-3270-02 Diversity & Anti-Oppression
(14886) SWRK-3200-02
(14669) SWRK-3200-02H
Tuesday 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 S1000 or permission of the instructor.

(13003) AAM-3310-01 Intercultural Communication
(15270) CMM-3300-01
Tuesday & Thursday 2:15PM-3:30PM Instructor: TBA

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 3300 and fulfills A& S diversity requirement. NOTE: Pre-requisite: CMMA-2000.

(10353) AAM-3350-01 African American Religious Traditions
(10627) SOC-3940-01
(18509) THEO-3830-01
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-3940-01, THEO-3350-01, and fulfills the A&S diversity

(16820) AAM-3930-01 Ethnic American Literature: Cultural Collisions in
(16448) ENGL-3560-01 Fiction & Film
Mon., Wed., Fri. 10:00-10:50AM Instructor: Weixlmann

This course will begin with an exploration of the term ethnicity, among other things relating it to the socially constructed concept of ‘race." We will then explore works by novelists and filmmakers commonly-and in some senses misleadingly-identified as African American, Native American, and Jewish American whose individual texts illustrate various forms of "cultural collision," both positive and negative, with members of other ethnic (e.g., Japanese, Italian, Latino, "Other") and social groups. The novelists are likely to include Paul Beatty (White Boy Shuffle). Louise Erdrich (Tracks), Percival Everett (erasure), Philip Roth (Goodbye, Columbus), and Leslie Marmon Silko (Ceremony); and the filmmakers will likely include Woody Allen (Manhattan), Joel & Ethan Coen, and Spike Lee (Do the Right Thing, Jungle Fever, and Bamboozled). Regular class attendance, active class participation, and midterm and final examinations will be the principal factors in grading; the examinations will have both in-class and take-home essay components. Some activities outside of the classroom may also be required, depending on what is available during the semester.
This course fulfills the U.S. Diversity requirement. This course can count for credit in English, Film Studies and AFAM Studies.

(16772) AAM-4000-01 Field Service-Community Activism
Thursday 4:00-6:30PM 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.

(16773) AAM4200-01 History of African American Cinema
(18535) ARTH-4930-01
(18569) FSTD-4200-01
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.

(13004) AAM-4340-01 African American Psychology
(13633) PSY-4340-01
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-4340-01.

(17971) AAM-4810-01 Philosophy & Race
(17365) PHIL-4820-01
Tuesday & Thursday 2:15PM-3:30PM 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-1050 and PHIL-2050.

(17972) AAM-4900-01 Black Women in Society
(17867) WGST-4800-01
Tuesday 4:00PM-6:30PM Instructor: Smith
This course is designed to provide an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Black women in a changing society. Through a close look at autobiographies, historical monographs, poetry, fiction, film, music and television, students will examine the impact of social, historical, cultural, political, and economic forces on Black women's modes of self-representation. Fall Semester

(18664) AAM-4930-01 Race, Social Justice, and the African American Experience
(17728) PHIL-4360-03
Tuesday/Thursday 9:30AM-10:45AM Instructor: Bazil

This course undertakes a systematic analysis of fundamental problems and issues related to the subject of race, racism, and social justice as they pertain to African-Americans. The course will attempt to clarify the meaning of the concept of race by examining it from metaphysical, ethical, and political perspectives. First, we will examine whether or not race can be identified as real (ontologically and/or socially). Second, we will scrutinize various forms of racism and explore the kinds of moral problems that it causes. Finally, we will look at various political approaches that African Americans have taken to tackle the problem of racism and that aspire to establish social justice.

(18843) AAM-4930-02 Love, Loyalties & Loneliness: Contemporary Postcolonial Literature & Culture

(17952) ENGL-4670-01
(15228) WGST-4930-02
Tuesday/Thursday 12:45PM-2:00PM Instructor: Uraizee

This course satisfies the post-1800 British literature requirement for the old English major and the 4000 level requirement for the new English major. In this course you will be focusing on contemporary postcolonial writers and cultures. You will examine such themes as internationalism and transnationalism; gender and sex; family and identity; class and politics; race and ethnicity. You will also learn to appreciate various approaches to postcolonial literature, including cultural, post-structural and psychoanalytical. Some of the texts you will study include: Chinua Achebe's Anthills of the Savannah; Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude; Derek Walcott's Omeros; Wole Soyinka's Death and the King's Horseman; Orhan Pamuk's Snow; Monica Ali's Brick Lane and Gavin Hood's Tsotsi. The requirements for the course include short quizzes, a short paper, a blog, a midterm website assignment (including 6 hours of service learning), and a term paper.

(13457) AAM-4950-01 Senior Residency

(10896) AAM-4960-01 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.

(13005) AAM-4970-01 Research Methods in African American Studies
Monday 5:00PM-7:30PM Instructor: Laird

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.

(10354) AAM-4980-01 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.


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