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African and African-American Studies (AAF)

Director: Professor Hamilton

150 Introduction to Afro-American History

See History 150. (L) [D]

201 Introduction to African-American Studies (3)

Interdisciplinary exploration of some of the pivotal themes and issues in the study of peoples of African descent. (Lec. 3) (L) [D]

202 Introduction to Afro-American Culture (3)

Interdisciplinary survey of the social origins of Afro-American culture. (Lec. 3/Online)

240 Race and Ethnic Relations

See Sociology 240.

247 Introduction to Literature of the African Diaspora

See English 247. (A) [D]

248 African-American Literature from 1900 to the Present

See English 248. (A) [D]

290 African-American Women: Service, Community, and Self (3)

Introductory course on African-American women. Focuses on the idea of African-American women’s service which has been a constant theme and necessity for the African-American community in North America. (Lec. 3)

300 Special Topics in African and Afro-American Studies (3)

Selected contemporary topics, problems, issues, and individuals from the field of African and Afro-American studies. The topical format allows in-depth analysis of some significant aspect of the African and Afro-American experience. (Lec. 3) Topic: Conditions for Community Service is service learning. Pre: 201 or 202 or permission of instructor. May be repeated with different topic.

330 (or ARH 330) African-American Art in Context: A Cultural and Historical Survey I (3)

Examines African-American art and artifacts of the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, highlighting the dominant attitudes as well as the political and social realities of the times. (Lec. 3)

331 (or ARH 331) The African-American Artist in Context: A Cultural and Historical Survey II (3)

Examines art and artists, the trends, philosophical attitudes, political realities, social influences, and artistic styles of 20th century African-American artists. (Lec. 3)

333 Oral Interpretation of Black Literature

See Communication Studies 333.

336 Social Inequality

See Sociology 336.

352 (or ENG 352) Black Images in Film (3)

Exploration of the cultural, economic, political, and ideological motivations behind the standard representation of people of the African diaspora in cinema in the U.S. and other areas of the world, while examining film as a genre with a vocabulary and idiom of its own. (Lec. 3)

355 Black Women in the US: Colonial Times to the Present

See History 355. (L) [D]

356 Black Urban History: Late 19th and 20th Centuries

See History 356. (L) [D]

359 History of Slavery in America

See History 359.

360 (or ENG 360) Africana Folk Life (3)

Examination of the process of creativity, context, and form in the oral literary tradition of peoples of African descent throughout the world. (Lec. 3) In alternate years. Next offered fall 2007.

362 African-American Literary Genres other than the Short Story and Novel

See English 362.

363 African-American Fiction

See English 363.

364 Contemporary African Literature

See English 364.

366 Black Political Thought During the Age of Civil Rights and Black Power

See History 366.

367 Contemporary African-American Political Thought

See History 367.

380 (or PSC 380) Civil Rights Movement (3)

Major transformations in American life brought about by the civil rights movement in law, in social relations, in the role of government. Focus on the period between 1954 and 1968 in an effort to identify and evaluate the changes in government and civil society that occurred during this period. (Lec. 3) Service learning.

372 African-Americans and the Legal System (3)

Focus on constitutional changes designed to influence the political status of African-Americans in the United States. (Lec. 3)

388 History of Sub-Saharan Africa

See History 388.

390 Directed Study or Research (3)

Directed study arranged to meet the needs of individual students who desire independent work and to promote collective research efforts in African and Afro-American Studies. (Independent Study) Pre: permission of director.

399 Introduction to Multicultural Psychology

See Psychology 399.

408 African Government and Politics

See Political Science 408.

410 (or PSC 410) Issues in African Development (3)

A seminar focusing on the dynamics of African development, including political and social change, economic development, education, urbanization, rural development, environmental management, labor and business, industrialization, and technology transfer. (Seminar) Pre: APG 313 or PSC 201 or HIS 388 or permission of instructor.

415 (or PSC 415) Dynamics of Social Change in the Caribbean (3)

Exploration of the slave trade and the origins of Africans and people of African descent in the Caribbean. Emphasis on political and economic relations with the U.S. and the impact of modernization. (Lec. 3) Not for graduate credit.

428 Institutional Racism

See Sociology 428.

466 Urban Problems

See Political Science 466.

474 Literature of the African Diaspora

See English 474.

498 Senior Seminar in African and Afro-American Studies (3)

Study of a particular issue of the experience of Blacks in the diaspora from an interdisciplinary perspective. Subject or theme will change yearly. Pre: 150, 201, 202, senior standing, or permission of instructor. Not for graduate credit.

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