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Courses in African American and African Studies (AAS)

Lower Division

10. African-American Culture and Society (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Critical examination of the historical, political, social, and economic factors that have affected the development and status of African-American people in contemporary society. GE credit: SocSci, Div | ACGH, DD, SS, WE.—F. (F.) Harrison

12. Introduction to African Studies (4)

Lecture/discussion—4 hours. Introduction to African Studies which will focus on the various disciplinary perspectives through which African society and culture are generally studied. A survey of methods, resources and conceptual tools for the study of Africa. GE credit: ArtHum or SocSci, Div, Wrt |  AH or SS, WC, WE.—W. (W.) Adebanwi, Adejunmobi

15. Introduction to African American Humanities (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Class size limited to 165 students. Introduction to the humanist tradition developed by writers, philosophers, and artists of African descent in the West. Attention also given to African sources, as well as European, Caribbean, Latin-American, and North American variations on this tradition. GE credit: Wrt | ACGH, AH, DD.—W. (W.) Harrison

16. Verbal and Performance Arts in Africa (4)

Lecture/discussion—4 hours. African verbal arts; oral texts from different African cultures. Types of critical response to oral texts, role of oral artists, context and esthetics of oral performance in Africa. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt | AH, VL, WC.—W. (W.) Adejunmobi

17. Women in African Societies (4)

Lecture/discussion—4 hours. Gender relations in traditional and contemporary African society. Involvement of African women in politics, religion, the economy, the arts. African responses to feminist theory. Images of women in African literature. GE credit: SocSci, Div, Wrt | SS, WC, WE.—F. (F.) Adejunmobi

18. Introduction to Caribbean Studies (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Introduction to the contemporary culture, peoples, politics, and societies of the Caribbean. Topics include movements of people, goods and ideas across the Atlantic world and creative productions within the Caribbean. GE credit: ArtHum or SocSci | AH or SS, WC.—F. (F.) Ng'weno

50. Black Popular Culture (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Survey of the African American images in popular culture (film, television, comedy, sports and music). GE credit: AH or SS, WC.—S. (S.) Harrison, White

51. History of Afro American Dance (4)

Lecture—4 hours. Evolution of African-American dance, tracing its history and development from West and Central Africa to the United States. Investigates the social and cultural relevance of African American dance and its artistic merits through contributions from its choreographers and performers. GE credit: ArtHum | AH, DD, VL.—S. (S.) 

52. African Traditional Religion (4)

Lecture—2 hours; discussion—2 hours. Introduction to traditional religions of the sub-Saharan African peoples: emphasis on myths, rituals and symbols in West, East, Central and South African indigenous religions. Examines themes: sacred kingship, divination system, women, prophecy, conversion and adaptation to Islam and Christianity. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt | AH, WC.—W. (W.) 

80. Introduction to Black Politics (4)

Lecture—4 hours. Introduction to the analysis of Afro-American politics, using conceptual frameworks from political science and other social sciences. GE credit: SocSci, Div, Wrt.—S. (S.) Harrison

99. Special Study for Undergraduates (1-5)

Prerequisite: consent of instructor. (P/NP grading only.)

Upper Division

100. Survey of Ethnicity in the U.S. (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: upper division standing or consent of instructor. Limited enrollment. Sociological and historical analysis of the experience, culture, and relations of and between groups considered racial and/or ethnic minorities in the United States. GE credit: ArtHum | ACGH, AH, DD.—W. (W.) Harrison

101. Introduction to Research in the Afro-American Community (4)

Lecture—4 hours. Prerequisite: course 10 or consent of instructor. Introductory survey of Afro-American Studies methods and techniques; problems and methodology in Afro-American Studies.—S. (S.) Harrison, White

107A. African Descent Communities and Culture in the Caribbean and Latin America (4)

Lecture/discussion—4 hours. Prerequisite: upper division standing. Origin and development of African descent communities and cultures in the Caribbean, and Latin America. The similarities and differences among African descent communities and cultures in terms of religious practices, music, and national identity. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt | WC.—F. (F.) Lambert, Ng'weno

107B. African Descent Communities and Culture in North America (4)

Lecture—2 hours; discussion—1 hour; term paper. Prerequisite: upper division standing. Origin and development of African descent communities and culture in the U.S.A., Canada, and Mexico from the African slave trade to contemporary urban society. Offered in alternate years. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt.—(F.) White

107C. African Descent Communities and Culture in Asia (4)

Lecture/discussion—4 hours. Study of the origin and development of African Descent communities and cultures in Asia. GE credit: ArtHum or SocSci, Div, Wrt | AH or SS, WC.—W. (W.) Ng'weno

107D. African Descent Communities and Cultures in Europe (4)

Lecture/discussion—4 hours. Study of the origin and development of African Descent communities and cultures in Europe. GE credit: ArtHum or SocSci, Div, Wrt | AH or SS, WC.—S. (S.) White

110. West African Social Organization (4)

Lecture—4 hours. Ecology, population, social and political organization, and culture of West Africa in the precolonial, colonial, and post-colonial periods. GE credit: SocSci, Div | SS, WC.—F. (F.) Adebanwi, Adejunmobi

111. Cultural Politics in Contemporary Africa (4)

Lecture/discussion—4 hours. Prerequisite: upper division standing or course 12. Themes and style of new cultural forms in Africa as displayed in art, music, film and writing, especially in regard to blending of indigenous and foreign influences. Social and political forces shaping contemporary cultural expression. Offered in alternate years. GE credit: ArtHum or SocSci, Div, Wrt | AH or SS, WC.—(W.) Adebanwi, Adejunmobi

123. Black Female Experience in Contemporary Society (4)

Lecture—4 hours. Prerequisite: upper division standing or consent of instructor. Black female social, intellectual, and psychological development. Black women's contributions in history, literature, and social science; life experiences of Black women and philosophical underpinnings of the feminist movement. Offered in alternate years. GE credit: ArtHum or SocSci, Div | ACGH, DD, SS.—S. (S.) Lambert

130. Education in the African-American Community (4)

Lecture—2 hours; discussion—1 hour; fieldwork—3 hours. Prerequisite: course 10 or course 100, completion of the subject A requirement. Examination of the history of the education of African Americans in the United States. Examination and critique of contemporary theories concerning the schooling of African Americans. (Former course 140.) Offered irregularly. GE credit: SocSci | DD, SS.—F. (F.) 

133. The Black Family in America (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: upper division standing or consent of instructor. Analysis of social science research to examine relationship between black (African-descent) family structures, patterns of functioning, and political, economic, and social conditions in the U.S. Offered in alternate years. GE credit: SocSci, Div | ACGH, DD, SS.—S, Su. (S, Su.) Harrison

141. Psychology of the African American Experience (3)

Lecture—2 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 10 or consent of instructor. Introduction to the psychological issues faced by African Americans. Analysis of issues from European/Western and Afrocentric frame of reference. Emphasis on Optimal Theory, a psychological theory based on an Afrocentric world view.—S. (S.) 

145A. Black Social and Political Thought (4)

Lecture—4 hours. Prerequisite: course 10 or 80, or consent of instructor. Exploration and analysis of Black social and political thought in the Americas. Offered in alternate years. GE credit: SocSci, Div | SS.—W. (W.) Harrison

145B. Black Intellectuals (4)

Lecture—4 hours. Prerequisite: course 10, 80, 145A, or consent of instructor. Exposition and critical analysis of selected theoretical writings of Black intellectuals, and especially political and social thinkers, in the Americas. Offered in alternate years. GE credit: SocSci, Div | DD, SS, WE.—F. (F.) Harrison, Lambert

150A. Afro-American Visual Arts Tradition: A Historical and Cultural Study (4)

Lecture—4 hours. Prerequisite: upper division standing. Afro-American visual arts tradition, folk and formal, in historical and cultural context, from 1600 through Reconstruction. GE credit: ArtHum, Div.—F. (F.)

150B. Afro-American Visual Arts Tradition: A Historical and Cultural Study (4)

Lecture—4 hours. Prerequisite: upper division standing. Afro-American visual arts tradition, folk and formal, in historical and cultural context, from Reconstruction to the present. GE credit: ArtHum, Div.—W. (W.)

151. Afro-American Vernacular Music and Verbal Arts (4)

Lecture—2 hours; discussion—2 hours. Socio-political dimensions of Afro-American musical forms like spiritual, work song, minstrelsy blues, rhythm and blues, jazz, gospel, soul and contemporary pop, and related verbal arts like preaching, toasting, rapping.—S. (S.) 

152. Major Voices in Black World Literature (4)

Lecture—2 hours; discussion—1 hour; term paper. Prerequisite: upper division standing, completion of course 10, or course 12, or course 18. Recurrence of cultural tropes in the works of major black world authors and formation of an African-oriented canon. Principal activities include critical reading and discovery of literature as a cultural resource. Offered in alternate years. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt | AH, DD, WC, WE.—(W.) Adejunmobi

153. African Literature (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: completion of Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR). Colonial and post-colonial sub-Saharan African literature and the African oral traditions from which it emerged. Genres and themes of African literature from the nineteenth century to the present. (Same course as Comparative Literature 154.) Offered in alternate years. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt | AH, WC, WE.—S. (S.) Adejunmobi

155A. African-American Dance and Culture in the United States, Brazil and the Caribbean (4)

Lecture/discussion—4 hours. Comparative study of the African American dance forms in the U.S.A., Brazil, Haiti, Cuba, Jamaica, Barbados, and Trinidad. Examination of ritual, folk, and popular dance forms and the socio/historical factors that have influenced these forms. (Same course as Dramatic Art 155A.) GE credit: ArtHum | AH, VL, WC.—W. (W.) 

156. Language and Identity in Africa and the African Diaspora (4)

Lecture/discussion—4 hours. Prerequisite: upper division standing or course 12. Relationship between language and identity in literature from Africa and the African Diaspora. Use of pidgins, Creoles, translation from African languages and impact of language policies. Offered irregularly. GE credit: ArtHum, Div | AH, DD, WC.—S. (S.) Adejunmobi

157. Literature and Society in South Africa (4)

Lecture/discussion—4 hours. Prerequisite: upper division standing. Political and social developments in 20th-century South Africa as illustrated by a range of South African writing. Response of different writers to race relations, impact of government policy on types and context of writing. Offered in alternate years. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt | AH, WC, WE.—(W.) Adejunmobi

160. African-American Folklore (4)

Lecture—2 hours; discussion—1 hour; fieldwork—3 hours. Prerequisite: course 10. Theory and history of African American folklore and folklife, including music, material culture, oral narrative, proverbs, and humor. African and Caribbean cultural influences on New World folk genres will be probed. GE credit: ArtHum, Div.—S. (S.) 

162. Islam in Africa and the Americas (4)

Lecture/discussion—4 hours. Prerequisite: Religious Studies 60 or course 12 or course 110. Comparative and historical survey of Islam in the regional and cultural settings of Sub-Saharan Africa and the Americas. Offered irregularly. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt | AH, WC, WE.—S. (S.) 

163. African Religions in the Americas (4)

Lecture—2 hours; discussion—2 hours. Prerequisite: course 10; course 15 or consent of instructor. Comparative study of African religious heritage in the Americas: Jamaica, Trinidad, Cuba, U.S.A., Haiti, and Brazil. Emphasis on the origins and development of Candomble, Santeria, Shango, Vodun, and Rastafarianism in the New World. (Former course 153.) GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt | AH, WC, WE.—S. (S.) 

165. Afro-Christianity and the Black Church (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: upper division standing; course 10, 15 or consent of instructor. Examination of the historical role of Christian belief and practice as well as the institution of the Black Church in the experience of African Americans, from slavery to the present. Offered in alternate years. GE credit—SocSci, Div | ACGH, DD, SS.—(S.) Harrison

168. Black Documentary: History and Practice (4)

Lecture—3 hours; laboratory—5 hours. Prerequisite: Film Studies 1, course 170; course 50 recommended; consent of instructor. Study of Black documentary history and understanding of the use of the documentary form for political purposes. A discussion of documentary theory. Each student, singly or in a team, will create and carefully edit a documentary project. GE credit: ArtHum, Div | AH, DD, VL, WC.—Su. (Su.) 

169. History of African-American Television (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 50 recommended. History of the representation of African Americans in television; how the representations reflect social and political forces in American society. Role of African Americans in actively shaping their representation. GE credit: ArtHum, Div | AH, DD, VL, WE.—W. White

170. African-American Film and Video (4)

Lecture—3 hours; film viewing—3 hours. Prerequisite: Film Studies 1, course 50 recommended. Comparative approach in the study of fictional film and video dealing with the African American experience drawing on film and cultural studies to examine and discuss selected works. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt | AH, DD, VL, WE.—W. (W.) Lambert, White

171. Black African and Black European Film and Video (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; film viewing—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: one of course 15, 50, or English 160 or 162, or consent of instructor. Comparative approach in the study of dramatic films and videos that treat black life in Africa and Europe. Critical attention will focus on the imaginative construction of ethnicity, race, nationality, gender, and sexuality in each particular work. Offered in alternate years. GE credit: ArtHum, Div | AH, VL, WC.—S. White

172. Diaspora and New Black Identities (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; term paper. Critical analysis about what it means to be Black/African American in the United States today. Topics include old and new diasporas, immigration, national origin, language, religion, class, education, politics, identity and cultural heritage. GE credit: SocSci, Div, Wrt | ACGH, DD, SS, WE.—W. (W.) Lambert

175A. Black Documentary: History and Theory (4)

Lecture—3 hours; film viewing—3 hours. Prerequisite: Film Studies 1, course 170; course 50 recommended. Black documentary history and documentary theory. Use of black documentary for political purposes. Offered in alternate years. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt | AH, DD, VL, WE.—(S.) Lambert, White

175B. Black Documentary Practicum (4)

Lecture—2 hours; laboratory—6 hours. Prerequisite: course 175A and consent of instructor. Creation of documentary projects, with students working in production crews. Offered in alternate years. GE credit: ArtHum | AH, DD.—W, S. 

176. The Politics of Resources (4)

Lecture/discussion—4 hours. Prerequisite: course 12 or 110. Limited enrollment. Examination of the ways in which the processes of the extraction, purification and use of natural resources and the complex regimes of valuation and commodification they (re)produce lead to cooperation and conflict in contemporary Africa and beyond. GE credit: SocSci | SS, WC.—S. (S.) Adebanwi

177. Politics of Life in Africa (4)

Lecture/discussion—4 hours. Existing (in)capacities in the structures of state and society in Africa for people to live well. Topics include institutions and practices that define state and civil society encounters in Africa; democracy, ethnicity, economic crisis, religion, citizenship, etc. Offered in alternate years. GE credit: ArtHum or SocSci | AH or SS, WC.—(W.) Adebanwi

178. African Modernity and Globalization (4)

Lecture—4 hours. Prerequisite: course 12 or consent of instructor. Class size limited to 80 students. Exploration of modernity and globalization and their dimensions and impacts in/on Africa. Examination of modern necessities and constrains in Africa in relation to (neo)colonialism, transnational encounters, technology, gender, risk, ritual, identity, culture, etc. GE credit: ArtHum or SocSci | AH or SS, WC.—W. (W.) Adebanwi

180. Race and Ethnicity in Latin America (4)

Lecture/discussion—4 hours. The social and political effects of racial and ethnic categorization in Latin America, including issues of economic production, citizenship, national belonging, and access to resources. Emphasis is on peoples of African, Indigenous, and Asian descent. GE credit: ArtHum or SocSci, Div | SS, WC, WE.—W. (W.) Ng'weno

181. Hip Hop in Urban America (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: upper division standing or consent of the instructor. Must have Junior or Senior level standing. History, aesthetics, urban context, and economics of hip-hop in the US, and its globalization. Hip-hop's four artistic elements-rap, deejaying, breakdance, and aerosol art-allow the examination of issues of race, ethnicity, and gender in youth culture and American society. GE credit: ArtHum | AH, DD, VL.—S. (S.) 

182. Hip Hop Culture & Globalization (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 181 preferable, not required. Investigation of hip-hop youth cultures outside the United States using globalization and Cultural Studies theories. Analysis of international hip-hop sites in Africa, Asia, Europe, South America, and the Middle East through reading, discussion, and visiting virtual sites. Offered in alternate years. GE credit: ArtHum, Div | AH, WC.—S. (S.) White

185. Topics in African-American Film (4)

Lecture—3 hours; film viewing—3 hours. Prerequisite: course 170; course 50 recommended. Intensive study of special topics in African American film. May be repeated one time for credit. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt | AH, DD, VL, WE.—W. (W.) Lambert, White

190. Topics in African and African-Diaspora Studies (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: upper division standing in African American and African Studies or consent of instructor. Intensive treatment of a special topic or problem in African or African Diaspora Studies. May be repeated one time for credit when topic differs.—S. (S.) 

192. Internship in African-American and African Studies (1-8)

Internship—3-24 hours. Prerequisite: completion of 12 units of upper division study in African American and African Studies courses; upper division standing; consent of instructor. Restricted to African American and African Studies majors and minors. Supervised internship in community, government, or private institutions, in all subject areas offered by the African American and African Studies Program. May be repeated up to 12 units for credit. (P/NP grading only.)

197T. Tutoring in Afro-American Studies (1-5)

Tutoring—1-5 hours. Prerequisite: consent of major committee; upper division standing with major in Afro-American Studies. Leading of small voluntary discussion groups affiliated with one of the department's regular courses. May be repeated for credit for a total of six units. (P/NP grading only.)

198. Directed Group Study (1-5)

Prerequisite: consent of instructor. (P/NP grading only.)

199. Special Study for Advanced Undergraduates (1-5)

Prerequisite: consent of instructor. (P/NP grading only.)

Graduate

201. Critical Foundations in African American Studies (4)

Seminar—3 hours. Prerequisite: graduate standing. Introduction to history of African American Studies. Topics include: research agendas, policy implications, debates, crises, and institutional frameworks. Offered in alternate years.—(F.) 

202. Critical Foundations in African Studies (4)

Seminar—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: graduate standing. Introduction to the history and current organization of African Studies as area of intellectual investigation. Offers students an opportunity to review research agenda and policy implications, debates, crises, and institutional frameworks surrounding the production of knowledge about Africa. Offered in alternate years.—S. Adebanwi, Adejunmobi

203. Critical Foundations in African Diaspora Studies (4)

Seminar—3 hours; term paper. Integrative conceptual framework includes History, Geography, Political Economy, Culture, Aesthetics as tools to investigate the African Diaspora. Students engage African Diaspora theories within their research projects understanding issues developing from the movement of Africans to the rest of the world.—S. (W.) Lambert, White

204. Methodologies in African American and African Studies (4)

Seminar—3 hours; term paper. Relationship between theory and methodology, with emphasis on identifying relevant methodological approaches and constructing theoretically informed research projects for studying the experience of people of African descent whether on the African continent or in the rest of the world.—F. Harrison, Ngweno

298A. Directed Group Study in African American and African Diaspora Studies (1-5)

Prerequisite: graduate standing. May be repeated for credit up to three times. (S/U grading only.)

298B. Directed Group Study in African Studies (1-5)

May be repeated for credit up to three times. (S/U grading only.)

299. Directed Group Study in African Studies (1-12)

(S/U grading only.)

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