Courses for Spring 2018

  • African American Health Activism from Emancipation to AIDS

    This historical survey course examines African American activism and social movements from Emancipation to the contemporary period through the lens of African American access to health resources. By paying close attention to how social and cultural aspects of medicine impact access and quality of care by race, gender, and sexuality, the course examines how segregation, poverty, incarceration, and policing shaped activism and healthcare. The course develops a sense of how African American activists crafted responses to different historical crises including Reconstruction, Jim Crow, Civil Rights, and the War on Drugs by the demands they made for specific resources. FYS WRIT DPLL
    AFRI 0550 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Ramos
  • Rastafari Studies

    This course will introduce students to the theoretical frameworks, methods, and practice based application of engaging with the Rastafari movement. We'll critically examine literature produced about Rastafari & the community-based activism of the movement in the context of African & African Diasporic movements from the 1930s to the present. Approach of the class is interdisciplinary and thematic, drawing upon works from Africana studies, literature, history, music, and film. Students will be able to engage with Rastafari guest speakers and read the most recent literature in Rastafari studies. Special emphasis will be placed on gendered anti-Black racism and Rastafari woman’s community activism.
    AFRI 0760A S01
    Primary Instructor
    Alhassan
  • Black Lavender: Black Gay/Lesbian Plays/Dramatic Constructions in the American Theatre

    An interdisciplinary approach to the study of plays that address the identities and issues of black gay men and lesbians and offers various perspectives from within and without the black gay and lesbian artistic communities. Focuses on analysis of unpublished titles. Also includes published works by Baraka, Bullins, Corbitt, Gibson, Holmes, West, and Pomo Afro Homos. Some evening screenings of videotapes. Enrollment limited to 40. WRIT DPLL
    AFRI 0990 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Terry-Morgan
  • The Afro-Luso-Brazilian Triangle

    Examines three historical components of the South Atlantic in terms of history, culture, and contemporary political and economic consequences. European colonialism in Africa and Brazil constitutes the baseline for this exploration, but the long and tardy nature of Portuguese colonialism in Africa in comparison with other European colonial powers, especially in its post-World War II manifestations, is our starting point. Enrollment limited to 40. DPLL
    AFRI 1020C S01
    Primary Instructor
    Dzidzienyo
  • Advanced RPM Playwriting

    Third level of RPM Playwriting; for students that have successfully completed RPM Playwriting and Intermediate RPM Playwriting (workshop). Instructor permission. DPLL
    AFRI 1050A S01
    Primary Instructor
    Terry-Morgan
  • Intermediate RPM Playwriting

    Second level of RPM Playwriting; for students that want to continue developing their RPM plays or want to begin a new project (workshop). DPLL
    AFRI 1050D S01
    Primary Instructor
    Terry-Morgan
  • RPM Playwriting

    Research-to-Performance Method (RPM) Playwriting guides students through the process of developing new plays that are informed by scholarly research (workshop). DPLL
    AFRI 1050E S01
    Primary Instructor
    Terry-Morgan
  • West African Writers and Political Kingdom

    Do West African writers have a role to play in the changing political landscape of their countries? An examination of the ways and means through which a select group of West African writers have dealt with issues that relate to the role of the state in the management of individual and group relations, the politics of gender, civil and military relations, and the construction of new forms of civil society. Enrollment limited to 20. DPLL
    AFRI 1060E S01
    Primary Instructor
    Dzidzienyo
  • An Introduction to Africa

    Africa invokes myriad images in the global imagination. It figures in debates on the evolution of humans; in the formation of capitalism, and even as a counterpoint to discourses on human progress. This course interrogates how “Africa” gets mobilized in popular discourse in the US and beyond. How might we reconcile the idea of Africa with contemporary conditions of the African continent? We will not only examine Africa through a broad range of disciplinary perspectives; but also become familiar with social, cultural, political and economic diversity of the African continent. We will engage the disciplines of history, economics, politics, cultural studies and gender studies among others. DPLL
    AFRI 1060U S01
    Primary Instructor
    Ayobade
  • Comparative Identity Politics in Africa

    This course is a comparative analysis of identity politics in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa. Africa is a heterogeneous region with ethnic and religious diversity. The course will introduce students to social identity theory and processes of identity politics and discuss how identity processes unfold in difference areas of political discourse.
    AFRI 1100A S01
    Primary Instructor
    Agupusi
  • The Caribbean: Cultures, Politics, Histories and Literature

    The Caribbean archipelago has brought forth a new awareness of the region not as a fixed entity of islands as previously viewed; rather, it is a diverse group of islands that are not only geographically linked but share a common history of slavery and colonialism. This course aims to present students with an opportunity to delve into substantive multidisciplinary (social science and literary) texts that seek to analyze, expose and deconstruct forces that continue to shape the Caribbean.
    AFRI 1100B S01
    Primary Instructor
    Sylvain
  • Racial Slavery and Empire in an Age of Global Capital

    This course challenges students to think critically about the interrelations between global capital, racial slavery, and imperialism in historical perspective. We will focus particularly on the 19th century with readings addressing the British and U.S. imperial worlds. Centrally, the course asks students to engage with the significance of racial slavery in its economic and colonial entanglements in the making of the modern world.
    AFRI 1100C S01
    Primary Instructor
    Sell
  • Afro-Caribbean Philosophy

    An introduction to the field of Afro-Caribbean philosophy. The first half focuses on the history of the field, identifying its African background and surveying some of its major schools, such as the Afro-Christians, the poeticists, the historicists, and existentialists. The second half consists of a more intensive comparative focus on the ontologies and epistemologies of two of these schools. DPLL
    AFRI 1150 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Henry
  • Africana Studies: Knowledge, Texts and Methodology

    This course will explore the issues of Africana Studies as a discipline by engaging in a series of critical readings of the central texts, which laid the protocols of the discipline. The course will also raise issues of knowledge production and methodologies. This course is a senior capstone seminar. Open to all senior Africana Studies concentrators; others by instructor permission only. Enrollment limited to 25. DPLL
    AFRI 1360 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Meeks
  • Independent Reading and Research

    Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course.
    AFRI 1970 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Bogues
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    AFRI 1970 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Braun
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    AFRI 1970 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Perry
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    AFRI 1970 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Meeks
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    AFRI 1970 S07
    Primary Instructor
    Dzidzienyo
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    AFRI 1970 S08
    Primary Instructor
    George
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    AFRI 1970 S09
    Primary Instructor
    Henry
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    AFRI 1970 S10
    Primary Instructor
    Guterl
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    AFRI 1970 S11
    Primary Instructor
    Hamlin
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    AFRI 1970 S12
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    AFRI 1970 S13
    Primary Instructor
    Terry-Morgan
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    AFRI 1970 S15
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    AFRI 1970 S16
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
  • Methods in Africana Studies

    This graduate seminar brings together various methodological and theoretical approaches to interpreting Africana life, culture, thought, and politics. Placing special emphasis on emergent scholarship that shapes and reshapes the discipline of Africana Studies, we examine a selection of humanistic and social scientific studies of various local, national, and international contexts. Texts demonstrate the ways in which innovative interdisciplinary methods are crucial for understanding the complexity of the Africana world. We will give attention to the strategies scholars utilize to formulate their research questions, design their methodologies, and create new ideas that contribute to the advancement of Africana Studies scholarship.
    AFRI 2101 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Perry
  • Preliminary Examination Preparation

    For graduate students who have met the tuition requirement and are paying the registration fee to continue active enrollment while preparing for a preliminary examination.
    AFRI 2970 S01
    Schedule Code
    E: Grad Enrollment Fee/Dist Prep
  • Graduate Level Independent Reading and Research

    A program of intensive reading and research. Section numbers may vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course.
    AFRI 2980 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Bogues
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    AFRI 2980 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Braun
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    AFRI 2980 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Dzidzienyo
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    AFRI 2980 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Guterl
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    AFRI 2980 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Hamlin
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    AFRI 2980 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Henry
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    AFRI 2980 S07
    Primary Instructor
    Perry
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    AFRI 2980 S08
    Primary Instructor
    Terry-Morgan
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    AFRI 2980 S09
    Primary Instructor
    Rose
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    AFRI 2980 S10
    Primary Instructor
    Meeks
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
  • Thesis Preparation

    For graduate students who have met the tuition requirement and are paying the Registration Fee to continue active enrollment while preparing a thesis.
    AFRI 2990 S01
    Schedule Code
    E: Grad Enrollment Fee/Dist Prep
  • Courses of Interest to Concentrators in Africana Studies

    The following courses may be taken for concentration credit. Please see the sponsoring department for the time and location of each course.

    Biology
    BIOL 1920D Race, Difference and Biomedical Research: Historical Considerations
    English
    ENGL 1710I Harlem Renaissance: The Politics of Culture
    ENGL 1710J Modern African Literature
    French Studies
    FREN 1710E Machines de guerre: Violence et société en Afrique francophone
    History
    HIST 1515 American Slavery
    HIST 1972F Consent: Race, Sex and the Law
    Judaic Studies
    JUDS 1753 Blacks and Jews in American History and Culture
    Public Policy
    PLCY 1701G Science and Technology Policy in the Global South
    Theatre Arts and Performance Studies
    TAPS 0240 Africana Feminisms
    AFRI XLIST 0