Africana Studies (AFRA) 2014-2015
Director: Professor William Jelani Cobb
Office: 334 Wood Hall
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(Formerly offered as AFAM 1100.) (Also offered as FINA 1100.) Three credits.
Lectures and discussions about assigned readings focus on historical and aesthetic perspectives of African American Arts and their African sources, with emphasis on how social and aesthetic context impacts on creative expression by African American artists. Presentations by guest lecturers and University of Connecticut faculty plus small group discussions. CA 1. CA 4.
(Formerly offered as AFAM 3025.) (Also offered as ANTH 3025.) Three credits.
Africa since its partition in 1884. Urbanization, social stratification, racial and ethnic conflict.
Examination of contemporary public policy through the lens of race.
Baseball in historical, political, sociological, and economic contexts. Topics may include: impact on individuals and families; racial discrimination and integration; labor relations; urbanization; roles of women; treatment of gay athletes; and implications of performance-enhancing drugs.
Empirical and theoretical literature on psychological experiences of African Americans. Impact of race, culture, and ethnicity on psychological development. CA 4.
(Formerly offered as AFAM 3131.) (Also offered as DRAM 3131.) Three credits.
The significant developments in African American theatre and its antecedents and an examination of selected play scripts that exemplify those developments. CA 4.
(Formerly offered as AFAM 3152.) (Also offered as ANTH 3152.) Three credits.
Popular and scholarly theories of human group identity and diversity, in cross-cultural and historical perspective. Topics include: an overview of ‘race’ and ‘ethnicity’ in Western thought, ethnic group formation and transformation, political mobilizations of group identity, and systems of inequality. CA 2. CA 4
(Formerly offered as AFAM 3206.) (Also offered as HIST 3206.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher. Recommended preparation: AFRA/HIST/HRTS 3563;AFRA/HIST 3564, 3620; or HIST/LLAS 3609.
Major themes in recent scholarship of African-descended communities in the Americas and their interconnection beyond geopolitical boundaries; race, gender, class, religion, cultural movements and practices, slavery, political economy, political movements, and African consciousness, from historical perspective.
(Formerly offered as AFAM 3211.) Three credits.
Interdisciplinary overview of African American studies, giving consideration to the artistic, intellectual, political and cultural experiences of black people in the United States, Caribbean, Europe, and Africa. Relies on a wide range of materials and perspectives with particular focus on significant movements, ideas, people and events that have shaped and continue to shape Africa and the Diaspora.
Critical and historical examination of the literature of black American writers from Phyllis Wheatley to the present. CA 4.
Extensive readings in the works of four or five contemporary black American writers.
The development of ideas of Pan-Africanism, beginning with the proto-Pan-Africanists in the nineteenth century; examination of the linkages between those ideas in Africa and the evolution of Pan-Africanism as a movement in the African Diaspora.
(Formerly offered as AFAM 3252.) (Also offered as POLS 3252.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.
The political systems in contemporary Africa; the background of the slave trade, imperialism, colonialism, and the present concerns of nationalism, independence, economic development and military rule. Emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa.
(Formerly offered as AFAM 3295.) Variable credits. Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary. With a change in content, may be repeated for credit.
(Formerly offered as AFAM 3299.) Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Open only with consent of instructor.
Supervised reading and writing on a subject of special interest to the student.
(Formerly offered as AFAM 3501.) (Also offered as SOCI 3501). Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.
Ethnic groups, their interrelations, assimilation, and pluralism. Culture, and identity that arise from differences in race, religion, nationality, region, and language.
The origin, nature, and consequences of white racism as a central and enduring social principle around which the United States and other modern societies are structured and evolve. CA 4.
History of African-American people to 1865, from their West African roots, to their presence in colonial America, through enslavement and emancipation. Adaptation and resistance to their conditions in North America. Contributions by black people to the development of the United States.
(Formerly offered as AFAM 3564.) ( Also offered as HIST 3564). Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.
History of African-American people since the Civil war. Contributions by black people to American development. African-American activity in international arenas.
(Formerly offered as AFAM 3568.) (Also offered as HIST 3568.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.
History of hip-hop, its musical antecedents and its role in popular culture. Race, class, and gender are examined as well as hip-hop’s role in popular political discourse.
Topics may include: encounter experience; slavery and freedom; colonialism/anti-colonialism; citizenship and nation building; political economy, cultures and movements; and migration/immigration from historical perspective.
(Formerly offered as AFAM 3620.) (Also offered as HIST 3620.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.
Discovery and settlement, slavery and plantation economy, recent political and economic developments, and United States relations with the Spanish Caribbean.
Topics may include: empire and colonialism/anti-colonialism; slavery, science, and the state; cultural practices and institutions; feminisms and masculinities; law and public policies; immigration; forms of labor and political mobilization; sex and reproduction; and human rights from historical perspective.
(Formerly offered as AFAM 3642.) (Also offered as POLS 3642.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.
Political behavior, theory, and ideology of African-Americans, with emphasis on contemporary U.S. politics. CA 4.
(Formerly offered as AFAM 3647.) (Also offered as POLS 3647.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.
Black leadership, emphasizing the principles, goals, and strategies used by African-American men and women to secure basic citizenship rights during the civil rights era.
An introduction to major philosophical and theoretical debates at the core of black feminist thought, emphasizing the ways in which interlocking systems of oppression uphold and sustain each other.
(Formerly offered as AFAM 3752.) (Also offered as HIST 3752.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.
The history of pre-colonial Africa with particular attention to the rise and fall of African Kingdoms, interaction between different ethnic groups, African trade with other continents, and the impact of foreigners on African societies.
(223) (Formerly offered as AFAM 3753) (Also offered as HIST 3753.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.
The history of African perceptions of and responses to the abolition of the slave trade, Western imperialism and colonialism, and the development of nationalism and struggle for independence.
Social and economic-justice movements, from the beginning of the Civil Rights movement to the present.
Three credits. Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary. With change in content, may be repeated for credit.
(Formerly offered as AFAM 4994.) Three credits. Prerequisite: AFRA 3211; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open only to Africana Studies majors in their senior year. With change in content, may be repeated for credit.
Critical training and comprehensive examination of Africana studies, using primary and secondary sources.