Spring 2019 Course Schedule

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AAST 100. Introduction to African American Studies. 3 hours.
Instructor: Barbara Ransby
This course will discuss the African American experience, focusing on African and African American culture, the slave trade, slavery and emancipation in the Americas, Twentieth Century social relations, and struggles for civil rights. Class Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Discussion and one Lecture. Major/Minor Required Course. General Education: Understanding the Individual & Society; Understanding U.S. Society.

AAST 101. Introduction to African Diaspora Studies. 3 hours.
Instructor: Mario LaMothe
Introduction to the historical and contemporary dispersal of people from the African continent around the globe beginning in the 15th century to the present. Past course, and World Cultures course.

AAST 103. African American Politics and Culture. 3 hours.
Instructor: Cedric Johnson
A survey of African American political and cultural activism from the Black Convention Movement of the 1830s to contemporary times. Course Information: Same as POLS 112. Individual and Society course, and US Society course.

AAST 104.Race, Place, and Schooling: African Americans and Education. 3 hours.
Instructor: David Stovall
Examination of the social, political, cultural, and economic factors shaping African Americans’ educational experiences in the United States historically and currently. Course Information: Same as EDPS 104. Individual and Society course, and US Society course.

AAST 206. Interdisciplinary Research Methods in African American Studies. 3 hours.
Instructor: Johari Jabir
Introduction to interdisciplinary theories, research methods and writing in the fields of African American and African Diaspora studies. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): Credit or concurrent registration in AAST 100and AAST 101 and AAST 246; or consent of the instructor. For African American Studies majors and minors only.

AAST 207. Racism: Global Perspectives. 3 hours.
Instructor: Andy Clarno 
An introduction to global, transnational, and comparative perspectives on racism. Analysis of race and racism not only in the United States, but also in Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, Europe, and other contexts. Course Information: Same as SOC 207. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 160 or ENGL 161. Individual and Society course, and World Cultures course.

AAST 242. History of Modern Africa. 3 hours.
Instructor: Kirk Hoppe
The effect of European partition and colonialism; African military and political resistance; economic imperialism; the rise of nationalism; the problems of independence. Course Information: Same as HIST 242. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 161; or consent of the instructor. Class Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Discussion/Recitation and one Lecture-Discussion. Past course, and World Cultures course.

AAST 247. African American History to 1877. 3 hours.
Instructor: Jennifer Ash
Survey of major social, economic, political, and cultural developments in African American history from the rise of the Atlantic Slave Trade to Reconstruction. Course Information: Same as HIST 247. Prerequisite(s): One course in African American studies or history, or consent of the instructor. Past course, and US Society course.

AAST 258.Race and Urban Life. 3 hours.
Instructor: Cedric Johnson
Examines the experiences of Blacks in urban areas since the 1900’s. Course Information: Same as SOC 258.

AAST 261. Reading Black Women Writing. 3 hours.
Instructor: Natasha Barnes
Examines inscriptions of race, gender, class, and sexuality as they shape the literary and critical practices of nineteenth- and twentieth-century black women writers. Course Information: Same as GWS 261 and ENGL 261. Previously listed as AAST 470. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in AAST 100 or Grade of C or better in AAST 110 or Grade of C or better in AAST 111 or Grade of C or better in ENGL 118 or Grade of C or better in ENGL 119 or Grade of C or better in ENGL 240; or consent of the instructor.

AAST 262. Black Cultural Studies. 3 hours.
Instructor: Johari Jabir
Introduction to approaches, methods, and key debates in the study of black culture in a transnational and diasporic context. Course Information: Same as ENGL 262. Prerequisite(s): AAST 100. Creative Arts course, and US Society course.

AAST 263.African American Intellectual History. 3 hours.
Instructor: Ainsworth Clarke
Introduction to key figures, developments, and debates in African American intellectual history. Course Information: Same as HIST 263. Prerequisite(s): AAST 100. Individual and Society course, and Past course.

AAST 271.  African Americans and the Politics of Incarceration. 3 hours.
Instructor: Helen Jun
Examination of the status of African Americans as offenders, victims, and personnel within the criminal justice system. Course Information: Same as CLJ 271 and SOC 271. Previously listed as AAST 371. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better or concurrent registration in AAST 100 or Grade of C or better or concurrent registration in SOC 100. Individual and Society course, and US Society course.

AAST 272. Race, Gender, and Sexuality. 3 hours.
Instructor: Beth Richie
The course will focus on the various ways that African American Studies has conceptualized issues of gender and sexuality. Course Information: Same as GWS 272. Prerequisite(s): Credit or concurrent registration in ENGL 161. Individual and Society course, and US Society course.

AAST 351. Topics in Black Art and Literature. 3 hours.
Instructor: Madhu Dubey
The decades following the end of the Civil Rights movement have witnessed a remarkable outpouring of African American literary and cultural production across a range of forms and movements. Examining novels, plays, poems, performance art, manifestos, and films, this course will examine the elements of a “new black aesthetics” that explores the shifting meanings of racial identity, culture, politics, and community in the post-Civil Rights decades. Course Information: Same as ENGL 351. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in AAST 100; and Grade of C or better in AAST 110or Grade of C or better in AAST 111; or Grade of C or better in ENGL 240 and Grade of C or better in ENGL 243.

AAST 398.  Independent Study: Special Topics. 3 hours.
Selected topics for individual research. Course Information: May be repeated to a maximum of 9 hours. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor and approval of the head of the department of African-American studies.

AAST 401. Senior Seminar in African American Studies. 3 hours. Instructor: Cynthia Blair
Advanced capstone experience. Completion of a major research project in an area of student interest. Emphasis on the research process, writing, and presentation of completed project. Course Information: Previously listed as AAST 390. Prerequisite(s): AAST 206 and junior standing or above or consent of the instructor.

AAST 406. Politics of Race, Gender and Class. 3 or 4 hours.
Instructor: Roderick Ferguson
Formation of social status categories, individual and collective identity construction, the mechanisms of group-based marginalization and stigmatization; relationship between social status categories. Course Information: Same as GWS 406. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): AAST 100 or GWS 102 or GWS 101; or graduate or professional standing; or consent of the instructor.

AAST 407. Seminar in Comparative Racialization. 3 or 4 hours.
Instructor: Tyrone Forman
Provides an interdisciplinary and comparative approach to the making and remaking of “race” and the resultant racialized experiences of different groups in the U.S. and globally. Course Information: Same as SOC 407. Prerequisite(s): AAST 247 or AAST 248 or AAST 340 or SOC 225; and senior standing or above; or consent of the instructor.