Spring 2018 Courses offered

 

AAST 100. Introduction to African American Studies. 3 hours. 
Instructor: Natasha Barnes
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.Individual and Society course, and US Society course.



AAST 101. Introduction to African Diaspora Studies. 3 hours.
Instructor: Lynette Jackson
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 103African 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. Same as POLS 112. Individual and Society, and US Society course.  


AAST 104Race, 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.Same as EDPS 104.  Individual and Society, and US Society course.  


AAST 111Introduction to African American Literature Since 1910. 3 hours.  
Instructor: Helen Jun

Comprehensive survey of African American literature from 1910 to the present. Same as ENGL 119. Creative Arts, and US Society course.  



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


AAST 225. Racial and Ethnic Groups. 3 hours.
Instructor: Patrisia Macias
Sociological and social-psychological analysis of racial, religious, and other ethnic groups; consideration of historical and current social problems arising from their relationships in society. Course Information: Same as LALS 225 and SOC 225. Prerequisite(s): SOC 100; or consent of the instructor. Individual and Society course, and US Society course.

AAST 242. History of Modern Africa. 3 hours.
Instructor: Kirk A. 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 248African American History since 1877. 3 hours.  
Instructor: Louis Mercer
Survey of major social, economic, and political developments in African American history since Reconstruction. Topics include Jim Crow, black leadership, migration, civil rights and nationalism. Same as HIST 248. Prerequisite(s): One course in African American studies or history, or consent of the instructor.   Past, and US Society course.  

AAST 250. Comparative Black Literatures. 3 hours.
Instructor: Nicholas Brown
The study and analysis of selected works of literature and criticism in the context of the African diaspora. Course Information: Same as ENGL 260. Creative Arts course, and US Society course.


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



AAST 261. Reading Black Women Writing. 3 hours.
Instructor: Beth Richie 
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: Lori D. Barcliff Baptista 
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 263African American Intellectual History. 
3 hours.
Instructor: Ainsworth A. Clarke
 
Introduction to key figures, developments, and debates in African American intellectual history. Same as HIST 263. Prerequisite(s): AAST 100.   Individual and Society, and Past course.  


 
AAST 356. Constitutional Law: Women, Gender and Privacy. 
3 hours.
Instructor: Kevin Lyles 

A multidisciplinary examination of U.S. constitutional law and politics in shaping issues of gender, privacy, race, and sexual orientation; including reproduction, labor, sexual harassment, political participation, and women and crime. Same as GWS 356, and POLS 356. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in POLS 101 or grade of C or better in POLS 112 or grade of C or better in AAST 100 or grade of C or better in AAST 103 or grade of C or better in GWS 101; or consent of the instructor.



AAST 358. Constitutional Law: African-American Legal History. 
3 hours.
Instructor: Kevin Lyles
Survey of the African-American constitutional experience from the 1600s to the present, focusing on landmark decisions of the United States Supreme Court. Same as POLS 358.    



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. Prerequisite(s): AAST 206 and junior standing or above or consent of the instructor. Restricted to African American Studies major(s).    

AAST 406. Politics of Race, Gender and Class. 3 or 4 hours.
Instructor: Andrea Richie
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: Andy Clarno 
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.


AAST 481. Topics in African and African American History. 3 OR 4 hours.  
Instructor: Lynn Hudson 
African and/or African American history for students with significant background in the field. Topics vary. Same as HIST 485. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. May be repeated if topics vary. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): AAST 247 or AAST 248 or HIST 104 or HIST 247 or HIST 248 or consent of the instructor.