AAST 481:
topics in africa and
african american history


Course Description

This course examines settler colonialism and its application to both past and present contexts. This seminar will explore this concept by focusing on the material, social, political, and psychological realities of settler colonialisms in South Africa, Palestine-Israel, the United States, and Algeria. Course themes will include: wars of conquest, genocide, partition, and occupation; settler myths and narrative making; land appropriation, segregation and reserve systems; influx control and policing; resource and labor exploitation; gender and sexuality, and resistance struggles throughout. Students will gain a detailed understanding of the nature and meaning of settler colonialism, and how to apply this concept to both phenomena in the past and the present world. 

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Lynette Jackson 
Associate Professor of African American Studies & ​Gender & Women's Studies

Contact Info

Office: 1230 UH
Email: lajackso@uic.edu

Curriculum Vitae


What Does African American American Studies Mean to You?

"It means exploring the journeys, hopes, dreams, creativity and struggles of people of African descent in Africa and the Americas, globally and transnationally."--Lynette Jackson

Course Information

3 or 4 hours. 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.


Cultural Production & Analysis
Diasporic & Transnational Studies
Race, Politics & Institutions

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