Fall 2018 Course Schedule

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AAST 100. Introduction to African American Studies. 3 hours.
Instructor: Jane Rhodes
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 105. African Americans in Film, 1900 – Present: Images, Individuals and Ideas on Screen. 3 hours.
Instructor: Cynthia M. Blair
Examination of the history of African Americans in film from the silent era to the present; the careers of African American filmmakers and actors; and the evolution of images, themes, and ideas in films by and about African Americans. Course Information: Same as COMM 105 and MOVI 105. General Education: Understanding Creative Arts; Understanding U.S. Society.

AAST 110. Introduction to African American Literature, 1760-1910. 3 hours.
Instructor: Madhu Dubey
Comprehensive survey, 1760-1910, from earliest folk roots to formal literary tradition. Course Information: General Education: Understanding Creative Arts; Understanding U.S. Society.

AAST 125. African American Religious Traditions. 3 hours.
Instructor: Johari Jabir
Introduction to the significance of religion and religious institutions in African American history. Examination of Christian and non-Christian traditions, mainstream and sectarian. Course Information: Same as RELS 125. Previously listed as AAST 120. General Education: Understanding the Past; Understanding U.S. Society.

AAST 210. The Art and Archaeology of Ancient Egypt. 3 hours.
Instructor: Jennifer Tobin
Ancient Egypt from 6000 BC-400 AD. Architecture, sculpture and painting in their social and historical contexts. Course Information: Same as AH 210, and ARST 210. Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing. General Education: Understanding Creative Arts; Understanding the Past.

AAST 225. Racial and Ethnic Groups. 3 hours.
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. General Education: Understanding the Individual & Society; Understanding U.S. Society.

AAST 229. Africa and its Diasporas. 3 hours.
Instructor: Lynette Jackson
Critical analysis of the cultural, economic, geographic, and historical implications of population movements from Africa from the 15th century to the present. Course Information: Same as HIST 229. Prerequisite(s): AAST 100 or AAST 101.

AAST 246. Black Lives in Historical Context. 3 hours.
Instructor: Johari Jabir
Interdisciplinary survey of key episodes in black history and their relationship to contemporary black life such as slavery, abolition and resistance. The course will draw connections between historical and current aspects of black life. Major/Minor Required Course. General Education: Understanding U.S. Society; Understanding the Past.

AAST 249. Black Freedom Movements in the U.S. 3 hours.
Instructor: Roderick Ferguson
A survey of African American resistance and social change movements from the 1900’s through the 1970’s; the political ideologies and practices of various leaders and organizations that have had an impact on African American politics. General Education: Understanding U.S. Society; Understanding the Past.

AAST 261. Reading Black Women Writing. 3 hours.
Instructor: Cynthia Blair
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 265. The Harlem Renaissance. 3 hours.
Instructor: Ainsworth Clarke
The intellectual, cultural, and artistic expressions among African Americans from 1912 to 1933, with an emphasis on the literary texts and social history. Course Information: Same as ENGL 265. Previously listed as AAST 350. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in AAST 100; and 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 240 and Grade of C or better in ENGL 243; or consent of the instructor. General Education: Understanding U.S. Society; Understanding the Past.

AAST 294. Performing Black Spirituality. 3 hours.
Instructor: Mario LaMothe
An introduction to performance phenomena generated by African-descended religions in the Americas. Course Information: May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing or consent of the instructor.

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 481. Topics in African and African American History. 3 or 4 hours.
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.  Course Information: 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 100 or consent of the instructor.

AAST 490. Topics in African American Literature. 3 or 4 hours.
Instructor: Nicholas Brown
African American literature and culture for students with significant background in the field. Topics vary. Course Information: Same as ENGL 473. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. May be repeated. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): AAST 357 or AAST 360 or ENGL 357; and senior standing or above; or consent of the instructor.

AAST 492. Topics in Social Science Research. 3 or 4 hours.
Instructor: Cedric Johnson
Inclusive examination of a selected specialized topic based on instructor’s field. Topics are drawn from research in political science, psychology, sociology, and history. Course Information: 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 100 or consent of the instructor.