Fall 2019 Course Schedule
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Fall 2019 Course Listing
AAST 100. Introduction to African American Studies. 3 hours.
Instructor: Johari Jabir
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 110. Introduction to African American Literature, 1760-1910. 3 hours.
Instructor: Ainsworth Clarke
This course is a comprehensive survey of African American literature from 1760 through
1910. General Education: Cultural Production & Analysis; Diaspora and Transnational Studies.
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 100 and AAST 101 and AAST 246; or consent of the instructor. For African American Studies majors and minors only.
AAST 221. The Atlantic Slave Trade. 3 hours.
Instructor: Kirk Hoppe
Thematic social, cultural and economic history tracing rise and fall of Atlantic slave trade from African supply systems to New world consumption 1550 1880 with focus on slave experiences.
AAST 225. Racial and Ethnic Groups. 3 hours.
Instructor: Patrisia Macías-Rojas
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.
AAST 246 Black Lives in Historical Context. 3 hours.
Instructor: Jane Rhodes
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. Course Information: Same as HIST 243.
AAST 248. African American History since 1877. 3 hours.
Instructor: Julius Jones
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. Course Information: Same as HIST 248. Prerequisite(s): One course in AAST or consent of the instructor. General Education: Cultural Production and Analysis; Race, Politics, and Institutions.
AAST 261. Reading Black Women Writing. 3 hours.
Instructor: Lynette Jackson
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 Performance. 3 hours.
Instructor: Mario LaMothe
Centered around Haitian-American novelist Edwidge Danticat’s short story collection Krik? Krak!, this course takes an immersive and collaborative approach into understanding the ineffable, discernable and situated everyday dynamics that constitute “Black performance.” Danticat’s heart-wrenching depictions of Haitian migration and border crossing practices critically juxtapose genres, concepts, and aesthetics of Black and African diaspora performance, to shed light on crushing global power structures and immigration policies confronted by Black and Brown people and how these bodies maneuver through the risks and rewards of being in diaspora. Course Information: Same as ENGL 262.
AAST 265. The Harlem Renaissance. 3 hours.
Instructor: Natasha Barnes
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 262. 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.
AAST 294. Policing in Chicago. 3 hours.
Instructor: Andy Clarno
In recent years, Chicago has witnessed a resurgence of social movements challenging racialized violence by the Chicago police, federal immigration authorities, and national/homeland security agencies. Building on long histories of struggle, social movements in Chicago are deepening the links between campaigns to resist the criminalization of Black youth, the deportation of Latina/x/o migrants, and the surveillance of Arab/Muslim communities. This course will introduce students to the history of policing in Chicago, from the Haymarket affair through the Burge torture scandal, with attention to links between local police and federal law enforcement agencies.
AAST 351. Topics in Black Art and Literature: New Black Aesthetics. 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 490. Topics in African American Literature: Reconstructing Anti-Blackness. 3 or 4 hours.
Instructor: Ainsworth Clarke
The post-Obama era reminds us of the centrality of anti-blackness in the structure of our public life. Returning to an earlier period when representations of black lives were also deeply contested, this course will take as its central focus the narrative films of D.W. Griffith and the historical work of W.E.B. Du Bois. For this course our readings will include Cedric Robinson, Jared Sexton, Frank Wilderson, Miriam Hansen, Tom Gunning, Gilles Deleuze, Fred Moten, and Stuart Hall, amongst others. Course Information: Same as ENGL 473.