2014 SPRING GRADUATE COURSES

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AFAS G4080:  Section 001
AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORIOGRAPHY
Call #:  18347 - Points: 4
Day/Time:  R 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Notes: Junior/Senior Undergraduates, Graduate Students
Instructor:  Mio Matsumoto
 
This seminar surveys a broad selection of American historical writings from the late nineteenth century to the early twenty-first century on African American experiences, politics, and institutions. Each week we will read various works from different periods on an established topics in African American history and intersect them with the fields of academic history such as political, social, gender, and comparative history. Part of the seminar is devoted to reading representative works of contending political/social ideologies. Overall, students are expected to appreciate a variety of the methods and modes of historical thinking as well as the changes in focuses and arguments over time that befit the complexity and textures of African American experiences themselves
 

 
AFAS G4080:  Section 002
FRENCH CARIBBEAN INTELLECTUAL TRADITION
Call #:  28380 - Points: 4
Day/Time:  M  11:00pm - 12:50pm
Notes: Senior Undergraduates, Graduate Students
Instructor:  Vivaldi Jean-Marie
 
The texts and lectures of the course are geared toward an investigation of the post-colonial French Caribbean intellectual discourse. Participants will read the seminal texts of Négritude, the central intellectual movement of the French Caribbean. One of the central goals of the course is to help the participants to appreciate the role of Négritude in defining French Caribbean identity, subjectivity, and citizenship as a distinctive system of sociopolitical experiences vis-à-vis the rest of the African Diaspora and Europe. The course begins with Anténor Firmin’s classic book, The Equality of the Human Races (1885) and proceeds to show how it informs the ideals of the founders of  Négritude, namely Césaire, Senghor, and Damas. Close reading of the works of Césaire, Senghor, and Damas will show how Négritude went beyond intellectual circles and contributed to shape French Caribbean national identity in Martinique, Haiti, and French Guiana. Also, the course includes René Dépestre’s critique of Négritude and Glissant’s appropriation of the Négritude’s tenet. The course concludes with Fanon’s Black Skin, White Masks and The Wretched of the Earth as the articulations of Fanon’s early endorsement and later rejection of Négritude and his formulation of an alternative for post-colonial state formation, identity, and citizenship.
 
Students Learning Objectives:
  • To explain the basis of Négritude.
  • To write about the role of Négritude as a post-colonial technique of identity formation and nationhood.
  • To debate about French Caribbean intellectuals’ twofold attempt to demarcate and situate their African heritage in the French intellectual tradition.
  • To articulate Fanon’s early endorsement of Négritude and the reasons for his dissociation from Négritude.
  • To pinpoint the distinctive dimension of French Caribbean identity in the African Diaspora
 

 
AFAS W4032:  Section 001
RACIAL DISPARITIES:  CAUSES AND CONSEQUENCES 
Call #:  23152 - Points: 4
Day/Time:  M  2:10pm - 4:00pm
Notes: Junior/Senior Undergraduates, Graduate Students
Instructor:  Carla L. Shedd
 
This seminar critically examines the causes and consequences of persistent racial/ethnic disparities in the post-civil rights era in American society, with particular emphasis on the plight of African Americans.  We will explore the merits and limitations of various paradigms that aim to explain racial disparities and the concomitant social policies that have been implemented and/or proposed (e.g., public housing, affirmative action, reparations, etc.).  Major topics include: residential segregation, wealth inequality, educational achievement, employment outcomes, crime & punishment, and culture.
 

 
AFAS G4993:  Section 002
EDITORIAL & WRITING COLLOQUIUM
Call #:  69348 - Points: 2
Day/Time:  W  4:10pm - 6:00pm
Notes: AFAM Graduate Students ONLY
Instructor:  Richard A. Blint
 
This colloquium is designed to guide students through the various stages of writing and editing the Master's thesis: defining the field of research, formulating the problem, choosing an appropriate research methodology, gathering information, organizing the material, revising, developing a bibliography, and preparing a scholarly manuscript. In addition to weekly peer-editing sessions, students will read, evaluate, and discuss essays from major writers in the field as a way to identify the generic conventions of fine critical analysis.