2014 FALL UNDERGRADUATE COURSES

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African-American Studies  C1001: Section 001
INTRODUCTION TO AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDIES
Call Number:  24084   Points: 3
Mondays & Wednesdays: 10:10am - 11:25am
Instructor: Josef Sorett
Notes: Discussion section AFASC1010 required-Global Core course
Discussion required - C1010: 001 or 002
 
From the arrival of enslaved Africans to the recent election of President Barack Obama, black people have been central the story of the United States, and the Americas, more broadly. African Americans have been both contributors to, and victims of, this “New World” democratic experiment. To capture the complexities of this ongoing saga, this course offers an inter-disciplinary exploration of the development of African American cultural and political life in the U.S., but also in relationship to the different African diasporic outposts of the Atlantic world. The course will be organized both chronologically and thematically, moving from the “middle passage” to the present so-called “post-racial” moment—drawing on a range of classical texts, primary sources, and more recent secondary literature—to grapple with key questions, concerns and problems (i.e. agency, resistance, culture, structure, etc.) that have preoccupied scholars of African American history, culture and politics.   Students will be introduced to range of disciplinary methods and theoretical approaches (spanning the humanities and social sciences), while also attending to the critical tension between intellectual work and everyday life, which are central to the formation of African-American Studies as an academic field. This course will engage specific social formations (i.e. migration, urbanization, globalization, diaspora, etc), significant cultural/political developments (i.e. uplift ideologies, nationalism, feminism, pan-Africanism, religion/spirituality, etc), and hallmark moments/movements (i.e. Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights movement, Black Power, etc). By the end of the semester students will be expected to possess a working knowledge of major themes/figures/traditions, alongside a range of cultural/political practices and institutional arrangements, in African American Studies.
 
African-American Studies C1010
INTRO-AFR-AMERICAN STUDIES DISC
Section 001 - Call Number: 68566  Points: 0
Day/Time:  W 4:10pm - 5:00pm
Instructor:  Nijah N. Cunningham
 
African-American Studies C1010
INTRO AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDIES DISC
Section 002 - Call Number: 73275  Points: 0
Day/Time:  W 1:10pm - 2:00pm
Instructor:  Mariel Rodney
 

 
African-American Studies C3930 Section 001
TOPICS IN THE BLACK EXPERIENCE:  "African Spirituality in the Americas"
Call Number:  74977   Points:  4
Day/Time:  Tuesdays:  4:10pm - 6:00pm
Instructor:  C. Daniel Dawson
 
This seminar will investigate the cultural contributions of Africans in the formation of the contemporary Americas. There will be a particular focus on the African religious traditions that have continued and developed in spite of hostile social and political pressures. Because of their important roles in the continuations of African aesthetics, the areas of visual art, music and dance will be emphasized in the exploration of the topic. This seminar will also discuss two important African ethnic groups: the Yoruba of Southwestern Nigeria, and the Bakongo of Central Africa. It will highlight the American religious traditions of these cultures, e.g., Candomblé Nago/Ketu, Santeria/Lucumi, Shango, Xangô, etc., for the Yoruba, and Palo Mayombe, Umbanda, Macumba, Kumina, African-American Christianity, etc., for the Bakongo and other Central Africans. In the course discussions, the Americas are to include Brazil, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, the United States and numerous other appropriate locations. There will also be a focus on visual artists like Charles Abramson, Jose Bedia, Juan Boza, Lourdes Lopez, Manuel Mendive, etc., whose works are grounded in African based religions.
In addition, we will explore how African religious philosophy has impacted on every-day life in the Americas, for example in the areas of international athletics, procedures of greeting and degreeting, culinary practices, etc. Honey is My Knife: African Spirituality in the Americas will include presentations by three innovative guest scholars: The seminar will include an extensive use of audio-visual materials including slides, videos and audio recordings.
 

 
African-American Studies C3930 Section 002
TOPICS IN THE BLACK EXPERIENCE:   "Hip Hop & Social Inequality"
Call Number:  16604    Points:   4
Day/Time:  Wednesday: 11:00am - 12:50pm
 
This course uses an interdisciplinary approach to understanding contemporary social ills through the lens of Hip-Hop culture. Issues like race, class, gender, poverty and sexuality are common concerns in the wider social world, but Hip-Hop has provided unique articulations of and responses to these issues. Hip-Hop often “gives voice” to the voiceless, at the same time, Hip-Hop has been a site for inequality. We will explore the degree to which Hip-Hop is or can be a social change agent. This course will expose students to the field of Hip-Hop Studies, issues in urban America, and international perspectives on Hip-Hop culture.
 

 
African-American Studies  W3030: Section 001
"AFRICAN-AMERICAN MUSIC"
Call Number:  21552    Points:  3
Day/Time:  Tuesday & Thursday:  4:10pm - 5:25pm
Instructor:  Kevin Fellezs
 
This course focuses on a central question: how do we define “African American music”? In attempting to answer this question, we will be thinking through concepts such as authenticity, representation, recognition, cultural ownership, appropriation, and origin(s). These concepts have structured the ways in which critics, musicians and audiences have addressed the various social, political and aesthetic contexts in which African American music has been composed (produced), performed (re-produced) and heard (consumed).
 

 
African-American Studies  W4032:  Section 001
"BUSINESS & SOCIETY:  IMAGE & IDENTITY IN CONTEMPORARY ADVERTISING"
Call Number:  23509    Points:   4
Day/Time:  Wednesday:  4:10pm - 6:00pm
Instructor:  Sudhir Venkatesh
 
This course examines the organization of contemporary advertising industry. A special emphasis is placed on the role of diversity and difference, including but not restricted to the ways that race, ethnicity, and other demographic/social difference impact both the profession and the creative process. Advertising is a polyglot organizational field consisting of traditional advertising agencies, but also digital companies and social media firms that use creative marketing techniques, such as crowdsourcing and viral marketing. We will consider the ways that corporations and those in their service produce and consume information and image, in an effort to shape individual and collective identities, and to market goods and services.
 
Course open to 2nd, 3rd and 4th years undergraduate student & MA-Graduate students only