Fall 2014

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
AFST 220-01 African History since 1800
Instructor: Jeremy Ball
Course Description:
Cross-listed with HIST 271-01.In this course we will study the political, social, economic and ecological forces that have shaped African societies since 1800. We will examine in depth the Asante kingdom in West Africa, the Kongo kingdom in Central Africa, and the Zulu kingdom in Southern Africa. European's colonization of Africa and Africans' responses will be a major focus of the course.
0930:MWF   DENNY 21
AFST 220-02 Introduction to Francophone Cultures
Instructor: Benjamin Ngong
Course Description:
Cross-listed with FREN 246-01. This course explores the relationship between literature and Francophone cultures (Vietnam, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe, and Africa). Topics include: "Ngritude," the negro-African identity, "cultural mtissage," the status of women, the dialogue between tradition and modernity, independence, and post-colonial disillusionment. Historical overview of the international context of Francophonie will be examined through short stories, novels, poems, critical essays, feature and documentary films.
1330:MR   BOSLER 319
AFST 220-03 Black Feminist Thoughts
Instructor: Jerry Philogene
Course Description:
Cross-listed with AMST 200-03, LALC 200-01 and WGST 202-01. This course provides perspectives on the development and materialization of Black feminist thoughts within historical, social, political, and cultural contexts. Interdisciplinary in focus, it surveys feminist politics and theories through films, popular culture, manifestoes, literary texts, and theoretical and historical essays. It offers an interdisciplinary survey of African-American and other African descendant womens contributions to feminist theory as a heterogeneous field of knowledge encompassing multiple streams of gender- and race-cognizant articulation and praxis. This course will pair primary texts authored by black women with secondary text produced by black feminist scholars; these critiques will illustrate the myriad ways black feminists engage with and seek to transform representations of black female experience. During the course, we will identify and characterize the major issues that black feminists address as well as the various contemporary forms of resistance to social structures. In addition, the course will explore the diversity and ambiguity of various black feminisms through a number of frames, such as gender theory, critical race theory, queer theory, and reproductive rights and practices. Caribbean, Afro-Latina, and Black British feminisms are also included as we map feminist consciousness and practice across the African Diaspora.
1030:TR   DENNY 311
AFST 220-04 African Government & Politics
Instructor: J Mark Ruhl
Course Description:
Cross-listed with POSC 252-01.An introduction to the politics of contemporary, sub-Saharan Africa. After analyzing the historical and socio-economic context of African politics, the course examines a number of contrasting political systems in depth. The final section of the course discusses the current problems of South Africa from an international perspective.
1330:MR   DENNY 313
AFST 220-05 Gender in Africa
Instructor: James Ellison
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ANTH 245-01 and WGST 202-02. This course introduces students to perspectives on and experiences of gender in Africa today and in the recent past using an ethnographic lens. Through readings, discussions, lectures, and films, we will consider the diverse ways people have constructed gender in their everyday lives in different parts of Africa; how people have shaped gendered knowledge and identities in cultural, social, historical, and political-economic contexts; and how matters of gender have been represented in scholarship, popular media, activism, and policy realms. A central concern of ours will be with gender in peoples practical, everyday lives: how gender is crucial to understanding politics, economics, development, social life, popular culture, and other aspects of peoples lives in Africa. A consistent theme in our diverse readings is the changing terrain of gender relations in the contexts of Africas long-term entanglements with global forces, particularly those of recent decades.
1330:MR   DENNY 204
AFST 220-06 Religions of Africa
Instructor: Mara Donaldson
Course Description:
Cross-listed with RELG 210-01.The course examines the variety of religious experiences, traditions, and representations of religion in African cultures. These include indigenous religions, Islam, Christianity and syncretistic traditions. We will examine the various roles that religion plays in responding to current crises facing African cultures, including HIV/AIDS pandemic, political conflicts, and issues related to gender (e.g., girls' education, shifting perspectives on masculinity and femininity) that have been shaped by religious attitudes. Students will use novels, memoir and film to supplement scholarly readings.
1230:MWF   EASTC 301
AFST 320-01 Toni Morrison
Instructor: Lynn Johnson
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ENGL 396-01 and WGST 300-02. This course explores the imaginative and critical works of Nobel Prize winning author Toni Morrison. We will begin the semester by tracing Morrison's development as a novelist, paying particular attention to the ways in which she crafts her novels and employs them to provide provocative commentaries on Black identity and culture. In our analyses of these works, we will use such critical approaches as psychoanalytic theory, Black feminism, and new historicism. Subsequently, we will study Morrison as a literary critic. We will consider Morrison's claim that classic American Literature is often informed by the Africanist presence.
0900:TR   ALTHSE 109
AFST 500-01 The 1960's Revoluntionary Spirit
Instructor: Crystal Moten
Course Description:
 
Courses Offered in AMST
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
AMST 200-03 Black Feminist Thoughts
Instructor: Jerry Philogene
Course Description:
Cross-listed with AFST 220-03, LALC 200-01 and WGST 202-01. This course provides perspectives on the development and materialization of Black feminist thoughts within historical, social, political, and cultural contexts. Interdisciplinary in focus, it surveys feminist politics and theories through films, popular culture, manifestoes, literary texts, and theoretical and historical essays. It offers an interdisciplinary survey of African-American and other African descendant womens contributions to feminist theory as a heterogeneous field of knowledge encompassing multiple streams of gender- and race-cognizant articulation and praxis. This course will pair primary texts authored by black women with secondary text produced by black feminist scholars; these critiques will illustrate the myriad ways black feminists engage with and seek to transform representations of black female experience. During the course, we will identify and characterize the major issues that black feminists address as well as the various contemporary forms of resistance to social structures. In addition, the course will explore the diversity and ambiguity of various black feminisms through a number of frames, such as gender theory, critical race theory, queer theory, and reproductive rights and practices. Caribbean, Afro-Latina, and Black British feminisms are also included as we map feminist consciousness and practice across the African Diaspora.
1030:TR   DENNY 311
Courses Offered in ANTH
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
ANTH 245-01 Gender in Africa
Instructor: James Ellison
Course Description:
Cross-listed with AFST 220-05 and WGST 202-02.This course introduces students to perspectives on and experiences of gender in Africa today and in the recent past using an ethnographic lens. Through readings, discussions, lectures, and films, we will consider the diverse ways people have constructed gender in their everyday lives in different parts of Africa; how people have shaped gendered knowledge and identities in cultural, social, historical, and political-economic contexts; and how matters of gender have been represented in scholarship, popular media, activism, and policy realms. A central concern of ours will be with gender in peoples practical, everyday lives: how gender is crucial to understanding politics, economics, development, social life, popular culture, and other aspects of peoples lives in Africa. A consistent theme in our diverse readings is the changing terrain of gender relations in the contexts of Africas long-term entanglements with global forces, particularly those of recent decades.
1330:MR   DENNY 204
Courses Offered in ENGL
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
ENGL 396-01 Toni Morrison
Instructor: Lynn Johnson
Course Description:
Cross-listed with AFST 320-01 and WGST 300-02. This course explores the imaginative and critical works of Nobel Prize winning author Toni Morrison. We will begin the semester by tracing Morrison's development as a novelist, paying particular attention to the ways in which she crafts her novels and employs them to provide provocative commentaries on Black identity and culture. In our analyses of these works, we will use such critical approaches as psychoanalytic theory, Black feminism, and new historicism. Subsequently, we will study Morrison as a literary critic. We will consider Morrison's claim that classic American Literature is often informed by the Africanist presence.
0900:TR   ALTHSE 109
Courses Offered in FREN
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
FREN 246-01 Introduction to Francophone Cultures
Instructor: Benjamin Ngong
Course Description:
Cross-listed with AFST 220-02. This course explores the relationship between literature and Francophone cultures (Vietnam, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe, and Africa). Topics include: "Ngritude," the negro-African identity, "cultural mtissage," the status of women, the dialogue between tradition and modernity, independence, and post-colonial disillusionment. Historical overview of the international context of Francophonie will be examined through short stories, novels, poems, critical essays, feature and documentary films.
1330:MR   BOSLER 319
Courses Offered in HIST
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
HIST 271-01 African History since 1800
Instructor: Jeremy Ball
Course Description:
Cross-listed with AFST 220-01.
0930:MWF   DENNY 21
Courses Offered in LALC
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
LALC 123-02 Black Feminist Thoughts
Instructor: Jerry Philogene
Course Description:
Cross-listed with AFST 220-03, AMST 200-03 and WGST 202-01. This course provides perspectives on the development and materialization of Black feminist thoughts within historical, social, political, and cultural contexts. Interdisciplinary in focus, it surveys feminist politics and theories through films, popular culture, manifestoes, literary texts, and theoretical and historical essays. It offers an interdisciplinary survey of African-American and other African descendant womens contributions to feminist theory as a heterogeneous field of knowledge encompassing multiple streams of gender- and race-cognizant articulation and praxis. This course will pair primary texts authored by black women with secondary text produced by black feminist scholars; these critiques will illustrate the myriad ways black feminists engage with and seek to transform representations of black female experience. During the course, we will identify and characterize the major issues that black feminists address as well as the various contemporary forms of resistance to social structures. In addition, the course will explore the diversity and ambiguity of various black feminisms through a number of frames, such as gender theory, critical race theory, queer theory, and reproductive rights and practices. Caribbean, Afro-Latina, and Black British feminisms are also included as we map feminist consciousness and practice across the African Diaspora.
1030:TR   DENNY 311
Courses Offered in POSC
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
POSC 252-01 African Government & Politics
Instructor: J Mark Ruhl
Course Description:
Cross-listed with AFST 220-04.
1330:MR   DENNY 313
Courses Offered in RELG
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
RELG 210-01 Religions of Africa
Instructor: Mara Donaldson
Course Description:
Cross-listed with AFST 220-06.
1230:MWF   EASTC 301
Courses Offered in WGST
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
WGST 202-01 Black Feminist Thoughts
Instructor: Jerry Philogene
Course Description:
Cross-listed with AFST 220-03, AMST 200-03 and LALC 200-01. This course provides perspectives on the development and materialization of Black feminist thoughts within historical, social, political, and cultural contexts. Interdisciplinary in focus, it surveys feminist politics and theories through films, popular culture, manifestoes, literary texts, and theoretical and historical essays. It offers an interdisciplinary survey of African-American and other African descendant womens contributions to feminist theory as a heterogeneous field of knowledge encompassing multiple streams of gender- and race-cognizant articulation and praxis. This course will pair primary texts authored by black women with secondary text produced by black feminist scholars; these critiques will illustrate the myriad ways black feminists engage with and seek to transform representations of black female experience. During the course, we will identify and characterize the major issues that black feminists address as well as the various contemporary forms of resistance to social structures. In addition, the course will explore the diversity and ambiguity of various black feminisms through a number of frames, such as gender theory, critical race theory, queer theory, and reproductive rights and practices. Caribbean, Afro-Latina, and Black British feminisms are also included as we map feminist consciousness and practice across the African Diaspora.
1030:TR   DENNY 311
WGST 202-02 Gender in Africa
Instructor: James Ellison
Course Description:
Cross-listed with AFST 220-05 and ANTH 245-01. This course introduces students to perspectives on and experiences of gender in Africa today and in the recent past using an ethnographic lens. Through readings, discussions, lectures, and films, we will consider the diverse ways people have constructed gender in their everyday lives in different parts of Africa; how people have shaped gendered knowledge and identities in cultural, social, historical, and political-economic contexts; and how matters of gender have been represented in scholarship, popular media, activism, and policy realms. A central concern of ours will be with gender in peoples practical, everyday lives: how gender is crucial to understanding politics, economics, development, social life, popular culture, and other aspects of peoples lives in Africa. A consistent theme in our diverse readings is the changing terrain of gender relations in the contexts of Africas long-term entanglements with global forces, particularly those of recent decades.
1330:MR   DENNY 204
WGST 300-02 Toni Morrison
Instructor: Lynn Johnson
Course Description:
Cross-listed with AFST 320-01 and ENGL 396-01. This course explores the imaginative and critical works of Nobel Prize winning author Toni Morrison. We will begin the semester by tracing Morrison's development as a novelist, paying particular attention to the ways in which she crafts her novels and employs them to provide provocative commentaries on Black identity and culture. In our analyses of these works, we will use such critical approaches as psychoanalytic theory, Black feminism, and new historicism. Subsequently, we will study Morrison as a literary critic. We will consider Morrison's claim that classic American Literature is often informed by the Africanist presence.
0900:TR   ALTHSE 109