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Undergraduate Catalog 2012

Africana Studies

AFST 100 (3.00)

Introduction to The Black Experience

Understanding the black experience in the African diaspora. A survey of historical and sociocultural ties that link people of African descent worldwide. African roots in world civilizations are discussed. This course is an introductory course for majors and nonmajors.
   Course ID: 051303
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Course Equivalents: AFST 100Y
   Attributes: Arts and Humanities (GEP), Arts and Humanities (GFR)

AFST 100Y (4.00)

Introduction to The Black Experience

Understanding the black experience in the African diaspora. A survey of historical and sociocultural ties that link people of African descent worldwide. African roots in world civilizations are discussed. This course is an introductory course for majors and non-majors.
   Course ID: 102017
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Discussion, Lecture
   Course Equivalents: AFST 100
   Attributes: Arts and Humanities (GEP), Arts and Humanities (GFR)

AFST 201 (3.00)

Introduction to Methodology and Research in Africana Studies

An overview of methodologies of basic research, with examples and issues drawn from the sub-fields of Africana studies. Includes an introduction to selected concepts and use of the computer for statistical analysis.
   Course ID: 052077
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

AFST 205 (3.00)

Contemporary Black Popular Culture

This course examines the folk idiom and current images of black American culture as reflected in the creative works of contemporary black artists in the areas of film, music, sports and language. Examples are drawn from each of these areas to demonstrate the continuity of these images across artistic domains.
   Course ID: 051151
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Attributes: Arts and Humanities (GFR)

AFST 206 (3.00)

Introduction to African-American History: A Survey

This course offers a broad survey of the history of the African-American experience from the African background to the present.
   Course ID: 050030
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Same as Offering: HIST 218
   Attributes: Social Sciences (GEP), Social Sciences (GFR)

AFST 211 (3.00)

Introduction to Contemporary Africa

A survey of contemporary Africa, its geography, peoples and cultural heritage. Economic, cultural, political and social changes on the continent since World War II, including the struggle for independence and the problems of nation-building.
   Course ID: 050027
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Same as Offering: HIST 242
   Attributes: Culture (GEP), Social Sciences (GEP), Culture (GFR), Social Sciences (GFR)

AFST 212 (3.00)

Introduction to African History

A survey of ancient and medieval kingdoms of Africa, the spread of Islam in Africa, European slave trade, white settler penetration of southern Africa and Arab penetration of East Africa, the colonial conquest, the 20th century and the emergence of nationalist movements seeking independence.
   Course ID: 050026
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Same as Offering: HIST 243
   Attributes: Culture (GEP), Social Sciences (GEP), Culture (GFR), Social Sciences (GFR)

AFST 213 (3.00)

Africa: Culture and Development

This course provides a general introduction to Africa. It is designed to survey its peoples, languages, cultures, societies and development. An emphasis is placed on how language and development are interrelated. Modules are offered to students to build on their special interests in the continent.
   Course ID: 050005
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Same as Offering: MLL 210
   Attributes: Arts and Humanities (GEP), Culture (GEP), Arts and Humanities (GFR), Culture (GFR)

AFST 215 (3.00)

Introduction to African Dance

Course offers an understanding of the role of dance in daily life in African societies. Types of African dance are distinguished; basic movements are identified, and relationship of dance to other African arts is shown.
   Course ID: 050006
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Same as Offering: DANC 260

AFST 230 (3.00)

Comparative African Religions

An introduction to indigenous religions of Africa. Religions in African traditional society, with special reference to the principal elements in the religious system - the Supreme Being, the cosmic gods, the ancestors and lesser spirits. The impact of Islam and Christianity.
   Course ID: 050025
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Same as Offering: RLST 230
   Attributes: Arts and Humanities (GEP), Arts and Humanities (GFR), Culture (GFR)

AFST 240 (3.00)

Topics in African and African-American Studies

Examination of current issues highlighting the experiences of blacks in the diaspora. Specific topics are selected by the instructor. This course is repeatable for 12 credits or 4 attempts.
   Course ID: 052078
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

AFST 241 (3.00)

The Making of the Caribbean

The course presents a historical analysis of the growth and development of African peoples in the Caribbean and Latin America. The nature and character of African cultural survivors and their impact on the Caribbean, slavery, abolition, colonization, efforts toward federation, independence and contemporary issues will be discussed. Recommended Preparation: AFST 100 or permission of instructor.
   Course ID: 051304
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

AFST 245 (3.00)

Introduction to Black Music

A survey of the form and function of music in African and diasporan cultures. General areas to be explored will be music in ritual and ceremony, as transmitter of history and culture, and as a social and political tool.
   Course ID: 050014
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Same as Offering: MUSC 215
   Attributes: Arts and Humanities (GEP), Culture (GEP), Arts and Humanities (GFR), Culture (GFR)

AFST 250 (3.00)

Directed Individual Study

Individual study for an in-depth exploration of a subject. Submission of a written plan and the acceptance of a faculty member for supervision of the study are required. This course is repeatable up to 6 credits.
   Course ID: 052079
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Independent Study

AFST 255 (3.00)

Psychology of the Black Experience in the United States

A survey of selected psychological theories and research pertaining to black people. Includes an introduction to black psychology.
   Course ID: 050001
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Same as Offering: PSYC 255, SOWK 255
   Attributes: Social Sciences (GEP), Social Sciences (GFR)

AFST 260 (3.00)

Black Literature to 1900

A critical introduction to representative oral and written literature by primarily black writers in the Americas and in Africa, from the earliest times to the end of the 19th century. Attention will be given to ways in which blacks have reflected their changing roles and fortunes in their literature, as well as to perceptions of blacks by other races and cultures as expressed in literature.
   Course ID: 050023
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Same as Offering: ENGL 260
   Attributes: Arts and Humanities (GEP), Arts and Humanities (GFR)

AFST 261 (3.00)

Black Literature: Twentieth Century

The development of black literature of the Americas and of Africa in the 20th century. Emphasis on such topics as race pride and consciousness, the Harlem Renaissance, Negritude, the new black consciousness, literature of exile, folk themes in modern writings, interconnections between writers from different regions and hemispheres, and cross-currents between black literature and other literatures.
   Course ID: 050012
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Same as Offering: ENGL 261
   Attributes: Arts and Humanities (GEP), Arts and Humanities (GFR)

AFST 262W (3.00)

Introductory Writing in Africana Studies

   Course ID: 052080
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

AFST 263 (3.00)

Introduction to Black Drama

This course is designed to increase the student's understanding and awareness of black theatre. This includes the history and development of black theatre in America, as well as emphasis on Third-World writers.
   Course ID: 052081
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

AFST 264 (3.00)

Introductory Writing in Africana Studies

An introductory writing course that will teach students to write and speak effectively based on the study and critique of internationally acclaimed works of creative literature from African and the Diaspora. The course permits students to become experts on the content of three short texts written by Nobel Literary Prize winners of African descent. Students will use these three texts as the basis for most of the semester's writing exercises and will work closely with the course professor to learn and practice a series of new, creative, common sense, and systematic approaches to exploring the component parts of the analytical writing experience. Recommended Preparation: ENGL 100 and AFST 100
   Course ID: 052082
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

AFST 271 (3.00)

Introduction to Community Involvement

A survey of issues and opportunities in the area of community involvement. Introduction to the growth and evolution of black communities, with emphasis on the living conditions of their members and the problems facing community developers. Varieties of black communities are studied.
   Course ID: 050024
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Same as Offering: SOWK 271

AFST 275 (3.00)

The Criminal Justice Process and Black Americans

A study of the organization, role and responsibility of law enforcement agencies, e.g., the police, district attorneys, trial courts, grand juries, and correctional and rehabilitative systems. Interrelationships among these agencies and their relationship with the black community. Students will examine inner-city legal problems as an aspect of social control and explore how selected agencies relate to law enforcement.
   Course ID: 051361
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

AFST 301 (3.00)

Research Design and Documentation

Discussions, demonstrations and practice culminating in the writing of a proposal for a research project in Africana studies. Includes a description of available bibliographic resources. Recommended Preparation: AFST 201 or permission of instructor.
   Course ID: 051306
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

AFST 312 (3.00)

West African History

History of West Africa from the period of the medieval empires through the era of the slave trade, the revolutionary 19th century, colonial rule and independence. Recommended Preparation: AFST211 or AFST212 or HIST242 or HIST243, or permission of instructor.
   Course ID: 050021
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Same as Offering: HIST 354

AFST 314 (3.00)

Islam in Africa

This course is presented to provide the student with an introduction and overview of the history of Islam in Africa. This requires a discussion of Islam itself, its origins, philosophical thought, praxis and expansion. We then will turn to a more detailed examination of the penetration of Islam in Africa, eventually concentrating on its sub-Saharan influences. Recommended Preparation: AFST 211 or AFST212 or HIST242 or HIST243.
   Course ID: 050013
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Same as Offering: HIST 360, RLST 314
   Attributes: Culture (GEP), Social Sciences (GEP), Culture (GFR), Social Sciences (GFR)

AFST 320 (3.00)

Contemporary African Politics

Nationalism and the struggle for independence. The evolution of post-independence systems and institutions. Examination of problems and trends since independence, including development administration, territorial and ethnic conflicts, nation-building and the role of the military, decolonization and neocolonialism, and Africa in world affairs. Recommended Preparation: AFST 211 or HIST 242. This course is repeatable .
   Course ID: 050020
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Topics: Contemp African Politics
   Same as Offering: POLI 378

AFST 323 (3.00)

Economic Development in Africa

The economic structure of traditional African societies. Domestic methods of production, distribution and exchange. From colonial economic exploitation to post-independence underdevelopment. The nature of economic development, planning, regional cooperation, international trade and foreign aid. Recommended Preparation: AFST 211
   Course ID: 051309
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

AFST 340 (3.00)

Issues in African and Afro-American Studies

This course is repeatable up to 12 credits.
   Course ID: 052083
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Topics: Blues,Jazz&Afro Amer Mig, Blk Masculinity In American Lit, Black Egypt in the World Imagination

AFST 344 (3.00)

Black Folklore

A study of black folklore of Africa and the African diaspora and its continuing influence on contemporary society. Folktales from Aesop to the New World and the question of provenance. Folk beliefs and folk practices including ritual, traditional medicine, celebrations, games and (work) songs. Parallels and distinctions between folklore and popular culture. Two or three cultures selected from Africa and the diaspora will be studied each semester offered.
   Course ID: 051310
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Attributes: Arts and Humanities (GEP), Arts and Humanities (GFR)

AFST 345 (3.00)

Black American Music

An in-depth study of the development of the music of blacks in the United States from early colonial period to the present. Particular attention will be devoted to slave songs, the evolution of the blues and jazz, and the Africanisms evident in these idioms. Recommended Preparation: AFST 245 or MUSC 215
   Course ID: 050028
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Same as Offering: MUSC 339
   Attributes: Arts and Humanities (GEP), Arts and Humanities (GFR)

AFST 347 (3.00)

Gender, Race, and Media

This course critically examines how ideologies of gender, race, class, ethnicity and sexuality are produced and disseminated in a range of media genres and forms such as film, television, music, advertising, news, visual and performing arts, the Internet, radio, and print media. As consumers and producers of media, students will learn to assess how media articulates, creates, and enforces identities and power. Students will practice tools of critical reading and thinking, such as textual analysis, visual discourse analysis, and the basics of media literacy. Recommended Preparation: GWST 100 and (200 or 210).
   Course ID: 050004
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Same as Offering: GWST 322, MLL 322
   Attributes: Arts and Humanities (GEP), Arts and Humanities (GFR)

AFST 348 (3.00)

Black, Queer, and Feminist Film

This course examines prominent themes in films that fall within the categories ¿Black,¿ ¿Queer,¿ and ¿Feminist.¿ Most of the films are narrative, dealing with issues involving race, gender, and sexuality. This course is not just about watching films. It makes extensive use of critical historical and theoretical texts from the disciplines of psychoanalysis, feminism, literary and queer theory, as well as from film history, art history, and critical theory. Prior knowledge of film-making and/or film history/theory is not required. Recommended Course Preparation GWST 210 and AFST 100
   Course ID: 102079
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

AFST 350 (3.00)

Psychology of Racism

Analysis of current psychological theory and research on individual and institutional racism.
   Course ID: 050003
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Same as Offering: SOWK 350
   Requirement Group: You must have completed AFST 255 and earned a grade of C or better to take this course.

AFST 351 (3.00)

Black Political Thought

An exposition and critical analysis of major political and social ideas of contemporary black leaders. Emphasis will be placed on the content of the thinkers' ideas and on societal factors. Recommended preparation: Junior/senior standing or permission of instructor.
   Course ID: 052084
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

AFST 352 (3.00)

African-American History to 1865

An in-depth examination of the social, political and economic history of African Americans in the United States from the 1600s to the Civil War era focusing on chattel slavery, the free black community, family, abolitionism, resistance and the Civil War. Recommended preparation: AFST 100 or AFST 206 or junior/senior standing or permission of instructor.
   Course ID: 050008
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Seminar
   Same as Offering: HIST 321

AFST 353 (3.00)

African American History Since 1865

An in-depth examination of the political, social, economic and cultural history of African Americans in the United States from the Reconstruction era following the Civil War up to present. Topics include African Americans and the military, the Great Depression, migrations, urbanization, racism, family, civil rights and current issues. Recommended preparation: AFST100 or AFST206 or junior/senior standing or permission of the instructor
   Course ID: 050011
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Same as Offering: HIST 322
   Attributes: Culture (GEP), Social Sciences (GEP), Social Sciences (GFR)

AFST 354 (3.00)

African American Women's History

This course traces the history of African -American women in the United States, beginning with their ancestors' history in pre-colonial Africa and U.S. slavery to the present. Topics covered include work; family roles; activism; achievements; and bouts with racism, sexism and poverty. Recommended Preparation: Any 100-level Social Science course or 200-level Literature course or junior/senior standing or permission of the instructor
   Course ID: 050010
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Same as Offering: GWST 327, HIST 323
   Attributes: Culture (GEP), Social Sciences (GEP), Social Sciences (GFR)

AFST 360 (3.00)

Studies in Black Fiction

Critical examinations of selected works of fiction by and about blacks based on a particular historical period, theme, type or direction. Selected works may be from one or more of the three areas of concentration (Africa, United States, Caribbean and Latin America). Topics to be announced each semester offered. Recommended Preparation: AFST260 or AFST261. This course is repeatable up to 6 credits.
   Course ID: 050002
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Topics: African Novelists, Studies In Black Fiction, Black Women Novelists, Hot Off The Press:21St C, 19Th, 20Th Cent Classic

AFST 361 (3.00)

Studies in Black Drama

The portrayal of the black experience in plays by primarily black dramatists. Examination of problems encountered in reading or producing plays of black writers. Experiments and new directions in black drama and theatre. Selections will treat a specific historical period, theme or group of dramatists from one or more areas of concentration: Africa, the United States, Caribbean and Latin America. Topics to be announced each semester offered. This course is repeatable up to 6 credits.
   Course ID: 050022
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Topics: Contemp African American, Studies In Black Drama
   Same as Offering: ENGL 361
   Attributes: Arts and Humanities (GEP), Arts and Humanities (GFR)

AFST 362 (3.00)

Studies in Black Poetry

Examination of a theme, group of poets, or historical period in the development and evolution of black poetry. The special contribution of poetry in the development of a black ethos and a black consciousness. Poets may come from one or more of three geographic areas: Africa, the United States, the Caribbean and Latin America. Special selections of black poetry from other areas may be included. Topics to be announced each semester offered. This course is repeatable up to 6 credits.
   Course ID: 052085
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Topics: Studies In Black Poetry, Advanced Writing In Afri
   Same as Offering: ENGL 362
   Requirement Group: You must complete AFST 260 or AFST 261.

AFST 363 (3.00)

Literature, Society and Blacks: Regional

Blacks and black society as reflected in the creative literature written by or about blacks from a geographic region of Africa, from North America (especially from the United States), or from the Caribbean and Latin America. The focus will be on poetry, drama, fiction or some combination of these. Recommended Preparation: AFST 260 or AFST261. This course is repeatable up to 12 credits.
   Course ID: 052086
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Topics: Short Story, Afro-Hispanic Literature, Black Lit Into Film, Black Nobel Laureates, Hero Dynamics In Black, Lit, Society And Blacks

AFST 364 (3.00)

Advanced Writing in Africana Studies

An advanced writing course that complements students' liberal arts training for careers in Africana Studies related professions/fields such as international relations, education, history, journalism, community action, non-profit organization, government affairs, public relations, law, public-speaking, and diversity training and mediation. This course differs from AFST 264 with respect to rigor and content by requiring students to utilize advanced skills of critical analysis within the framework of interdisciplinarity introduced in AFST 100 and AFST 264 to draft a complex final research paper whose topic and approach reflects their evolving intellectual advancement. While the course continues to address the globally recognized traditions of excellence celebrated by the Nobel committee (this time concerning Peace not Literature), as an upper division seminar, it prioritizes such content in terms of history, politics, social justice, and cultural philosophy. Students will thus have a unique opportunity to chronicle their philosophical responses to political events, systems of oppression, and humanitarian activism through journaling and through the ongoing development of complex critical ideas that will evolve into theses that support both short and lengthy assignments. Recommended Preparation: ENGL 100, AFST 100, or any 200-level AFST course with a grade of "C" or better, or permission of the instructor.
   Course ID: 100097
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

AFST 367 (6.00)

Workshop in Black Theatre

A workshop for students with experience in production and commitment to black drama. At least one play will be studied in depth and directed for stage production. Recommended Preparation: Permission of instructor
   Course ID: 051153
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

AFST 368 (3.00)

African Religions in Africa and the Diaspora

A comparative study of selected indigenous African religions and an examination of African religious survivals in the New World. Continuity and change in the principal forces of the religious systems: the Supreme Being, the cosmic gods, the ancestors and lesser spirits, as well as the relation-ship to other religions. Recommended Preparation: Junior/senior standing
   Course ID: 050031
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Same as Offering: RLST 370
   Attributes: Social Sciences (GFR)

AFST 369 (3.00)

Black Families in the United States

A historical and contemporary analysis of black families in America and the forces that have influenced black family life. A reassessment of the numerous social science theories about the black family and an attempt to correct distortions. The effects that the African background, slavery, racism and the black community have had on black-American family lifestyles. Recommended Preparation: Junior/senior standing
   Course ID: 052087
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

AFST 370 (3.00)

Black Women: Cross-Cultural Perspectives

A comparative examination of selected social and psychological factors that influence the lives of black women in Africa and the diaspora. Recommended Preparation: AFST 100, GWST 100 or permission of instructor
   Course ID: 050007
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Same as Offering: GWST 370
   Attributes: Culture (GEP), Social Sciences (GEP), Social Sciences (GFR)

AFST 371 (3.00)

The Female Offender

An examination of causes and incidence of female crime and the exploration of major theories from Freud to the feminist. Community response to female crime and alternative forms of treatment are evaluated. Recommended Preparation: AFST 271 or junior/senior standing
   Course ID: 050009
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Same as Offering: GWST 371

AFST 372 (3.00)

Economic Activity in the Black Community

Afro-American economic activity in urban and rural America. The development of black participation in the economy. The dilemmas of black capitalism. Income distribution, policies, strategies and programs to combat economic powerlessness of blacks in the United States. Recommended Preparation: ECON 101 or permission of instructor
   Course ID: 052088
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

AFST 375 (3.00)

The Black Church

The emergence and development of the black church as a distinctive institution in the United States. An evaluation of the authority of the black church in religious and secular matters. The functions of the black church in urban communities. Recommended Preparation: Junior/senior standing or permission of instructor
   Course ID: 052089
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

AFST 377 (3.00)

Black Community Development

This course focuses on specific research, planning and organizing skills needed by community development workers and on techniques and strategies of helping community members achieve their personal and collective goals. Consideration also is given to the main types of community research and intervention. Recommended Preparation: AFST 271
   Course ID: 052090
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

AFST 378 (3.00)

Population Dynamics of Black Americans

This is a study of the population and demographic characteristics of Afro-Americans. Topics to be discussed include patterns and significance of the variation in fertility, family planning, mortality, migration and urbanization.Population and politics, population and resources, and the depopulation of rural areas. Recommended Preparation: Junior/senior standing or permission of instructor
   Course ID: 052091
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

AFST 381 (3.00)

Urban Housing Policy

The course studies the urban housing problems of the black community, their causes, effects and proposed remedies for them. While much of this course deals with the housing problems of blacks in Baltimore, the problems studied are common to major cities within the United States. Recommended Preparation: Junior/senior standing or permission of instructor
   Course ID: 052092
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

AFST 385 (3.00)

Problem-Solving in the Urban Black Community

Urban problems within the Black community. Nature and types of problems, causes (internal and external), effects and remedies. Topics to be announced each semester offered. Recommended Preparation: AFST 271 or junior/senior status
   Course ID: 050019
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Course Equivalents: POLI 436
   Same as Offering: POLI 340

AFST 390 (3.00)

American Health Care System and the Black Community

A course for students concerned with the health status of black, poor and minority people. Analysis of the relationship between the condition of the health of black people in America and the health delivery system. Specific attention will be on federal, state and local health care policies; personnel training in health administration; medical care organizations; financing and research and evaluation. Recommended Preparation: HAPP 100, AFST 271 or junior/senior status
   Course ID: 050029
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Same as Offering: HAPP 390

AFST 411 (3.00)

American Foreign Policy and Africa

American policy toward Africa, focusing on the period since World War II. Issues include East-West rivalry, liberation movements in southern Africa, the political economy of aid and trade (the North-South dialogue), and such cultural questions as the New Information Order and the role of the Peace Corps. Recommended Preparation: AFST 211 or AFST212
   Course ID: 052093
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

AFST 415 (3.00)

Music, Art and Society in West Africa

A study of the functions and form of traditional and contemporary music in several West African ethnic groups. The use of instrumentation and voice will be studied through listening and performance. A class visit to one museum housing these instruments is required. Recommended Preparation: AFST 245
   Course ID: 050018
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Same as Offering: MUSC 467

AFST 420 (3.00)

Comparative Slavery: Africa and the New World

Historical examination and comparison of the emergence of domestic slavery in Africa and chattel slavery in the New World and the Americas. Explores the social conditions that shaped these institutions and that led to overt and covert forms of resistance and slavery's eventual decline. Recommended Preparation: AFST 212 or AFST352 or junior/senior standing
   Course ID: 050017
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Same as Offering: HIST 405

AFST 430 (3.00)

Health Care in Africa

Patterns of health care in Africa. Analysis of economic, political, demographic and cultural factors that influence health care delivery. Common diseases. The practice of curative medicine in urban centers and primary health care in rural areas. Traditional medicine, modern paramedical programs, child and maternal health care, family planning, nutrition, pharmacies, health education, financing, etc., and their meaning for Africa's development. Recommended Preparation: AFST 211 or AFST390
   Course ID: 052094
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

AFST 439 (3.00)

Women in Africa and the Diaspora

This course uses the comparative approach to examine the experiences of women of African descent from the era of the trans-Atlantic slave trade to the present. It will introduce students to interdisciplinary and comparative theories and materials that will enable them to explore the economic, cultural, social and political roles of women in Africa and African descended women in the United States. Using comparative gender analysis as its theoretical focus with a global perspective, the course emphasizes the diverse, shared historical experiences of women of African descent as enslaved persons, colonial subjects and victims of all forms of oppression as well as agents of social change. Examined as well are their roles in society as mothers, daughters, wives and workers along with their participation in social and political movements since the abolition era. The course also highlights how such other social indexes as class, race, ethnic, national and religious backgrounds affect women's lives and roles in society. Problems and issues that directly affect them and how to improve their status in the face of increased globalization will be explored.
   Course ID: 100280
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Same as Offering: GWST 439

AFST 440 (3.00)

Topics in African and African-American Studies

Seminar for upper-level students on topics to be selected by instructor. Recommended Preparation: One or more 300-level courses in Africana concentration. This course is repeatable up to 6 credits or 2 attempts.
   Course ID: 052095
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Topics: Hist Of African Amer Wom, Colloquium In Am Histo, Black Stud In Amer Educ, Malcolm And Martin, Afro-American Politics, Over,Under & Out:Current, History Of The Caribbean, Black Hair/Body Politics, March To Independence, Less Separate,Less Equal, Educ And Black Families, The Black Arts Movement, Class And Color In Afric, 20Th Cent Civil Rights, Black Families in Africa and T, Ghana: Arts, Science, Technology & Culture, Black, Queer and Feminist Film, Race, Racism & Law Black Comm, Race, Racism & Race Relations, African Rituals from Life to Death, RACE, HUMOR & 90'S TELEVISION

AFST 442 (3.00)

African-Caribbean Music

The song and dance music of Caribbean countries will be studied through listening and performance. The derivatives of African religious and cult music found in Haiti, Trinidad-Tobago and Cuba will be examined. The influences of French and Spanish cultures on the form and content of African-Caribbean songs and dances also will be studied. Recommended Preparation: AFST 245
   Course ID: 050016
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Same as Offering: MUSC 468

AFST 445 (3.00)

Black Music in the New World

This is a seminar devoted to topics focusing on particular aspects of Afro-American, Afro-Caribbean and/or Afro-Latin music. The quality, type and intensity of Africanisms in the music of a region, a group or an era will be explored. An intensive examination of the development of new musical idioms, including the reciprocity of African with European influences. A research paper or project is required. Recommended Preparation: AFST 245 and junior/senior standing or permission of the instructor
   Course ID: 050015
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Same as Offering: MUSC 479

AFST 450 (3.00)

Black Philosophical Thought in the Twentieth Century

The complexity of the ideas of major black thinkers A. Locke, H. Thurman and W.E.B. DuBois as they dealt with philosophical theory and criticism. An analysis and discussion of that body of knowledge that deals with metaphysical and material approaches to thought. Recommended Preparation: Honors major and senior standing
   Course ID: 052096
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

AFST 453 (3.00)

Topics in the Psychology of the Black Experience

Topics to be announced. An intensive examination of current trends, theory and practice in selected areas, e.g., the black personality, testing of American minorities, psychological methodology and research on black populations,gender roles in the black community, black psychology, mental health in the Black community. Recommended Preparation: AFST255. This course is repeatable up to 6 credits.
   Course ID: 052097
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Topics: Topics Psyc Black Exp

AFST 460 (3.00)

Seminar in Black Hair and Body Politics

This course will focus on constructions of Black hair and the Black body in media of the 20th and 21st century. The seminar combines primary readings, personal anecdotes, and applied research about the body, its extremities (such as hair), its performance of sexualities and identities in the context of the production of culture and social relations. Examining this body of literature from a range of theoretical and applied perspectives enables analysis and discussion of the processes used in the creation of cultural meaning-making. Additionally, a critique of the readings will also afford the opportunity to explore alternatives to the perpetuated materialist or constructivist binary existing in approaches to the body. Measures of prescription give way to problematizing and questioning the readings in order to explore dynamic resolutions at the individual level. AFST or AMST or other social sciences of humanities course focused on American society or culture will provide students a knowledge base useful for this course.
   Course ID: 100298
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Same as Offering: AMST 460

AFST 465 (3.00)

Seminar in African and African-American Literature

A study of creative writers of African descent in America, Africa and the Caribbean and the impact of their works on the shaping of consciousness among black people. Focus on issues and themes such as alienation, confrontation, accommodation, revolution, tradition and modernism, the New Negro, Negritude, African personality, BlackPower, etc. Topics will be announced each semester offered. Recommended Preparation: AFST 260 and 261; one of AFST360,361, or 362; or permission of the instructor. This course is repeatable up to 6 credits or 2 attempts.
   Course ID: 052098
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Topics: Sem Afr/Afro-Amer Lit, Black World Autobiograph, Creative Conn. In Afst

AFST 473 (3.00)

The Black Senior Citizen

The historic and contemporary role that the black aged have played in black communities. Attention is given to special problems that afflict the black aged, such as higher frequency of illnesses, earlier deaths, social isolation. Methods for working out solutions to problems of the black aged. Recommended Preparation: Junior/Senior status or permission of the instructor
   Course ID: 052099
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

AFST 490 (6.00)

Community Internship Project

Specified period of internship in which students are exposed to practical and associational experiences with workers in community planning, health, welfare, correctional services and other development agencies. Registration by permission of instructor. Note: Students are expected to work out internship plans with the instructor well in advance of proposed starting date. Recommended Preparation: AFST377. This course is repeatable up to 12 credits.
   Course ID: 052100
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Field Studies

AFST 495 (3.00 - 6.00)

Field Research in Africana Studies

Supervised empirical research in the field. Prior approval of written research proposal by a faculty member must be secured. Individual meeting with supervising faculty member on regular basis is required. Written report expected. Note: Students should obtain AFST guidelines on directed individual study from the department. Recommended Preparation: AFST301
   Course ID: 052101
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

AFST 498 (2.00 - 6.00)

Directed Individual Study

Directed work in the systematic investigation of a problem selected by the student in consultation with an advisor. May be taken in conjunction with the research paper option for majors in Africana studies. Recommended Preparation: Approved written proposal by supervising instructor based on the directed individual study guide obtainable from the department. This course is repeatable up to 6 credits.
   Course ID: 052102
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Independent Study

AFST 499 (3.00 - 6.00)

Honors Thesis

Open only to students who have outstanding records of academic achievement and who are Africana studies majors. Students must enroll for both semesters of the sequence. Credit and grade will be assigned upon the completion of the thesis. Approval of topic by department required prior to assignment of faculty supervisors.
   Course ID: 052103
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Independent Study