AAS Course Offerings


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AAS 200: Introduction to African American Studies:
Section 001:  Reginal Hamilton,  TR 11:00-12:15pm
An interdisciplinary course which establishes the intellectual context for an examination of the African-American experience; it introduces students to the various approaches scholars use to analyze that experience. This course employs a topical framework which permits focus on issues reflecting the diversity and richness of African-American experience across geographic boundaries. 

AAS 235-001 (also SOC 235): Inequalities in Society
Instructor:  TBD             TR 9:30-10:45am
This course seeks to promote an understanding of inequalities in American society by considering them in the context of the social origins, development, and persistence of inequalities in the United States and other societies. Bases of inequality that may be considered include race/ethnicity, class/status, gender/sexuality, age, political and regional differences as these relates to politics, social justice, community engagement, and/or public policy.

AAS 260-001:  African American History to 1865
Instructor:  Vanessa Holden      TR 12:30-1:45pm
A study of the Black experience in America through the Civil War. An examination of the African heritage, slavery, and the growth of Black institutions.

AAS 264 (also ENG 260): Introduction to Black Writers
Section 001:  TBD, MWF 1:00-1:50pm
Section 002:  TBD, MWF 2:00-2:50pm
An introduction to written and oral works by Black authors of Africa, the Caribbean, and the United States. The course includes writers such as Chinua Achebe (Africa), Wilson Harris (Caribbean), and Toni Morrison (USA), as well as others from the diverse field of literature written by African-American authors and authors of color worldwide. Attention will be paid to student writing, particularly to devising a thesis, crafting an argument, and learning how to use supporting evidence.

AAS 301-001:  Introduction to the African Diaspora
Instructor:  TBD  MW 11:00-12:15pm
The course will explore the making of the African Diaspora in the Atlantic and Indian Ocean worlds through a combination of historical and ethnographic studies. How did men and women of African descent come to populate and shape the cultures, economies, and politics of the Americas and South Asia? The course will begin with an examination of African cultures in the centuries leading up to European colonization of the Americas and the advent of the Atlantic slave trade. The spread of Islam and Christianity and the growth of empires in East and West Africa will be discussed as part of understanding the traditions and practices which Africans brought with them to the Americas and throughout the Indian Ocean world. We will look at the development of the African Diaspora in the Middle East and South Asia in order to more fully contextualize the western development of the diaspora. The course ends with an examination of African Americans in the United States.

AAS 400-001 (same as A-H 304):  Special Topics in AAAS: African Art & Its Global Impact
Instructor:  M.B. Visona TR 11:00-12:15pm

Throughout history, visual arts from the African continent (architecture, sculpture, painting, body arts, textiles, photography and performance) have inspired artists from around the world. This course examines a selection of specific African art works that have shaped European and American cultural histories, and created a global modernity. The earliest examples include ancient rock art, and the most recent are comprised of installations and digital works made by African artists working abroad.  Applies to UK Core Requirement:  Global Dynamics

AAS 400-002: (same as GWS 301) Special Topics in AAAS:  Black Women in U.S. History
Instructor:  Melissa Stein           MWF 12:00-12:50pm
Black women’s history offers a lens into racism and sexism in America, but also resistance to such oppression. Covering a broad regional and chronological scope, this course is designed to introduce students to the major themes, debates, and developments in African-American women’s history, especially as seen through the lives of individual women--some you’ve probably heard of, others you may not have. Much of the course readings and films will consist then of biography and autobiography. Particular attention will be paid to the roles class, race, culture, and sexuality play in shaping black women’s experiences and their relationships with other women as well as black men. This course will focus on the representations, experiences, work, and activism of African-American women, from the colonial era to the present. 

AAS 400-003: (same as GWS 430) Special Topics in AAAS:  Gender, Power, and Violence
Instructor:  Melissa Stein           MWF 10:00-10:50am
This course is organized around three selected but interrelated themes to help us examine the interconnections between gender, power, and violence in different cultural settings. We will examine state, institutional, and interpersonal violence and critically analyze the ways in which gender and power are articulated at each of these levels. In our discussions, we will pay special attention to the various forms (physical, psychological, economic, racial, sexual, and symbolic) violence may take and analyze the causes and consequences of different articulations of gender, power, and violence. This course will no longer be offered in Fall 2019. 

AAS 400-004 Special Topics in AAAS: Black Feminist Thought
Instructor: Christina Haynes      TR 12:30-1:45pm

This course is designed to introduce students to Black Feminist theory. During this semester, we will explore how African-American women have been socially located in American society. We will read various texts (books, article, etc.) to explore how theory works to explain power, oppression and liberation in the lives of African-American women. To accomplish this goal, we will focus our discussions on themes such as activism, identity, difference, representation, and possibilities for upward mobility as they pertain to the lived experiences of African American women.  This course has been cancelled. 

AAS 400-005 (also HIS 595-003) Special Topics in AAAS:  Slavery in the Americas
Instructor:  George Wright        W 3:00-5:30pm

AAS 400-006:  Special Topics in AAAS:  Race, Food, and Environment
Instructor:  Priscilla McCutcheon          TR 2:00-3:15pm

AAS 433-001 (also SOC 435): Topics in Social Inequalities: Masculinities
Instructor:  Edward Morris         TR 12:30-1:45pm
What does it mean to be a man? Why do we tell people to “man up,” “take it like a man,” “don’t be a “girlie man”? How does this have consequences for men and boys, as well as girls and women? How is it that men control the majority of the world’s resources and institutions, at the same time that men are more likely than women to die violently, drop out of school, and commit crime? Is any of this changing? This course seeks to answer these questions through an introduction to the sociology of masculinity. While the majority of scholarship in gender has focused on women, this course will critically interrogate masculinity and the location of men within the gender order. This tack is crucial to understanding gender inequality because men as a group benefit from the gender order, and enactments of masculinity reproduce power and domination. At the same time, we will consider how intersections with other dimensions of inequality such as class, race, and sexuality complicate masculinities and position men differently in relationship to gender dividends.

AAS 550 (also EDC 550):  Education in Culturally Diverse Society
Instructor:  Jeanette Groth        R 5:00-7:30pm
This course assists future educators in developing strategies to create an equitable teaching/learning environment where all students are validated, stimulated, and nurtured. Course participants explore the rationale for their current belief systems and perceptions of other cultures; investigate how and why their personal attitudes, behaviors, and expectations affect the academic and social development of children and youth, and examine contemporary educational issues.

AAS 635-001 (same as SOC 635):  Seminar in Social Inequalities
Instructor:  Ana Liberato           R 5:00-7:30pm

This course provides a graduate-level introduction to sociological theory and research on social inequalities and stratification. It includes both classic and contemporary works on topics such as political economy, the state, domination, democracy, work, poverty, welfare, resistance, class, race, ethnicities, and gender. The course serves as a foundational course for graduate students with interests in social inequalities, and is required for Sociology graduate students seeking a specialization in this area. Prereq: SOC 650 or SOC 651 or consent of instructor.

AAS 656 (same as ENG 656):  Black American Literature: The Black Intellectual
Instructor:  Nazera Wright         TR 11:00-12:15pm

An in-depth study of black American literature, with concentration on major texts by major black writers.

A-H 504/A-H 604:  Practical Issues in Art History:  The Transnational Curator
Instructor:  M.B. Visona             TR 3:30-4:45pm

The market for contemporary art has been constructed by entrepreneurs from varied backgrounds, many of whom have lived and worked in multiple nations.  Using the methodologies of art historians and anthropologists, we will examine the careers of a select number of curators who have crossed cultural and regional divides to shape the global art world.  Research projects will address the role of contemporary curatorial projects in local, regional, and national policies, as well as examining contemporary curatorial practice in art historical contexts.  Junior status or above/graduate students.

CLA 331: Gender & Sexuality in Antiquity
Instructor:  Jackie Murray         TR 12:30-1:45pm

This course examines how gender, sexuality, and the social institutions and patterns connected with these operated in ancient Greece and Rome. Essential is the concept of the social construction of gender and sexuality, i.e., that far from being set in biological concrete, different societies have understood, organized, deployed, and exploited gender and sexuality in radically different ways. In this way, classical antiquity can serve as a basis for both understanding and critiquing our own society, and it is a fundamental aim of this course to engage the student's own thought, criticism, judgment, and actively construct knowledge from the sources and scholarly interpretive frameworks. A&S HUMANITIES REQUIREMENTS


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