AAS Course Offerings

AAAS Fall 2017 Courses:  

AAS 168:  Jazz and Democracy:  This course is a hybrid cultural studies seminar and creative composition course that explores jazz theory as a philosophical artistic practice rooted in American democracy. It investigates jazz aesthetics as a literary, visual, and musical art form, and it examines theories of jazz composition as philosophical statements in direct conversation with the principles of U.S. democracy. The course also explores the philosophical and aesthetic connections of jazz literature to surrealist and existentialist artistic movements in modern and postmodern cultural contexts. Artists to be discussed include James Baldwin, Harryette Mullen, and others. The theoretical aspects of this course will demonstrate how jazz has been a source of inspiration for a variety of twentieth-century literatures and theoretical practices. The readings include selections of fiction, poetry, drama, and essays with emphasis on jazz literary modes, creative trends, and political connotations specific to African American literature and culture.  Instructor:  DaMaris Hill.  Sections:  001 MWF 11:00-11:50; 002 MWF 12:00-12:50. 

AAS 200-001: Introduction to African American Studies: This course explores the historical, social, economic, cultural and political realities of black people in the African Diaspora with an emphasis on the United States. This class explores how macro structures such as slavery, imperialism, colonialism, capitalism, and globalization shaped and continue to circumscribe the lives of Black people across various geographic regions. In addition, the class discusses the multiple strategies/efforts Black people employ, both past and present, to ensure the survival of the self and the community. Instructor:  Chamara Kwakye, MW 3:00-4:15pm

AAS 235 (also SOC 235): Inequalities in Society:  This course seeks to promote and 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. Sections:

AAS 235-001, Emily Bonistall: MW 3:00-5:00pm (Part of term course: Oct 2-Dec 13)
AAS 235-002, Kathryn Engle: TR 9:30-10:45am

AAS 261-001 (also HIS 261): African American History 1865 – Present:  It is impossible to understand United States history without knowing African-Americans' history. This course teaches African-American history from Reconstruction to the present—that is, since Emancipation. We will be guided by the theme of Meanings of Freedom in three eras: after the end of slavery, during the long black freedom struggle, and amidst recent change and challenges. Beginning with the immediate aftermath of the Civil War, we will explore the changing political, social, and economic realities through the rise and fall of Jim Crow, violations and assertions of civil and human rights, the movements of people of African descent throughout the United States and the Atlantic World, and the cultural inventions and expressions of black Americans.Instructor:  Anastasia Curwood, MWF 11:00-11:50am.

AAS 264 (also ENG 260): Introduction to Black Writers:  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. Sections:  

AAS 264-001, Matthew Bryant Cheney: MWF 9:00-9:50am
AAS 264-002, Matthew Bryant Cheney: MWF 10:00-10:50am

AAS 264-003, Matthew Godbey: TR 9:30-10:45am

AAS 300-001 (also MUS 300):  History of Jazz: A listening survey course covering the chronological evolution of jazz from its West African and European roots, through its germination in America, to the present. Emphasis will be on the various styles and functions of jazz, particularly as they have been affected by changing social-cultural patterns during the twentieth century  Instructor: Isaac Maupin, MWF 2:00-2:50pm.

AAS 360-001 (also HIS 360): Race and Sports in America: This reading seminar examines the history of race and sport in America    Instructor:  Gerald Smith, T 3:30-6:00pm

AAS 432-001 (also SOC 432): Race & Ethnic Relations: Analysis of relationships between racial and ethnic groups and the behavioral products thereof:  sources and consequences of prejudice and discrimination; situation and prospects of minorities; strategies of change and tension reduction.   Instructor:   Ana Liberato, MWF 12:00-12:50pm.

AAS 433-001 (also SOC 433): Topics in Social Inequalities: Masculinities: This course provides 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 tend to reproduce power and dominance. At the same time, we will consider how intersections with other dimensions of inequality such as class, race, place, and sexuality complicate masculinities and position men differently in relationship to gender dividends. Because one of my major areas of research is in children and youth, the course will include a concentration on how masculinity is experienced and learned by young people.  Instructor:  Edward Morris, TR 9:30-10:45am.

AAS 545 (also EDP 545): Psychology of the Black Experience:  Psychology of the Black Experience, is an elective course in the Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology and is cross-listed with the Africana Studies program and Psychology department. It is designed to offer enrolled undergraduate and graduate students opportunities to survey, explore, and critique classic and contemporary theories and research articulating the psychologies that inform both social and academic experiences and observed behaviors of Black people. While there are multiple objectives for this upper-level undergraduate and graduate-level seminar course, one central objective for the course is to expose all students to literature and research pertaining to the Black experience in the United States in an effort to develop and refine ideas and mindsets that will foster and reflect innovate ways of thinking about how to enhance the life experiences of Black persons. That is, in the course, the primary objective is to have the course material and critical discourse influence your thinking about and actions towards or on behalf of Black persons. Instructor:  Kenneth Tyler, W 5:30pm-8:00pm.

AAS 550 (also EDC 550):  Education in Culturally Diverse Society:  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. Instructor:  Elinor Brown.  Please see online course catalog for specific course meeting days/times.

AAS 601-201 (also EDC 601):  Issues in Multicultural Education:  This course provides students with a critical analysis of multicultural education theories, perspectives, current issues, and trends. Students will develop the competencies needed to write scholarly literature reviews, identify areas in multicultural education needing further research studies, and submit papers for review and presentation at professional meetings. Instructor:  Elinor Brown.  Please see online course catalog for specific course meeting dates/times.

AAS 654:  Readings in Modern African American History:  Introduces graduate students to the historical literature on 20th century African-American history and major historiographical issues. Instructor:  Anastasia Curwood, R 3:30-6:00pm.







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