Africana Studies (AFRA)

Interim Director: Associate Professor Melina Pappademos

Office: 334 Wood Hall

1100. Afrocentric Perspectives in the Arts

(Formerly offered as AFAM 1100.) (Also offered as FINA 1100.) Three credits.

Lectures and discussions about assigned readings focus on historical and aesthetic perspectives of African American Arts and their African sources, with emphasis on how social and aesthetic context impacts on creative expression by African American artists. Presentations by guest lecturers and University of Connecticut faculty plus small group discussions. CA 1. CA 4.

2211. Introduction to Africana Studies

(Formerly offered as AFAM 3211 and AFRA 3211.) Three credits.

Interdisciplinary overview of Africana studies, giving consideration to the artistic, intellectual, political and cultural experiences of black people in the United States, Caribbean, Europe, and Africa. Significant movements, ideas, people and events that have shaped and continue to shape Africa and the Diaspora.

2214. African American Literature

(Also offered as ENGL 2214.) Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Critical and historical examination of the literature of African American writers from Phyllis Wheatley to the present. CA 4.

2214W. African American Literature

(Formerly offered as AFAM 3214W and AFRA 3214W and ENGL 3214W.) (Also offered as ENGL2214W.) Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher. CA 4.

3025. Contemporary Africa

(Formerly offered as AFAM 3025.) Three credits.

Africa since its partition in 1884. Urbanization, social stratification, racial and ethnic conflict.

3033. Race and Policy

(Formerly offered as AFAM 3033.) (Also offered as POLS 3633 and PP 3033.) Three credits.

Examination of contemporary public policy through the lens of race.

3042. Baseball and Society: Politics, Economics, Race and Gender

(Formerly offered as AFAM 3042). (Also offered as HDFS 3042 and WGSS 3042.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Baseball in historical, political, sociological, and economic contexts. Topics may include: impact on individuals and families; racial discrimination and integration; labor relations; urbanization; roles of women; treatment of gay athletes; and implications of performance-enhancing drugs.

3050. African American Art

(Also offered as ARTH 3050.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to sophomores or higher.

The artistic and social legacy of African American art from the eighteenth century to the present day. CA 4.

3050W. African American Art

(Also offered as ARTH 3050W.) Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher. CA 4.

3106. Black Psychology

(Formerly offered as AFAM 3106.) (Also offered as PSYC 3106.) Three credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 1100, and PSYC 1101 or 1103.

Empirical and theoretical literature on psychological experiences of African Americans. Impact of race, culture, and ethnicity on psychological development. CA 4.

3131. African-American Theatre

(Formerly offered as AFAM 3131.) (Also offered as DRAM 3131.) Three credits.

The significant developments in African American theatre and its antecedents and an examination of selected play scripts that exemplify those developments. CA 4.

3132. African American Women Playwrights, 1900 to Present

(Also offered as DRAM 3132.) Three credits. Two 75-minute periods. Recommended preparation: AFRA/DRAM 3131.

African American women’s playwriting in relationship to social, historical, and political contexts. CA 1. CA 4.

3152. Race, Ethnicity, and Nationalism

(Formerly offered as AFAM 3152.) (Also offered as ANTH 3152.) Three credits.

Popular and scholarly theories of human group identity and diversity, in cross-cultural and historical perspective. Topics include: an overview of ‘race’ and ‘ethnicity’ in Western thought, ethnic group formation and transformation, political mobilizations of group identity, and systems of inequality. CA 2. CA 4.

3206. Black Experience in the Americas

(Formerly offered as AFAM 3206.) (Also offered as HIST 3206.) Three credits. Recommended preparation: AFRA/HIST/HRTS 3563; AFRA/HIST 3564, 3620; or HIST/LLAS 3609.

Major themes in recent scholarship of African-descended communities in the Americas and their interconnection beyond geopolitical boundaries; race, gender, sexuality, class, religion, cultural movements and practices, slavery, political economy, political movements, and African consciousness, from historical perspective. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

3208. Making the Black Atlantic

(Also offered as HIST 3208 and LLAS 3208.) Three credits. Recommended preparation: AFRA/HIST/HRTS 3563 or AFRA/HIST 3564 or 3620; or HIST/LLAS 3609.

Recent scholarship on the central role played by African-descended communities in shaping the early history of the Americas and their interconnection beyond geopolitical boundaries; race, gender, sexuality, class, religion, cultural movements and practices; slavery, political economy, and political movements.

3213. Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century African American Literature

(Also offered as ENGL 3213.) Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

Broad historical survey of African American literature from its origins through the turn of the twentieth century. CA 4.

3213W. Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century African American Literature

(Also offered as ENGL 3213W.) Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher. CA 4.

3215. Twentieth- and Twenty-First Century African American Literature

(Also offered as ENGL 3215.) Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

Broad historical survey of African American literature from the twentieth and twenty-first century.

3217. Studies in African American Literature and Culture

(Also offered as ENGL 3217.) Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; or instructor consent; open to juniors or higher. May be repeated for credit with a change of topic.

Focused study of a theme, form, author, or movement in African American literature or culture. CA 4.

3217W. Studies in African American Literature and Culture

(Also offered as ENGL 3217W.) Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher. May be repeated for credit with a change of topic. CA 4.

3252. Politics in Africa

(Formerly offered as AFAM 3252.) (Also offered as POLS 3252.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

The political systems in contemporary Africa; the background of the slave trade, imperialism, colonialism, and the present concerns of nationalism, independence, economic development and military rule. Emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa.

3295. Special Topics

(Formerly offered as AFAM 3295.) Variable credits. Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary. With a change in content, may be repeated for credit.

3299. Independent Study

(Formerly offered as AFAM 3299.) Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Open only with consent of instructor.

Supervised reading and writing on a subject of special interest to the student.

3501. Ethnicity and Race

(Formerly offered as AFAM 3501.) (Also offered as SOCI 3501). Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Ethnic groups, their interrelations, assimilation, and pluralism. Culture, and identity that arise from differences in race, religion, nationality, region, and language.

3505. White Racism

(Formerly offered as AFAM 3505.) (Also offered as HRTS 3505 and SOCI 3505). Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

The origin, nature, and consequences of white racism as a central and enduring social principle around which the United States and other modern societies are structured and evolve. CA 4.

3563. African American History to 1865

(Formerly offered as AFAM 3563.) (Also offered as HIST 3563 and HRTS 3563.) Three credits.

History of African-American people to 1865, from their West African roots, to their presence in colonial America, through enslavement and emancipation. Adaptation and resistance to their conditions in North America. Contributions by black people to the development of the United States.

3564. African American History Since 1865

(Formerly offered as AFAM 3564.) ( Also offered as HIST 3564). Three credits.

History of African-American people since the Civil war. Contributions by black people to American development. African-American activity in international arenas.

3568. Hip-Hop, Politics and Youth Culture in America

(Formerly offered as AFAM 3568.) (Also offered as HIST 3568.) Three credits.

History of hip-hop, its musical antecedents and its role in popular culture. Race, class, and gender are examined as well as hip-hop’s role in popular political discourse.

3569. Slavery in Film

(Also offered as HIST 3569.) Three credits. Recommended preparation: AFRA/HIST 3206 or 3563 or 3564 or CLCS 1110.

Depictions of chattel slavery in cinema and popular media over time. Topics include histories of slavery, race and identity, media studies, and cultural studies.

3618. Comparative Slavery in the Americas

(Also offered as HIST 3618 or LLAS 3618.) Three credits.

The rise and fall of trans-Atlantic slavery. Topics include resistance, migration, antislavery mobilization, abolitionism, empire, revolution, cultural production, political economy, labor, gender, race and identity formation.

3619. History of the Caribbean

(Also offered as HIST and LLAS 3619) Three credits.

Encounter experience; slavery, antislavery mobilization, and abolitionism; colonialism; citizenship and nation building; race and gender; political cultures and movements; migration/immigration; cultural production; and political economy; topics will be examined from a historical perspective. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

3620. Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Spanish Caribbean

(Formerly offered as AFAM 3620.) (Also offered as HIST 3620.) Three credits.

Discovery and settlement, slavery and plantation economy, recent political and economic developments, and United States relations with the Spanish Caribbean.

3622. History of Gender and Sexuality in Latin America and the Caribbean

(Also offered as HIST, LLAS, and WGSS 3622.) Three credits.

Topics may include: empire and colonialism/anti-colonialism; slavery, science, and the state; cultural practices and institutions; feminisms and masculinities; law and public policies; immigration; forms of labor and political mobilization; sex and reproduction; and human rights from historical perspective.

3642. African-American Politics

(Formerly offered as AFAM 3642.) (Also offered as POLS 3642.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Political behavior, theory, and ideology of African-Americans, with emphasis on contemporary U.S. politics. CA 4.

3647. Black Leadership and Civil Rights

(Formerly offered as AFAM 3647.) (Also offered as POLS 3647.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Black leadership, emphasizing the principles, goals, and strategies used by African-American men and women to secure basic citizenship rights during the civil rights era.

3652. Black Feminist Politics

(Formerly offered as AFAM 3652.) (Also offered as POLS 3652 and WGSS 3652.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

An introduction to major philosophical and theoretical debates at the core of black feminist thought, emphasizing the ways in which interlocking systems of oppression uphold and sustain each other.

3753. History of Modern Africa

(Formerly offered as AFAM 3753) (Also offered as HIST 3753.) Three credits.

The history of African perceptions of and responses to the abolition of the slave trade, Western imperialism and colonialism, and the development of nationalism and struggle for independence.

3825. African Americans and Social Protest

(Formerly offered as AFAM 3825.) ( Also offered as HRTS 3825 and SOCI 3825.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Social and economic-justice movements, from the beginning of the Civil Rights movement to the present.

3898. Variable Topics

Three credits. Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary. With change in content, may be repeated for credit.

4994W. Senior Seminar

(Formerly offered as AFAM 4994W.) Prerequisite: AFRA 3211; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open only to Africana Studies majors in their senior year. With change in content, may be repeated for credit.

Critical training and comprehensive examination of Africana studies, using primary and secondary sources.

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