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1100. Afrocentric Perspectives in the Arts

Also offered as: FINA 1100

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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2211. Introduction to Africana Studies

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Cannot be taken for credit after passing AFRA 4994.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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2214. African American Literature

Also offered as: ENGL 2214

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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2214W. African American Literature

Also offered as: ENGL 2214W

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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3025. Contemporary Africa

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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3033. Race and Policy

Also offered as: POLS 3633, PP 3033

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Examination of contemporary public policy through the lens of race.

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

Also offered as: AMST 3042, HDFS 3042, WGSS 3042

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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3050. African-American Art

Also offered as: ARTH 3050

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

The artistic and social legacy of African American art from the eighteenth century to the present day. CA 4. FA-2/14/17 CLAS 3/21/17 SM 5/1/17

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3050W. African American Art

Also offered as: ARTH 3050W

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

The artistic and social legacy of African American art from the eighteenth century to the present day. CA 4. FA 2/14/17 CLAS 3/21/17 SM 5/1/17

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3106. Black Psychology

Also offered as: PSYC 3106

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: PSYC 1100; PSYC 1101 or 1103.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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3131. African American Theatre

Also offered as: DRAM 3131

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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3132. African American Women Playwrights, 1900 to the present

Also offered as: DRAM 3132

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Rec Prep: AFRA/DRAM 3131

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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3152. Race, Ethnicity, and Nationalism

Also offered as: ANTH 3152

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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3206. Black Experience in the Americas

Also offered as: HIST 3206

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended Preparation: AFRA 3563/HIST 3563/HRTS 3563; AFRA 3564/HIST 3564, AFRA 3620/HIST 3620; or HIST 3609/LLAS 3609.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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3208. Making the Black Atlantic

Also offered as: HIST 3208, LLAS 3208

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: AFRA/HIST/HRTS 3563 or AFRA/HIST 3564 or 3620; or HIST/LLAS 3609.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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3213. Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century African American Literature

Also offered as: ENGL 3213

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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

Also offered as: ENGL 3213W

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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

Also offered as: ENGL 3215

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Broad historical survey of African American literature from the twentieth and twenty-first century. CA 4.

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

Also offered as: ENGL 3215W

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Broad historical survey of African American literature from the twentieth and twenty-first century. CA 4.

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3217. Studies in African American Literature and Culture

Also offered as: ENGL 3217

3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Focused study of a theme, form, author, or movement in African American literature or culture. May be repeated for credit with a change of topic. CA 4.

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3217W. Studies in African American Literature and Culture

Also offered as: ENGL 3217W

3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Focused study of a theme, form, author, or movement in African American literature or culture. May be repeated for credit with a change of topic. CA 4.

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3224. History of Pan Africanism

Also offered as: HIST 3770

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to juniors or higher. Recommended preparation: At least one of the following, HIST 3752, 3753, 3563 or 3564.

Grading Basis: Graded

The development of ideas of Pan-Africanism, beginning with the proto-Pan-Africanists in the nineteenth century; examination of the linkages between those ideas in Africa and the evolution of Pan-Africanism as a movement in the African Diaspora.

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3252. Politics In Africa

Also offered as: POLS 3252

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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3295. Special Topics

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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3299. Independent Study

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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3501. Ethnicity and Race

Also offered as: SOCI 3501

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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3505. White Racism

Also offered as: HRTS 3505, SOCI 3505

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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3563. African American History to 1865

Also offered as: HIST 3563, HRTS 3563

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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3564. African American History Since 1865

Also offered as: HIST 3564

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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3568. Hip Hop,Politics and Youth Culture in America

Also offered as: AMST 3568, HIST 3568

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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3569. Slavery in Film

Also offered as: HIST 3569

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: AFRA/HIST 3206 or 3563 or 3564; or CLCS 1110.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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3618. Comparative Slavery in the Americas

Also offered as: HIST 3618, LLAS 3618

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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3619. History of the Caribbean

Also offered as: HIST 3619, LLAS 3619

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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 SM-4/20/15; 3/2/16

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3619W. History of the Caribbean

Also offered as: HIST 3619W, LLAS 3619W

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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3620. Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Spanish Caribbean

Also offered as: HIST 3620

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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

Also offered as: HIST 3622, LLAS 3622, WGSS 3622

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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3642. African American Politics

Also offered as: POLS 3642

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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3647. Black Leadership and Civil Rights

Also offered as: POLS 3647

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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3652. Black Feminist Politics

Also offered as: POLS 3652, WGSS 3652

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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3752. History of Pre Colonial Africa

Also offered as: HIST 3752

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

The history of pre-colonial Africa with particular attention to the rise and fall of African Kingdoms, interaction between different ethnic groups, African trade with other continents, and the impact of foreigners on African societies.

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3753. History of Modern Africa

Also offered as: HIST 3753

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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3825. African Americans and Social Protest

Also offered as: HRTS 3825, SOCI 3825

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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3898. Variable Topics

3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary.

Grading Basis: Graded

With a change of topic, may be repeated for credit.

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4100. Experiential/Service Learning Seminar

Also offered as: AAAS 4100, LLAS 4100, WGSS 4100

4.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Interdisciplinary examination of the history of social justice organizing in the U.S.; theories, strategies, and practice of community organizing movements such as those for immigration, environmental, reproductive, and racial justice. Includes practice in community organizing and political advocacy.

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4994W. Senior Seminar

3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: AFRA 3211; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open only to AFRA majors in their senior year.

Grading Basis: Graded

Critical training and comprehensive examination of African American studies, using primary and secondary sources. With a change in content, may be repeated for credit. SM-11/9/09

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