Approved List of African Diaspora Courses

 


COURSE # COURSE NAME


AES/COM/GWSS 489 BLACK CULTURAL STUDIES
AFRAM 101 INTRO TO AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES
AFRAM 150 / HSTAA 150 INTRO TO AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY
AFRAM 214 / ENGL 258 SURVEY OF AFRO-AMERICAN LITERATURE
AFRAM 220 AFRICAN AMERICAN FILM STUDIES
AFRAM 246 / POL S 246 AFRICAN AMERICAN POLITICS
AFRAM 260 / SOC 260 AFRICAN AMERICAN FAMILY
AFRAM 261 / SOC 261 THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN EXPERIENCE THROUGH LITERATURE
AFRAM 270 / HSTAA 270 THE JAZZ AGE
AFRAM 272 HISTORY OF THE SOUTH SINCE CIVIL WAR
AFRAM 315 CLACK IDENTITIES AND POLITICAL POWER
AFRAM 318 / ENGL 318 BLACK LITERARY GENRES
AFRAM 320 BLACK WOMEN IN DRAMA
AFRAM 321 HISTORY OF AFRO-AMERICAN WOMEN AND THE FEMINIST MOVEMENT
AFRAM 330 MUSIC, FOLKLORE, AND PERFORMANCE IN BLACK SOCIETY
AFRAM 334 THE SIXTIES IN AMERICA: CONFLICT, CONFRONTATION AND CONCESSION
AFRAM 337 MUSIC AND SOCIAL CHANGE IN THE SIXTIES ERA
AFRAM 340 HARLEM RENAISSANCE
AFRAM 350 THE BLACK AESTHETIC
AFRAM 358 LITERATURE OF BLACK AMERICANS
AFRAM 370 AFRICAN AMERICAN POLITICAL THOUGHT
AFRAM 437 BLACKS IN AMERICAN LAW
AFRAM 498 SPECIAL TOPICS

ANTH 423 TRAFFIC ACROSS CULTURAL BOUNDARIES

ART H 230 AFRICAN AMERICAN TRADITION: A TRANSATLANTIC VIEW OF ART AND CULTURE
ART H 309 TOPICS IN ART HISTORY *

ENGL 342 THE CONTEMPORARY NOVEL *
ENGL 358 / AFRAM 358 LITERATURE OF BLACK AMERICANS
ENGL 544 WORLD LITERATURE IN ENGLISH *

HIST 258 SLAVERY AND SLAVE TRADING IN THE 21st CENTURY
HIST 260 SLAVERY IN HISTORY: A COMPARATIVE STUDY
HISTAA / AFRAM 150 INTRO TO AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY
HSTAA 225 AMERICAN SLAVERY
HSTAA 313 AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE AMERICAN WEST
HSTAA 321 BECOMING BLACK AMERICANS
HSTAA 322 AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY, 1865-PRESENT
HSTAA 540 AFRICAN-AMERICAN URBAN HISTORY

MUSIC 319 AFRO-AMERICAN MUSIC
MUSIC 331 HISTORY OF JAZZ

JSIS B 441 FORCED MIGRATIONS *

POL S 316 AFRICAN-AMERICAN POLITICAL AND SOCIAL THOUGHT

SOC WF 495 SPECIAL TOPICS IN GENERALIST SOCIAL WELFARE *
SOC / AES 462 COMPARATIVE RACE AND ETHNIC RELATIONS

*IMPORTANT: Content varies. Student needs to see the adviser first, before signing up for this course: africa1@uw.edu

 

Descriptions of the courses listed above will follow shortly!

 

AES 489 Black Cultural Studies (5) I&S
Examines how images of Blackness have been (re)constructed. Topics include black women's bodies, black men's bodies, Blackface minstrelsy, black queer studies, black power, and black hybridities. Offered: jointly with COM 489/GWSS 489.

AFRAM 101 Introduction to African American Studies (5) I&S
History, culture, religion, institutions, politics, economics, arts, and psychology of peoples of African descent as developed from experience in both the old and new worlds. Multidisciplinary analysis of social life from a Black perspective as illustrated in selected historical and contemporary writings.

AFRAM 150 - Introduction to African-American History (5) I&S
Introductory survey of topics and problems in Afro-American history with some attention to Africa as well as to America . Basic introductory course for sequence of lecture courses and seminars in Afro-American history. Offered: jointly with HSTAA 150.

AFRAM 214 Survey of Afro-American Literature (5) VLPA
A chronological survey of Afro-American literature in all genres from its beginnings to the present day. Emphasizes Afro-American writing as a literary art; the cultural and historical context of Afro-American literary expression and the aesthetic criteria of Afro-American literature. Offered: jointly with ENGL 258.

AFRAM 220 African American Film Studies (5) I&S/VLPA
Examines the history and theory of African American filmmaking, introducing central political and aesthetic debates by way of different cinematic eras, genres, and filmmakers. Focuses primarily on black directors and producers independent and commercial contexts as they confront popular representations of U.S. blackness in their own cinematic practice.

AFRAM 246 African American Politics (5) I&S P.
Survey of African Americans within the U.S. socio-political processes. Situates African Americans within a post-civil rights context where there is debate about race's centrality to an African American politics. Recommended: either AES 150, AFRAM 201, or POL S 202. Offered: jointly with POL S 246.

AFRAM 260 African American Family (5) I&S
Explores the structures and functioning of various types of black families. Single-parent families, two-parent families, extended families, and consensual families are explored. Their consequences for male/female relationships are linked and critiqued. Offered: jointly with SOC 260.

AFRAM 261 The African-American Experience Through Literature (5) I&S/VLPA
Instructs students in hermeneutical and sociological methods of analyses. Analyzes selected novels, essays, poems, short stories, and plays with the purpose of understanding the structures and functions of both society and personality. Offered: jointly with SOC 261.

AFRAM 270 The Jazz Age (5) I&S
Interdisciplinary study of period after World War I to Great Crash. Afro-American and Anglo-American currents and impulses that flowed together in the Roaring Twenties. Covers politics of normalcy, economics of margin, literature of indulgence and confusion, transformation of race relations, and cultural influence of jazz. Offered: jointly with HSTAA 270.

AFRAM 272 History of the South Since the Civil War (5) I&S
Reconstruction and its aftermath, the Agrarian (Populist) revolt, disfranchisement and segregation, the effects of urbanization and subsequent depression, desegregation, and the struggle for civil rights. Examines the New South, the conflict of ideology with structural and material change, and the place of the South in contemporary America.

AFRAM 315 Black Identities and Political Power (5) I&S
Relates the deployment of political power within institutions to shifting racial identities. Shows how racial identities both reflect and inflect relations of domination and resistance within and between cultures in the black diaspora. Prerequisite: either AES 150, AFRAM 150, AFRAM 201, or POL S 201. Offered: jointly with POL S 315.

AFRAM 318 Black Literary Genres (5) VLPA
Considers how generic forms have been discussed, distributed, and valued in the larger context of African American, or other African-Diasporic literary studies. Explores how black writers and artists treat the terms and conventions of generic forms in response, and comparison, to their cultural treatment of others. Offered: jointly with ENGL 318; AWSp.  

AFRAM 320 Black Women in Drama (5) VLPA
Character types of Black women as represented in plays by Black women. Some Black male playwrights are juxtaposed with Black female writers for comparative analysis. Playwrights include Georgia Douglas Johnson, Angelina Grimke, Alice Chidress, Lorraine Hansberry, Ira Aldridge, LeRoi Jones.

AFRAM 321 History of Afro-American Women and the Feminist Movement (5) I&S
"Feminist Movement" from early nineteenth century to present. Treats relationship between Black and White women in their struggle for independence, at times together and at times apart. Discusses the reasons, process, and results of collaboration as well as opposition. Examines recent and contemporary attempts at cooperation. Offered: joint with GWSS 321

AFRAM 330 Music, Folklore, and Performance in Black Society (5) VLPA
Focuses on cultural expressions created by people of African descent in the Unites States in the twentieth century, with an emphasis on music, folklore, dance, and humor. Offered: WSp

AFRAM 334 The Sixties in America: Conflict, Confrontation, and Concession (5) I&S
Politico-cultural movements that collided in the sixties. Includes politics of confrontation and civil disobedience, economics of "guns and butter," literature of conflict and angst, polarization of arts, transformation of race relations, role of Rock, and influence of domestic politics on foreign relations. Recommended: AFRAM 150; AFRAM 270. Offered: jointly with HSTAA 334.

AFRAM 337 Music and Social Change in the Sixties Era (5) I&S/VLPA
Introduction of popular music and social change in 1950s and 1960s. How this interaction effects significant change. Considers political activism for civil rights and against the Vietnam War as they intersect with the development of rock and roll, R&B, acoustic and political folk music, and post-bebop jazz.

AFRAM 340 Harlem Renaissance: A Literary Study (5) VLPA
Highlights Harlem Renaissance -- 1912 through mid-1930s -- as establishing a role for twentieth-century African-American writer, encompassing literature, politics, and decolonization of the image of Africa, and solidifying integrationist and nationalist schools of thought. Examines images, themes, and characterizations in creating a literary aesthetic simultaneously American and African-American.

AFRAM 358 Literature of Black Americans (5) VLPA
Selected writings - novels, short-stories, plays, poems - by Afro-American writers. The historical and cultural context within which they evolved. Differences between Afro-American writers and writers of the European-American tradition. Emphasis varies. Offered: jointly with ENGL 358.

AFRAM 370 Afro-American Political Thought (5) I&S
Political ideologies and philosophies of pivotal Afro-American historical figures and the conditions under which these ideologies are developed, rejected, and transformed. How ideologies relate to solution of Afro-American political problems.

AFRAM 437 Blacks in American Law (5) I&S
Historical continuity for changing relationship between American jurisprudence and Black Americans, 1640-1986. Statutory and case law which determined role of Blacks in American society, and use of law by Blacks to gain civil and personal rights.


ANTH 423 - Traffic Across Cultural Boundaries (5) I&S
Focuses on the movement of cultural patterns and processes across boundaries, examining the "contact zones" in colonial encounters, moving to borrowing and blendings along ethnic and national borders. Examines border crossing of immigration and diasporas. Ethnographic examples from the Americas and Africa . Prerequisite: one 200-level ANTH course. 


ART H 230  The African-American Tradition: A Transatlantic View of Art and Culture (5) I&S/VLPA  Assesses the diversity of art by individuals of African descent in Brazil , the Caribbean, and the United States . Examines questions of form meaning, and symbolic and ritual behavior. Considers formal and conceptual relationships between art forms and their African sources; assesses their role in the construction of new African-American identities. 


ENGL 358  Literature of Black Americans (5) VLPA
Selected writings, novels, short stories, plays, poems by Afro-American writers. Study of the historical and cultural context within which they evolved. Differences between Afro-American writers and writers of the European-American tradition. Emphasis varies. Offered: jointly with AFRAM 358. 


HIST 258 Slavery and Slave Trading in the 21st Century (5) I&S
Examines the forms that slavery and slave trading have taken in contemporary times.

HIST 260 Slavery in History: A Comparative Study (5) I&S
Slavery as a universal historical phenomenon lending itself to a comparative analysis is studied in terms of its philosophical justifications, economic importance, and local practices. The following historical periods are surveyed: the ancient Near East, Greece , Rome , Islam, Africa, Latin America, and North America.


HSTAA 150  Introduction to African-American History (5) I&S
Introductory survey of topics and problems in Afro-American history with some attention to Africa as well as to America . Provides some general knowledge and serves as a basic introductory course for a sequence of lecture courses and seminars in Afro-American history. Offered: jointly with AFRAM 150.

HSTAA 225 American Slavery (5) I&S
Explores the making of American slavery from beginnings on the African coast to the plantations of the southern United States. Includes slave life, pro-slavery thought, slave management, representations of slavery then and now, abolitionism, and debates about slavery.

HSTAA 313 African Americans in the American West (5) I&S
Explores pre-1848 Spanish-speaking black settlers, slavery, post-civil war migration, buffalo soldiers. 19th and 20th century black urban settlers, World War II migration, the civil rights movement in the West, the interaction of African Americans with other people of color. Particular focus on Seattle and the Pacific Northwest .

HSTAA 321 Becoming Black Americans (5) I&S  
History of Africans in America from slave trade through the Civil War, with emphasis on how gender informed African-American experience. Topics include slave trade, middle passage, life in plantation south, culture, family structure and resistance, and the experience of free blacks, North and South.

HSTAA 322 African-American History, 1865 To The Present (5) I&S
African-American experience from Reconstruction to the present, emphasizing the variety of African-American political expression. Gender and class differences closely examined, as well as such constructs as "community," "race," and "blackness."

HSTAA 540 African American Urban History: 1700-2000 (5)
Examines the growth and evolution of African-American urban communities from the colonial era to the present, with particular emphasis on cities of the West.

 


MUSIC 319  Afro-American Music (5) I&S/VLPA
Centers on Black music in the United States , but also clarifies the relationship of this music to the musics of other Afro-American cultures as well as to their African roots. 

MUSIC 331 History of Jazz (5) VLPA
Extensive overview of important musicians, composers, arrangers, and stylistic periods of jazz history from emergence of the first jazz bands at the turn of the 20th century through post-modern bebop era of the 1990s.


 

POL S 316 African-American Political and Social Thought (5) I&S
Race relations in U.S. politics as defined by the struggle of African Americans for economic, political, and social equality. Studies of African-American political and social thought; expands and clarifies our understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of American democratic ideals.
 


 

JSIS B 441 Forced Migrations (5) I&S
Provides an interdisciplinary understanding of the causes, characteristics, and consequences of forced migration experiences across the global system. Explores how international policy makers, humanitarian workers, and scholars have constructed forced migration as a problem for analysis and action, including some of the ethical dilemmas involved. Recommended: JSIS B324 or JSIS F 344.


 

SOC/AES 462 SOC 462 Comparative Race and Ethnic Relations (5) I&S
Race and ethnicity as factors of social differentiation in a number of Western and non-Western societies in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Offered: jointly with AES 462.

African Studies Program
University of Washington
419 Thomson Hall
Box 353650
Seattle, WA 98195

Ben Gardner / Chair
Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell
gardnerb@uw.edu

Monica Rojas-Stewart
Assistant Director
206.616.0998 office
206.685.0668 fax
africa1@u.washington.edu

Harry Murphy
ASP Librarian
maurice@uw.edu