Approved List for African Studies Courses


ANTH 202 PRINIPLES OF SOCIAL AND CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY *
ANTH 215 INTRODUCTION TO MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY AND GLOBAL HEALTH *
ANTH/JSIS B/GWSS 345 WOMEN AND INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT *
ANTH 423 TRAFFIC ACROSS CULTURAL BOUNDARIES
ANTH 313 PEOPLES OF AFRICA
ANTH 318 PEOPLES AND CULTURES OF THE ISLAMIC MIDDLE EAST
ANTH 402 SOCIETIES OF EASTERN AND SOUTHERN AFRICA
ANTH 469 SPECIAL STUDIES IN ANTHROPOLOGY *
ANTH 471 COLONIALISM AND CULTURE *
ANTH 483 AFRICA LIVING WITH HIV/AIDS
 

ARCH 251 WORLD ARCHITECTURE NON-WESTERN CULTURES
ARCH 442 AFRICA AND MIDDLE EAST SEMINAR

ARCHY 303 ARCHAEOLOGY OF AFRICA AND EURASIA
ARCHY 401 ARCHAEOLOGY OF HUMAN ORIGINS


ART H 205 SURVEY OF TRIBAL ART
ART H 309 TOPICS IN ART HISTORY *
ART H 337 AFRICAN ART & SOCIETY
ART H 436 HISTORY OF THE ARTS OF AFRICA I
ART H 437 HISTORY OF THE ARTS OF AFRICA II
ART H 438 HISTORY OF THE ARTS OF AFRICA III
ART H 520 TOPICS IN TRIBAL ART *


ENGL 319 AFRICAN LITERATURES

ESRM 403 FOREST AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN THE DEVELOPING WORLD *


GEOG 230 GEOGRAPHIES OF GLOBAL INEQUALITY *
GEOG 271 GEOGRAPHY OF FOOD AND EATING *
GEOG 335 / JSIS B 335 DEVELOPING WORLD *
GEOG 371 WORLD HUNGER AND RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT *
GEOG 380 GEOGRAPHICAL PATTERNS OF HEALTH AND DISEASE *


HIST 151 INTRODUCTION TO AFRICAN HISTORY, 1000-1880
HIST 152 AFRICAN HISTORY: 1880 - PRESENT
HIST 425 HISTORY OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE AND COMMONWEALTH SINCE 1783
HIST 452 SOUTHERN AFRICA SINCE 1500
HIST 490 IMPERIALISM, NATIONALISM, AND URBANISM IN MODERN AFRICA
HIST 490 TOPICS IN HISTORY *
HIST 494 COLLOQUIUM IN HISTORIOGRAPHY *
HIST 552 FIELD COURSE IN AFRICAN HISTORY

HONORS PROGRAM **

JSIS A 210 / NEAR E 210 INTRODUCTION TO ISLAMIC CIVILIZATION
JSIS B / NEAR E 211 ISLAM
JSIS B 330 INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY *
JSIS B 331 POLITICAL ECONOMY OF DEVELOPMENT *
JSIS B/GWSS/ANTH 345 WOMEN AND INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT *
JSIS 189, 389 Study Abroad: African Studies (1-5, max. 15)
JSIS A 413 African Studies Seminar (5, max. 15)
JSIS 481 Special Topics (1-5, max. 15)
JSIS 499 Undergraduate Research (1-5, max. 15) [African topics]

MUSIC 317 MUSIC CULTURES OF THE WORLD *
MUSIC 445 SELECTED TOPICS IN ETHNOMUSICOLOGY *


MUSAP 389 WORLD MUSIC *

POL S 320 / JSIS B 310 STATE-SOCIETY RELATIONS IN THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES
POL S 331 GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA
POL S 449 POLITICS OF DEVELOPING AREAS

 

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

 

 

**Honors program offers various classes with African content, students need to check in with the program first to see which classes are offered in that particular quarter and then talk to the adviser in African studies program, the course then will be counted towards students’ minor. ASP will point out the classes that are offered in the quarterly list on this website.

Descriptions of the courses listed above will follow shortly!

 

ANTH 202 Principles of Sociocultural Anthropology (5) I&S
Comparison of lifeways of various non-Western and Western peoples. Introduction to basic theories and methods used in the field.

ANTH 215 Introduction to Medical Anthropology and Global Health (5) I&S
Explores influences of global processes on health of U.S. and other societies from a social-justice perspective. Emphasizes inter-relationships between cultural, environmental, social-economic, political, and medical systems that contribute to health status, outcomes, policies, and health-care delivery, focus on health disparities within and between societies and communities around the world.

ANTH/JSIS B/GWSS 345 WOMEN AND INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (5) I&S
Questions how women are affected by economic development in Third World and celebrates redefinitions of what development means. Theoretical perspectives and methods to interrogate gender and development policies introduced. Current processes of globalization and potential for changing gender and economic inequalities assessed. Offered: jointly with JSIS B 345/GWSS 345
 

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.

ANTH 313 - Peoples of Africa (5) I&S
Survey of the many cultures of pre- and post-colonial sub-Saharan Africa . Appreciation of the adaptability, strength, and creativity of African peoples. Recommended: ANTH 100.

ANTH 318 - Peoples and Cultures of the Islamic Middle East (3) I&S
Survey of cultures and peoples of Islamic Middle East and North Africa . First half of the course emphasizes the integration of peasant, urban, and nomadic societies in the traditional culture and economy; the second half concentrates on the transformation of the traditional life styles through the process of westernization and modernization.

ANTH 402 - Societies of Eastern and Southern Africa (5) I&S
Historical background and contemporary life of cultural groups in eastern and southern Africa with special study of selected cases of political and economic organization and cultural change. Prerequisite: one 200-level ANTH course or LING 203.

ANTH 471 - Colonialism and Culture (5) I&S
Explores the cultural, political, and historical implications of the power to colonize. Readings include ethnographic, historical, and literary works on colonialism, nationalist responses, and postcolonial positions.

ANTH 483 Africa Living with HIV/AIDS (5) I&S
Examines the epidemiological, historical, political-economic, and social-cultural dimensions of Africa living with HIV/AIDS and the current challenges and debates in international HIV/AIDS policy and programming. Various approaches and analytical models help students grasp the complicated and multiple effects, responses, conditions, and debates surrounding the African HIV/AIDS pandemic.


 

ARCH 251 World Architecture: Non-Western Cultures (3) I&S/VLPA Prakash
Introduction to historical and contemporary built environments of non-Judeo-Christian civilizations, primarily Hindu, Buddhist, Islamic, and Meso-American, as manifestations of cultural history and as responses to environmental determinants. Offered: Sp.

ARCH 442 Africa and Middle East Seminar (3) VLPA
Advanced introduction to colonial and postcolonial architecture in Africa and the Middle East , beginning with the initial European colonization in the mid-19th century. Provides a historical understanding of the formation of distinctive regional and/or national identities in the architecture of these regions. Offered: Sp.

ARCHY 303 - Old World Prehistory (5) I&S
Old World prehistory from beginnings of human culture to rise of civilizations. First tools made by humans, spread of humans out of Africa , origins of agriculture, rise of state society. Africa, Near East, Egypt , China , India , Europe.

ARCHY 401 - Archaeology of Human Origins (5) I&S
Early part of the prehistoric archaeological record in Africa and Eurasia, from >2,000,000 years ago until the spread of modern human beings; development of stone and bone technologies; ways of making a living; cultural adaptations; intellectual and social development. Prerequisite: ARCHY 205. Offered: Sp.


ART H 205  Survey of Tribal Art (5) I&S/VLPA
Arts of Sub-Saharan Africa and Oceania from prehistoric times to the present and to the pre-Columbian arts of the Americas .

ART H 337  African Art and Society (5) I&S/VLPA
Explores the ideas and notions expressed visually in sculpture, painting, ceramics, textiles, and architecture and describes their relationships to man and culture in Africa.

ART H 436  History of the Arts of Africa I (3) I&S/VLPA
Traditional arts of the Western Sudan and the Western Guinea coast with their archaeological antecedents. Recommended: some background in African art, history, languages, or literature.

ART H 437 History of the Arts of Africa II (3) I&S/VLPA
Traditional arts of the Central Guinea coast, Nigeria, Cameroon, and Gabon, from precontact times to the present. Recommended: some background in African art, history, languages, or literature. 

ART H 438  History of the Arts of Africa III (3) I&S/VLPA
Arts of Zaire, Angola , the Swahili coast, and southern Africa . Recommended: some background in African art, history, languages, or literature.


ENGL 319 African Literatures (5) VLPA
Introduces and explores African literatures from a range of regions. Pays particular attention to writings connected with the historical experiences of colonialism, anti-colonial resistance, and decolonization. Considers the operations of race, gender, nationhood, neocolonialism, and globalization within and across these writings. Offered: AWSp.


 

ESRM 403 Forest and Economic Development in the Developing World (4)
Examines the relationship between forests and economic development in tropical countries. Topics include the role of population growth, poverty, land tenure, and international trade on forest use as well as theories of economic development. Case examples of forest-based economic development in different countries and regions.


GEOG 230  Geographies of Global Inequality (5)I&S
Addresses increasing global inequalities by focusing on shifting spatial division of labor and the role of the international development industry in shaping economic and social inequality. Examines the relationships between economic globalization, the development industry, and rising global inequality: reviews the history and record of the international development project, and asks what it means to say that Western, advanced economies are not the norm against which the rest of the world must be understood.

GEOG 271 Geography of Food and Eating (5) I&S
Examines food production, distribution, and consumption issues across geographic scales. Focus ranges from the microcosm of the individual body to food and eating at the national and global scales. Explores the political, social, cultural, and economic dimensions of food and eating in particular spaces, places, environments, contexts, and regions.

GEOG / JSIS B 335  Geography of the Developing World (5) I&S
Characteristics and causes, external and internal, of Third World development and obstacles to that development. Special attention to demographic and agricultural patterns, resource development, industrialization and urbanization, drawing on specific case studies from Asia, Africa, and Latin America . Recommended: GEOG 100 or GEOG 230. Offered: jointly with SIS 335.

GEOG 371  World Hunger and Resource Development (5) I&S 
Addresses issues of hunger and poverty in their relationship to resource development at the local, national, and global levels. Examines various approaches to the problem of world hunger rooted in critical development studies. Recommended: GEOG 230, GEOG 330, or GEOG 335.

GEOG 380 Geographical Patterns of Health and Disease (4) I&S
Geography of infectious and chronic diseases at local, national, and international scales; environmental, cultural, and social explanations of those variations; comparative aspects of health systems.


HIST 151  Introduction to African History, c. 1000-1880 (5) I&S Examines Africa's past from approximately 1000 to 1880. Through the theme of the politics of wealth, explores the history of precolonial states and societies, religious movements that combined local beliefs with Islam and Christianity, the Atlantic and Indian Ocean slave trades, and the origins of American and European colonialism.

HIST 152  Introduction to African History, c. 1880 - Present (5) I&S
Examines Africa 's pasts from approximately 1880 to the present. Through the theme of the politics of wealth, explores the history of European colonization, African social and cultural life under colonial rule, anti-colonial movements and decolonization, and the changes and challenges of the postcolonial present.

HIST 425 History of the British Empire and Commonwealth Since 1783 (5) I&S
Britain in the Caribbean, Africa, India, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific; and the settlement, economic development, and political evolution of Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.

HIST 452  Southern Africa Since 1500 (5) I&S
Explores the history of Southern Africa from pre-colonial social institutions through European colonialism and industrialization to the post-apartheid present. Focuses on the interplay between race, class, ethnicity, and gender in the structuring of political relations. Emphasis on understanding how various historical actors and historians have interpreted these processes.

HSTEU 484, Colonial Encounters  (5) I&S
History of European colonialism, focusing on British, French, and Dutch colonial encounters from 1750s to 1950s. Units on colonial law, medicine, religion, sexuality, and commodity culture. Offered: jointly with CHID 484.

HIST 552, Field Course in African History (5) I&S

Methodological and conceptual issues in African historiography, focusing on 1500 to the present. Examines topics including pre-colonial politics and economics, slavery and the slave trades, European conquest and colonization, resistance movements and nationalist politics, and post-colonial debates and dilemmas. Special attention to issues of gender, race, ethnicity, and class.


 

JSIS A 210 Introduction to Islamic Civilization (5) I&S/VLPA
Major developments in Islamic civilization from advent of Islam in seventh century to present. Islamic history, law, theology, and mysticism, as well as the politics, cultures, and literatures of the various Islamic societies. Offered: jointly with NEAR E 210

JSIS B 211 Islam (5) I&S/VLPA
Introduction to important cultural and historical aspects of Islam, focusing on basic concepts and developments such as prophethood, Quran and Hadith, canon and law, ritual, social theory, Sufism, theology, and sectarianism. Special attention to comparison of varied Muslim practices and beliefs, and their relation to textual and personal authority. Offered: jointly with NEAR E 211

JSIS B 330 International Political Economy (5) I&S
Establishment, maintenance, and decay of the post-1945 international economic order. Political economy of international trade, monetary relations, inflation, and North-South relations. Prerequisite: JSIS 201 which may be taken concurrently; either ECON 201, GEOG 123 or JSIS 123 any of which may be taken concurrently.

JSIS B 331 Political Economy of Development (5) I&S
Growth, income distribution, and economic development in less-developed countries today. Policies concerning trade, industrialization, the agricultural sector, human resources, and financing of development. Prerequisite: either ECON 201, GEOG 123 or JSIS 123, any of which may be taken concurrently.

JSIS B 345 Women and International Economic Development (5) I&S
Questions how women are affected by economic development in Third World and celebrates redefinitions of what development means. Theoretical perspectives and methods to interrogate gender and development policies introduced. Current processes of globalization and potential for changing gender and economic inequalities assessed. Offered: jointly with ANTH 345/GWSS 345.

JSIS 189 Study Abroad: Global (1-5, max. 15) I&S
For participants in study abroad program. Specific course content varies. Courses do not automatically apply to major/minor requirements.

JSIS 389 Study Abroad: African Studies (1-5, max. 15) I&S
For participants in study abroad program. Specific content varies. Courses do not automatically apply to major/minor requirements.

JSIS A 413 African Studies Seminar (5, max. 15) I&S
Interdisciplinary seminar focusing upon one particular aspect of the African continent. Emphasis may be humanistic, social scientific, or historical. African Studies faculty and visiting scholars lecture on areas of their own expertise.


MUSIC 317 Music Cultures of the World (5) I&S/VLPA 
Music of Africa, Americas , and Oceania . Content varies.

MUSAP 389 World Music (2-3, max. 18) I&S/VLPA
World music traditions taught by visiting native artists. Consult ethnomusicology staff for current offerings. Intended for undergraduate majors. Audition required. Credit/no credit only.


POL S 320 State-Society Relations in Third World Countries (5) I&S
Relationships among political, social, and economic changes in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Problems of economic and political development, revolution and reform, state-society relations, imperialism and dependency. Offered: jointly with JSIS B 310.

POL S 331 Government and Politics in the Middle East and North Africa (5) I&S
Breakdown of traditional society and the problems of building modern political systems.

POL S 449  Politics of Developing Areas (5) I&S
Comparative study of problems of national integration and political development in the new states of Asia and Africa .

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

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

Muge Salmaner / Program Assistant
Winter Quarter Office Hours: Monday 10:00am-12:00 pm, Wednesday 12:00 pm-2:00pm. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please e-mail africa1@uw.edu. Thank you.
206.616.0998 office
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africa1@u.washington.edu

Harry Murphy
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