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2006-2008 Undergraduate Studies Northwest Campus Bulletin: Undergraduate Course Descriptions

 

 

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Afro-American Studies (AFRO)

AFRO A101 Contemporary Minority Political Problems (3 cr.)
Introductory study of the contemporary political problems of the Afro-American. Attention will be given to immediate as well as long-range alternative solutions. (Fall)

AFRO A103 Introduction to Urban Studies (3 cr.)
A survey course designed to expose students to the social, economic, and political issues that affect America’s urban communities. (Spring)

AFRO A150 Survey of the Culture of Black Americans (3 cr.) The culture of black people in America viewed from a broad interdisciplinary approach, employing resources from history, literature, folklore, religion, sociology, and political science. (Fall, Summer I)

AFRO A151 Minority People in the United States (3 cr.)
A study of the cultural experiences of minority people in the United States. Focus will be on African Americans and Latinos. Other minority groups will be studied where appropriate. The course will be interdisciplinary with heavy emphasis on original texts. Credit cannot be earned for both AFRO A151 and CHRI C151. (Spring)

AFRO A169 Introduction to Afro-American Literature (3 cr.)
Representative Afro-American writings, including poetry, short stories, sermons, novels, and drama. (Fall)

AFRO A204 Topics in Afro-American Studies (3 cr.)
Analysis of selected topics and contemporary issues relating to the Afro-American experience. (Fall, Spring)

AFRO A206 The Urban Community (3 cr.)
An examination of the urban community in general, with a focus on the African-American community from an asset perspective. Focus on uneven development and how race and class have formed the basis for the inequalities among urban communities. (Fall)

AFRO A208 The African Caribbean (3 cr.)
Introductory examination to issues concerning Africans in the Caribbean from a historical, cultural, social, and political perspective. Themes discussed include: the system of plantation slavery, the Haitian revolution, de-colonization, Pan-Africanism, class conflicts, neo-colonialism, struggles for national identity, and the impact of race, color, gender, music, and religion on regional distinctiveness.

AFRO A210 Black Women in the Diaspora (3 cr.)
Interdisciplinary examination of salient aspects of black women’s history, identity, and experience, including policies, cultural assumptions, and knowledge systems that affect black women’s lives. While the primary focus will be North America, the lives of black women in other cultural settings within the African diaspora will also be examined. (Fall)

AFRO A230 Contemporary Urban Affairs and the African American Experience (3 cr.)
An examination of contemporary urban affairs and the socioeconomic and cultural experiences of the African-American male. Focus on social and economic change and how these changes affect communities in general, the African-American community, the family, and particularly the role and status of the African American male. (Fall)

AFRO A240 Social Welfare and Minorities (3 cr.)
P: AFRO A103. Review and study of the factual information regarding the welfare system as it is currently administered. Emphasis on the interface between minority welfare recipients and the welfare system. (Spring)

AFRO A249 Afro-American Autobiography (3 cr.)
A survey of autobiographies written by black Americans in the last two centuries. The course emphasizes how the autobiographers combine the grace of art and the power of argument to urge the creation of genuine freedom in America. (Occasionally)

AFRO A250 U.S. Contemporary Minorities (3 cr.)
R: AFRO A151 or CHRI C151. An interdisciplinary study of how members of four minority groups—Asian Americans, African Americans, Latinos and Native Americans—combine their struggle for social justice with their desire to maintain their own concepts and identity. (Fall—Occasionally)

AFRO A255 The Black Church in America (3 cr.)
History of the black church from slavery to the present emphasis on the church’s role as a black social institution, its religious attitudes as expressed in songs and sermons, and its political activities as exemplified in the minister-politician. (Fall)

AFRO A260 Contemporary Minority Problems (3 cr.)
A seminar, primarily designed for sophomores and juniors, directed to critical analysis of selected topics germane to the future socioeconomic and political position of Afro-Americans. (Spring)

AFRO A261 The Black Family (3 cr.)
P: 6 credit hours in sociology. An analysis of the historical background of the black family. The contemporary social forces that affect the black family are examined, along with strategies for social reform. (Fall)

AFRO A280 Racism and Law (3 cr.)
Contemporary racial problems in American society with regard to law and constitutional principles of basic freedom and associated conflict. The effects of societal norms and the impact of racism. (Occasionally)

AFRO A282 The Black Community, Law, and Social Change (3 cr.)
A study of the black community with emphasis on law and social change. (Spring)

AFRO A290 Sociocultural Perspective of Afro-American Music (3 cr.)

Survey of cultural, social, and political attitudes that influenced blacks in the development and participation in blues, jazz, urban black popular music, and “classical” music. (Spring)

AFRO A301 Community Planning and Development (3 cr.)
P: AFRO A103 or consent of instructor. Overview of the planning process and its impact on urban minority communities. Topics include socioeconomic studies, land use planning, and urban development strategies. (Spring)

AFRO A302 Strategies of Community Organizations (3 cr.)
P: AFRO A240 or consent of instructor. Examination of several communities and the various theories and strategies developed for community organizations. (Fall)

AFRO A304 Housing and the Minority Community (3 cr.)
P: AFRO A301, SPEA V365, or consent of instructor. An examination of contemporary issues in housing, urban development, and the provision of public services as they affect minority communities. Topics include gentrification, exclusionary zoning, housing assistance, disinvestment, and economic development. (Occasionally)

AFRO A341 Poverty in America (3 cr.)
I ntensive comparative analysis of the way of life of America’s urban poor and their relationship to the larger society. (Fall)

AFRO A343 Practicum in Urban Studies (3 cr.)
P: AFRO A301 or AFRO A302 or consent of instructor. Designed to enhance the student’s practical, working knowledge of the social, economic, and political dynamics affecting the urban community. Field placement will be facilitated within three areas of professional endeavor: social services, local government, and community development and planning. Does not count toward fulfillment of College of Arts and Sciences Group III distribution requirements. (Spring)

AFRO A355 (HIST A355) Afro-American History I (3 cr.)
History of blacks in the United States. Slavery, abolitionism, Reconstruction, post-Reconstruction to 1900. (Fall)

AFRO A356 (HIST A356) Afro-American History II (3 cr.)
History of blacks in the United States from 1900 to present. Migration north, NAACP, Harlem Renaissance, postwar freedom movement. (Spring)

AFRO A370 Recent Black American Writing (3 cr.)
A study of selected black American writers of the late-nineteenth and twentieth centuries with emphasis on very recent writing. The focus of this course will be on the literary qualities unique to those writers as individuals and as a group. Credit not given for both AFRO A370 and ENG L370. (Spring—Occasionally)

AFRO A379 Early Black American Writing (3 cr.)
Afro-American writing before World War II with emphasis on critical reactions and analyses. Includes slave narratives, autobiographies, rhetoric, fiction, and poetry. (Spring—Occasionally)

AFRO A380 Contemporary Black American Writing (3 cr.)
The black experience in America as it has been reflected since World War II in the works of outstanding Afro-American writers: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama. (Spring—Occasionally)

AFRO A384 Blacks in American Drama and Threatre, 1945–Present (3 cr.)
Images of Blacks as reflected in American drama from 1945 to present. Emphasis on the contributions of Black playwrights such as Lorraine Hansberry, Langston Hughes, Imamu Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones), Ted Shin, and Ed Bullins.

AFRO A392 Afro-American Folklore (3 cr.)
Afro-American culture in the United States viewed in terms of history (antebellum to present) and social change (rural to urban). Use of oral traditions and life histories to explore aspects of black culture and history. Credit not given for both AFRO A392 and Folklore F394. (Fall—Occasionally)

AFRO A398 Introduction to Black Studies Research (3 cr.)
An introduction to historical, sociological methods of research and experimental design with emphasis on the application of those methods to the black community. The appropriate quantitative methods and their computation are also used for each research approach. (Occasionally)

AFRO A401 Minorities, Politics, and Social Change (3 cr.)
Topical study of the struggle of black Americans to obtain representative political power. Redistricting and gerrymandering, independent candidates and new political alternatives, the impact of the 18-year­old vote on black political activity, black quasi-political organizations, black power in the U.S. Congress. (Spring)

AFRO A404 Topics in Afro-American Studies (3 cr.)
P: consent of instructor. Extensive analysis of selected topics and contemporary issues relating to the Afro-American experience. Topics vary from semester to semester. May be repeated once for a different topic with a maximum of two courses or 6 credit hours. (Fall, Spring)

AFRO A406 Literature by American Women of Color (3 cr.)
This course explores the literature of Native American, African American, Asian American, and Latina writers. These works as art define and theorize the experience of minority women in the United States. Critical and artistic issues are examined in light of their sociohistorical context. (Fall)

AFRO A410 The Black Woman and the Afro-American Experience (3 cr.)
Historical examination of the black woman in America—from the African past to the present—in relationship to her position in the family and in society. Analysis of the social science paradigm, which creates and perpetuates stereotypes of black women. (Spring)

AFRO A440 History of the Education of Black Americans (3 cr.)
Education of black Americans and its relationship to the Afro-American experience. Trends and patterns in the education of black Americans as such relate to the notions of education for whom and for what. (Occasionally)

AFRO A488 Community Experience Internship (3 cr.)
P: AFRO A398 and AFRO A498 or departmental consent. Field placement for majors in Afro-American studies. Work with an agency or organization that deals primarily with inner-city minority groups under joint supervision of agency and departmental staff members. Does not count toward fulfillment of College of Arts and Sciences Group III distribution requirements. (Fall, Spring, Summer I)

AFRO A493 (Multidisciplinary Capstone) Senior Seminar in Afro-American Studies (3 cr.)
Senior status as Afro-American studies major. Lecture! discussions on Afro-American Studies as an interdisciplinary field of inquiry and scholarship. Students will develop individual or group projects that synthesize their experience as majors by demonstrating the interrelatedness of the department’s concentration area. (Spring)

AFRO A494 Methods and Materials in Black History (3 cr.)
P: AFRO A398 and!or permission of the instructor. Methods of researching primary documents of black history, techniques of oral history research and analysis, interpretation and interpolation of source materials, and critical analysis of major black collection and bibliographical data. (Occasionally)

AFRO A495 Individual Readings in Afro-American Studies (1-3 cr.)
P: consent of instructor. May be repeated once for credit. (Fall, Spring)

AFRO A498 Community Analysis and Proposal Writing (3 cr.)
P: senior standing and consent of the instructor. Students analyze the problems of the inner city and develop problem-solving skills through a comparison of the materials available, the existing situation, and the development of new program proposals in class. (Spring)

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