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Elective Category

Course

Department

Description

GenEd

Pre-req





African American Culture













African American

Culture


Intro to African American Culture

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African American Studies

This course is designed to introduce students from a variety of majors to central themes and problems of African American culture and history from its beginning to the present. Given its introductory nature, the course necessarily will be fast-paced. The amount of time devoted to individual authors, historical figures and periods will be limited. The course will follow a lecture discussion format.

Hum/CD

None

African American

Culture


Stars:Black Celebrity Since 1968 Subtitle: Everybody Is a Star: Black Celebrity Since 1968

129:082:0100 129:082:AAA 129:082:A01 129:082:A02



129:082:A03


African American Studies

Michael Jackson may have been the most famous black entertainer in American history. If his career touched millions worldwide, then it also identified an era when celebrity changed for African Americans. The Civil Rights Movement recruited black stars into the struggle against racial injustice. After 1968, shifts in social access meant that renowned blacks no longer automatically saw themselves as freedom fighters. The election of Barack Obama and the fame of Beyonce, Lil’ Wayne, and Oprah show the complicated effects of this change. Concentrating on figures like Muhammad Ali, Dianna Ross, Prince, Eddie Murphy, Whitney Houston, Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, Michael Jordon, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, T.D. Jakes, Condoleeza Rice, Tiger Woods, Serena Williams, Tyler Perry, Jay Z, Kerry Washington, Taraji P. Henson, and LeBron James, this course will analyze black celebrity between 1968 and 2012. We will read interviews, biographies, and cultural criticism, and we will watch music videos, movies, and documentaries. Through these materials, we will study how black celebrity influences post-civil rights understandings of gender, class, sexuality, and politics.

None

None

African American

Culture


Intro to African-American Religions

032:034



Religious Studies

This course is designed to introduce the social and cultural history of African Americans through the framework of religious history; how African American religious communities developed and changed in response to various struggles. Students engage in critical and creative thinking about the cultural, historical, and political issues that have constructed the African American religious experience and the relationships between religion, race, and society in the United States groups will be utilized.

Hum / CD

None

African American

Culture


Music of the African American Diaspora

African American Studies

Michael Jackson may have been the most famous black entertainer in American history. If his career touched millions worldwide, then it also identified an era when celebrity changed for African Americans. The Civil Rights Movement recruited black stars into the struggle against racial injustice. After 1968, shifts in social access meant that renowned blacks no longer automatically saw themselves as freedom fighters. The election of Barack Obama and the fame of Beyonce, Lil’ Wayne, and Oprah show the complicated effects of this change. Concentrating on figures like Muhammad Ali, Dianna Ross, Prince, Eddie Murphy, Whitney Houston, Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, Michael Jordon, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, T.D. Jakes, Condoleeza Rice, Tiger Woods, Serena Williams, Tyler Perry, Jay Z, Kerry Washington, Taraji P. Henson, and LeBron James, this course will analyze black celebrity between 1968 and 2012. We will read interviews, biographies, and cultural criticism, and we will watch music videos, movies, and documentaries. Through these materials, we will study how black celebrity influences post-civil rights understandings of gender, class, sexuality, and politics.

None

None

African American

Culture


African Literature

129:119:001



African

American


Studies

Africa experienced alienation and an alien presence as a consequence of European colonialism. Selected works of fiction will be studied to ask the following questions: How does modern African literature identify and deal with this alienation? How does the literature present social, political and spiritual problems of today in terms of character, metaphor and structure? Has colonialism ended or does it still exist in new forms? Was there a political, social and spiritual center to Africa before the coming of Europeans, and if so, can this center be identified or re-created? What is the relationship of people in Africa not of indigenous origin to this center? In what way do the novels identify and change history?

None

None

African American

Culture


Black American Cinema

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African

American


Studies

Black American Cinema covers major historical and cultural movements in Black cinema, including: independent and early Hollywood films, animation, Blaxploitation, the Black Renaissance, auteurs such as Spike Lee and Julie Dash, hip-hop cinema, womanist films, and 21st century developments in film, such as the theatre to film adaptions of Tyler Perry, and new media's affect on film and the cinema. We will pay particular attention to gender, sexualities, region, ethnicity, ability, and class. Requirements include blogging, participation, short reading quizzes, a midterm paper on a film, and an in-class final exam. Finally, I expect to have a field trip where we attend a film that references Black experiences at a local movie theater.

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