AFRICA-RELATED COURSES

Anthropology:


ANTH 105
Human Adaptation. Monge.
An examination of the methods and techniques of physical anthropology as applied to specific problems of biological variation in man. Emphasis will be upon physical anthropology as a biological science.

ANTH 150 (WSTD 150)
Women's Health, and Development. Huss-Ashmore.
Fulfills General Requirement: the Living World.
Introduction to the problems of international development as these affect women in the third world. Emphasizes impact of cultural change on women's roles in production and reproduction. Views women's health as the outcome of interacting biological, physical, and social processes.

ANTH 327
Topics in Medical Anthropology. Huss-Ashmore.
Method and theory in biocultural anthropology applied to current issues in human health, including nutrition, growth, and reproduction. Emphasis on structure and analysis of data.

ANTH 459
Nutritional Anthropology. Johnston.
Prerequisite(s): ANTH 003 and 103 or permission of instructor.
Consideration of human nutrition and nutritional status within context of physical anthropology.

ANTH 483
Witchcraft and Sorcery. Kopytoff.
An anthropological examination of witchcraft and sorcery.

ANTH 528
Topics in Medical Anthropology. Staff.
Method and theory in biocultural anthropology applied to current issues in human health, including nutrition, growth and reproduction. Emphasis on structure and analysis of data.

ANTH 541
Cross Cultural Approaches to Health. Huss-Ashmore.
The relationship between the demographic, sociocultural, and biological structures of communities and their health problems will be examined from an anthropological perspective. Emphasis will be given to folk concepts of disease, etiology and their assimilation of modern health care practices, the ecology and natural history of disease and characterizing the health status of population aggregates.

ANTH 553
Political Anthropology. Barnes.
Political systems of non-Western societies and theories about these systems analyzed and compared from an anthropological perspective.

ANTH 591
Demographic Anthropology. Huss-Ashmore.
Population issues and demographic methods from an anthropological perspective. Processes of demographic change in modern, historic, and prehistoric human populations.


Asian & Middle Eastern Studies:


AMES 159
Historic Origins of Racism. Goldenberg.
The course examines views and attitudes towards black Africans as found in the ancient and medieval sources of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. We will attempt to discover the relationship between these views and racism in Western civilization.
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Art History:


ARTH 409 (AFST 409)
African Art in the Diaspora. Nasara.
This survey of African-American art will examine the adaptation and survival of African forms, themes and style throughout the New World, as well as the adoption of western styles and techniques and the African-American contributions to this tradition. Focus will be on Brazil, Surinam, the West Indies and the United States. Both "folk" and mainstream art will be explored. Questions of artistic hybridism, the role of the artist romanticized imagery, and continuity and change in aesthetics will also be addressed.


City and Regional Planning:


CPLN 737 (CPLN 437)
Housing Planning in Developing Countries. Hoek-Smit.
This course on human settlement planning in transitional and developing economies will focus particularly on problems of shelter and infrastructure provision, within the framework of major theories of national economic development and development planning.
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CPLN 738 (CPLN 438)
Field Research Methods in Developing Countries. Hoek-Smit.
This course in field-research methods is oriented towards the process of decision-making inherent in various planning situations. It deals with methods used to describe and analyze social/behavioral settings as well as organizational-institutional settings. It will explore the process of problem definition, development of research strategies and selection of appropriate and effective research methods.


Comparative Literature:


COML 100
Introduction to Literature. Farrell.
Fulfills General Requirement: Arts and Letters
Neither a course in World Literature nor a course in Great Books, this course explores the role of texts in various contexts, including literary tradition, art, music, law, medicine, architecture, history, and popular culture. Texts include the Sundiata epic, Achebe's Things Fall Apart, blues literature, represented this year by August Wilson's play Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, and the influence of African art on western artists and exhibits of African art in western museums.


Demography/Sociology:


SOCI 006
Race and Ethnic Relations. Kao and Anderson.
Fulfills General Requirement: Society
An analysis of dominant minority group relations in different cultures throughout history, with special emphasis on the contemporary American scene.

SOCI 135
Law & Society. Fetni.
Analysis of the emergence of laws, role of the legal profession, organization of courts, legislatures, and administrative agencies. Examination of problems of women and the law, divorce laws, civil liberties, differential access to the legal system, corruption and lawlessness in the international system. Readings include research reports, statutes, and cases.

SOCI 531
The Demography of Race. McDaniel
This course examines the social reality of race and population dynamics. Racial classification became routine at the same time as national censuses. The census facilitated the counting of different characteristics of the population, such as occupation, religion, place of birth, citizenship, and race. These counts facilitated the development of social statistics and demography. Both in the public debate and in scholarly circles, demographic and statistical interpretation of racial differences have taken on a religious quality. In this course, we will examine how the social meaning of race dominates how we interpret quantitative representations of racial reality. An understanding of the impact of race relations can only be fully understood within a comparative perspective. In attempting to do this, we will focus on race in Brazil, South Africa, and the United States.
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DEMG 607 (SOCI 607)
Introduction to Demography. Van de Walle.
A non-technical introduction to fertility, mortality, migration and urbanization, and the interrelations of population with other social and economic factors.

DEMG 621 (ECON 794, SOCI 621)
Mortality. Elo.
Mortality as a factor of population growth. Social, economic, biological and demographic aspects. Mortality patterns and causes of death.

DEMG 622 (SOCI 622)
Fertility. Morgan.
Trends and differentials in human fertility. Biological aspects, fertility and social structure, effectiveness of fertility regulation.

DEMG 777 (AFST 777, SOCI 777)
Workshop on African Demography.
This course focuses on different debates in African demography; issues and controversies in African historical demography, family structures, fertility, and mortality.


Economics:


ECON 760
Development Economics: Basic Micro Topics. Behrman.
Prerequisites: ECON 701 and 705, or permission of instructor.
Analysis of selected topics in economic development related to household/firm (farm) behavior, including determinants of and the impact of human resources, contractual arrangements in land, labor and credit markets, investment and savings. Emphasis on tractable modeling that leads to integrated analysis given available data.


Education:


EDUC 810
Cultural Perspectives on Human Development. Wagner.
Seminar on cultural influences on socialization and cognitive development. Special topics may include literacy, infancy, aging, sex-roles, traditional pedagogies.

EDUC 817
Human Development and Basic Education in Developing Countries. Wagner.
Prerequisite: Prior graduate work in related areas.
This seminar will cover a number of topics in human development (e.g., pre-school interventions, literacy campaigns, non-formal education) in the Third World that have received attention from researchers and policy planners (e.g., UNICEF, UNESCO, World Bank, AID).


English:


ENGL 090 (AFAM 090, WSTD 090)
Topics in Women and Literature. Staff.
Fulfills Distribution III: Arts & Letters.
This course is a comparative study of black women writers in Africa and the Americas.

ENGL 265
Topics of the Modern British Novel. Barnard.
This course approaches the modern British novel in a variety of ways. Offerings in the past have included: Finnegan's Wake, Lawrence and Conrad, The Experimental Writings of Virginia Woolf, Samuel Beckett, and The Development and Criticism of the Modern Novel.

ENGL 570
Topics in Afro-American Literature. Baker.
This course will explore critical and theoretical issues raised by the presence of an extensive corpus of narratives produced in the United States by Afro-American women writers. Are such narratives coextensive with narratives by Afro-American male authors? Are there critical and theoretical strategies that are uniquely appropriate and productive for the study of women's narratives?


Folklore and Folklife:


FOLK 203 (AFAM 203, AMCV 203)
Introduction to Afro-American Folklore. Roberts.
Fulfills Distribution Requirement: History & Tradition.
This course is designed to provide undergraduates with an over-view of the major forms of expressive culture developed by Afro-Americans. We will focus on the continuous development of black cultural expression from slavery to the present, emphasizing the socio-historical context in which they are to be understood and interpreted. We will also examine manifestations and interpretations of black oral traditions in the literary works of a few selected Afro-American writers.

FOLK 229
Myth in Society. Ben-Amos.
Fulfills Distribution Requirement 3: Arts and Letters
In this course we will explore the mythologies of selected peoples in the ancient Near East, Africa, Asia, and Native North and South America and examine how the gods function in the life and belief of each society. The study of mythological texts will be accompanied, as much as possible, by illustrative slides that will show the images of these deities in art and ritual.

FOLK 430 (AFAM 430)
African Diasporic Folklore. Abrahams.
Fulfills Distribution Requirement: History & Tradition.
By focusing on the dispersal of African peoples accross the Atlantic, this course begins to account for the cultural efflorescence which occurs as new African American communities arise and find means of elebrating themselves. The course begins with a few case studies of the forced enslavement and movement of specific African peoples, both within Africa and to the New World. It then looks at the variety of places in which African and European forms of display and performance emerge after Emancipation, and how they become the basis of arguments for cultural nationalism in those places. It will end with a consideration of some of the more recent diasporic phonomena, such as the religions of Vodun and Santeria, and performance styles and occasions such as Calypso, Reggae, Soca, Salsa, Rap, Carnival, become reflections of new means of projecting cultural identity, whether local, national or transnational. Questions such as "How much of a "memory" of Africa is maintained within these forms of celebration and display?" "is there such a complex of characteristics that make the notion of subsaharan Africa viable? What is the role of the African and African American intelligentsia in the development and spread of these ideas?"

FOLK 531 (COML 560)
Prose Narrative. Ben-Amos.
Fulfills Distribution Requirement: Society.
The topics of discussion in the course are the following: the nature of narrative, narrative taxonomy and terminology, performance in storytelling events, the transformation of historical experience into narrative, the construction of symbolic reality, the psycho-social interpretation of folktales, the search for the minimal units, the historic-geographic method in folktale studies, the folktale in history and the history of folktale research.

FOLK 532
Proverb, Riddle and Speech. Yankah.
Through readings and collaborative projects this working seminar will explore the place of metaphor in the genres of proverb and riddle and examine their position in oral communication in traditional and modern societies. Critical readings of former definitions and models of riddles and metaphors will enable students to obtain a comprehensive perspective of these genres that will synthesize functional, structural, metaphoric, and rhetoric theories.

FOLK 629 (COML 662, RELS 605)
Theories of Myth. Ben-Amos.
Theories of myth are the center of modern and post-modern, structural and post-structural thought. Myth has served as a vehicle and a metaphor for the formulation of a broad range of modern theories. In this course we will examine the theoretical foundations of these approaches to myth focusing on early thinkers such as Vico, and concluding with modern twentieth century scholars in several disciplines that make myth the central idea of their studies.

FOLK 680
Public Culture of Development. Hanson.
By examining significant historical and contemporary examples of public folklore projects, this course will begin to develop our ability to understand, analyze, and create such forms. We will explore the conventions that shape public representations of folklore, and critically examine attitudes and approaches to the field. Particular attention will be given to the politics and poetics of exhibitions, festivals, and performances, and particular examples will be considered in terms of their aims and goals, their impact (both on people represented and outsiders), and their connections to larger movements (for social change, cultural equity, conservation and preservation, etc.). Field trips and projects will be used to involve us with local communities currently representing their own traditions to the public.


History:


HIST 010 (AFAM 010)
The World 900-1750. Hudec.
Fulfills General Requirement: History & Tradition.
An introduction to world history before the industrial revolution. Coverage varies each year, but every year the focus will be on the world outside Europe and the U.S. Focus each semester on comparative and connective themes, such as trade and civilization, empires, agrarian societies and livelihoods, slavery and the slave trade, and expansion of world religions.

HIST 011
The World: History and Modernity. Staff.
Fulfills General Requirement: History & Tradition.
An explanation of major themes, milestones, and debates in the history of the global community since 1300. Using examples from around the world, the course will explore such issues as the causes of war and revolution; the impact of religion, science and technology on human communities; the development of global systems of slavery, colonialism, and labor migration; the rise of nationalisms; and perceived differences between "East" and "West," and "tradition" and "modernity." The course will also introduce students to the art and science of historical inquiry using primary sources, maps, pictures, and material culture.

HIST 615 (COML 615)
Colonialism, Culture and Power. Farriss.
Colonialism as symbolization. Explores the relationship between power and our ways of organizing experiences or making sense of the world. Emphasis is on language and its uses, under such labels as discourse, interpretation, and narrative.


History and Sociology of Science:


HSSC 145
Feierman.
This course focuses on health and healing in the colonial and post-colonial world. We give special attention to local healing under condition of domination, the definition of the body and the person in biomedicine and in non-European healing traditions, and to the political and cultural place of medicine in regions which have experienced colonial rule.

HSSC 325
In Search of Origins. Kuklick.
Fulfills Distribution Requirement: History & Tradition.
The impact of contact with non-Western peoples on Western social thought, from the era of European imperialist expansion to the present. The interpretation of the behavior of "primitive" peoples as manifestation of basic human nature, with implications for economic, political, and psychological theory.

HSSC 539
Science & Colonialism. Kuklick.
The colonial expansion of European powers all over the globe was linked to all manner of scientific developments. The geological, geographical, botanical, zoological, and human characteristics of subject territories were new subjects for scientific inquiries, undertaken largely but not exclusively to assess the resources colonialists might exploit either in the metropoles or in settlements abroad.


Music:


MUSC 022 (ANTH 022, FOLK 022)
World Music and Cultures. Muller.
Fulfills General Requirement: Arts & Letters.
Draws on repertories of various societies from Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas to examine relations between aesthetic productions and social processes.

MUSC 105 (ANTH 111, FOLK 105)
Anthropology of Music. Staff.
Fulfills General Requirement: Arts & Letters.
Introduction to anthropological approaches to music, with study of musical theories, cultural life and performance contexts in selected non-western and western repertories.

MUSC 605 (ANTH 605, COML 605, FOLK 605)
Anthropology of Music. Staff.
Theories and methods of the ethnomusicological approach to the study of music in culture, applied to selected western and non-western performance contexts.

MUSC 705 (AFST 705, ANTH 705, COML 715, FOLK 715)
Reading Women in Jazz. Muller
This seminar will take an interdisciplinary approach to the study of women in jazz performance. We will define "jazz" quite broadly to include contemporary musicians in the world music market, and consider the works of and about women from Africa, Europe, and the United States. Students will be required to read materials written by and about women in jazz, as well as listen to recordings made by the women studied. There are three interconnected parts to the seminar. In the first, we will develop a framework for listening to, and analyzing jazz as a musical and cultural text; in the second, we will read texts written by and about women in jazz; and in the third, we will listen to jazz perfomances by the women we read about. The seminar does not require in-depth technical knowledge of musical analysis.


Nursing:


NURS 516
International Nutrition: Political Economy of World Health. Sharman-Bader.
The nutritional problems of the less developed countries are discussed in the context of basic human needs. The major forms of malnutrition related to poverty and their underlying causes are covered.


Political Science:


PSCI 116
Political Change in the Third World. Sil.
Fulfills Distribution Requirement: Society.
A survey of the political structures and processes of the countries of the Third World. It will focus on contending theoretical perspectives about modernization and development, dependency and underdevelopment, and state-centric; colonial rule and its legacy; Third World societies and economics; authoritarian and democratic statecraft; the military; culture and politics; external actors; and protest and revolution.

PSCI 118
The Military Politics of the Third World. Smith.
Fulfills Distribution Requirement I: Society
Analysis of the intervention of the military in the political systems of Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Particular attention is devoted to the questions of whether military regimes can modernize their societies more effectively than civilian governments, and how military regimes get replaced by democratically elected governments.

PSCI 532
The Political Economy of North-South Relations. Callaghy.
Fulfills Distribution Requirement: Society.
An analysis of the politics of the Third World debt crises and efforts at economic reform; the New International Economic Order of the 1970's; nature of the international political economy, including the rise and fall of "hegemons," the international state system and international organizations.

PSCI 533
Comparative Political and Economic Change. Callaghy.
Fulfills Distribution Requirement: Society.
A comparative exploration of the politics and economics of the formation of states and the development of capitalism, both historical and contemporary, and an examination of contending theoretical perspectives about them.


Public Policy and Management:


PPMT 288
International Industrial Develpment Strategies. Staff.
The topics to be covered include the following: the deindustrialization of the developed countries; the challenge posed by newly industrialized countries; the industrial policy debate in the U.S., Europe, and Japan; agricultural and industrial problems of the developing countries; the role of multinational technology corporations in technology transfer and exporting; foreign debt and crisis management.

PPMT 789
State, Politics, and Markets in Less Developed Countries. Pack.
(Prerequisite: A course in microeconomics. Upper level undergraduates admitted by permission of the instructor).
This course will analyze the interaction of political and economic policy in less developed countries. Among the questions considered are the policies that are responsible for slow economic growth in many LDCs and the political institutions that make reform difficult. Attention will be given to both microeconomic policies and macroeconomic policies that have an important impact on economic performance. Obstacles to changing these policies and the understanding derived from successful countries will be analyzed. Much of the course will be devoted to case studies of individual countries drawn from the following: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Mexico in Latin America, Ghana and Kenya in Africa, and India, Korea, and Taiwan in Asia. Students will be required to write three ten page papers which will be presented in class.


Religious Studies:


RELS 117 (AFAM 117)
Black Religion in America. Washington.
The meaning of black religion, its social ideas and ideals, its impact in the public arena and its leadership in politics will be examined from historical, sociological and religious perspectives.

RELS 118 (AFAM 118)
Black Sects and Cults. Washington.
Examination of selected non-traditional Black American religious and secular movements, their founders and leaders.


Romance Languages:


FREN 390
Litterature Francophone. Moudileno.
A brief introduction about the stages of French colonialism and its continuing political and cultural consequences, and then reading in various major works -- novels, plays, poems -- in French by authors from Quebec, the Caribbean, Africa (including the Maghreb), etc. Of interest to majors in International Relations, Anthropology and African Studies as well as French majors.


Social Work:


SWRK 750
Comparative Studies Social Welfare. Estes.
The content of the course includes the nature and organization of welfare services within this country and in various countries throughout the world, such as the major industrial countries of North America and Europe and the emerging countries of the "Third World." The major objective of the course is to acquire an ability to use the comparative method of analysis needed to assess the role of welfare programs in the development of social work and social welfare programs as they are planned to meet the identified common welfare needs in modern societies.

FRSM 106
Freshman Seminar (School of Social Work). Estes.
In this seminar students will be exposed to interplay of international forces that inhibit developing nation progress and which, in some cases, actually add to their mal-development. During the course of the seminar, students will undertake an original piece of research on an international development topic of special interest to them. They will also be invited to meet with prominent professionals in the international development community.


Women's Studies:


WSTD 294
Third World Feminism. Arondekar.
Resistance to local and global patriarchies, imperialism and capitalism constitute the historical context of Third World feminisms. Women's struggles against these practices constitute their identity in such a way that the very category of women becomes determined in terms of the intersection of class, race, nation and culture specific politics and histories. In this course we shall focus on the historical development of women's liberation movements in South Asia, Middle-East and certain parts of Africa. We shall examine the ways in which women's movements in these parts of the world have led to a necessary convergence of anti-racist, anti-imperialist struggles along with oppositions to patriarchy and capitalism. We shall also examine the political and philosophical implications of Third World feminisms for some specific feminist trends developed by women of the First World.

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