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Spring 2012 Course List
Course Name Course # Section Cross– Listings Type Instructor Fulfills Meeting Time CU's Notes
World Music & CulturesDraws on repertories of various societies from Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas to examine relations between aesthetic productions and social processes. We investigate musical sounds, cultural logics informing those sounds, and social strategies of performance. Topics may include indigenous music theories, music and social organization, symbolic expressions and musical meaning, gender, religion, and social change. AFST 050 401 ANTH 022 AFRC 959 FOLK 022 MUSC 050 LEC Rommen T Cross Cultural Analysis
Arts & Letters Sector
Cultural Diversity in US
TR 12-1:30 PM 1  
  AFST 050 402 ANTH 022 AFRC 959 FOLK 022 MUSC 050 LEC Staff Cross Cultural Analysis
Arts & Letters Sector
Cultural Diversity in US
MWF 11 AM - 12 PM 1
  AFST 050 403 ANTH 022 AFRC 959 FOLK 022 MUSC 050 LEC Staff Cross Cultural Analysis
Arts & Letters Sector
Cultural Diversity in US
MWF 12 - 1 PM 1
  AFST 050 404 ANTH 022 AFRC 959 FOLK 022 MUSC 050 LEC Staff Cross Cultural Analysis
Arts & Letters Sector
Cultural Diversity in US
MWF 1 - 2 PM 1
  AFST 050 405 ANTH 022 AFRC 959 FOLK 022 MUSC 050 LEC Staff Cross Cultural Analysis
Arts & Letters Sector
Cultural Diversity in US
TR 10:30 AM -12 PM 1
  AFST 050 406 ANTH 022 AFRC 959 FOLK 022 MUSC 050 LEC Staff Cross Cultural Analysis
Arts & Letters Sector
Cultural Diversity in US
MWF 10-11 AM 1
Land of the PharaohsThis course provides an introduction to the society, culture and history of ancient Egypt. The objective of the course is to provide an understanding of how ancient Egypt emerged as one of the most successful and long-lived civilizations in world history. AFST 062 401 NELC 062 LEC Wegner J Hist & Trad Sector TR 3-4:30 PM 1
African Hist before 1800Survey of major themes and issues in African history before 1800. Topics include: early civilizations, African kingdoms and empires, population movements, the spread of Islam, the slave trade era. Also, emphasis on how historians use archaeology, linguistics, and oral traditions to reconstruct Africa's early history. AFST 075 401 AFRC 075 HIST 075 LEC Babou C Hist & Trad Sector
Cross Cultural Analysis
MW 11 - 12 PM 0 Registration required for LEC, REC
AFST 075 402 AFRC 075 HIST 075 REC Staff Hist & Trad Sector
Cross Cultural Analysis
F 10-11 AM 1 Registration required for LEC, REC
AFST 075 403 AFRC 075 HIST 075 REC Staff Hist & Trad Sector
Cross Cultural Analysis
F 11-12 PM 1 Registration required for LEC, REC
AFST 075 404 AFRC 075 HIST 075 REC Staff Hist & Trad Sector
Cross Cultural Analysis
F 1-2 PM 1 Registration required for LEC, REC
African ReligionsReligion permeates all aspects of African life and thought. There is no dichotomy between religion and society in Africa. Religion is therefore an essential tool for understanding and appreciating the behaviors and lifestyles of African peoples. In this course, we will survey some of the indigenous religions of Africa and examine their nature and their philosophical foundations. We will examine African systems of belief, myths, symbols, and rituals, as developed by African societies to express their distinctive worldviews. We will also raise a few general questions about the interrelationship of religion and culture as well as religion and social change in Africa, and the challenges of modern technologies to African beliefs. Focus will be on West African religions, including those of Akan of Ghana, Yoruba of Nigeria, and Mende of Sierra Leone. Questions are provided (a) to guide and direct reading (b) to form the basis for discussion (c) as exercises and (d) for examinations. AFST 210 601 AFRC 210 RELS 210 LEC Ofosu-Donkoh M 6-9 PM 1
African Women's Lives Past/Pres.Restoring women to African history is a worthy goal, but easier said than done. The course examines scholarship over the past forty years that brings to light previously overlooked contributions African women have made to political struggle, religious change, culture preservation, and economic development from pre-colonial times to present. The course addresses basic questions about changing women's roles and human rights controversies associated with African women within the wider cultural and historical contexts in which their lives are lived. It also raises fundamental questions about sources, methodology, and representation, including the value of African women's oral and written narrative and cinema production as avenues to insider perspectives on African women's lives. (instructor requests course to be submitted for: cross cultural analysis fulfillment consideration) AFST 221 601 GSWS 222 LEC Blakely P T 4:30-7:30 PM 1
African Lang & CultureThe aim of the course is to provide a general perspective on African languages and African linguistics. No background in linguistics is necessary. Students will be introduced to theoretical linguistics-its concepts, theories, ways of argumentation, data collection, data analysis, and data interpretation. The focus will be on the languages and linguistics of Africa to provide you with the knowledge and skills required to handle the language and language-related issues typical of African conditions. We will cover topics related to formal linguistics (phonology/phonetics, morphology, syntax, and semantics), aspects of pragmatics as well as the general socio-linguistic character of African countries. We will also cover language in context, language and culture, borrowing, multilingualism, and cross-cultural communication in Africa. AFST 225 401 AFRC 225 LEC Mbeje A Cross Cultural Analysis TR 1:30-3 PM 1
Contemp African PoliticsA survey of politics in Africa focusing on the complex relationships between state, society, the economy, and external actors. It will cover colonial,rule, the independence struggle, authoritarian and democratic statecraft, international debt, economic development, military rule, ethnicity, and class. AFST 257 401 PSCI 210 LEC Markovits M TR 9-10:30 AM 1
Senior ThesisIndividual research under faculty supervision culminating in a thesis AFST 300 0 IND Cassanelli L TBA 1 Permission needed from department
N. Africa: Hist, Cult, SocThis reading- and discussion-intensive seminar approaches the history of modern North Africa (c. 1800-2000) by focusing on the experiences of Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, and Sudan. Among the issues that we will consider are colonialism and post-colonialism, gender relations, Islam and political activism, civic participation and authoritarianism, trends in economic development, labor migration, ethnicity and minority affairs, and nationalism. Students will conduct an independent research project and report to the class on their findings at the end of the term. Some prior familiarity with Middle Eastern or African Studies is required. AFST 332 401 AFST 533 NELC 332 NELC 632 SEM Sharkey H TBA 1
Hist Foreign Aid in AfricaExamines the history, language, and politics of foreign aid to Africa since the late nineteenth century. While we do not typically think about the European colonial period in Africa in terms of ‘foreign aid,’ that era introduced ideas and institutions which formed the foundations for modern aid policies and practices. So we start there and move forward into more contemporary times. In addition to examining the objectives behind foreign assistance and the intentions of donors and recipients, we will look at some of the consequences (intended or unintended) of various forms of foreign aid to Africa over the past century. While not designed to be a comprehensive history of development theory, of African economics, or of international aid organizations, the course will touch on all of these topics. Previous course work on Africa is strongly advised. Student responsibilities include a weekly on-line journal, three 3-page essays on topics to be assigned, and a 10-12 final paper on a topic related to one of the course’s many themes. AFST 372 401 HIST 372 LEC Cassanelli L MW 3:30-5 PM 1
Africa & the Mid-EastThis seminar will explore the historical relationship between these two regions from the early modern age to the present. We will examine the history of trade, particularly the slave trade, and its cultural and political legacy. We will compare the experiences of European imperalism--how the scramble for Africa dovetailed with the last decades of the Ottoman Empire--with an eye to how this shaped nationalist movements in both regions. The course will also explore the decades of independence with a special eye towards pan-Africanism and pan-Arabism. We will also study the ramifications of the Arab-Israeli conflict on the relationship between African and Middle-Eastern countries, from Uganda to Ethiopia, from OPEC to Darfur. The course will pay close attention to migrations through the regions, whether forced or economic or religious. Whenever possible we will explore, through film and literature, how people in Africa and the Middle East see their connections, and their differences. AFST 373 401 HIST 371 NELC 334 SEM Troutt-Powell E W 2-5 PM 1
Middle EgyptianIntroduction to the grammar of Middle Egyptian. AFST 460 401 ANEL 460 LEC Silverman D TR 1:30-3 PM 1
Hist Egypt New KingdomCovers principal aspects of ancient Egyptian culture (environment, urbanism, religion, technology, etc.) with special focus on archaeological data; includes study of University Museum artifacts. – Follows NELC 266/466 - History of Egypt taught in the Fall semester. AFST 467 401 NELC 467 LEC Wegner J MW 2-3:30 PM 1
African Politcal EconomyThis course critically investigates the political economy of development on the African continent. In both academic literature and the popular consciousness, Africa is often dismissed as the world’s "basket case." In the context of a graduate-level introduction to political and economic development on the African continent, the course will consider why the region has come be regarded in this way. The objective of the course is to provide students interested in doing research on Africa relevant background with which to better explore diverse topics and projects. As a class, we will examine the politics of economic relations between Africa and the West and study how governments frame national policies in the face of critical political and economic considerations. As such, we will explore the following topics: pre-colonial legacies, the slave trade, colonialism, diverse African economic policies, ideologies, and institutions, and aid and development interventions. We will investigate how African fiscal and monetary policies are influenced by history, politics, and culture and in doing so engage key debates within the larger field of development studies. In this way, we will question narratives that lead to declarations of Africa as the world's foremost example of a "basket case." AFST 515 401 PSCI 516 SEM Markovits M T 3-6 PM 1
Independent StudyMay be taken for research connected with the Ph.D. dissertation with the consent of the faculty advisor. AFST 999 0 IND Cassanelli L TBA 1 Permission needed from department

Spring language courses are a continuation of languages begun in the Fall EXCEPT AFST 149 680
Accelerated Elementary Zulu
, which is only offered in the Spring and equates to one full year of Zulu.
Course Name Course # Section Cross– Listings Type Instructor Fulfills Meeting Time CU's Notes
Elementary Afrikaans II AFST 491 686 LEC Holtzman G MW 5-7 PM 1
Elementary Amharic II AFST 241 680 AFRC 241 AFRC 541 AFST 541 NELC 482 LEC Hailu Y MW 5:30-7:30pm 1
Intermediate Amharic II AFST 243 680 AFRC 243 AFRC 544 AFST 544 NELC 484 LEC Hailu Y TR 5:30-7:30pm
Advanced Amharic II AFST 247 680 AFST 547 LEC Zemichael E Cross Cultural Analysis T 7:30-9:30pm,
R 5:30-7:30pm
Amharic Language & Culture II AFST 249 680 LEC Hailu Y Cross Cultural Analysis MW 7:30-9:30 PM 1
Elementary Igbo II AFST 491 681 LEC Nwadiora C TR 5-7pm 1
Intermediate Igbo II AFST 493 681 LEC Nwadiora C MW 5-7pm 1
Advanced Igbo II AFST 495 681 LEC Nwadiora C TBA 1
Igbo Lang & Culture II AFST 499 681 LEC Nwadiora C MW 7-9 PM 1
Sudanese Arabic
Sudanese Arabic II AFST 559 680 ARAB 549 LEC Ali-Dinar A TBA 1
Elementary Swahili II AFST 181 680 AFST 581 AFRC 181 LEC Mshomba E TR 12-2pm 1
Intermediate Swahili II AFST 281 680 AFST 583 AFRC 282 LEC Mshomba E TR 10:30am-12pm, F 3-4pm 1
Advanced Swahili II AFST 285 680 AFST 586 AFRC 285 LEC Mshomba E Cross Cultural Analysis TR 9-10:30am, F 4-5 PM 1
Swahili Language & Culture II AFST 485 680 AFST 591 LEC Mshomba E Cross Cultural Analysis TBA 1
Elementary Tigrinya II AFST 491 683 LEC Mebrahtu F TR 6-8pm
Intermediate Tigrinya II AFST 493 683 LEC Mebrahtu F TR 4-6 PM
Advanced Tigrinya II AFST 495 683 LEC Mebrahtu F TBA
Elementary Twi II AFST 161 680 AFST 565 AFRC 163 LEC Ofosu-Donkoh K TR 4:30-6:30 pm 1
Intermediate Twi II AFST 263 680 AFST 567 AFRC 265 LEC Ofosu-Donkoh K TR 6:30-8:30 pm 1
Advanced Twi II AFST 363 680 AFST 569 AFRC 364 LEC Ofosu-Donkoh K Cross Cultural Analysis TR 2:30-4:30 pm 1
Elementary Wolof II AFST 491 682 LEC Thioune M MW 5-7pm 1
Intermediate Wolof II AFST 493 682 LEC Thioune M TR 4-6pm 1
Advanced Wolof II AFST 495 682 LEC Thioune M TBA 1
Elementary Yoruba II AFST 171 680 AFRC 171 AFST 518 LEC Awoyale Y MW 5-7pm 1
Intermediate Yoruba II AFST 271 680 AFRC 271 AFST 532 LEC Awoyale Y TR 7-9pm 1
Advanced Yoruba II AFST 371 680 AFST 588 LEC Awoyale Y Cross Cultural Analysis T 12-2pm; F 4-6pm 1
Yoruba Language & Culture II AFST 487 680 LEC Cross Cultural Analysis TR 3-5pm 1
Elementary Zulu: Accl. AFST 149 680 AFRC 149 AFST 549 LEC Mbeje A TR 6 - 9 PM 2
Elementary Zulu II AFST 151 680 AFRC 152 AFST 551 LEC Mbeje A MW 3-5pm 1
Intermediate Zulu II AFST 251 680 AFRC 251 AFST 553 LEC Magaya L T 5-7PM; R 7:30-9:30PM 1
Advanced Zulu II AFST 351 680 AFRC 351 AFST 555 LEC Magaya L Cross Cultural Analysis T 7-9 PM; R 5-7 PM 1

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