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Courses - Spring 2020
AASP
African American Studies Department Site
AASP100
Introduction to African American Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SH, D
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Significant aspects of the history of African Americans with particular emphasis on the evolution and development of black communities from slavery to the present. Interdisciplinary introduction to social, political, legal and economic roots of contemporary problems faced by blacks in the United States with applications to the lives of other racial and ethnic minorities in the Americas and in other societies.
AASP100H
Introduction to African American Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SH, D
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Significant aspects of the history of African Americans with particular emphasis on the evolution and development of black communities from slavery to the present. Interdisciplinary introduction to social, political, legal and economic roots of contemporary problems faced by blacks in the United States with applications to the lives of other racial and ethnic minorities in the Americas and in other societies.
Restricted to HONR students only.
AASP101
Public Policy and the Black Community
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SB
GenEd: DSHS
Formerly: AASP300.
The impact of public policies on the black community and the role of the policy process in affecting the social, economic and political well-being of minorities. Particular attention given to the post-1960 to present era.
AASP200
African Civilization
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HO
GenEd: DSHU
A survey of African civilizations from 4500 B.C. to present. Analysis of traditional social systems. Discussion of the impact of European colonization on these civilizations. Analysis of the influence of traditional African social systems on modern African institutions as well as discussion of contemporary processes of Africanization.
AASP202
Black Culture in the United States
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SH, D
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
The course examines important aspects of African American life and thought which are reflected in African American literature, drama, music and art. Beginning with the cultural heritage of slavery, the course surveys the changing modes of black creative expression from the 19th-century to the present.
AASP202H
Black Culture in the United States
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SH, D
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
The course examines important aspects of African American life and thought which are reflected in African American literature, drama, music and art. Beginning with the cultural heritage of slavery, the course surveys the changing modes of black creative expression from the 19th-century to the present.
AASP211
Get Out: The Sunken Place of Race Relations in the Post-Racial Era
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP, SCIS
Credit only granted for: AASP298G or AASP211.
Formerly: AASP298G.
Prevailing thought suggests that we live in an era that is post-racial, particularly after the election of Barack Obama. Media often serves to drive our assessment of where our nation stands on issues like race, gender and sexuality. This course uses the film Get Out to delve into the production, evolution and significance of race in present day America. The course will engage multiple forms of media to investigate life in "Post-Racial" America, including but not limited to the role of stereotypes, interracial relationships, police-community relations, etc.
AASP297
(Perm Req)
Research Methods in African American Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: AASP101 or AASP202.
Restriction: Must be in African American Studies program.
Credit only granted for: AASP297 or AASP299R.
Formerly: AASP299R.
Introduces African American Studies majors to the basic research skills, methodologies, sources, and repositories for studying African Diaspora. Students will be required to select a research topic, write a research proposal, develop an annotated bibliography, and in the process will be prepared for completing their senior thesis or other significant writing projects necessary to fulfill the requirements of the major.
AASP298A
Special Topics in Afro-American Studies: African-American History, 1865 - Present
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SH, D
GenEd: DSHS
AASP298B
Constructions of Manhood and Womanhood in the Black Community
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HO, D
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Cross-listed with: WMST265.
Investigates the ways that African Americans are represented and constructed in public and private spheres and explores the social constructions and representations of Black manhood and womanhood from various disciplinary perspectives.
AASP298L
African-American Literature and Culture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HL, D
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Cross-listed with: ENGL234.
Credit only granted for: ENGL234 or AASP298L.
An exploration of the stories black authors tell about themselves, their communities, and the nation as informed by time and place, gender, sexuality, and class. African American perspective themes such as art, childhood, sexuality, marriage, alienation and mortality, as well as representations of slavery, Reconstruction, racial violence and the Nadir, legalized racism and segregation, black patriotism and black ex-patriots, the optimism of integration, and the prospects of a post-racial America.
Cross-listed with ENGL234. Credit granted for AASP298L or ENGL234.
AASP298Z
Special Topics in African American Studies; Jazz as a Cultural Art Form
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
AASP299T
Selected Topics in African American Studies; Elementary Twi II
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
AASP310
African Slave Trade
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: AASP202 or AASP100; or permission of BSOS-African American Studies department.
Formerly: AASP311.
The relationship of the slave trade of Africans to the development of British capitalism and its industrial revolution; and to the economic and social development of the Americas.
AASP313
Black Women in United States History
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Sophomore standing or higher.
Cross-listed with WMST314.
Credit only granted for: AASP313 or WMST314.
Black American women's history from slavery to the present. Focused on gaining a fuller understanding of the effect of race, class and gender on the life cycles and multiple roles of Black women as mothers, daughters, wives, workers and social-change agents.
For Spring 2020:Crosslisted with WMST314 and HIST329E; credit will only be granted for AASP313, WMST314, or HIST329E.
AASP360
Issues in African Development
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Credit only granted for: AASP398D, GEOG398A, GVPT359F, SOCY398Y, or AASP360.
Formerly: AASP398D.
An introduction to the study of development on the African continent. Students will have an opportunity to think critically about the ways in which Africa is portrayed in the academic literature, popular press, and media. Issues of focus include population dynamics, gender, health, migration, HIV/AIDS, and globalization with particular attention paid to the role of culture.
AASP386
(Perm Req)
Experiential Learning
Credits: 3 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Restriction: Permission of BSOS-African American Studies department; and junior standing or higher.
AASP395
Fundamentals of Quantitative Research in Socio-Cultural Perspective
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in African American Studies program; and junior standing or higher.
Introduction to quantitative methods for African American Studies majors in the cultural and social analysis concentration. Basics of survey design and experimental design and data analysis and use of statistical software programs.
AASP397
(Perm Req)
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Permission of BSOS-African American Studies department.
Directed research in African American Studies resulting in the completion and defense of a senior thesis.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
AASP398C
Selected Topics in the African Diaspora
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with ENGL317 and AMST328U. Credit granted for AASP398C, AMST328U or ENGL317.
AASP398G
Selected Topics in the African Diaspora; Gender, Labor, and Racial Identity in Diaspora Communities
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with AMST328K. Credit only granted for AASP398G or AMST328K .
AASP398Q
Selected Topics in the African Diaspora; Black Baltimore in the Post Racial U.S.: African American Urban Culture in the Age of Obama
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Cross-listed with AMST328M. Credit only granted for AASP398Q or AMST328M .
AASP398Z
Selected Topics in the African Diaspora; Black Contributions to History
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
This course is an in-depth quest of Africa's contributions to humanity in sciences and philosophy from Egyptian antiquity to the scramble of Africa era. It will enlighten students to the undeniable African discoveries in various areas of scholarship and their stolen legacy. It will also allow students to appreciate numerous African unacknowledged achievements and reveal the premises of a new philosophy largely founded on the sciences and scientific experience, which could, perhaps one day, reconcile humanity to itself.
AASP399
(Perm Req)
Research in African-American Studies
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg
AASP478B
Humanities Topics in African American Studies; African-American Literature: The Beginning to 1910
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with ENGL470. Credit granted for either ENGL470 or AASP478B
AASP498E
Special Topics in Black Culture; Emotions and Culture in the African-American Community
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
AASP498G
Special Topics in Black Culture; Black Feminist Science Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
We will examine the ways in which scientific knowledge has historically been shaped by cultural ideas of race and gender and how black feminist approaches to science offer alternative modes of knowledge production. We will explore the history of scientific racism, eugenics, the Black Women's Health Imperative, the search for African roots using direct- to-consumer genealogy testing, and contemporary case studies on gendered and racialized medicine in the fields of genomics, pharmacology, assisted reproduction.
AASP498J
Special Topics in Black Culture; Racial Socialization of Children and Adolescents: Theory, Research and Practice
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
AASP498P
Special Topics in Black Culture; Urban Problems and Policy Analysis
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
AASP499S
Advanced Topics in Public Policy and the Black Community; Place, Segregation and Black Health
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
AASP499T
Advanced Topics in Public Policy and the Black Community; Race and the Juvenile Justice System: A Contextual Analysis of Structural and Interpersonal Violence
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud