AASP 100 Introduction to African American Studies (3)
This course has been designed as an inter-disciplinary approach to the central themes, methods, and scholarly development of the field of African-American studies. Black scholars such as W.E.B. Du Bois began offering university courses on Black history and sociology one hundred years ago. Today, the scope of the field has expanded while continuing to attract outstanding scholars of all races. This course will examine aspects of the history, literature, culture, and critical thought, and socio-economic status of African-Americans. Texts students examine include readings by Du Bois, Baldwin, and Andrew Billingsley, among many others.
AASP 101 Public Policy and the Black Community (3)
The purpose of this course is to provide students an introduction to public policy issues confronting Black communities. This goal will be achieved by examining the what's, who's, and how's of social policy formation. The course will emphasize the importance of political institutions and economic relations as determinants of the policy-making process and context. Specific policy concerns of the class will include: voting rights, education, housing, employment, poverty, and business development.
AASP 189I HIV/AIDS in a Global Perspective (3)
The goal of this "I" series course is to engage students in a critical examination of 1) the factors that put people at risk for getting infected and 2) the factors that determine the type of treatment that people receive in the US as well as globally with a particular focus on Africa and the African Diaspora.
AASP 200 African Civilization (3)
This course is a general survey of African history, from the rise of human civilization to the present. Particular attention will be paid to political and religious concepts; forms of social and economic organization; and expressions of music, art, and literature. At conclusion of this course students must be able to (among other things): understand the significant contributions of Africa to the development of modern civilization in the Western world, examine the impact of European colonization in Africa.
AASP 202 Black Culture in the United States (3)
Examines important aspects of African-American life and thought as reflected in African-American history, literature, drama, music and art. Beginning with the cultural heritage of West Africa, the course surveys the changing modes of black cultural expression and their historical and political underpinnings from the nineteenth-century to the present. Texts used in this class have included Lawrence Levine's Black Culture and Black Consciousness: African American Folk Thought From Slavery to Freedom, and V.P. Franklin's Living Our Stories. Telling Our Truths.
AASP 298 Special Topics in African American Studies (3)
An introductory multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary educational experience to explore issues relevant to blacklife, cultural experiences, and political, economic and artistic development. May be repeated to a maximum of six credits if subject matter is different. Specific special topic courses are listed below.
AASP 298A Art of Africa (3)
AASP 298L Introduction to African-American Literature (3)
This course intends to offer an examination of the African-American literary artist as well as provide a thematic and historical survey of the literature produced. The main goals of the course are to acquaint students with a variety of authors, genres, the slave narrative, poetry, the novel, the short story, and drama), and to equip students with the tools to read the literature more closely, and come away with a deeper understanding.
AASP 298U Jazz as a Cultural Art Form (3)
Examines the creators, creation and continued development of the music known as jazz from the standpoint of social, political, and economic conditions in the U.S. National policy as it impacts upon the economics of popular American music, European classical music and the music known as Jazz, the behavior and history of the great innovators of Jazz as impacted by national and local public policy, ethnocentrism and racism and the artistic creations and contributions of some of the great innovators.
AASP 298D West African Dance (3)
The primary focus of the course is to enhance the student's awareness to the cultural and historical evolution of African dance through the identification of cultural rituals associated with African religion and other ceremonies. The course will continue to explore and link African dance to the contributions of Black Dance in America.
AASP 298M Seminar on Current Issues, the Media and the Black Community (3)
Discussion in this course will focus around the question: How are African-Americans portrayed in the media? In answering this question students will examine how the media shapes the presentation of current African-American issues such as affirmative action, job discrimination, police brutality, and church burnings. The "texts" for this course will include The Washington Post, The New York Times, and listening to or viewing programs from the broadcast media such as "CNN World Today," "Democracy Now," and "All Things Considered."
AASP 297 Research Methodologies for African American Studies Major (3)
This course is designed to introduce African American Studies majors to the basic research methodologies, sources and repositories for studying African Americans in the United States. Focuses on empirical research and teaches students how to develop research questions which will assist them in writing their senior thesis in African American Studies.
AASP 301 Applied Policy Analysis and the Black Community (3)
(Prerequisite: AASP 101 and either ECON 200 or ECON 201. Statistics recommended) Development and application of the tools needed for examining the effectiveness of alternative policy options confronting minority communities. Review of policy research methods used in forming and evaluating policies. Examination of the policy process.
AASP 303 Computer Applications in African American Studies (3)
(Prerequisite: STAT 100 or SOCY 201 or MATH 111 or equivalent) Introduction to statistics and database processing software used in model estimation and simulation in policy analysis. Special emphasis on applications for applied research on policy problems confronting minority communities.
AASP 305 Theoretical, Methodological and Policy Research in African American Studies (3)
(Prerequisite: AASP 301 and STAT 100. Formerly AASP 401) Theories and concepts in the social and behavioral sciences as they relate to problems in minority communities. Issues explored include validity and soundness of theoretical arguments, epistemological questions of various methodologies and the relationship between policy making and policy research.
AASP 310/310H African Slave Trade (3)
(Prerequisite: AASD 100 or AASD 202 or permission of the deparment) This course analyzes the Atlantic slave trade from the 16th century to the late 19th century. Topics covered will include: the impact of the slave trade on African underdevelopment; the problem of slavery in the 16th-19th centuries; the role of the slave trade in the rise of mercantile capitalism, a comparison of the development of slavery in Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States; and the development and transformation of African culture in the Americas. Past readings have included oral histories, narratives, historical documents, and the most recent scholarship.
AASP 312 Social and Cultural Effects of Colonization and Racism (3)
(Prerequisite: AASP 100 or AASP 202) This course explores (1) how "race," as a socially constructed and disputed set of meanings, has come to inform U.S. cultures, political economy and institutions; (2) moments in and explanations of the dynamic history of racism(s). The course will also provide students with a substantive dialogue with some of the most exciting developments in contemporary "race theory" and an opportunity to appreciate the economic, social, and political significance of racial meanings and racialized practices. To explore these themes the course utilizes texts such as Howards Winnant's Racial Conditions and White Racism by Joe Feagin.
AASP 313 Black Women in U.S. History (3)
(Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Also offered as WMST314 and HIST329E. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: AASP498W, AASP313, HIST329E, WMST314 or WMST498N. Formerly AASP498W) TBlack American women's history is examined from slavery to the present. The principal focus of the readings discussions and student assignments will be based upon 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. A variety of primary source materials on black women's experiences will be utilized.
AASP 314 The Civil Rights Movement (3)
(Prerequisite: AASP 100 or HIST 157) This course examines four phases of the Civil Rights Movement. The first half of the course looks at the early years of the Movement when NAACP lawyers challenged Jim Crow and racial discrimination in the courts. The second half of the course focuses on the Movement after the 1963 March on Washington, when the assassinations of Kennedy, Malcolm X, and King forced a reassessment of both strategies and goals. The course will examine the growth of the Black Power Movement and the transition in the mid-1970s when the combination of Black Power and new federal voting rights laws helped to establish African-American electoral power, forcing politicians, white and black to answer to the black community.
AASP 386 Experiential Learning (3-6)
Seminar for Interns:
Provides AASP majors and certificate students an opportunity to integrate work experience with their theoretical understanding of the social, cultural, economic and political issues confronting African-American communities.
Seminar for UTAs:
Provides AASD majors and certificate students an opportunity to assist an AASP instructor in planning and teaching an undergraduate level course. The seminar focuses on teaching preparation and techniques.
AASP 396 Non-Thesis Option (3)
AASP 397 Senior Thesis (3)
AASP 398 Selected Topics in the African Diaspora (3)
AASP 400/400H Directed Readings in African American Studies (3)
(Prerequisite: AASP 100 or AASP 202. For general honors students only. Permission required for 400H) The topics will be chosen to meet the specific needs and interests of AASD students. Topics from recent offerings include: Race and Ethical Issues in Medicine and Science; Black Neo-conservatives; The Status of Blacks in America, and the Black Family.
AASP 402/402H Classic Readings in African American Studies (3)
AASP 410 Contemporary African Ideologies (3)
(Prerequisite: AASP 200 or permission of the department) Analysis of contemporary African ideologies. Emphasis on the philosophies of Nyerere, Nkrumah, Senghor, Sekou Toure, Kaunda, Cabral, et al. Discussion of the role of these and other indigenous ideologies on modernization and social change in Africa.
AASP 411 Black Resistance Movements (3)
(Prerequisite: AASP 100) This course considers the ways African-Americans have resisted imprisonment, institutionalized racism, constitutional repression, religious colonization, and systematic poverty. The first goal of this course is to study the formation and methods of resistance movements. This includes political consciousness, field organization, leadership, political agitation, and negotiation. The second goal of the class is to explore the impact of culture on political consciousness and movements. Culture can include racial identity, gender roles, religious beliefs, and art, music, and literature. The third goal of the course is to consider the impact and effectiveness of social change movements.
AASP 441 Science, Technology, and the Black Community (3)
(Prerequisite: AASP 100 or AASP 202 or HIST 255 or permissin of the department.) This course examines the impact of scientific and technological advances on African-Americans by asking three interrelated questions: First, what cultural biases are contained in the technical skills and the problem-solving methods used in the sciences and mathematics and how can they be addressed? Second, how have Africans and African-Americans contributed to the many scientific and technological advances which have raised the quality of life for all people? Third, how have public policies governing science and technology affected the social and economic status of African-Americans and continental Africans?
AASP 443 Blacks and the Law (3)
(Prerequisite: AASP 100 or AASP 202 or HIST 255 or permission of department.) The relationship between African Americans and the law, particularly criminal law, criminal institutions and the criminal justice system. Examines historical changes in the legal status of blacks and the causes of racial disparities in criminal involvement and punishments.
AASP 468 Special Topics in Africa and the Americas (3)
AASP 468A Social Inequalities and Health in the African Diaspora (3)
In this course, we will examine the large and complex set of issues that explain why certain people 1) are more vulnerable to certain illnesses, 2) cannot get access to good health care including prevention and treatment and 3) are caught in a spiral of disadvantage and poor health. We will also examine the policy and intervention responses to these problems both in the US and internationally. Through an examination of readings, lectures, guest lectures and films, students will be able to critically analyze the social, economic and cultural context of health in the African diaspora.
AASP 468B Ancient Art and Archaeology of Africa (3)
AASP 468F African-American Folklore and Culture (3)
The culture of African Americans in terms of United States history (antebellum to the present) and social changes (rural to urban). Exploration of aspects of African American culture and history via oral and literary traditions and life history.
AASP 478A African-American Literature: Beginning to 1910 (3)
(Prerequisite: two English courses in literature or permission of the department.) Beginnings of African-American literature including origins of literary expression in folk tales, songs, and spirituals; slave narratives; pamphlets, essays, and oratory; and the emergence of poetry and fiction. Emphasis is on interaction between literary forms and the salient political issues of the day.
AASP 478C Caribbean Literature in English (3)
(Prerequisite: Two lower level English courses, at least one in literature; or permission of the department) Political and literary traditions that intersect in the fiction, poetry, and drama written in English by Caribbean writers, primarily during the 20th century. In past semesters texts examined have included works by Sam Selvon, Merle Hodge, Edwidge Danticat, and C. L. R. James.
AASP 478I Black Popular Culture in American Society (3)
This course examines contemporary Black popular culture in the U.S. from the 1970s to the 1990s. Film, television, literature, advertisements, and music will be examined as cultural products which reflect the particular value and ethos of Black Americans in particular at this moment in history. The course will also explore how political factors such as the "war on poverty," the Reagan years, and the Rodney King incident influenced the production of Black popular culture.
AASP 478P African-American Literature Since 1945 (3)
Examines African American literature from the middle decades of the twentieth century. The course will define the following African American literary contexts: the great migration, uplift the protest novel, naturalism and realism. Examines ideas of nationalism, race, gender, and the American Dream. Explores how African American writers share techniques and create new forms of expression in an effort to contribute to a diverse regional and historical identity. Authors studied in past semesters have included Baldwin, Himes, Petry, Ellison, Wright, Baraka, and Marshall.
AASP 478W Literature by Women of Color (3)
AASP 497 Policy Seminar in African American (3)
(Prerequisite: AASP 305 or permission of department.) Practical case study application of public policy analysis to important social problems affecting African Americans. Procedures are studied in a step-by-step,in-depth examination of contemporary national policy issues. Examples of recent topics that have been examined: The State of Black Maryland; Black\White Income Inequality in America.
AASP 498 Special Topics in Black Culture (3)
(Prerequisite: AASP 100 or AASD 202. Repeatable to six credits if content differs.) Advanced study of the cultural and historical antecedents of contemporary African and African-American society. Emphasis on the social, political, economic and behavioral factors affecting African Americans and their communities. Recent topics have included: News Coverage of Racial Issues; Race, Culture and Consciousness; Diversity in Oneness: The Making of African- American Communities; Black Women in the United States of America; Black Women Writers.
AASP 498E Race, Gender, and Identity (3)
This The course focuses on the various ways in which race, gender, and class -- along with other aspects of identity -- shape the lives and experiences of people living in the United States. It will examine the complex relationships between the construction of personal identities, the material realities of peoples' lived experiences, cultural and ideological meaning systems, and social institutions. Furthermore, it will grapple with the ways in which the material world -- the built environment and our urban areas in particular -- influences our multiple identities and the ways in which we influence our material world.
AASP 498F African-Americans in Film and Theatre (3)
This introductory course is an historical survey of the image of African-Americans in film and theatre. The impact of negative sterotypical images of African-Americans in cinema and theatre will be analyzed. In addition, the images of Blacks portrayed by African-American filmmakers will be contrasted with the stereotypes perpetuated in the history of film and theatre. Furthermore, the class will assess these stereotypical images to determine whether they have been perpetuated or defied in contemporary film and theatre.
AASP 499 Advanced Topics in Public Policy and the Black Community(3)
(Prerequisite: AASP 301 or permission of department. Repeatable to six credits if content differs.) Examination of specific areas of policy development and evaluation in African-American and other communities. Application of advanced tools of policy analysis, especially quantitative, statistical and micro-economic analysis. Topics for examination include: Economics of Poverty and Discrimination; Health Policy in the Black Community; Urban and Housing Policies and Minority Communities; Public Broadcasting and Minority Communities; Women, Public Policy and International Development.
AASP 499K Black Politics in the Americas (3)
(Prerequisite: AASP 301) This course examines Black Politics in the Americas, i.e., North, Central, and South America, and the Caribbean. Focuses on various political themes as well as general political histories. Concentrates on Black people and their experience in the nineteenth and twentieth century.
AASP 499N News Media Coverage of Racial Issues (3)
AASP 499P Political Economy of Africa (3)
AASP 499Q African Americans in Public Policy(3)
AASP 499W Advanced Topics in Public Policy and the Black Community: Feminist and Nationalist Thought in Black Community Life (3)
Through a critical reading and discussion of written texts and visual representations, this course will examine the historical and theoretical foundations of feminist and nationalist thought in black communities. Although gender and nationalist consciousness inform the daily lives of black people, they are seldom spoken of and certainly, rarely studied simultaneously. The (re)reading of historical and contemporary texts that speak to various dimensions of feminist and nationalist thinking/action will help us in reformulating our understanding of how feminism and nationalism have influenced black political life and thought. In the process, we will discover why feminist and nationalist thought have been routinely ignored or misrepresentd as disparate, if not oppositional, themes in black political and intellectual life. How do the Garvey Movement, the Black Power struggles, and the Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas Hearings, for instance, demonstrate the complexities of the roles of men and women within black communities? Finally, this course will trace the historical significance and effects of the politics of gender on notions of Black Nationalism.