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AFRICAN AND AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDIES (L90)  (Dept. Info)Arts & Sciences  (Policies)SP2017

L90 AFAS 220Dont Believe the Hype: Race, Media and Social Movements in America3.0 Units
Description:"Don't Believe the Hype" will provide students with the tools to critique popular media and its association to social movements in America. This course will explore and analyze how media, broadly defined, including (but not limited to) music, art, film, literature, television and social media, has influenced social movements in very profound ways over the last century. The course will centralize the African American experience and the Black Freedom Movement in particular and will teach students how to contextualize media and critically assess its impact, and examine the various ways media has played pivotal roles in social movement. Using these skills we will answer the following questions: What is the audience for a particular form of media? When does a social movement become part of popular culture? What is the purpose of media in these situations? How effective has media been for organizing? An integral part to this course will be the use of the Henry Hampton Archive in the Washington University Film & Media Archive. The archive is a repository of primary materials that will be utilized throughout the semester. By using the Hampton Collection students will also learn to analyze and interpret primary documents while also having a more nuanced understanding of history and how media is constructed and informs the way we process socio-political currents that evolve into social movements. Attendance Mandatory during first 2 weeks.
Instruction Type:Classroom instruction Grade Options:CPA Fees:
Course Type:IdentSame As:L98 220  U84 220Frequency:Every 1 or 2 Years / History

L90 AFAS 226Whats Cool? Exploring an American Cultural Form3.0 Units
Description:Defining the concept of "cool" provides a series of challenges to scholars. Simply charting a history of "cool" as a cultural form is an activity that threatens to collapse multiple complex meanings into a single, and ultimately inauthentic, definition. For instance, though most historians agree that "cool" has its origins in West Africa and was used by African American slaves as a strategic defense (first against the violence of slavery and later against the violence of segregation and discrimination), following World War II, white Americans began producing sounds, films, and cultural objects that other white critics described as "cool." Despite this ostensible shift in the racialized meanings of "cool," "cool" remains one important method (among others) of understanding African American responses to violence against their bodies. This course will serve as an introduction to the study of twentieth century American popular culture through the concept of "cool." Throughout the twentieth century, critics of music, film, visual arts, fashion, commerce, and race have used the term "cool" to describe particular sounds, images, behaviors, objects, and people. This course focuses on "cool" as a cultural form that can be investigated in order to better understand issues of race in particular. People and objects of focus include writers Frantz Fanon, James Baldwin, Amiri Baraka, and Ralph Ellison, jazz musicians Louis Armstrong, Lester Young, Dave Brubeck, Gerry Mulligan, Lee Konitz, and Lennie Tristano, films West Side Story and Rebel Without a Cause, and album covers, furniture, and objects designed in the 1950s modern style (or West Coast style). At the end of the semester, students will be able to connect issues of race to interdisciplinary study in the context of American popular culture.
Instruction Type:Classroom instruction Grade Options:CPA Fees:
Course Type:IdentSame As:L98 225  L27 225Frequency:Every 1 or 2 Years / History

L90 AFAS 3113Culture, Politics, and Society in Francophone Africa3.0 Units
Description:France and Africa have a long historical relationship, dating back to the early Euro-Mediterranean empires, the first explorers, long-distance traders, Christian missionaries, colonialists, and today's French West and North African communities. In this course, we delve into this long process of interaction between France and its colonies of Africa. During the first half of the semester, we explore these historical relationships and examine the scientific constructs of race in the 19th and early 20th century. We touch on themes that defined the colonial encounter, including the development of the Four Communes in Senegal, the Negritude movement, and French Islamic policies in Africa. The curriculum for this course includes articles, films, and monographs, to explore these themes and includes writers and social activists living in France and the African diaspora. The second half of the course examines Francophone Africa after independence. Here the course explores the political and cultural (inter) dependence between France and its Francophone African partners. In addition, we examine the challenges of many African states to respond to their citizen's needs, as well as France's changing immigration policies in the 1980s, followed by the devaluation of the West and Central African Franc (CFA).
Instruction Type:Classroom instruction Grade Options:CPA Fees:
Course Type:HomeSame As:L97 3114Frequency:None / History
SecDays       TimeBuilding / RoomInstructorFinal ExamSeatsEnrollWaits
01-T-R---2:30P-4:00PSeigle / 210 DIALLOMay 10 2017 3:30PM - 5:30PM20160

L90 AFAS 3190Engaging the City: The Material World of Modern Segregation3.0 Units
Description:Busch Stadium. The Intersection of Skinker and Forest Park Parkway, in front of Kayak's. The Ferguson Quik-Trip. The MUNY in Forest Park. The ruins of a Trolley Barn in Wellston. The Metrolink Stop at the Galleria. An Empty Lot in East St. Louis where a theater was burned a hundred years ago. The Swipe-Card Access Panel on Your Dormitory. This course will invite students to engage such sites-and many others-as points of departure for an exploration of how we as St. Louisans live our racialized lives. We will focus on places where racialized experience is at once densely concentrated and not fully revealed--hiding in plain sight. For instance, the daily encounters in front of Kayak's take on deeper significance when one considers that this site is the fraught boundary between St. Louis County and St. Louis City in a racialized break dating back to the end of Reconstruction. The course gives special attention to the deep structures of history, law, culture and politics that an intensive engagement with such sites makes accessible. But we are not only interested in the lessons of history: we seek to learn from from direct encounters with the physical sites and their local contexts. We will take a number of trips to sites in the St. Louis region, including a class walk/bicycle trip across Eads Bridge. Readings will include materials on racialized urban experience and more specific texts related to course sites, and will include visual and material culture. Students will develop individual projects on their own sites under instructors' supervision, and will participate in an April 2017 symposium with WUSTL and other faculty who are also engaged in site-specific research on segregation, some of whom will serve as guest contributors for our class sessions. The course aspires to discover and cultivate new ways of seeing and understanding. 25 students will be admitted into the course. Students must place themselves on the waitlist, and then they will be brought into the course. Junior standing or permission by instructors required for enrollment. Some field trips may extend beyond the end of class time. Students will be notified well in advance. The course and symposium are supported by a Ferguson Academic Seed Fund Grant.
Instruction Type:Classroom instruction Grade Options:CPA Fees:
Course Type:IdentSame As:L98 3190  L18 3190  L22 3193Frequency:Unpredictable / History
SecDays       TimeBuilding / RoomInstructorFinal ExamSeatsEnrollWaits
Louderman / 461
Louderman / 461
Kolk, BernsteinSee Instructor20120

L90 AFAS 332The Unfinished Civil War3.0 Units

L90 AFAS 3447Visualizing Blackness: Histories of the African Diaspora Through Film3.0 Units
SecDays       TimeBuilding / RoomInstructorFinal ExamSeatsEnrollWaits
01M-W----10:00A-11:30AMcMillan / 219 MustakeemMay 8 2017 10:30AM - 12:30PM2080

L90 AFAS 3800Black Cinema I: Sub-Saharan African Cinemas and Black British Cinemas3.0 Units
Description:This course introduces students to contemporary black filmmaking practices in sub-Saharan Africa and Britain and to the central political and social issues that define Black cinema in these contexts. Broken up into three units, this class will focus specifically on Francophone African Cinema, Cinema in South Africa, and Black British Cinema. The African continent has a long history of filmmaking practices and scholars often credit South Africa with having one of the oldest filmmaking industries in the world. The first section of this class (Francophone African Cinema) will focus on filmmaking practices by Africans since the 1960s, when African countries started becoming independent from colonial powers. The second section (cinema in South Africa) will focus on representations of blackness and filmmaking practices in South Africa, with a focus on the post-1994 period. Lastly we will examine Black British Cinema and the social, political, and cultural issues that gave rise to a distinct filmmaking practice in Britain. This class will focus on both the form and the content of these films by examining the ways that black filmmakers project local, national, and regional issues onto global screens. We will discuss the different aesthetic forms and genres chosen by the filmmakers (i.e. social realism, avant-gardism, magical realism, melodrama, etc.) and also look at the types of social critiques the films engage in as they tackle topics such as gender politics, polygamy, migration, corruption, human rights, homosexuality, economic crisis, apartheid, and Westernization.
Instruction Type:Classroom instruction Grade Options:CPA Fees:
Course Type:HomeSame As:N/AFrequency:Unpredictable / History

L90 AFAS 4001Interrogating Health, Race, and Inequalities: Public Health, Medical Anthropology, and History3.0 Units
Description:Interrogating Health, Race, and Inequalities is intended for graduate students in the School of Social Work and in Arts & Sciences as well as advanced undergraduates in Arts & Sciences who have previous coursework in medical anthropology, public health, or urban policy. The fundamental goal of the course is to demonstrate that health is not merely a medical or biological phenomenon but more importantly the product of social, economic, political, and environmental factors. To meet this goal the course is designed to examine the intersection of race/ethnicity and health from multiple analytic approaches and methodologies. Course readings will draw from the fields of public health, anthropology, history, and policy analysis. Teaching activities include lectures, group projects and presentations, videos, and discussions led by the course instructors. These in-class activities will be supplemented with field trips and field-based projects. By the end of the course it is expected that students will have a strong understanding of race as a historically produced social construct as well as how race interacts with other axes of diversity and social determinants to produce particular health outcomes. Students will gain an understanding of the health disparity literature and a solid understanding of multiple and intersecting causes of these disparities.
Instruction Type:Classroom instruction Grade Options:C Fees:
Course Type:IdentSame As:I50 4001  L48 4003  S20 3030  S55 5322Frequency:None / History

L90 AFAS 424BBroadcasting Equality: Radio, Television, and Social Change in Postwar America3.0 Units
SecDays       TimeBuilding / RoomInstructorFinal ExamSeatsEnrollWaits
01M-W----2:30P-4:00PSeigle / 408 KelleyMay 8 2017 3:30PM - 5:30PM2270

L90 AFAS 4881Mad: Mental Illness, Power & Resistance in African & the Caribbean3.0 Units
Description:This course is a senior seminar that explores the history of mental illness in Africa and the Caribbean during the colonial and post-colonial periods. We will be guided by the following questions: What is mental illness? How do social, cultural and political realities affect how mental illness is defined? Should mental illness always be analyzed within a specific cultural context? How did psychiatry factor into the efforts of European colonizers to maintain social order in their colonies? How have colonized people resisted colonial notions of madness? What is the place of religion in these histories? How did mental institutions change after the end of colonial rule and how was post-colonial Caribbean and African psychiatry harnessed in service of decolonization? We will pay special attention to how European colonial powers employed similar understandings of blackness across regions as they formulated ideas concerning the black populations they deemed "mad" across Africa and the Caribbean. This will allow us to see the benefits of a transnational approach to this history while also recognizing the specificities of each local context. We will also take seriously how the different worldviews and experiences of colonized peoples challenged the definitions of madness imposed by colonial discourses. Our readings will include studies of Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Algeria, Jamaica, Cuba and Barbados. Modern, Transregional. PREREQUISITE: Permission of the Instructor. Students registering for this course must also register for L22 49IR/39 for 1 unit. Open to undergraduate students only.
Attributes:A&S IQHUM, LCDENH
Instruction Type:Classroom instruction Grade Options:CP Fees:
Course Type:IdentSame As:L22 4881Frequency:Every 2-3 Years / History

L90 AFAS 498Fieldwork in African-American StudiesVar. Units (max = 6.0)
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02TBATBAPhillipsSee Department99900
03TBATBAMutonyaSee Department99900
04TBATBAParsonsSee Department99900
05TBATBAZafarSee Department99900
06TBATBADuncanSee Department99900
07TBATBAMartinSee Department99900
08TBATBA[TBA]See Department99900
09TBATBA[TBA]See Department99900
10TBATBAParikhSee Department99910
11TBATBAHimesSee Department99900
12TBATBABaughSee Department99900


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A “Home” course is a course that is created, maintained and “owned” by one academic department (aka the “Home” department). The “Home” department is primarily responsible for the decision making and logistical support for the course and instructor.

An “Ident” course is the exact same course as the “Home” (i.e. same instructor, same class time, etc), but is simply being offered to students through another department for purposes of registering under a different department and course number.

Students should, whenever possible, register for their courses under the department number toward which they intend to count the course. For example, an AFAS major should register for the course "Africa: Peoples and Cultures" under its Ident number, L90 306B, whereas an Anthropology major should register for the same course under its Home number, L48 306B.

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