2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog

Africana Studies

Students may complete a minor in Africana Studies.

Steering Committee

Michael Allen, Professor of Political Science
Linda-Susan Beard, Associate Professor of English
Pim Higginson, Associate Professor of French and Director of Africana Studies
Philip Kilbride, Professor of Anthropology
Elaine Mshomba, Instructor of Swahili
Kalala Ngalamulume, Chair and Professor of of Africana Studies and History
Mary Osirim, Dean of Graduate Studies and Professor of Sociology
Robert Washington, Chair and Professor of Sociology
Susan White, Professor of Chemistry

The Africana Studies Program brings a global outlook to the study of Africa and its Diasporas. Drawing on analytical perspectives from anthropology, economics, history, literary studies, political science and sociology, the program focuses on peoples of African descent within the context of increasing globalization and dramatic social, economic and political changes.

Bryn Mawr’s Africana Studies Program participates in a U.S. Department of Education-supported consortium with Haverford College, Swarthmore Colleges, and the University of Pennsylvania. Through this consortium, Bryn Mawr students have the opportunity to take a broad range of courses by enrolling in courses offered by all participating institutions. Also, Bryn Mawr’s Africana Studies Program sponsors a study abroad semester at the University of Nairobi, Kenya, and participates in other study abroad programs offered by its consortium partners in Zimbabwe, Ghana, and Senegal.

Students are encouraged to begin their work in the Africana Studies Program by taking “Introduction to African Civilizations” (HIST B102). This required introductory level course, which provides students with a common intellectual experience as well as the foundation for subsequent courses in Africana Studies, should be completed by the end of the student’s junior year.

Minor Requirements

The requirements for a minor in Africana Studies are the following:

  1. One-semester interdisciplinary course Bryn Mawr HIST B102: Introduction to African Civilizations (ICPR 101 at Haverford).
  2. Five additional semester courses from an approved list of courses in Africana studies.
  3. A senior thesis or seminar-length essay in an area of Africana studies.

Students are encouraged to organize their course work along one of several prototypical routes. Such model programs might feature:

  1. Regional or area studies; for example, focusing on blacks in Latin America, the English-speaking Caribbean or North America.
  2. Thematic emphases; for example, exploring class politics, ethnic conflicts and/or economic development in West and East Africa.
  3. Comparative emphases; for example, problems of development, governance, public health or family and gender.

The final requirement for the Africana Studies minor is a senior thesis or its equivalent. If the department in which the student is majoring requires a thesis, she can satisfy the Africana Studies requirement by writing on a topic that is approved by her department and the Africana Studies Program coordinator. If the major department does not require a thesis, an equivalent written exercise—that is, a seminar-length essay—is required. The essay may be written within the framework of a particular course or as an independent study project. The topic must be approved by both the instructor in question and the Africana Studies Program coordinator.

COURSES

ANTH B200 The Atlantic World 1492-1800

The aim of this course is to provide an understanding of the way in which peoples, goods, and ideas from Africa, Europe, and the Americas came together to form an interconnected Atlantic World system. The course is designed to chart the manner in which an integrated system was created in the Americas in the early modern period, rather than to treat the history of the Atlantic World as nothing more than an expanded version of North American, Caribbean, or Latin American history.
Requirement(s): Division I or Division III
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward: Africana Studies; Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples and Cultures; International Studies Major; Peace and Conflict Studies
Crosslisting(s): HIST-B200
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

ANTH B253 Childhood in the African Experience

An overview of cultural contexts and indigenous literatures concerning the richly varied experience and interpretation of infancy and childhood in selected regions of Africa. Cultural practices such as pregnancy customs, naming ceremonies, puberty rituals, sibling relationships, and gender identity are included. Modern concerns such as child abuse, street children, and other social problems of recent origin involving children are considered in terms of theoretical approaches current in the social sciences. Prerequisites: anthropology major, any social sciences introductory course, Africana studies concentration, or permission of instructor.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward: Africana Studies; Child and Family Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

ANTH B341 Cultural Perspectives on Marriage and Family

This course considers various theoretical perspectives that inform our understanding of cross-cultural constructions of marriage and the family. Sociobiology, deviance, feminism, social constructionism, and cultural evolutionary approaches will be compared using primarily anthropological-ethnographic case examples. Cultural material from Africa and the United States will be emphasized. Applications will emphasize current U.S. socially contested categories such as same-sex marriage, plural marriage, gender diversity, divorce, and the blended family. Prerequisites: any history, biology, or social science major.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Counts toward: Africana Studies; Child and Family Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

ARCH B101 Introduction to Egyptian and Near Eastern Archaeology: Egypt and Mesopotamia

A historical survey of the archaeology and art of the ancient Near East and Egypt.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward: Africana Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Ataç,M.
(Fall 2012)

ARCH B230 Archaeology and History of Ancient Egypt

A survey of the art and archaeology of ancient Egypt from the Pre-Dynastic through the Graeco-Roman periods, with special emphasis on Egypt’s Empire and its outside connections, especially the Aegean and Near Eastern worlds.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward: Africana Studies; Middle East Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

CITY B237 Urbanization in Africa

The course examines the cultural, environmental, economic, political, and social factors that contributed to the expansion and transformation of preindustrial cities, colonial cities, and cities today. We will examine various themes, such as the relationship between cities and societies; migration and social change; urban space, health problems, city life, and women.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Counts toward: Africana Studies; Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): HIST-B237
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

CITY B266 Schools in American Cities

This course examines issues, challenges, and possibilities of urban education in contemporary America. We use as critical lenses issues of race, class, and culture; urban learners, teachers, and school systems; and restructuring and reform. While we look at urban education nationally over several decades, we use Philadelphia as a focal “case” that students investigate through documents and school placements. Enrollment is limited to 25 with priority given to students pursuing certification or the minor in educational studies and to majors in Sociology and Growth and Structure of Cities. This is a Praxis I course (weekly fieldwork in a school required).
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward: Africana Studies; Environmental Studies; Praxis Program
Crosslisting(s): EDUC-B266; SOCL-B266
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Cohen,J.
(Spring 2013)

CITY B269 Black America in Sociological Perspective

This course provides sociological perspectives on various issues affecting black America: the legacy of slavery; the formation of urban ghettos; the struggle for civil rights; the continuing significance of discrimination; the problems of crime and criminal justice; educational under-performance; entrepreneurial and business activities; the social roles of black intellectuals, athletes, entertainers, and creative artists.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Counts toward: Africana Studies
Crosslisting(s): SOCL-B229
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

CITY B338 The New African Diaspora: African and Caribbean Immigrants in the United States

An examination of the socioeconomic experiences of immigrants who arrived in the United States since the landmark legislation of 1965. After exploring issues of development and globalization at “home” leading to migration, the course proceeds with the study of immigration theories. Major attention is given to the emergence of transnational identities and the transformation of communities, particularly in the northeastern United States.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Counts toward: Africana Studies
Crosslisting(s): SOCL-B338
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

COML B279 Introduction to African Literature

This course examines major themes in modern Middle Eastern literatures through selected prose works by prominent modern writers in translation from Arabic, Hebrew, Persian and Turkish. Topics include tradition versus modernity, gender and the family, the individual and the state, and the impact of regional conflict.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward: Africana Studies
Crosslisting(s): ENGL-B279
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Beard,L.
(Fall 2012)

COML B388 Contemporary African Fiction

Noting that the official colonial independence of most African countries dates back only half a century, this course focuses on the fictive experiments of the most recent decade. A few highly controversial works from the 90’s serve as an introduction to very recent work. Most works are in English. To experience depth as well as breadth, there is a small cluster of works from South Africa. With novels and tales from elsewhere on the huge African continent, we will get a glimpse of “living in the present” in history and letters.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Counts toward: Africana Studies
Crosslisting(s): ENGL-B388
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Beard,L.
(Spring 2013)

ECON B324 The Economics of Discrimination and Inequality

Explores the causes and consequences of discrimination and inequality in economic markets. Topics include economic theories of discrimination and inequality, evidence of contemporary race- and gender-based inequality, detecting discrimination, and identifying sources of racial and gender inequality. Additionally, the instructor and students will jointly select supplementary topics of specific interest to the class. Possible topics include: discrimination in historical markets, disparity in legal treatments, issues of family structure, and education gaps. Prerequisites: At least one 200-level applied microeconomics elective; ECON 253 or 304; ECON 200 or 202.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Counts toward: Africana Studies
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B334
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

EDUC B200 Critical Issues in Education

Designed to be the first course for students interested in pursuing one of the options offered through the Education Program, this course is also open to students who are not yet certain about their career aspirations but are interested in educational issues. The course examines major issues in education in the United States within the conceptual framework of educational reform. Fieldwork in an area school required (eight visits, 1.5-2 hours per visit). Writing intensive.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward: Africana Studies; Child and Family Studies; Praxis Program
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Lesnick,A.
(Spring 2013)

EDUC B266 Schools in American Cities

This course examines issues, challenges, and possibilities of urban education in contemporary America. We use as critical lenses issues of race, class, and culture; urban learners, teachers, and school systems; and restructuring and reform. While we look at urban education nationally over several decades, we use Philadelphia as a focal “case” that students investigate through documents and school placements. This is a Praxis II course (weekly fieldwork in a school required)
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward: Africana Studies; Child and Family Studies; Praxis Program
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B266; SOCL-B266
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Cohen,J.
(Spring 2013)

ENGL B217 Narratives of Latinidad

This course explores how Latina/o writers fashion bicultural and transnational identities and narrate the intertwined histories of the U.S. and Latin America. We will focus on topics of shared concern among Latino groups such as imperialism and annexation, the affective experience of migration, race and gender stereotypes, the politics of Spanglish, and struggles for social justice. By analyzing novels, poetry, performance art, testimonial narratives, films, and essays, we will unpack the complexity of Latinadad in the Americas.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Counts toward: Africana Studies; Gender and Sexuality Studies; Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples and Cultures
Crosslisting(s): SPAN-B217
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Harford Vargas,J.
(Fall 2012)

ENGL B219 Facing the Facts/Essaying the Subjective

Nonfictional prose genres, which may well constitute the majority of all that has been written, are very seldom the focus of literature courses. This class will address that gap, by exploring the use-value of the category of non-fictional prose in organizing our experience of, and our thinking about, literature. Might our attending to such texts alter our sense of what literature is?
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward: Africana Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

ENGL B234 Postcolonial Literature in English

This course will survey a broad range of novels and poems written while countries were breaking free of British colonial rule. Readings will also include cultural theorists interested in defining literary issues that arise from the postcolonial situation.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward: Africana Studies
Crosslisting(s): COML-B234
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

ENGL B235 Reading Popular Culture: Freaks

This course traces the iconic figure of the “freak” in American culture, from 19th c. sideshows to the present. Featuring literature and films that explore “extraordinary Others”, we will flesh out the ways in which our current understandings of gender, sexuality, normalcy, and race are constituted through images of “abnormality.”
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward: Africana Studies; Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

ENGL B245 Focus: “I remember Harlem”

A transdisciplinary study of the famous Black metropolis as a historic, geo-political, and cultural center (from the Jazz Age to the Hip Hop revolution) this course acknowledges 400 years of history and analyzes the contemporary gentrification of Harlem. We interrogate closely the seismic changes in “Harlem” as a signifier.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward: Africana Studies
Units: 0.5
(Not Offered 2012-13)

ENGL B262 Survey in African American Literature

Pairing canonical African American fiction with theoretical, popular, and filmic texts from the late-19th Century through to the present day, we will address the ways in which the Black body, as cultural text, has come to be both constructed and consumed within the nation’s imagination and our modern visual regime.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward: Africana Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

ENGL B263 Toni Morrison and the Art of Narrative Conjure

All of Morrison’s primary imaginative texts, in publication order, as well as essays by Morrison, with a series of critical lenses that explore several vantages for reading a conjured narration.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward: Africana Studies; Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Beard,L.
(Spring 2013)

ENGL B264 Focus: Black Bards: Poetry in the Diaspora

An interrogation of poetric utterance in works of the African diaspora, primarily in English, this course addresses a multiplicity of genres, including epic, lyric, sonnet, rap, and mimetic jazz. The development of poetic theories at key moments such as the Harlem Renaissance and the Black Arts Movement will be explored. Prerequisite: Any course in poetry or African/American literature.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward: Africana Studies
Units: 0.5, 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

ENGL B279 Introduction to African Literature

Taking into account the oral, written, aural and visual forms of African “texts” over several thousand years, this course will explore literary production, translation and audience/critical reception. Representative works to be studied include oral traditions, the Sundiata Epic, Chinua Achebe’s Anthills of the Savannah, Ayi Kwei Armah’s Fragments, Mariama Bâ’s Si Longe une Lettre, Tsitsi Danga-rembga’s Nervous Conditions, Bessie Head’s Maru, Sembène Ousmane’s Xala, plays by Wole Soyinka and his Burden of History, The Muse of Forgiveness and Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s A Grain of Wheat. We will address the “transliteration” of Christian and Muslim languages and theologies in these works.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward: Africana Studies
Crosslisting(s): COML-B279
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Beard,L.
(Fall 2012)

ENGL B344 After Beloved: Black Women Writers in the 21st Century

This course focuses on fiction, poetry and drama by Black women (African and Caribbean American) published since 2000. Attendant to the diversity of aesthetic and thematic approaches in this body of literature, we will explore exploding notions of racial identity and allegiance, as well as challenges to the boundaries of genre. Prerequisites: one African or African-American literature course at the 200-level or permission of the instructor.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Counts toward: Africana Studies; Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

ENGL B345 Topics in Narrative Theory

Narrative theory through the lens of a specific genre, period or style of writing. Recent topics include Victorian Novels and Ethnic Novels. Current topic description: This course traces the development of the U.S. ethnic novel. We will examine novels by Native Americans, Chicana/os, and African Americans, focusing on key formal innovations in their respective traditions. In addition, we will become versed in key concepts developed by narrative theorists to understand the genre of the novel.
Counts toward: Gender and Sexuality Studies; Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples and Cultures
Crosslisting(s): COML-B345
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Harford Vargas,J.
(Spring 2013)

ENGL B346 Theories of Modernism

This course will investigate a wide range of works that have been labeled “modernist” in order to raise the question, “Was there one modernism or were there many disparate and competing ones?”
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Counts toward: Africana Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

ENGL B369 Women Poets: Gwendolyn Brooks, Adrienne Rich, Sylvia Plath

In this seminar we will be playing three poets off against each other, all of whom came of age during the 1950s. We will plot each poet’s career in relation to the public and personal crises that shaped it, giving particular attention to how each poet constructed “poethood” for herself.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Counts toward: Africana Studies; Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

ENGL B388 Contemporary African Fiction

Noting that the official colonial independence of most African countries dates back only half a century, this course focuses on the fictive experiments of the most recent decade. A few highly controversial works from the 90’s serve as an introduction to very recent work. Most works are in English. To experience depth as well as breadth, there is a small cluster of works from South Africa. With novels and tales from elsewhere on the huge African continent, we will get a glimpse of “living in the present” in history and letters.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Counts toward: Africana Studies
Crosslisting(s): COML-B388
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Beard,L.
(Spring 2013)

FREN B254 Teaching (in) the Postcolony: Schooling in African Fiction

This seminar will examines novels from Francophone and Anglophone Africa, critical essays, and two films, in order to better understand the forces that inform the African child’s experiences of education.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward: Africana Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Higginson,P.
(Spring 2013)

GNST B103 Introduction to Swahili Language and Culture I

The primary goal of this course is to develop an elementary level ability to speak, read, and write Swahili. The emphasis is on communicative competence in Swahili based on the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning. In the process of acquiring the language, students will also be introduced to East Africa and its cultures. No prior knowledge of Swahili or East Africa is required.
Requirement(s): Division I or Division III
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward: Africana Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Mshomba,E.
(Fall 2012)

GNST B105 Introduction to Swahili Language and Culture II

The primary goal of this course is to continue working on an elementary level ability to speak, read, and write Swahili. The emphasis is on communicative competence in Swahili based on the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning. Students will also continue learning about East Africa and its cultures. Introduction to Swahili Language and Culture I or permission of the instructor is required.
Requirement(s): Division I or Division III
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward: Africana Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

HART B282 Arts of Sub-Saharan Africa

This course examines the significant artistic and architectural traditions of African cultures south of the Sahara in their religious, philosophical, political, and social aspects.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward: Africana Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

HART B362 The African Art Collection

This seminar will introduce students to the African art holdings that are part of the Art and Archaeology Collections.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Counts toward: Africana Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

HIST B102 Introduction to African Civilizations

The course is designed to introduce students to the history of African and African Diaspora societies, cultures, and political economies. We will discuss the origins, state formation, external contacts, and the structural transformations and continuities of African societies and cultures in the context of the slave trade, colonial rule, capitalist exploitation, urbanization, and westernization, as well as contemporary struggles over authority, autonomy, identity and access to resources. Case studies will be drawn from across the continent.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward: Africana Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Ngalamulume,K.
(Spring 2013)

HIST B200 The Atlantic World 1492-1800

The aim of this course is to provide an understanding of the way in which peoples, goods, and ideas from Africa, Europe. and the Americas came together to form an interconnected Atlantic World system. The course is designed to chart the manner in which an integrated system was created in the Americas in the early modern period, rather than to treat the history of the Atlantic World as nothing more than an expanded version of North American, Caribbean, or Latin American history.
Requirement(s): Division I or Division III
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward: Africana Studies; Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples and Cultures; International Studies Major; Peace and Conflict Studies
Crosslisting(s): ANTH-B200
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

HIST B235 Africa to 1800

The course explores the formation and development of African societies, with a special focus on the key processes of hominisation, agricultural revolution, metalworking, the formation of states, the connection of West Africa to the world economy, and the impact of European colonial rule on African societies in the 19th and 20th centuries. Counts toward Africana Studies.
Requirement(s): Division I or Division III
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward: Africana Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

HIST B237 Themes in Modern African History

The course examines the cultural, environmental, economic, political, and social factors that contributed to the expansion and transformation of preindustrial cities, colonial cities, and cities today. We will examine various themes, such as the relationship between cities and societies; migration and social change; urban space, health problems, city life, and women. Counts toward Africana Studies and Environmental Studies.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward: Africana Studies; Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B237
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

HIST B243 Atlantic Cultures

This is a topics course. Course content varies. Current topic description: The course explores the process of self-emancipation by slaves in the early modern Atlantic World. What was the nature of the communities that free blacks forged? What were their relationships to the empires from which they had freed themselves? How was race constructed in the early modern period? Did conceptions of race change over time?
Requirement(s): Division I or Division III
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward: Africana Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Gallup-Diaz,I.
(Fall 2012)

HIST B303 Topics in American History

This is a topics course. Course content varies. Recent topics have included medicine, advertising, and history of sexuality. Current topic description: In the twenty years following World War II, Americans were faced with unexpected fears and anxieties. Despite the emergence of American as a superpower, Americans became deeply paranoid and insecure. Most famous as the era of McCarthy persecutions, Cold War political culture also produced the Civil Rights Movement, debates over the role of the individual and the state, critiques of conformity, and challenges to social status quo through personal politics and cultural revolutions in multiple arenas. This course will focus on the ways in which Cold War political culture offered a fundamentally new – and profoundly influential – paradigm for modern American life.
Requirement(s): Division I or Division III
Counts toward: Africana Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Shore,E., Ullman,S.
(Spring 2013)

HIST B336 Social and Cultural History of Medicine in Africa

The course will focus on the issues of public health history, social and cultural history of disease as well as the issues of the history of medicine. We will explore various themes, such as the indigenous theories of disease and therapies; disease, imperialism and medicine; medical pluralism in contemporary Africa; the emerging diseases, medical education, women in medicine, and differential access to health care. We will also explore the questions regarding the sources of African history and their quality.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Counts toward: Africana Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Ngalamulume,K.
(Spring 2013)

HIST B337 Topics in African History

This is a topics course. Topics vary. Enrollment limited to 15 students.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Counts toward: Africana Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

HIST B349 Topics in Comparative History

This is a topics course. Topics vary.
Requirement(s): Division I or Division III
Counts toward: Africana Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

POLS B243 African and Caribbean Perspectives in World Politics

This course makes African and Caribbean voices audible as they create or adopt visions of the world that explain their positions and challenges in world politics. Students learn analytical tools useful in understanding other parts of the world. Prerequisite: POLS 141.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward: Africana Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

SOCL B207 The Social Dynamics of Oppression

This course offers an introduction to prejudice and the dynamics of oppression at the individual, institutional and socio-cultural levels. The course provides a theoretical framework for understanding social oppression and inter-group relations. This course will also examine the theory behind how social identity groups form and how bias develops.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Counts toward: Africana Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

SOCL B217 The Family in Social Context

A consideration of the family as a social institution in the United States, looking at how societal and cultural characteristics and dynamics influence families; how the family reinforces or changes the society in which it is located; and how the family operates as a social organization. Included is an analysis of family roles and social interaction within the family. Major problems related to contemporary families are addressed, such as domestic violence and divorce. Cross-cultural and subcultural variations in the family are considered.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward: Africana Studies; Child and Family Studies; Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

SOCL B225 Women in Society

A study of the contemporary experiences of women of color in the Global South. The household, workplace, community, and the nation-state, and the positions of women in the private and public spheres are compared cross-culturally. Topics include feminism, identity and self-esteem; globalization and transnational social movements and tensions and transitions encountered as nations embark upon development.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward: Africana Studies; Child and Family Studies; Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Osirim,M.
(Fall 2012)

SOCL B229 Black America in Sociological Perspective

This course provides sociological perspectives on various issues affecting black America: the legacy of slavery; the formation of urban ghettos; the struggle for civil rights; the continuing significance of discrimination; the problems of crime and criminal justice; educational under-performance; entrepreneurial and business activities; the social roles of black intellectuals, athletes, entertainers, and creative artists.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward: Africana Studies
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B269
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

SOCL B266 Schools in American Cities

This course examines issues, challenges, and possibilities of urban education in contemporary America. We use as critical lenses issues of race, class, and culture; urban learners, teachers, and school systems; and restructuring and reform. While we look at urban education nationally over several decades, we use Philadelphia as a focal “case” that students investigate through documents and school placements. Enrollment is limited to 25 with priority given to students pursuing certification or the minor in educational studies and to majors in Sociology and Growth and Structure of Cities. This is a Praxis I course (weekly fieldwork in a school required).
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward: Africana Studies; Child and Family Studies; Environmental Studies; Praxis Program
Crosslisting(s): EDUC-B266; CITY-B266
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Cohen,J.
(Spring 2013)

SOCL B338 The New African Diaspora: African and Caribbean Immigrants in the United States

An examination of the socioeconomic experiences of immigrants who arrived in the United States since the landmark legislation of 1965. After exploring issues of development and globalization at “home” leading to migration, the course proceeds with the study of immigration theories. Major attention is given to the emergence of transnational identities and the transformation of communities, particularly in the northeastern United States.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Counts toward: Africana Studies
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B338
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

SPAN B217 Narratives of Latinidad

This course explores how Latina/o writers fashion bicultural and transnational identities and narrate the intertwined histories of the U.S. and Latin America. We will focus on topics of shared concern among Latino groups such as imperialism and annexation, the affective experience of migration, race and gender stereotypes, the politics of Spanglish, and struggles for social justice. By analyzing novels, poetry, performance art, testimonial narratives, films, and essays, we will unpack the complexity of Latinadad in the Americas.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Counts toward: Africana Studies; Gender and Sexuality Studies; Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples and Cultures
Crosslisting(s): ENGL-B217
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Harford Vargas,J.
(Fall 2012)