Courses in Global Race and Ethnicity

Courses are not offered every semester, or every year. Refer to the Office of the Registrar for each term's specific offerings.

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AAS 201
Introduction to the Study of African American Cultural Practices

Taught by Professor Naomi Murakawa

As the introductory course required to concentrate or earn a certificate in African American Studies, this course examines the past and present, the doings and the sufferings of Americans of African descent from a multidisciplinary perspective. It highlights the ways in which serious intellectual scrutiny of the agency of black people in the United States and help redefine what it means to be American, new world, modern and post modern.

AAS 221 / SOC 221 / WOM 221
Inequality: Class, Race, and Gender

Taught by Professor B. Thornton Dill

Inequalities in property, power, and prestige examined for their effects on life chances and life styles. Primary focus on socioeconomic classes in modern societies. Special attention to the role of religious, racial, and ethnic factors. Comparisons of different systems of stratification in the world today.

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AAS 237 / ART 237
Modern and Contemporary African Art

Taught by Professor Chika Okeke-Agulu

This course examines the range of work by African artists from the colonial period to the era of post-independence. It seeks to familiarize students with modern and contemporary art from Africa by studying forms, ideas, and subject matter that have preoccupied African artists since the mid-2oth century. It is also interested in the critical practices that have helped set these artists on the global stage, as well as theoretical structures that might help our understanding of these processes.

AAS 239 / COM 239 / AFS 239
Introduction to African Literature and Film

Taught by Professor Wendy Laura Belcher

African literature and films have been a vital (but often unacknowledged) stream in and stimulant to the global traffic in invention. Nigerian literature is one of the great literatures of the 20th century. Ethiopian literature is one of the oldest in the world. South Africans have won more Nobel Prizes for Literature in the past forty years than authors from any other country. Senegalese films include some of the finest films ever made. In this course, we will study the richness and diversity of foundational African texts (some in translation), while foregrounding questions of aesthetics, style, humor, and epistemology.

AAS 242 / ENG 242
Other Futures: An Introduction to Modern Caribbean Literature

Taught by Professor Nijah Cunningham

This course introduces students to major theories and debates within the study of Caribbean literature and culture with a particular focus on the idea of catastrophe. Reading novels and poetry that address the historical loss and injustices that have given shape to the modern Caribbean, we will explore questions of race, gender, and sexuality and pay considerable attention to the figure of the black body caught in the crosscurrents of a catastrophic history. We will analyze how writers and artists attempted to construct alternative images of the future from the histories of slavery and colonialism that haunt the Caribbean and its Diasporas.

11:00 am - 12:20 pm TTh

AAS 261 / ART 261
Art and Politics in Postcolonial Africa

Taught by Professor Chika Okeke-Agulu

This seminar examines the impact of the IMF's Structural Adjustment Program, military dictatorships, and political crises on artistic production in the 1980s, and the dramatic movement of African artists from the margins of the international art world to its very center since the 1990s. How familiar or different are the works and concerns of African artists? What are the consequences, in Africa and the West, of the international success of a few African artists? And what does the work of these Africans at home and in the West tell us about the sociopolitical conditions of our world today?

1:30 pm – 4:20 pm Th

AAS 262 / MUS 262
Introduction to the Evolution of Jazz Styles

Taught by Professor Courtney Bryan

An introductory survey examining the historical development of jazz from its African origins through the present. The course will place an emphasis on the acquisition of listening skills and will explore related musical and social issues.

1:30 pm – 2:50 pm TTh

AAS 274 / COM 274
Growing Up Global: Novels and Memoirs of Transnational Childhoods

Taught by Professor Wendy Laura Belcher

What if the real answer to the question "Where are you from?" or "Where did you grow up?" is so complicated that you tend to give a convenient rather than honest answer? This course will explore narratives of youthful cultural and linguistic adaptation by those who have spent their childhood crossing national boundaries. Among the topics of discussion are how the narrators construct meaningful identities and produce a sense of belonging or alienation through narrative.

Lecture L01: 3:00 pm – 4:20 pm T

AAS 314 / COM 396
Model Memoirs: The Life Stories of International Fashion Models

Taught by Professor Imani Perry

Explores the life-writing of American, African, and Asian women in the fashion industry as a launching point for thinking about race, gender, and class. How do ethnicity and femininity intersect? How are authenticity and difference commodified? How do women construct identities through narrative and negotiate their relationships to their bodies, families, and nations? Includes guest lectures bu fashion editors and models; discussions of contemporary television programs, global fashion, and cultural studies; and student self-narratives about their relationships with cultural standards of beauty, whether vexed or not.

AAS 315 / SOC 315 / LAS 316
Race, Ethnicity, and the Nationalism in Latin America

Taught by Professor E. Telles

Examines a wide range of issues regarding race, ethnicity and nationalism in Latin America. We will explore the basic sociological, political, and cultural concepts of nation, race and ethnicity, emphasizing how they are used in the region. Race and ethnicity have taken on special meanings in Latin America that are distinct from other regions. Much of the course will focus on how that came about and how race is manifested. We will emphasize comparisons to the well as across countries within Latin America. This course will cover populations of African and indigenous origins.

AAS 317 / WWS 331 / SOC 312
Race and Public Policy

Taught by Professor Douglas Massey

Analyzes the historical construction of race as a concept in American society, how and why this concept was institutionalized publicly and privately in various arenas of U.S. public life at different historical junctures, and the progress that has been made in dismantling racialized institutions since the civil rights era.

AAS 320/ENG 363/AMS 384
Islands in the Sun: Caribbean Literature

Taught by Professor Tao Leigh Goffe

From the "Chigro" henchmen of James Bond's Jamaica to Edwidge Danticat and Junot Diaz's Haitian, Dominican Caribbean collusion, to the ethics of all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean and offshore banking, this seminar explores the islands through their literature, films, photography, and the music of Mighty Sparrow and Bob Marley. More than simply a vacation paradise, at the center of the Caribbean is the legacy of European colonialism, African enslavement, and Indian and Chinese indenture. Students will produce a seminar soundtrack, selecting relevant songs each week, which will be mixed into a collective track as part of the final.

Seminar S01: 1:30 pm – 4:20 pm M

AAS 323 / AMS 321
Diversity in Black America

Taught by Professor Imani Perry

As the demographics of Blacks in America change, we are compelled to rethink the dominant stories of who African Americans are, and from whence they come. The seminar explores the deep cultural, genealogical, national origin, regional, and class-based diversity of people of African descent in the United States.

AAS 329 / ENG 415
Chinatown USA

Taught by Professor Anne Anlin Cheng

This course registers the tension between the domestic and the foreign that has long since haunted the ideal of American integration. It looks at the construction of "Chinatown"--as historic reality, geographic formation, cultural fantasy, even architectural innovation--in the making of the American nationalism. Students will study novels, plays, films, and photography that focus on or use Chinatown as a central backdrop in ways that highlight the complex relationship between material history and social imagination when it comes to how America incorporates (or fails to digest) its racial or immigrant "other."

AAS 331 / LAS 333
Race, Nation and the Citizen in Latin America

Taught by Professor Danielle Williams

This seminar course traces the tide of racial discourse and Enlightenment-spurred scientific empiricism and explores the materialization of these anxieties in popular culture as it related to the development of notions of race and nationalizing projects at the dawn of independence in Latin America.

AAS 332 / REL 332
The Nation of Islam in America

Taught by Professor Wallace Best

This course will explore the various meanings attributed to Nation of Islam (NOI) cultural and religious practices. Of particular concern will be the ways in which the NOI's ideological structure has allowed it to function both as a "black nationalist" and religious body. Students will spend time examining the lives of such figures a Wallace D. Fard, Elijah Muhammad, Malcolm X, and Louis Farrahkan. Other themes covered include: women and the NOI, the return of Orthodoxy, the NOI and black Christianity, and the NOI and political power.

AAS 338 / COM 347 / AFS 338
African Vampires and Other Political Phantasms

Taught by Professor Wendy Laura Belcher

In this class, we will explore literature and films about African vampires, witches, zombies, mermaids, and ghosts as a way of thinking about how Africa is constructed in the global imagination as well as how African and African diasporic artists use magic to analyze the dynamics of power. In this interdisciplinary anthropology, political science, literature and history course, students will be introduced to several bodies of literature (twentieth-century African American and Francophone fiction; twenty-first century African science fiction; West African popular film); as well as the latest in theorizing about magic, culture, and the state.

AAS 341 / ART 375
Enter the New Negro: Black Atlantic Aesthetics

Taught by Professor Anna Arabindan-Kesson

Born in the late 1800s, the New Negro movement demanded political equality, desegregation, and an end to lynching, while also launching new forms of international Black cultural expression. The visionary modernity of its artists not only reimagined the history of the black diaspora by developing new artistic languages through travel, music, religion and poetry, but also shaped modernism as a whole in the 20th century. Incorporating field trips and sessions in the Princeton University Art Museum, this course explores Afro-modern forms of artistic expression from the late 19th-century into the mid-20th century.

3:00 pm - 4:20 pm MW

AAS 341 / ART 375
Art and Modernity in the Black Diaspora

Taught by Professor Anna Arabindan-Kesson

This course traces the development of artistic modernisms in the African diaspora from the second half of the nineteenth-century into the mid twentieth century. Incorporating visits to art collections, the course examines the aesthetic theories of Black artists and writers, their subjects and the expressive forms they sought to describe. Tracing the ways these artists engaged with the emerging debates and dialogues of Western modernism, the course uses these cross cultural dynamics, what Kobena Mercer has termed “cosmopolitan modernisms,” to centralize the visionary, transnational, modernity of artists in the African diaspora.

AAS 342 / COM 394 / AFS 342
Sisters’ Voices: African Women Writers

Taught by Professor Wendy Laura Belcher

In this class, we study the richness and diversity of poetry, novels, and memoirs written by African women. The course expands students' understanding of the long history of women's writing across Africa and a range of languages. It focuses on their achievements while foregrounding questions of aesthetics and style. As an antidote to misconceptions of African women as silent, students analyze African women's self-representations and how they theorize social relations within and across ethnic groups, generations, classes, and genders. The course increase students' ability to think, speak, and write critically about gender.

AAS 343 / POL 343
African American Politics

Taught by Professor M. Harris-Perry

This course provides an introduction to the political experience of African Americans. The course is primarily contemporary in its focus although we will deal briefly with the Civil Rights movement of the mid-twentieth century. Topics include African American political thought, voting and participation, urban politics, race and elected office, religion and politics, and issues of gender, class and sexual identity at the intersections of black politics. This course has a substantial reading load.

AAS 351 / GSS 351
Law, Social Policy, and African American Women

Taught by Professor Imani Perry

Journeying from enslavement and Jim Crow to the post-civil rights era, this course will learn how law and social policy have shaped, constrained, and been resisted by black women's experience and thought. Using a wide breadth of materials including legal scholarship, social science research, visual arts, and literature, we will also develop an understanding of how property, the body, and the structure and interpretation of domestic relations have been frameworks through which black female subjectivity in the United States was and is mediated.

AAS 359 / ENG 366
African American Literature: Harlem Renaissance to Present

Taught by Professor Kinohi Nishikawa

A survey of twentieth- and twenty-first century African American literature, including the tradition's key aesthetic manifestos. Special attention to how modern African American literature is periodized and why certain innovations in genre and style emerged when they did. Poetry, essays, novels, popular fiction, a stage production or two, and related visual texts.

Lecture L01: 11:00 am – 12:20 pm MW

AAS 362 / WWS 386 / POL 338
Race and the American Legal Process

Taught by Professor Imani Perry

This course examines the dynamic and often conflicted relationships between African American struggles for inclusion, and the legislative, administrative, and judicial decision-making responding to or rejecting those struggles, from Reconstruction to the passage of the Voting Rights Act. In tracing these relationships we will cover issues such as property, criminal law, suffrage, education, and immigration, with a focus on the following theoretical frameworks: equal protection, due process, civic participation and engagement, and political recognition.

11:00 am – 11:50 am MW

AAS 363 / SPA 352 / LAS 356
Topics in the Politics of Writing and Difference: Cuban Literature of Slavery

Taught by Professor R. Price

A course on the relationship between Cuban literature and slavery. Explicitly "Cuban" literature emerged from the literary salon of Domingo del Monte, a 19th century reformist with ties to British abolitionism, and early works focused on the island's massive slave industry. We will read several anti-slavery novels, emphasizing ties to transatlantic Romanticism and sentimental literature, and generic conventions more generally. Also: the only known Spanish-language slave autobiography; an oral history from an ex-slave; the diary of a bounty-hunter; psychoanalysis, and modern Cuban representations of slavery, including films.

AAS 366 / HIS 386
African American History to 1863

Taught by Professor Tera Hunter

This course explores African-American history from the Atlantic slave trade up to the Civil War. It is centrally concerned with the rise of and overthrow of human bondage and how they shaped the modern world. Africans were central to the largest and most profitable forced migration in world history. They shaped new identities and influenced the contours of American politics, law, economics, culture and society. The course considers the diversity of experiences in this formative period of nation-making. Race, class, gender, region, religion, labor, and resistance animate important themes in the course.

Lecture L01: 11:00 am – 11:50 am TTh

AAS 372 / ART 374 / AMS 372
Postblack: Contemporary African American Art

Taught by Professor Chika Okeke-Agulu

As articulated by Thelma Golden, postblack refers to the work of African American artists who emerged in the 1990s with ambitious, irreverent, and sassy work. Though hard to define, postblack suggested the emergence of a generation of artists removed from the long tradition of black affirmation of the Harlem Renaissance, black empowerment of the Black Arts movement, and identity politics of the 1980s and early 90s. This seminar provides an opportunity for a deep engagement with the work of African American artists of the past decade. It will involve critical and theoretical readings on multiculturalism, race, identity, and contemporary art.

1:30 pm – 4:20 pm W

AAS 375 / PSY 375
Social Stigma: On Being a Target of Prejudice

Taught by Professor S. Sinclair

Individuals subject to social stigma possess, or are believed to possess, an attribute that marks them as members of a group that is devalued within a particular social context. In this course we will attempt to understand the psychological impact of being stigmatized by reading and discussing social psychological research and theories that illustrate central ideas and debates on this topic. Specifically, we will examine how social stigma affect academic performance, health, interpersonal interactions and self-understanding, as well as how people cope with stigma.

AAS 377 / ART 378 / AFS 378
Post-1945 African Photography

Taught by Professor Chika Okeke-Agulu

This course examines the role and status of photography in different phases of Africa's political, cultural and art historical experience since 1945. We explore how African photographers used the photographic medium in the service of the state, society and their own artistic visions during the colonial and post-independence eras. Photography's relationship with art and its social function in Africa will underlie our discussion.

AAS 397 / ENG 397
New Diasporas: African and Caribbean Writers in Europe and North America

Taught by Professor Simon Gikandi

This course will explore the works of contemporary authors of the African and Caribbean diaspora in Europe and North America in relation to the changing historical and cultural context of migration and globalization. The course will consider how these writers have represented the process of relocation, acculturation, and the transnational moment. What is the role of the imagination in the rethinking of identities lived across boundaries? Why and how do these authors use the term diaspora to describe their experiences? How do the works of a new generation of writers from Africa and the Caribbean transform theories of globalization?

AAS 402 / HIS 402 / AMS 412
Princeton and Slavery

Taught by Professor Martha Sandweiss

Research seminar focused on Princeton University's historical connections to the institution of slavery. The class will work toward creating a report that details the slave-holding practices of Princeton faculty and students, examines campus debates about slavery, and investigates whether money derived from slave labor contributed to the early growth of the school. Class will meet in Mudd Library.

11:00 am – 12:20 pm MW

AAS 403 / ANT 403
Race and Medicine

Taught by Professor Carolyn Rouse

In 1998, then-President Clinton set a national goal that by the year 2010 race, ethnic, and gender disparities in six disease categories would be eliminated. While the agenda, called Healthy People 2010, was a noble effort, many of the goals were not met. This course examines what went wrong. For a final project, students will be asked to propose their own solutions for eliminating health disparities.

AAS 411 / ART 471 / AFS 411
Art, Apartheid, and South Africa

Taught by Professor Chika Okeke-Agulu

Apartheid, the political doctrine of separation of races in South Africa (1948-1990), dominated the (South) African political discourse in the second half of the 20th century. While it lasted, art and visual cultures were marshaled in the defense and contestation of its ideologies. Since the end of Apartheid, artists, filmmakers, dramatists, and scholars continue to reexamine the legacies of Apartheid, and the social, philosophical, and political conditions of non-racialized South Africa. Course readings examine issues of race, nationalism and politics, art and visual culture, and social memory in South Africa.

Seminar S01: 7:30 pm – 10:20 pm T

AAS 426 / HIS 426
Memory, History, and the African Diaspora

Taught by Professor Joshua Guild

This course uses historical scholarship, memoir, visual art, fiction and music to examine the relationship between "history" and "memory" and the different ways that race and social power have shaped that relationship in the U.S. and across the African diaspora. It considers the role played by acts of remembering in struggles for justice and self-determination, as well as the place of forgetting and erasure in processes of exclusion. We will link representations of the black past to debates on such issues as public memorials, legal justice, reparations, and affirmative action.

AAS 442 / AFS 442 / COM 425
African Radical Thought and Revolutionary Youth Culture

Taught by Professor Wendy Laura Belcher

African thought continues to be marginalized, even though radical black intellectuals have shaped a number of social movements and global intellectual history. African youths are innovating new models that are revolutionizing the sciences, law, social and visual media, fashion, etc. In this class, we read classics of African thought and study contemporary African youth culture together to theorize what is happening in Africa today. This includes reading such African theorists as Frantz Fanon, V. Y. Mudimbe, and Achille Mbembe, and researching innovations in contemporary African urban popular culture.

7:30 pm - 10:20 pm T

AAS 472 / ART 472
Igbo and Yoruba Art

Taught by Professor Chika Okeke-Agulu

This seminar focuses on  the classical and traditional values of the Yoruba and Igbo peoples of Southern Nigeria. Through readings on key aspects of the groups' philosophies, ritual practices, aesthetics and socio-cultural formations, we examine the conceptual bases and formal conditions of the arts of the two groups, and rethink earlier scholarship on Igbo, Yoruba art, politics, and visual cultures.

AAS 473 / ART 473
Kongo Art

Taught by Professor Chika Okeke-Agulu

Easily recognized as ming the most important examples of canonical African art,Kongo sculptures, textiles, and ritual design are famous for their conceptual density, stylistic variety and rigorous abstraction. The course examines the role of art in the life of the Kongo Kingdom and related peoples, from the arrival of Spanish explorers and missionaries in the 15th century, through the era of Belgian colonization from the late 19th to mid-20th centuries, to the period since political independence in 1960. The seminar coincides with and will explore the Kongo Across the Waters exhibition at the Princeton University Museum.

AAS 481 / ENG 429
The African American Atlantic: Modernity and the Black Experience

Taught by Professor Simon Gikandi

Examines the formation and transformation of the Black Atlantic World from the 18th century to present. Through an examination of a range of literary texts, historical documents, and visual media, the course will consider how the Atlantic Ocean, often associated with violence and pain of slavery, also became the stage in which new black identities were constructed. How did black sin the new world imagine themselves as modern subjects? How have African, African American, and Caribbean writers and intellectuals imagined global citizenship? There will be a visit to Ghana over the spring break.

AFS 427*
Conflict in Africa

Taught by Professor A. Seegers

Examines selected aspects on conflict in Africa. The concept "conflict" is used to mean organized and/or collective political violence that causes the death of about 1,000 people per year. The course will focus on the following issues: analytical debates about conflicts in Africa; actors/participants such as guerrillas, warlords, and child soldiers; continental politics about conflict; the politics of humanitarian intervention; wars in the Great Lakes Region; the war and warlords of West Africa; the genocide in Rwanda, and the aftermath of wars, especially those of Southern Africa.

AMS 339 / AAS 333 / ANT 389 / REL 333
Religion and Culture: Muslims in America

Taught by Professor A. Remtulla

This course is an introduction to Muslim cultures in the United States. Each week we will draw upon texts from anthropology, sociology, history, and other fields to develop an understanding of the historical and present diversity of Muslim communities in America. The first half of the course provides a survey of Muslim communities in this country from the 17th to the 21st centuries. The second half features a thematic approach to a variety of topics: 9/11, women and gender, religious conversion, interfaith relations, youth, mosques as institutions, and Islamophobia.

1:30 pm – 4:20 pm T

AMS 360 / ENG 387 / AAS 360
Afro-Asian Masculinities

Taught by Professor Kinohi Nishikawa

This course undertakes a comparative, cross-cultural analysis of African American and Asian American social formations. In doing so, it aims to highlight when and how seemingly distinct racial and ethnic experiences have come together on matters of labor, citizenship, international politics, and especially gender and sexual ideology. It attends to cross-cultural dialogue as well: for example, in the martial arts (Bruce Lee) and hip hop (Wu-Tang Clan). The course offers a unique opportunity to bring ethnic studies, black studies, and gender studies into dynamic conversation.

1:30 pm - 4:20 pm

ANT 210
Cross-Cultural Explorations of Gender in Film and Ethnographic Texts

Taught by Professor C. Rouse

Through visual and written ethnographies, this course will explore cross-cultural conceptions of gender. Specifically, this course will address the relationship between religion, sexuality, and social reproduction; and the salience of gender to issues of oppression, empowerment, and social change.

ANT 322*
Cross-Cultural Texts

Taught by Professor J. Boon

This seminar closely reads descriptive and fictive works replete with cross-cultural representations and juxtaposed histories. What makes a given comparative account--whether colonialist or postcolonialist--compelling? Various genres--ethnographic essays, intense travel narratives, translated tales and myths, and novels--receive concerted attention.

ART 260 / AAS 260 / AFS 260 (LA)
Introduction to African Art

Taught by Professor Chika Okeke-Agulu

An introduction to African art and architecture from prehistory to the 20th century. Beginning with Paleolithic rock art of northern and southern Africa, we will cover ancient Nubia and Meroe; Neolithic cultures such as Nok, Djenne and Ife; African kingdoms, including Benin, Asante, Bamun, Kongo, Kuba, Great Zimbabwe, and the Zulu; Christian Ethiopia and the Islamic Swahili coast; and other societies, such as the Sherbro, Igbo, and the Maasai. By combining Africa's cultural history and developments in artistic forms we establish a long historical view of the stunning diversity of the continent's indigenous arts and architecture.  

1:30 pm - 2:20 pm TTh

ART 462 / AAS 462
Representing Race in American Art

Taught by Professor Rachel DeLue

This course explores how the complex and contested concept of "race" intersects with the categories of "art" and "visual culture" in the United States, colonial era to the present. By examining the work of a range of artists and image-makers and by drawing on the literatures of art history, the history of science, cultural studies, and critical race theory, it considers how the concept of "race" has been imagined, constructed, used, or challenged by American artists and audiences. The seminar is organized around a series of topics and themes, including: New World encounters, visualizing slavery, whiteness, minstrelsy, and "racial" art.

DAN 211 / AAS 211 (LA)
The American Dance Experience and Africanist Dance Practices

Taught by Professor Dyane Harvey Salaam

A studio course introducing students to American dance aesthetics and practices, with a focus on how its evolution has been influenced by African American choreographers and dancers. An ongoing study of movement practices from traditional African dances and those of the African diaspora, touching on American jazz dance, modern dance, and American ballet. Studio work will be complemented by readings, video viewings, guest speakers, and dance studies.

2:30 pm – 4:20 pm MW

ENG 397 / AAS 397 / COM 339
New Diasporas: Black British Literature

Taught by Professor Simon Gikandi

This is a course on the dynamic body of works produced by migrants and descendants of migrants from Africa and the Caribbean in Britain since the 1950s. How has the migrant experience transformed the British cultural landscape after the end of an empire? What does it mean to be British and Black? How have migrant writers created new aesthetic forms to respond to the meaning of postcolonial Britishness? How does writing function as a mode of imagining alternative spaces of belonging? Readings will range from the novels of migrant arrival in the 1950s and the works of Zadie Smith to "post-racial" novels by Helen Oyeyemi and Aminatta Forna.

1:30 pm - 2:50 pm TTh

FRE 376 / AAS 378 (LA)
Haiti: History, Literature, and Arts of the First Black Republic

Taught by Professor F. Nick Nesbitt

This course will offer an overview of the history and culture of Haiti, the world's first black republic. In 1804, the former slaves of French St. Domingue under the leadership of Toussaint Louverture defeated the most powerful army in the world, Napoleon's to become the world's first post-slavery, black republic. The course will sample the rich history, novels, Afro-caribbean religion (Vodun), plays, music, film, and visual arts of this unique postcolonial nation.

11:00 am - 12: 20 pm MW

HIS 315*
Colonial and Postcolonial Africa

Taught by Professor J. Dlamini

The impact of European colonial rule on the traditional societies of Africa in the 19th and 20th centuries. One of the dominant themes will be the emergence of the intelligentsia in colonial areas as proponents of nationalism.

SOC 354* / AFS 354
Contemporary Issues in African Societies

Taught by Professor M. Lawrence

This course approaches contemporary African issues through the lens of population studies. What theories explain the recent fertility declines observed in so much of the developing world, and why have some African countries failed to adhere to that path? What traits are characteristic of African households today, and how were present-day family relations shaped by pre-colonial norms? Discussions will stress intra- and cross-continental comparative analysis to foster an appreciation for characteristics, trends, and challenges that are uniquely African.