A survey of African American Studies from an interdisciplinary perspective. This course utilizes the comparative analysis of approaches, methodologies, and key concepts related to the study of people of African descent in the United States, continental Africa, and throughout the African Diaspora. The course utilizes the expertise of African-American Studies faculty, and embraces the seven core fields of the discipline. Writing assignments as appropriate to the discipline are part of the course.
A thematic study of topics in Africana Studies, with special attention to media, popular culture, and the contributions of women. Builds upon and offers a deeper exploration of topics introduced in Africana Studies 101. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
The political significance, globalization and history of Hip-Hop will be examined. Four of the multitude of musical permutations of American Hip-Hop (Rap, consciousness/social awareness, gangsta rap and commercial hip-hop) and their relative/potential impact will be outlined. The materials/social culture that has come to be associated with Hip-Hop will be the primary focus. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.