The is a representative list of courses offered by the department and should not be used for schedule planning. For accurate and up-to-date course listings and information, Duke students should log into ACES.

Spring 2015

Course Title Instructor Section Time Room
AAAS 102
Intro Afr/afr-amer St DeFrantz, Thomas F. 01 TuTh 11:45 AM-01:00 PM Friedl Bdg 240

Course Description

A range of disciplinary perspectives on key topics in African American Studies: slavery and abolitionism, theories of race and racism, gender and race, the era of Jim Crow, cultural expressions, political and intellectual thought, African American freedom struggles from the seventeenth through the twentieth centuries, and race and public policy. Instructor: Staff
AAAS 103
Intro To African Studies Ifekwunigwe, Jayne 01 MW 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Friedl Bdg 240

Course Description

A range of disciplinary perspectives on key topics in contemporary African Studies: nationalism and pan-Africanism, imperialism and colonialism, genocide and famine, development and democratization, art and music, age and gender. Instructor: Staff
AAAS 190S
Special Topics Glymph, Thavolia 01 MW 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Carr 241

Course Description

Seminar version of African and African American Studies 190. Instructor: Staff
AAAS 219
Caribbean-18th Century Gaspar, Barry 01 MWF 12:00 PM-12:50 PM West Duke 106

Course Description

The development of Caribbean society and economy in the contexts of slavery, empire, international rivalry, and democratic revolution. Instructor: Gaspar
AAAS 220SL
W Afr Rootholds In Dance Vinesett, Ava LaVonne 001 Tu 01:25 PM-02:55 PM Bivins 214

Course Description

Lecture and dance laboratory exploring three West African traditional dance forms and their relationship to religious and social life in Africa and the Diaspora. Continuity and transformation of physical texts as cultural heritage, examined historically and aesthetically. Guest lecturers, videos, research project. Two lab sections, one for students with prior training in African Dance, and one for students with no experience. Instructor: A. Vinesett
AAAS 220SL
W Afr Rootholds In Dance Johnson, Medina 01L TuTh 04:40 PM-06:10 PM Hull St 104

Course Description

Lecture and dance laboratory exploring three West African traditional dance forms and their relationship to religious and social life in Africa and the Diaspora. Continuity and transformation of physical texts as cultural heritage, examined historically and aesthetically. Guest lecturers, videos, research project. Two lab sections, one for students with prior training in African Dance, and one for students with no experience. Instructor: A. Vinesett
AAAS 220SL
W Afr Rootholds In Dance Vinesett, Ava LaVonne 02L MW 06:15 PM-07:45 PM Ark 101

Course Description

Lecture and dance laboratory exploring three West African traditional dance forms and their relationship to religious and social life in Africa and the Diaspora. Continuity and transformation of physical texts as cultural heritage, examined historically and aesthetically. Guest lecturers, videos, research project. Two lab sections, one for students with prior training in African Dance, and one for students with no experience. Instructor: A. Vinesett
AAAS 226
Crime And The City Thorne, Susan 01 MWF 10:20 AM-11:10 AM Old Chem 201

Course Description

Compares representation of crime and the city in two key "texts": Charles Dickens's
AAAS 230
The South In Black And White Tyson, Timothy 01 Tu 06:30 PM-09:00 PM SEE INSTRU

Course Description

Focus on present-day and historical documentary traditions in American South, with an emphasis on call and response between black and white cultures. The arts and humanities as imbedded in particular histories and cultures found in the South, and as performed in music and theater; and portrayed in documentary films, civil rights photography, Southern literature, and historical and autobiographical writing. Includes historical texts, oral histories and testimonies of living persons, along with documentary films, photographs, and writings from people in Durham and elsewhere in the region. Instructor: Tyson
AAAS 231S
Freedom Stories Tyson, Timothy 01 W 03:05 PM-05:35 PM Bridges 001

Course Description

Documentary writing course focusing on race and storytelling in the South, using fiction, autobiography, and traditional history books. Producing narratives using documentary research, interviews, and personal memories. Focus on twentieth-century racial politics. Instructor: Tyson
AAAS 240
Modern Caribbean Dubois, Laurent 01 TuTh 03:05 PM-04:20 PM Friedl Bdg 107

Course Description

Focus on the Caribbean region as it transitioned from a collection of slave and colonial societies into a region of postcolonial and independent nations. Topics may include: postemancipation political and cultural struggles, pan-Africanism and Rastafarianism, nationalist and anticolonial movements, American economic and political influence in the region, Caribbean emigration to Europe and the United States, and global spread of Caribbean culture. Instructors: L. Dubois or Gaspar
AAAS 242S
Race, Gender, And Sexuality Truscott, Ross 01 WF 11:45 AM-01:00 PM Crowell 107

Course Description

Gender's relationship to race and sexuality explored through a variety of issues, including health, intimacy, family, the state, economic practices, transnational communities and identities, and social movement. Instructor: Staff
AAAS 243
Civil Rights Movement Gavins, Raymond 01 TuTh 01:25 PM-02:40 PM West Duke 202

Course Description

An interdisciplinary examination of the civil rights movement from World War II through the late 1960s. Instructor: Gavins or Lentz-Smith
AAAS 245S
Activism, Women And Danger Hogan, Wesley 1 W 11:45 AM-02:15 PM Bridges 113

Course Description

Immersion in the dangerous and contentious history of women's activism in the American South. Explores methods for documenting and creating narratives of women's social activism using oral history, archival research methods, and cultural production. Examines historical and contemporary women's activism including: campaigns to end racial profiling and mass incarceration, preventing environmental destruction, improving public education, advocating for undocumented workers, creating safe spaces for GLBTQ youth, and championing reproductive justice. Final project (written or multimedia) consists of documentary exploration of one specific type of southern girls' or women's activism. Instructor: Hogan
AAAS 246
Comp Race/ethnic Studies Bonilla-Silva, Eduardo 01 MW 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Bio Sci 063

Course Description

The social, legal and cultural construction of racial and ethnic hierarchies in a comparative international context with the United States and the United Kingdom of central analytical concern. Racial formation and racial segregation in specific historical and national contexts including the normative case of the Anglo-Saxon core in the United States and how its dominance has led to patterns of ethnic antagonism and discrimination; the historical context of racial stereotypes and their representation in various mediums. Social justice movements and public policies designed to challenge racial and ethnic domination including controversial topics such as "positive discrimination" (United Kingdom) and Affirmative Action (United States/South Afr
AAAS 247S
Social Movements/social Media Mottahedeh, Negar 01 MW 01:25 PM-02:40 PM Friedl Bdg 102

Course Description

Considers uses of social media by social movements. Interested in broader historical study of mediating technologies and oppositional public sphere; considers uses of cameras, phones, cassette players, pamphlets, radio, and social media, but also the body, art, and fashion as oppositional technologies. Studies political and ethical uses of technologies in social unrest in North Africa, Middle East, Latin America and global Occupy mobilization. Investigates impact of technologies on social movements in contemporary history. Student driven case studies will highlight engagement with technologies of resistance in other contexts. Instructor: Mottahedeh
AAAS 274S
Islam In The Americas Hassan, Mona 01 MW 03:05 PM-04:20 PM Social Sciences 107

Course Description

Explores how Muslim communities live and practice Islam in the American context. Examines diverse Muslim communities emerging from transatlantic exploration, trade in slaves, and migration as well as indigenous conversion. Discussion of religious and cultural identities of American Muslim peoples and consideration of questions of communal organization, religious authority, gender dynamics, youth culture, political and civic engagement, as well as American Muslim comedy and entertainment. Examination of impact of 9/11 upon American Muslims, their responses to the tragedy, and Americans' shifting perceptions of Islam and Muslims Instructor: Hassan
AAAS 276S
Religion And Race Peters, Melvin 01 MW 03:05 PM-04:20 PM Old Chem 201

Course Description

Seminar version of Religion 276. Instructor: Peters
AAAS 290S
Special Topcs Purifoy, Danielle 03 TuTh 10:05 AM-12:30 PM Env Hall 1100

Course Description

Seminar version of African and African American Studies 290. Instructor: Staff
AAAS 307
Development And Africa Piot, Charles 01 TuTh 11:45 AM-01:00 PM Friedl Bdg 107

Course Description

Addresses the vexed issue of economic development in Africa - its many failures, its occasional successes - from the early colonial period to the present. Focuses especially on the transition from the 1960s "modernizing
AAAS 321
Visualizing The Caribbean Crichlow, Michaeline 01 M 06:15 PM-08:45 PM Friedl Bdg 126

Course Description

Art (paintings, installations, performance art) and film on the Caribbean offer vantage points for analyzing alternative ways through which the region has been thought, imagined and produced. They are periodized semiotic productions that feed into and are marked by perspectives that are at once global, national, and even personal. Considering the constitutive contexts of these productions and performances, we will attempt to glean the diverse perspectives, and the way these have influenced sociocultural policy and offer alternative interpretations of diasporic lifeways of Caribbean people. Instructor: Crichlow
AAAS 329
The Black Atlantic Beauchamp-Byrd, Mora 01 WF 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Friedl Bdg 118

Course Description

The African diapora--a direct result of the transatlantic slave trade and Western colonialism--has generated a wide array of artistic achievements, from the "shotgun" houses of New Orleans to the urban graffiti of NYC. The course surveys several major cultural groups in West and Central Africa and their aesthetic impact on the arts, religions, and philosophies of peoples of African descent in South America, the Caribbean, and the United States. Instructor: Powell
AAAS 332
Black Theater Workshop O'Berski, Jay 01 TuTh 01:25 PM-02:40 PM Branson 100

Course Description

Explore race and culture in America through texts of Black playwrights. Scene study by racially diverse class to engender feedback process. Juxtaposition of playwright's race to societal standards of universal content; relevance of actor's race to playwright's intent; historical context of Black Arts "militant" plays of the 1960s-70s. Workshop culminates in public performance. Instructor: O'Berski
AAAS 333S
The Wire Makhulu, Anne-Maria 01 Tu 06:15 PM-08:45 PM Crowell 107

Course Description

Examines all 60 episodes of the HBO series "The Wire." Described as "socially robust" by one television scholar, the series dramatizes the real world experiences of poor, mostly African American, residents of Baltimore struggling to survive by way of the underground drug economy, while city officials and the police department strive to bring the illegal trade in check. The course brings all 60 episodes into conversation with relevant texts in anthropology, sociology, cultural geography, queer and literary theory. Requirements include weekly blog entries and a final keyword project. Students should have background in interpretive social science and social theory. Instructor consent required. Instructor: Makhulu
AAAS 335
History Of Hip-hop Neal, Mark Anthony 01 W 06:15 PM-08:45 PM White 107

Course Description

What began as a localized activity designed to provide a safe haven for Black and Latino youth in New York City, has become a global brand that has had a documented impact on the cultural, political and economic realities of youth throughout the globe. This course will examine the organic social and cultural foundations of Hip-Hop, as well as the key aesthetic innovators/innovations, and the debates that have arisen over Hip-hop's increased influence. Instructor: Neal
AAAS 337
Hollywood And Africa Smith, Stephen 01 TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Gray 228

Course Description

This course on Hollywood films about Africa--from classics such as "African Queen" (East Africa), "Tarzan" (Equatorial Africa) and "Out of Africa" (Kenya) to recent productions such as "Blood Diamond" (Sierra Leone), "The Last King of Scotland" (Uganda), "Lord of War" (arms trade), "The Constant Gardner" (Kenya) and "Black Hawk Down" (Somalia)--will tack back and forth between filmic representation and case study, using the latter to critique the former. As contrastive material, the class will also draw on non-Hollywood films about Africa, for example "Hotel Rwanda" (Rwanda) or "Lumumba" (DRC). Instructor: Smith
AAAS 342
Civil War And Reconstruction Glymph, Thavolia 01 MW 01:25 PM-02:40 PM Friedl Bdg 240

Course Description

The social, economic, and cultural aspects of the Civil War's origins and outcomes as well as the resulting military, political, and legal conflicts. Focus on the contested and changing meanings of "freedom" in all sections of the country. Instructor: Glymph
AAAS 385S
Cultures Of The Afri Diaspora Matory, J. 01 W 03:05 PM-05:35 PM Friedl Bdg 243

Course Description

Course reveals the diversity of black life in the Americas, Europe, and the Middle East through film and classical and contemporary ethnographies by the likes of W.E.B. DuBois, Zora Neale Hurston, Fernando Ortiz,and others. Examines diverse analytical tropes that illuminate how cultures and communities reproduce themselves amid exploitation and stigma. Instructor: Matory
AAAS 390
Special Topics Kelley, Anthony 01 Tu 04:40 PM-07:10 PM Biddle 104

Course Description

Topics vary from semester to semester. Instructor: Staff
AAAS 490S
Special Topics Aidoo, Lamonte 02 Th 04:40 PM-07:10 PM Carr 135

Course Description

Topics vary from semester to semester.
AAAS 499S
Senior Seminar Smith, Stephen 01 TuTh 01:25 PM-02:40 PM Social Sciences 124

Course Description

Open to seniors majoring in African and African American Studies and to others with consent of instructor. Instructors: Staff