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.

Fall 2016

Course Title Instructor Section Time Room
AAAS 89S
First-year Seminar (top) Ewald, Janet 01 WF 01:25 PM-02:40 PM Perkins 079

Course Description

Topics vary each semester offered. Instructor: Staff
AAAS 89S
First-year Seminar (top) Lentz-Smith, Adriane 02 Tu 03:05 PM-05:35 PM Carr 242

Course Description

Topics vary each semester offered. Instructor: Staff
AAAS 102
Intro Afr/afr-amer St Cobb, Jasmine 01 MW 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 Smith, Stephen 01 TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Gray 228

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 104S
Intro To Latino/a Studies Viego, Antonio 01 MW 11:45 AM-01:00 PM Friedl Bdg 216

Course Description

Intro to the interdisciplinary field of Latino/a Studies, and how it reconfigures the study of the United States and the Americas. Considers literature, history, sociology, economics, politics, culture and language in examining terms such as: Latino, latinidad, Global South, transnational, globalization, and multiculturalism. Exploration of alignments and divergences of Latino/a Studies with African and African American Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and Critical US Studies. Classroom learning will connect with the community outside of Duke. Required intro course for students in the Latino/a Studies in the Global South certificate program. Instructor: Viego
AAAS 134
Old Worlds/new Histories Kaiwar, Vasant 01 WF 11:45 AM-01:00 PM East Duke 108

Course Description

New approaches to history of the world from ca. 500 to 1500 CE. Examines the world before European hegemony. Topics may include nature of autonomous centers of production around the globe; characteristics of trade, empire, science, technology, and high culture across Asia, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas; diffusion of inventions, ideas, cultures and religions through travel, trade, state and empire building. Readings and films explore diverse cosmopolitan worlds before the coming of modernity. Instructor: Staff
AAAS 140
Introduction To Jazz Brown, John 01 MW 04:40 PM-05:55 PM Biddle 104

Course Description

Lecture version of Music 140D. Instructor: Brown
AAAS 190S
Special Topics Panaram, Sasha 01 MW 03:05 PM-04:20 PM Soc/Psych 128

Course Description

Seminar version of African and African American Studies 190. Instructor: Staff
AAAS 209
Afro-brazil Culture/hst French, John 01 TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Smith Wrhs B189

Course Description

Slavery and the post-emancipation trajectory of Afro-Brazilians in a racist society that officially proclaims itself a "racial democracy." Comparisons drawn with the Afro-American experience elsewhere in Latin America and the United States. Instructor: French
AAAS 218
Caribbean 1492-1700 Gaspar, Barry 01 MWF 01:40 PM-02:30 PM East Duke 108

Course Description

The Caribbean region from the arrival of Columbus (1492) to the emergence of sugar and slavery as powerful shapers of society and culture, by 1700. Instructor: Gaspar
AAAS 225S
Documenting Black Experiences Tyson, Timothy 01 W 11:45 AM-02:15 PM Bridges 001

Course Description

Interpretations of the black diaspora in documentary film from slavery to the present. Interdisciplinary study of black religions, cultures, histories, aesthetics, politics, and their representations, both globally and in the U.S. Students will view and study a variety of films and approaches to film and study film's evolution through numerous lenses from early ethnographic film to recent works by indigenous filmmakers, and understand the politics of representation, from D.W. Griffith to Spike Lee; read relevant works in the genres represented; and hear from guest critics, scholars of African and African American history and culture, and filmmakers. Instructor: Tyson
AAAS 228S
Fictions That Mark The Moment Lubiano, Wahneema 01 WF 01:25 PM-02:40 PM Friedl Bdg 216

Course Description

Course is an engagement with novels from spectacular moments of history, an imagination of the future, a response to narrative conventions of realism and thinking with and against the grain of social understandings. Look at examples of historical, speculative, postcolonial, experimental, science, magical realist fictions and theoretical work. Will consider the means by which narratives produce or rely on ethical beliefs and arguments within the specifics of their world-making as well as the ethical problems presented by relations of power within the particular histories of the texts various moments. Instructor: Lubiano
AAAS 242S
Race, Gender, And Sexuality Lamm, Kimberly 05 TuTh 03:05 PM-04:20 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 Lentz-Smith, Adriane 01 TuTh 01:25 PM-02:40 PM Carr 240

Course Description

An interdisciplinary examination of the civil rights movement from World War II through the late 1960s. Instructor: Gavins or Lentz-Smith
AAAS 247S
Social Movements/social Media Mottahedeh, Negar 01 M 03:05 PM-05:35 PM Friedl Bdg 102

Course Description

Examines uses and abuses of social media by social movements. Interested in a broader historical study of mediating technologies and oppositional public sphere, course considers the uses of cameras, phones, cassette players, radio, and social media platforms, but also books, bodies, art, fashion, and automobiles as oppositional technologies. Studies political and ethical uses of technologies in social unrest. Investigates impact of technologies on social movements and social transformations in contemporary history. Student driven case studies will highlight contemporary engagement with social media by networked social movements. Instructor: Mottahedeh
AAAS 261D
Race, Genomics, And Society Royal, Charmaine 001 MW 10:05 AM-11:20 AM East Duke 209

Course Description

Integrated analysis of historical and contemporary aspects of `race and genetics/genomics'. Focus on relevant applications in science, medicine, and society; develop skills required for scientific, sociopolitical, cultural, psychosocial, and ethical evaluation of issues. Topics include: introduction to population genetics/genetic variation; concepts and definitions of race; overview of bioethics; social and political history of race; genomics and health disparities; race, ancestry, and medical practice; genealogy, genetic ancestry, and identity; public perceptions of race and genetics/genomics. Instructor: Royal
AAAS 261D
Race, Genomics, And Society Royal, Charmaine 01D W 11:45 AM-01:00 PM West Duke 202

Course Description

Integrated analysis of historical and contemporary aspects of `race and genetics/genomics'. Focus on relevant applications in science, medicine, and society; develop skills required for scientific, sociopolitical, cultural, psychosocial, and ethical evaluation of issues. Topics include: introduction to population genetics/genetic variation; concepts and definitions of race; overview of bioethics; social and political history of race; genomics and health disparities; race, ancestry, and medical practice; genealogy, genetic ancestry, and identity; public perceptions of race and genetics/genomics. Instructor: Royal
AAAS 261D
Race, Genomics, And Society Royal, Charmaine 02D Th 11:45 AM-01:00 PM Biddle 102

Course Description

Integrated analysis of historical and contemporary aspects of `race and genetics/genomics'. Focus on relevant applications in science, medicine, and society; develop skills required for scientific, sociopolitical, cultural, psychosocial, and ethical evaluation of issues. Topics include: introduction to population genetics/genetic variation; concepts and definitions of race; overview of bioethics; social and political history of race; genomics and health disparities; race, ancestry, and medical practice; genealogy, genetic ancestry, and identity; public perceptions of race and genetics/genomics. Instructor: Royal
AAAS 261D
Race, Genomics, And Society Royal, Charmaine 03D Th 03:05 PM-04:20 PM West Duke 08A

Course Description

Integrated analysis of historical and contemporary aspects of `race and genetics/genomics'. Focus on relevant applications in science, medicine, and society; develop skills required for scientific, sociopolitical, cultural, psychosocial, and ethical evaluation of issues. Topics include: introduction to population genetics/genetic variation; concepts and definitions of race; overview of bioethics; social and political history of race; genomics and health disparities; race, ancestry, and medical practice; genealogy, genetic ancestry, and identity; public perceptions of race and genetics/genomics. Instructor: Royal
AAAS 261D
Race, Genomics, And Society Royal, Charmaine 04D F 10:05 AM-11:20 AM East Duke 209

Course Description

Integrated analysis of historical and contemporary aspects of `race and genetics/genomics'. Focus on relevant applications in science, medicine, and society; develop skills required for scientific, sociopolitical, cultural, psychosocial, and ethical evaluation of issues. Topics include: introduction to population genetics/genetic variation; concepts and definitions of race; overview of bioethics; social and political history of race; genomics and health disparities; race, ancestry, and medical practice; genealogy, genetic ancestry, and identity; public perceptions of race and genetics/genomics. Instructor: Royal
AAAS 269
Black Gods And Kings Matory, J. 01 W 03:05 PM-05:35 PM Friedl Bdg 240

Course Description

Surveys the spiritual, political and economic experience of those who worship African gods West and Central Africans, Cubans, Brazilians, Haitians, and North Americans. The gods as sources of power, organization and healing amid local political dominance of Muslims and Christians and seismic expansion of international capitalism. West African Yoruba religion, West-Central African Kongo religion, Brazilian Candomblé and Umbanda, Cuban Santería and Palo Mayombe, Haitian Vodou, and African American Pentecostalism are examined as belief systems, and contextualized to the trans-Atlantic slave trade, long-distance commerce and pilgrimage by free people
AAAS 271
Humanitarianism In Africa Hall, Bruce 01 TuTh 11:45 AM-01:00 PM Languages 109

Course Description

Focuses on the historical impact on Africa of international humanitarian movements. Includes anti-slavery movement, missionary Christianity, Congo Reform Association, environmentalism, development, disaster aid, fight against HIV/AIDS. Instructor: Hall and Ewald
AAAS 274S
Islam In The Americas Hassan, Mona 01 MW 01:25 PM-02:40 PM Perkins 060

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 290
Special Topcs Haynie, Kerry 01 Th 10:05 AM-12:35 PM Soc/Psych 127

Course Description

Topics vary from semester to semester. Instructor: Staff
AAAS 310S
Conflict Analysis In Africa Smith, Stephen 01 TuTh 03:05 PM-04:20 PM Social Sciences 124

Course Description

Utilizes four case studies to outline components of conflict analysis in Africa. Examines regional crisis nexus between Darfur, Chad and Central African Republic. Looks at issues of post-coloniality, autochthony, migration, citizenship, land tenure, and inequality. On a theoretical level, identifies potentially cross-cutting, deeper layers of contemporary crises in Africa with the objective of establishing a series of templates, a 'protocol', for comparative conflict analysis and conflict management in Africa. Instructor: Smith
AAAS 316S
Apartheid S-africa/democracy Shapiro, Karin 01 M 01:25 PM-03:55 PM Carr 106

Course Description

Explores key themes in post World War II South African history, paying attention to the plethora of anti-apartheid struggles, while giving voice to some pro-apartheid proponents. Discusses how apartheid affected people s daily lives, the ideological and programmatic opposition to apartheid, and internecine struggles between and within anti-apartheid organizations and movements. Concludes with contemporary reflections on life during apartheid. Instructor: Shapiro
AAAS 325S
Hip-hop Production Douthit, Patrick 01 W 03:05 PM-05:35 PM Hull St 105

Course Description

Introduction to Hip-Hop Production examines the history, background, functionality, and techniques of hip-hop production. This class will examine the art of sampling, borrowing, context, and practices in hip-hop production, while studying the history of beat machines and digital audio workstations. Instructor: Douthit
AAAS 337
Hollywood And Africa Smith, Stephen 01 TuTh 11:45 AM-01:00 PM Allen 103

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 338
Images Of Black Masculinity Neal, Mark 01 Tu 06:15 PM-08:45 PM West Duke 202

Course Description

The course will examine the production and circulation of representations of "Black Masculinity" in post 19th Century American culture, within popular realms of expression including film, visual culture, music videos, advertising, popular music, television, drama and stage, literature, and dance/performance. The course will also explore the ways stereotypical images of Black masculinity have impacted public policy perceptions of African American, and the ways that Black cultural producers have used Black masculinity as sites to stage alternative perceptions of Black humanity. Instructor: Neal
AAAS 341S
Race In Durham Lau, Barbara A 01 M 06:30 PM-09:00 PM Friedl Bdg 240

Course Description

Individual student research, archival and interview-based, on the history and current status of ideas about race, racial discrimination, and race relations in the city of Durham, as a window into one regional and local pattern that illuminates larger patterns of race in the U.S. Open to undergraduates at both NCCU and Duke. Instructor: Hall
AAAS 345
Mass Incarceration/citizenship Lubiano, Wahneema 01 WF 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Friedl Bdg 240

Course Description

Explores in depth the presence of African Americans within the phenomenon of U.S. mass incarceration and its implications for notions of citizenship. Surveys the history of prison build-up resulting from legislation and policy over the past forty years including the governmental discussions of drug policy and welfare reform that disproportionately affected African Americans. Course will explore definitions of citizenship and the means by which African American citizens were and are both included in and excluded from participation in the movement toward mass incarceration as part of their changing position in the U.S. polity. Instructor: Lubiano
AAAS 346S
Racial Justice: Us & S Africa Shapiro, Karin 01 W 03:05 PM-05:35 PM Carr 242

Course Description

This course uses a comparative framework to assess race in two societies founded on premises of racial inequality -- South Africa and the United States. We will also explore some of the social, cultural and political exchanges that have taken place between African Americans and Black South Africans over the course of the twentieth century, considering the implications of transnational historical experience. Topics covered include segregation, race relations in the countryside, twentieth century struggles for civil rights/liberation, the American anti-apartheid movement and reparations. Instructor consent required. Instructor: Shapiro
AAAS 352
Pigging Out: Cultural Pol/food Crichlow, Michaeline 01 M 11:45 AM-02:15 PM West Duke 202

Course Description

Examine cultural influences of food, linking class, geography, ethnicity to food practices. Investigates link between overeating and cheap food, under-eating and expensive food; discrepancy between cost and quality; changing diets in US and elsewhere; current debates regarding food production, specifically in the U.S., Americas, Africa and Asia. Discussion of Cargill companies' restrictions on spread of their hybrid grains; questionable agricultural practices, e.g. animal cruelty, overuse of pesticides, condition of migrants. Environmental policies examined in relation to pursuit of such industrial agricultural practices. Will include hands-on experiments with food preparation and tasting. Instructor: Crichlow
AAAS 390S
Special Topics Holloway, Karla 01 Th 03:05 PM-05:35 PM Allen 318

Course Description

Seminar version of African and African American Studies 390. Topics vary from semester to semester. Instructor: Staff
AAAS 409S
Cap Sem: Age Of Jim Crow Hines, Alisha 01 Th 03:20 PM-05:50 PM West Duke 106

Course Description

The emergence, nature, and consequences of racial segregation (also known as Jim Crow) in the South and nation; how Jim Crow compares to the system of apartheid in South Africa; perspectives on black life and race relations in southern communities; and major challenges to Jim Crow by African American religious, social, and civil rights organizations and their allies. Instructor: Gavins
AAAS 531S
Black Camera Cobb, Jasmine 01 W 01:25 PM-03:55 PM East Duke 109

Course Description

This course interrogates still and moving images by and about people of African descent. Graduate students enrolled in this course will consider film, photography, and media art. Together, we will examine documentary film, daguerreotype and archival photography, black cinema, and the cultural politics that render production, reception and circulation particular for black subjects. Instructor: Cobb
AAAS 622S
Black Sonic Neal, Mark 01 M 06:15 PM-08:45 PM Carr 135

Course Description

The course will examine the production, reproduction and distribution Black (African Diasporic) "Sound"--inclusive of, but not exclusive of various musical cultures--in the creation of Black Sonic Culture(s) that were in conversation with and counter to Black Literary Culture, Black Visual Culture and Black Performance traditions. The course, in particular, will examine the impact on the transition from analog sound to digital sound. Instructor: Neal
AAAS 640S
African Cities Makhulu, Anne-Maria 01 Th 04:40 PM-07:10 PM Carr 106

Course Description

If the predominant mode of development in African cities is informal and unplanned giving rise to new modes of life, livelihood, and leisure beyond the organizing infrastructures of formal architecture and design in reality, the new African urbanism seems to give rise to two distinct conditions of life--the one crisis and the other ingenuity. This course is concerned to think through the paradox of rapid urban growth across the continent--from Lagos and Cairo to Johannesburg and Cape Town--and the fact that such rapid urban growth is taking place without the conventional facilities, infrastructures and technologies. Instructor: Makhulu
AAAS 641S
Citizen/subject:neoliberal Age Crichlow, Michaeline 01 W 06:15 PM-08:45 PM Carr 241

Course Description

Explores studies of citizenship, quests to belong to a place, and institutional mechanisms people deem sacred, and others, profane and dispensable. Focuses on the ways African, Caribbean and Pacific peoples have adapted identitarian constructions to develop narratives of home. Case studies using ethnographic, historical, sociological and visual methods are used to investigate how particular claims are pursued in clamoring for citizenship in various communities. Instructor: Crichlow
AAAS 642S
Global Inequality Research Darity, William 01 Tu 11:45 AM-02:15 PM West Duke 108A

Course Description

Engagement of vertically integrated research teams in projects exploring racial and ethnic disparities exhibited and expressed in six arenas: employment, wealth, health, political participation, education, and arts and culture. Each team will produce a major paper that will qualify for submission to a refereed journal in the area relevant to the focus of the study. Instructor: Staff
AAAS 690
Special Topics Komlos, John 01 WF 01:25 PM-02:40 PM Soc/Psych 127

Course Description

Topics vary from semester to semester. Instructor: Staff
AAAS 690S
Special Topics Jaji, Tsitsi 01 W 03:05 PM-05:35 PM Perkins 088

Course Description

Seminar version of African and African American Studies 690. Instructor: Staff