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 2014

Course Title Instructor Section Time Room
AAAS 102
Intro Afr/afr-amer St Darity Jr, William 01 TuTh 03:05 PM-04:20 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 TuTh 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 104S
Intro To Latino/a Studies Mignolo, Walter 01 TuTh 01:25 PM-02:40 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 133S
Gtwy Sem: Civ Rghts/asian Amer Mazumdar, Sucheta 01 W 04:40 PM-07:10 PM Carr 136

Course Description

Study of crucial legal and political moments in the struggle for equal civil rights of minorities, beginning with the laws of Chinese Exclusion, the struggle to define who was "White," the Asian Immigration Exclusion Acts, the relationships of Asians and African Americans and the struggle for equal schooling in the American South, the Japanese Concentration camps, the Redress and Reparations Civil Rights struggle, and the involvement of Asians Americans in the African American-led Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, including working with Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, and Asian Americans in the anti-sweatshop unionization movement. Instructor: Mazumdar
AAAS 140
Introduction To Jazz Brown, John 01 MW 04:40 PM-05:55 PM White 107

Course Description

Lecture version of Music 140D. Instructor: Brown
AAAS 213
Global Brazil Pitts, Bryan 01 TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Crowell 108

Course Description

Analysis of Brazilian history and culture from 1500 to the present in transnational context, with an emphasis on themes like slavery and race, regional cleavages, authoritarian rule, social inequality, and innovative attempts to expand democracy. Facilitates broad-based knowledge of a country of increasing global economic and diplomatic clout. Close examination of primary sources, including texts, images, music, and film. Instructor: French
AAAS 219
Caribbean-18th Century Gaspar, Barry 01 MWF 12:00 PM-12:50 PM Friedl Bdg 240

Course Description

The development of Caribbean society and economy in the contexts of slavery, empire, international rivalry, and democratic revolution. Instructor: Gaspar
AAAS 222
Dance/religion In Asia/africa Shah, Purnima 01 TuTh 01:25 PM-02:40 PM Friedl Bdg 240

Course Description

Dance and dance-theatre forms in relation to religious beliefs, concepts, and mystic practices within Asian and African cultures. How religion shapes the way the body is perceived, and how spiritual power and energy is symbolically transmitted to the dancer through religious practices. Impact of colonialism and globalization on traditional religious performances. Instructors: Shah and Vinesett
AAAS 223
African American Lit Wallace, Maurice 01 TuTh 11:45 AM-01:00 PM Soc/Psych 126

Course Description

Oral and literary traditions from the American colonial period into the nineteenth century, including spiritual as lyric poetry and the slave narrative as autobiography. Not open to students who have taken the former English 167. Satisfies Area II requirement for the English major. Instructor: Staff
AAAS 226D
Crime And The City Thorne, Susan 01 MW 08:30 AM-09:20 AM Allen 326

Course Description

Compares representation of crime and the city in two key "texts": Charles Dickens's "Oliver Twist" and HBO television series, "The Wire". Juxtaposes social and political contexts to which each text refers, paying particular attention to nature and causes of criminal activity therein. Explanations emphasizing individual or personal responsibility will be contrasted to those that take structural factors into account, including urban housing, public health, child labor, public education, poverty and its relief, urban governance, as well as the criminal justice system. Instructor: Thorne
AAAS 226D
Crime And The City Thorne, Susan 01D F 08:30 AM-09:20 AM Allen 318

Course Description

Compares representation of crime and the city in two key "texts": Charles Dickens's "Oliver Twist" and HBO television series, "The Wire". Juxtaposes social and political contexts to which each text refers, paying particular attention to nature and causes of criminal activity therein. Explanations emphasizing individual or personal responsibility will be contrasted to those that take structural factors into account, including urban housing, public health, child labor, public education, poverty and its relief, urban governance, as well as the criminal justice system. Instructor: Thorne
AAAS 226D
Crime And The City Thorne, Susan 02D F 10:05 AM-10:55 AM Social Sciences 311

Course Description

Compares representation of crime and the city in two key "texts": Charles Dickens's "Oliver Twist" and HBO television series, "The Wire". Juxtaposes social and political contexts to which each text refers, paying particular attention to nature and causes of criminal activity therein. Explanations emphasizing individual or personal responsibility will be contrasted to those that take structural factors into account, including urban housing, public health, child labor, public education, poverty and its relief, urban governance, as well as the criminal justice system. Instructor: Thorne
AAAS 230
The South In Black And White Tyson, Timothy 01 Tu 06:15 PM-08:45 PM Bridges 007

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 Th 03:05 PM-05:35 PM Bridges 201

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 243
Civil Rights Movement Gavins, Raymond 01 TuTh 01:25 PM-02:40 PM Allen 103

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 Tu 10:05 AM-12:35 PM Biddle 101

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 257
Racial/eth Minorities Amer Pol Means, Taneisha 01 WF 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Gross Hall 105

Course Description

The politics of four of the United States principal racial minority groups -- blacks, Latinos, Asians, and American Indians. Instructor: McClain
AAAS 271
Humanitarianism In Africa Hall, Bruce 01 MW 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Crowell 107

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 280
Race, Ethnicity & Citizenship Beaman, Jean M 01 TuTh 04:40 PM-05:55 PM Allen 103

Course Description

Provides a critical framework for which to access origins, manifestations and evolution of race, ethnicity and citizenship. Reviews and addresses origins of and theoretical orientations of race, ethnicity and citizenship as constructs with social and political implications. Examines different ethnographies as well as quantitative studies to pinpoint how social scientists actually examine and draw conclusions about race, ethnicity and citizenship. Instructor: Staff
AAAS 290S
Special Topcs Greenlee, Cynthia 01 MW 01:25 PM-02:40 PM Friedl Bdg 240

Course Description

Seminar version of African and African American Studies 290. Instructor: Staff
AAAS 290S
Special Topcs Forner, Karlyn 02 M 03:05 PM-05:35 PM Bridges 001

Course Description

Seminar version of African and African American Studies 290. Instructor: Staff
AAAS 290S
Special Topcs Wiley, Michael 03 Th 06:15 PM-08:45 PM Bridges 007

Course Description

Seminar version of African and African American Studies 290. Instructor: Staff
AAAS 320
Black Dance DeFrantz, Thomas F. 01 W 06:15 PM-08:45 PM Friedl Bdg 107

Course Description

Exploration of composition and performance structures commonly described as black dance. Working with cultural criticism contemporary with emergent modes of black dance, assesses political motivations and aesthetic strategies of artists and writers working explicitly in this idiom. Considers possibility of black dance performed by people of First World, European, and Asian descent. Examines concert dance, social dance, religious dance. Instructor: DeFrantz
AAAS 321
Visualizing The Caribbean Crichlow, Michaeline 01 M 06:15 PM-08:45 PM Friedl Bdg 240

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 Powell, Richard 01 TuTh 03:05 PM-04:20 PM East Duke 108

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 332S
Black Theater Workshop O'Berski, Jay 01 MW 11:45 AM-01:00 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 Th 11:45 AM-02:15 PM Carr 106

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 Tu 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 341S
Race In Durham Hall, Amy 01 M 04:40 PM-07:10 PM Carr 241

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 390
Special Topics Kelley, Anthony 02 W 04:40 PM-07:10 PM Biddle 104

Course Description

Topics vary from semester to semester. Instructor: Staff
AAAS 390S
Special Topics Montague, Dena 01 MW 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Crowell 106

Course Description

Seminar version of African and African American Studies 390. Topics vary from semester to semester. Instructor: Staff
AAAS 390S
Special Topics Holsey, Bayo 02 W 06:15 PM-08:45 PM Perkins 2059

Course Description

Seminar version of African and African American Studies 390. Topics vary from semester to semester. Instructor: Staff
AAAS 390S
Special Topics Lubiano, Wahneema 03 TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Friedl Bdg 102

Course Description

Seminar version of African and African American Studies 390. Topics vary from semester to semester. Instructor: Staff
AAAS 390S
Special Topics Chafe, William 06 Tu 01:00 PM-03:35 PM Bridges 001

Course Description

Seminar version of African and African American Studies 390. Topics vary from semester to semester. Instructor: Staff
AAAS 390S
Special Topics Johns, Sheridan 08 Th 01:00 PM-03:00 PM Bridges 001

Course Description

Seminar version of African and African American Studies 390. Topics vary from semester to semester. Instructor: Staff
AAAS 408S
Cap Sem: Post-civil Rghts Amer Gavins, Raymond 01 Th 03:05 PM-05:30 PM Physics 047

Course Description

Central outcomes of the Civil Rights Movement, 1968 to the present; critical reading and discussion, research and writing on racial and social equality and inequality in major areas of American life, notably electoral politics; education; religion and ethics; and public culture. Instructor: Gavins
AAAS 410S
Francophone Literature Moss, Jane 01 MW 03:05 PM-04:20 PM Languages 305

Course Description

Modern literature in French from French-speaking Africa and the French Caribbean. Topics include tradition and modernity; colonization, cultural assimilation, and the search for identity; and women in changing contexts. Instructor: Staff
AAAS 420S
Role Race/ Culture On Devl Wilbourn, Makeba 01 TuTh 01:25 PM-02:40 PM Soc/Psych 128

Course Description

Critical examination of racial, cultural, and social influences on development of African American children in the U.S. Traditional and nontraditional theoretical and empirical approaches; issues surrounding children's cognitive, language, and psychosocial development, plus educational attainment explored from a socio-cultural perspective. Includes discussion of racial stereotypes, familial interactions, social policy, the media, and peer groups. Instructor: Wilbourn
AAAS 490S
Special Topics Chafe, William 01 W 01:00 PM-03:35 PM Bridges 001

Course Description

Topics vary from semester to semester.
AAAS 499S
Senior Seminar Royal, Charmaine 01 MW 11:45 AM-01:00 PM Crowell 106

Course Description

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