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 2017

Course Title Instructor Section Time Room
AAAS 89S
First-year Seminar (top) Brothers, Thomas 02 Tu 03:05 PM-05:35 PM Biddle 069

Course Description

Topics vary each semester offered. Instructor: Staff
AAAS 102
Intro Afr-amer Studies Darity, 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 Shapiro, Karin 01 TuTh 11:45 AM-01:00 PM Friedl Bdg 107

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 133S
Gtwy Sem: Civ Rghts/asian Amer Mazumdar, Sucheta 01 Th 04:40 PM-07:05 PM Carr 106

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 182S
Gtwy: Am Slavery & Freedom Glymph, Thavolia 01 TuTh 03:05 PM-04:20 PM Carr 106

Course Description

This seminar explores the profound ways in which the rise of racial slavery shaped the history of the US, the most powerful slaveholding society in the western world. The course focuses on the role of race, gender, and gender relations in the establishment, organization, and maintenance of slavery in the American South and the intersection of these issues with questions of citizenship, labor, and sexuality. Course materials include letters, diaries, memoirs, fiction, legal documents, visual archives, and secondary sources. This course aims to help students develop a historical understanding of the past and skills in critical inquiry, research, and writing. Instructor: Glymph
AAAS 190S
Special Topics Gonzalez, Jaime 02 WF 01:25 PM-02:40 PM Friedl Bdg 118

Course Description

Seminar version of African and African American Studies 190. Instructor: Staff
AAAS 217S
The Atlantic Slave Trade Ewald, Janet 01 MW 03:05 PM-04:20 PM White 104

Course Description

The development of the slave trade from the fifteenth century to its abolition in the nineteenth century; organization and mechanics, impact on Europe, Africa, and the Americas. Instructor: Gaspar
AAAS 219
Caribbean-18th Century Gaspar, Barry 01 MWF 01:40 PM-02:30 PM East Duke 204D

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 001 M 11:45 AM-01:00 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 Vinesett, Richard James 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 TuTh 03:05 PM-04:20 PM Allen 326

Course Description

Compares representation of crime and the city in two key "texts": Charles Dickens's "Oliver Twist" and the HBO television series, "The Wire." Juxtaposes the social and political contexts to which each text refers, paying particular attention to the 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 06:30 PM-09:30 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 246
Comp Race/ethnic Studies Bonilla-Silva, Eduardo 01 MW 03:05 PM-04:20 PM Social Sciences 113

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 251
Anthropology Of Race Baker, Lee 01 TuTh 11:45 AM-01:00 PM Carr 240

Course Description

Human variation and the historical development of concepts of race; science and scientific racism; folk-concepts of race; and the political and economic causes of racism; ethics of racism. Instructor: Baker
AAAS 257
Racial/eth Minorities Amer Pol Jardina, Ashley 01 TuTh 03:05 PM-04:20 PM Trent 039A

Course Description

The politics of four of the United States principal racial minority groups blacks, Latinos, Asians, and American Indians. Instructor: McClain
AAAS 276
Religion And Race Peters, Melvin 01 M 01:25 PM-03:55 PM Gray 220

Course Description

Discussion of various ways in which "race" has been defined and constructed in recent centuries using categories from biology, sociology, philosophy, genetics, anthropology, etc. Examines how religious traditions and practitioners have actively sought both to eliminate race and have been complicit in maintaining and defending it. Special focus on Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in the modern period. Instructor: Peters
AAAS 290
Special Topcs Smith, Martin Paul 01 MW 03:05 PM-04:20 PM West Duke 08A

Course Description

Topics vary from semester to semester. Instructor: Staff
AAAS 290
Special Topcs Darity, William 03 Tu 04:40 PM-07:10 PM Social Sciences 136

Course Description

Topics vary from semester to semester. Instructor: Staff
AAAS 290
Special Topcs Kelley, Anthony 05 Tu 04:40 PM-07:10 PM Biddle 104

Course Description

Topics vary from semester to semester. Instructor: Staff
AAAS 290S
Special Topcs Brown, John 01 MW 04:40 PM-05:55 PM Biddle 101

Course Description

Seminar version of African and African American Studies 290. Instructor: Staff
AAAS 290S
Special Topcs Lebron, Marisol 02 TuTh 11:45 AM-01:00 PM Perkins 087

Course Description

Seminar version of African and African American Studies 290. Instructor: Staff
AAAS 295S
Black Muslims McLarney, Ellen 01 W 01:25 PM-03:55 PM West Duke 212

Course Description

The intersection of African, American, European, and Islamic cultures studied through the cultural and intellectual flourishing of black Islam. Topics include early Muslim communities established in the Americas through the transatlantic slave trade, Muslim slave rebellions in Brazil and the Caribbean, Muslim slave autobiographies, African Muslims in Europe, the emergence of the Moorish Science Temple and the Nation of Islam, Elijah Muhammad, Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, women of the Nation of Islam, women's Qur'an exegeses, Hagar as a black woman, black feminism, the Five-Percent Nation, Islamic hip-hop and rap, "the Black Crescent," the black international and Islam, and the Black Panthers. Instructor: McLarney
AAAS 307
Development And Africa Piot, Charles 01 WF 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" moment to the millennium projects and humanitarian aid of the present. Will read the works of development experts, World Bank executives, anthropologists and historians, asking why this massively financed project has experienced such failure and exploring what can be done. Instructor: Piot
AAAS 310S
Conflict Analysis In Africa Smith, Stephen 01 MW 11:45 AM-01:00 PM Gray 319

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 312
War & Public Health In Africa Smith, Stephen 01 MW 10:05 AM-11:20 AM LSRC A155

Course Description

An inquiry into the nature of contemporary war in sub-Saharan Africa and its human cost. Uses public health as a parameter to assess the impact of organized collective violence on people s lives. Link between war and public health established and measured with respect to civilian deaths, gender based violence, physical and psychological trauma, mental disorders, malnutrition and famine, and the spread of epidemic diseases, inter alia HIV/AIDS. Special attention is given to rape as a weapon of war , to the trafficking of human beings in war zones, the child soldier phenomenon, and to death counts as a vector of humanitarian or political advocacy. Instructor: Smith
AAAS 332
Black Theater Workshop Craft, Howard 01 M 08:30 AM-11:00 AM Page 106

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 04:40 PM-07:10 PM Friedl Bdg 216

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 Douthit, Patrick 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 343
Migration & Human Trafficking Crichlow, Michaeline 01 M 01:25 PM-03:55 PM Friedl Bdg 240

Course Description

Examination of the meaning of migration in the global world through cross-disciplinary texts and visual media. Situates the phenomenon of human trafficking within the context of these general movements focusing on the risks involved when people endanger their lives to find a better and more strategic position in the world. Explores how these experiences should be interpreted, and how processes and the politics of race, space and place are a condition and/or outcome of these movements. Investigates and considers ways to resolve some of the problems associated with such movements. Instructor: Crichlow
AAAS 385S
Race/culture Of Afri Diaspora Matory, J. 01 W 12:00 PM-02:30 PM Friedl Bdg 242

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 Glymph, Thavolia 01 TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Friedl Bdg 240

Course Description

Topics vary from semester to semester. Instructor: Staff
AAAS 390
Special Topics Lubiano, Wahneema 03 WF 01:25 PM-02:40 PM Carr 241

Course Description

Topics vary from semester to semester. Instructor: Staff
AAAS 390S
Special Topics Lentz-Smith, Adriane 01 Th 03:05 PM-05:35 PM Perkins 070

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 02 W 03:05 PM-05:35 PM Friedl Bdg 225

Course Description

Seminar version of African and African American Studies 390. Topics vary from semester to semester. Instructor: Staff
AAAS 390S
Special Topics Douthit, Patrick 03 W 03:05 PM-05:35 PM Friedl Bdg 240

Course Description

Seminar version of African and African American Studies 390. Topics vary from semester to semester. Instructor: Staff
AAAS 490S
Special Topics Aidoo, Lamonte 01 TuTh 01:25 PM-02:40 PM East Duke 204A

Course Description

Topics vary from semester to semester
AAAS 490S
Special Topics Van Tuyl, Joanne 02 W 03:05 PM-05:35 PM Bio Sci 155

Course Description

Topics vary from semester to semester
AAAS 499S
Senior Seminar Lubiano, Wahneema 01 Th 04:40 PM-07:10 PM Carr 241

Course Description

Open to seniors majoring in African and African American Studies and to others with consent of instructor. Instructors: Staff
AAAS 515S
Race, Class, And Gender Thorne, Susan 01 W 08:45 AM-11:15 AM Bivins 109

Course Description

body of scholarship examined addresses the nature and transformation of social relations in Great Britain in the wake of the major watersheds of the modern period, including the world's first industrial revolution, imperial expansion, political economy and democratization, world wars, the rise and fall of the welfare state, decolonization, Commonwealth immigration, and admission into the European Union. Examines impact of theoretical influences on the academy ranging from Marxism through the Cold War, feminism and anti-racism, and post structuralism to post colonialism. Instructor: Thorne
AAAS 580S
Race Theory Brandon, Robert 01 W 01:25 PM-03:55 PM West Duke 204

Course Description

Topics to include: Biological classification theory and its applications to humans; The fit, or lack thereof, of biological categories and folk classifications of race; The historical/political motivations behind human racial classifications; The role of race in moral interactions; and The role of race in the construction of personal identity. Instructor: Brandon
AAAS 621S
Black Performance Theory DeFrantz, Thomas 01 Tu 06:15 PM-08:45 PM Friedl Bdg 216

Course Description

Exploration of methods and research approaches relevant to the construction of black performance theory. Performance Studies methodologies undergird ways of seeing and modes of analysis relevant to considerations of black art, including dance, sound and music, drama, visual art, and aesthetics of popular culture. Instructor consent required. Instructor: DeFrantz
AAAS 642S
Global Inequality Research Darity, William 01 Th 04:40 PM-07:10 PM East Duke 204A

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 646
Surviving Globalization Crichlow, Michaeline 01 W 01:25 PM-03:55 PM TBA

Course Description

Global Change entails a multiplicity of environmental, social, economic, political and cultural factors that create challenges for development. The Global South, a vital area of the world, has been entangled in this vortex of global change as both catalyst and conductor of an emergent globalizing modernity. The progress of globalization seems beset by multiple stressors, ranging from financial crises and global recession, to climate change, state and non-state conflicts, free ranging terrorist aggression, and global health scares. What are the odds then of surviving globalization? What role do our imaginations of development play in either creating crises or effectively responding to them? This course is the same as African and African Amer