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 2015

Course Title Instructor Section Time Room
AAAS 89S
First-year Seminar (top) Harris, Angel L. 01 Tu 03:05 PM-05:35 PM Allen 226

Course Description

Topics vary each semester offered. Instructor: Staff
AAAS 102
Intro Afr/afr-amer St Lubiano, Wahneema 01 TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM 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 Makhulu, Anne-Maria 01 TuTh 03:05 PM-04:20 PM 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 Viego, Antonio 01 MW 11:45 AM-01:00 PM Friedl Bdg 107

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 204D

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 140D
Introduction To Jazz Brown, John 01 MW 04:40 PM-05:55 PM East Duke 209

Course Description

A survey examining musical, aesthetic, sociological, and historical aspects. Instructor: Brothers, Brown, or staff
AAAS 190S
Special Topics Hassell, Stephanie Nicole 01 W 03:05 PM-05:35 PM West Duke 108A

Course Description

Seminar version of African and African American Studies 190. Instructor: Staff
AAAS 210
Modern Africa Hall, Bruce 01 MW 03:05 PM-04:20 PM Biddle 086

Course Description

Focuses on African history in twentieth century. Explores history of European colonialism, African nationalism, and the roots of contemporary African issues ranging from conflict and governance to social and cultural effects of economic transformations, pandemic diseases and environmental degradation. Instructor: Ewald or Hall
AAAS 218
Caribbean 1492-1700 Gaspar, Barry 01 MWF 12:00 PM-12:50 PM Biddle 101

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 226
Crime And The City Thorne, Susan 01 TuTh 08:30 AM-09:45 AM 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 227
African American Art Powell, Richard 01 WF 10:05 AM-11:20 AM East Duke 209

Course Description

Emphasis on works derived from an Afro-United States cultural perspective. Major figures include Henry Ossawa Tanner, Aaron Douglas, Jacob Lawrence, Charles White, Elizabeth Catlett, Romare Bearden, Lois Mailou Jones, and others. Instructor: Powell
AAAS 228S
Fictions That Mark The Moment Lubiano, Wahneema 01 MW 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Friedl Bdg 102

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 243
Civil Rights Movement Gavins, Raymond 01 TuTh 03:05 PM-04:20 PM Carr 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 249
Martin Luther King Safi, Omid 01 Tu 04:55 PM-07:45 PM Franklin Center 028

Course Description

Situates Martin Luther King as a preacher in the black Christian tradition with a liberationist reading. Traces the movement from civil rights to opposition to economic injustice, war, and militarism. Analyzes what the prophetic voices of today have to say about issues of poverty, racism, environmental destruction, militarism, homophobia, drones, sexism. Instructor: Safi
AAAS 261
Race, Genomics, And Society Royal, Charmaine 01 MW 11:45 AM-01:00 PM Divinity 0014

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 263
Black Europe McIntosh, Laurie 01 TuTh 11:45 AM-01:00 PM Carr 135

Course Description

Exploration of the historical and contemporary presence and impact of the African diaspora throughout Europe. Course engages an anthropological examination of ethnographic texts, including examples of biography, film and visual culture. Instructor: McIntosh
AAAS 290S
Special Topcs Lawrence, Ralph Bruce 01 Th 08:45 AM-11:15 AM Gross Hall 104

Course Description

Seminar version of African and African American Studies 290. Instructor: Staff
AAAS 290S
Special Topcs Neal, Mark Anthony 02 MW 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Friedl Bdg 105

Course Description

Seminar version of African and African American Studies 290. Instructor: Staff
AAAS 290S
Special Topcs Huerta, Monica 05 MW 03:05 PM-04:20 PM White 105

Course Description

Seminar version of African and African American Studies 290. Instructor: Staff
AAAS 310S
Conflict Analysis In Africa Smith, Stephen 01 MW 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Friedl Bdg 240

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 315
Africa, Youth And Democracy Smith, Stephen 01 MW 01:25 PM-02:40 PM Gray 220

Course Description

Africa is an island of youth a Peter Pan s Neverland on an overall graying planet. This course explores the continent s youthfulness , in particular south of the Sahara where four out of ten inhabitants are under age 15 twice as many as in the United States. In a part of the world where the principle of seniority traditionally coupled aging with the hoarding of knowledge, authority, wealth and power, what does the abundance of young people mean for Africa s present and future, for its economy and popular culture, the transmission of norms and values, new digital lifestyles, war and peace? Special attention will be given to hypotheses linking youth and democratization. Instructor: Smith
AAAS 331
Black Popular Culture Neal, Mark Anthony 01 MW 08:30 AM-09:45 AM White 107

Course Description

The production and circulation of African American popular cultural forms including, but not limited to, popular literature, music, film, television, and art in the twentieth century. The ways in which African American popular culture may reflect the particular values and ethos of African Americans and the larger American society. Topics may include black cinema, blues and jazz music, black nationalism, hip hop, black social movements, blacks and sports culture, popular dance, and the cultural history of black style. Instructor: Lubiano, Wallace, and staff
AAAS 350S
Law & Literature: Race Matters Holloway, Karla 01 TuTh 01:25 PM-02:40 PM Allen 306

Course Description

This course explores the intersectionalities of race and law. We'll focus on issues like sexuality, adoption, and marriage, the era and residue of Jim Crow, as well as the meaning and intent of affirmative action in educational contexts. We'll use case law and some literary fiction to expose and explore these issues with a particular interest in understanding how race matters in the construction of US citizenship. Instructor: Holloway
AAAS 352
Pigging Out: Cultural Pol/food Crichlow, Michaeline 01 M 11:45 AM-02:15 PM Friedl Bdg 240

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 409S
Cap Sem: Age Of Jim Crow Gavins, Raymond 01 Th 10:05 AM-12:35 PM Carr 114

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 544S
Race And American Politics Jardina, Ashley 01 M 10:05 AM-12:35 PM Gray 228

Course Description

A broad overview of the salience of race in the American political fabric and how it structures racial attitudes on a number of political and policy dimensions. Instructor: McClain
AAAS 580S
Race Theory Brandon, Robert 01 W 04:40 PM-07:10 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 641S
Citizen/subject:neoliberal Age Crichlow, Michaeline 01 W 06:15 PM-08:45 PM Friedl Bdg 240

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 Smith, Nina 01 W 11:45 AM-02:15 PM Friedl Bdg 240

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 TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM East Duke 204D

Course Description

Topics vary from semester to semester. Instructor: Staff