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 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 Smith, Stephen 01 MW 10:05 AM-11:20 AM East Duke 204B

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 104
Intro To Latino/a Studies Mignolo, Walter 01 TuTh 01:25 PM-02:40 PM Friedl Bdg 126

Course Description

Introduction 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 introductory 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 TuTh 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 140
Introduction To Jazz Brown, John 01 MW 04:40 PM-05:55 PM Biddle 101

Course Description

Lecture version of Music 140D. Instructor: Brown
AAAS 190FS
Focus Seminars (top) Royal, Charmaine 01 MW 11:45 AM-01:00 PM Friedl Bdg 216

Course Description

Topics vary semester to semester. Open only to students in the Focus Program. Instructor: Staff
AAAS 207
African Americans Since 1865 Gavins, Raymond 01 TuTh 01:25 PM-02:40 PM East Duke 204D

Course Description

Post-slavery black life and thought, as well as race relations and social change, during Reconstruction, Jim Crow, the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements, and contemporary times; ethical concepts and issues on human justice in the course of struggles for democracy, tolerance, and equality. Instructor: Gavins
AAAS 209
Afro-brazil Culture/hst Pitts, Bryan 01 WF 01:25 PM-02:40 PM Friedl Bdg 126

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 212
Eur Colonial Encounter Thorne, Susan 01 TuTh 08:30 AM-09:45 AM Friedl Bdg 107

Course Description

The impact of colonial expansion on European economic development, political culture, and popular identity from the "age of discovery" through the present. Particular attention to the ethical implications of colonialism's influence on Western "civilization." Instructor: Thorne
AAAS 213
Global Brazil French, John 01 TuTh 11:45 AM-01:00 PM Smith B189

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 218
Caribbean 1492-1700 Gaspar, Barry 01 MWF 12:00 PM-12:50 PM Biddle 104

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 221SL
Capoeira: Practice And Culture Wesolowski, Katya 01 F 03:05 PM-04:35 PM Bivins 214

Course Description

Lecture/lab course introducing the movement, music and culture of capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian martial art that combines dance, self-defense and acrobatics. Created by male African slaves in Brazil several hundred years ago, viewed as a social threat and outlawed in the 19th century, celebrated as an element of national identity in the 20th century, today capoeira is rapidly crossing national, racial and gender borders as it becomes a popular global practice. Studio classes twice a week focus on the basic movements, percussive music and call-and-response singing. Seminar once a week focuses on the historical, cultural and socio-political dynamics that shape capoeira in Brazil and beyond. Instructor: Wesolowski
AAAS 221SL
Capoeira: Practice And Culture Wesolowski, Katya 01L MW 03:05 PM-04:35 PM Ark 101

Course Description

Lecture/lab course introducing the movement, music and culture of capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian martial art that combines dance, self-defense and acrobatics. Created by male African slaves in Brazil several hundred years ago, viewed as a social threat and outlawed in the 19th century, celebrated as an element of national identity in the 20th century, today capoeira is rapidly crossing national, racial and gender borders as it becomes a popular global practice. Studio classes twice a week focus on the basic movements, percussive music and call-and-response singing. Seminar once a week focuses on the historical, cultural and socio-political dynamics that shape capoeira in Brazil and beyond. Instructor: Wesolowski
AAAS 221SL
Capoeira: Practice And Culture Wesolowski, Katya 02L MW 03:05 PM-04:35 PM Ark 101

Course Description

Lecture/lab course introducing the movement, music and culture of capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian martial art that combines dance, self-defense and acrobatics. Created by male African slaves in Brazil several hundred years ago, viewed as a social threat and outlawed in the 19th century, celebrated as an element of national identity in the 20th century, today capoeira is rapidly crossing national, racial and gender borders as it becomes a popular global practice. Studio classes twice a week focus on the basic movements, percussive music and call-and-response singing. Seminar once a week focuses on the historical, cultural and socio-political dynamics that shape capoeira in Brazil and beyond. Instructor: Wesolowski
AAAS 227
African American Art Beauchamp-Byrd, Mora 01 MW 01:25 PM-02:40 PM East Duke 108

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 231S
Freedom Stories Tyson, Timothy 01 W 11:45 AM-02:15 PM Bridges 113

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 236S
Civil/human Rights Activism Lau, Barbara A 01 W 03:05 PM-05:35 PM Bridges 113

Course Description

Documentary fieldwork course exploring the legacy of civil and human rights activism in Durham through the life and work of noted historian, lawyer, poet, activist and priest Pauli Murray. Students will utilize scholarship, primary source archival materials and contemporary documentary projects to set a context for their fieldwork in Durham. Working with the instructor and local social change leadership engaged in work related to the "Face-Up Project," students will deepen fieldwork skills - photography, writing, audio or filmmaking - and develop documentary projects in collaboration with culturally diverse community groups. Requires fieldtrips to communities in Durham. Instructor: Lau
AAAS 247S
Social Movements/social Media Mottahedeh, Negar 01 Tu 10:05 AM-12:35 PM Carr 106

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 Jardina, Ashley 01 TuTh 04:40 PM-05:55 PM Soc/Psych 126

Course Description

The politics of four of the United States principal racial minority groups -- blacks, Latinos, Asians, and American Indians. Instructor: McClain
AAAS 290S
Special Topcs Lawrence, Ralph Bruce 02 Th 10:05 AM-12:35 PM TBA

Course Description

Seminar version of African and African American Studies 290. Instructor: Staff
AAAS 310S
Conflict Analysis In Africa Smith, Stephen 01 MW 01:25 PM-02:40 PM Gross Hall 105

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 330
Film And The African Diaspora Ifekwunigwe, Jayne 01 WF 11:45 AM-01:00 PM Friedl Bdg 240

Course Description

Theories and issues of representation and practice, with specific attention to culture, nation, and gender in contemporary and historic black films and filmmakers of Africa and the Diaspora. Instructor: Lubiano
AAAS 336
Michael Jackson/black Perform Neal, Mark Anthony 01 W 06:15 PM-08:45 PM White 107

Course Description

Examines the Black Performance context that produced Jackson
AAAS 343
Migration & Human Trafficking Crichlow, Michaeline 01 W 04:40 PM-07:10 PM Friedl Bdg 107

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 345S
Mass Incarceration/citizenship Lubiano, Wahneema 01 TuTh 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 390
Special Topics Shapiro, Karin 01 TuTh 11:45 AM-01:00 PM Crowell 108

Course Description

Topics vary from semester to semester. Instructor: Staff
AAAS 390
Special Topics Harris, Angel L. 02 TuTh 03:05 PM-04:20 PM Gross Hall 230E

Course Description

Topics vary from semester to semester. Instructor: Staff
AAAS 390S
Special Topics Shapiro, Karin 01 W 03:05 PM-05:35 PM Carr 242

Course Description

Seminar version of African and African American Studies 390. Topics vary from semester to semester. Instructor: Staff
AAAS 407S
Cap Sem: China & India Devido, Elise 01 M 03:05 PM-05:35 PM White 105

Course Description

"Globalization" a shorthand for describing the period of extraordinary change that we are living through, our lives & our world defined by the internet & rapid mass communication, great wealth & remarkable levels of consumption and yet, also unprecedented polarization between the have & have-not parts of society and of the world, the emergence of E-Waste and toxic environments as by-products of the present. Case studies of China, India and S. Korea explore the question of Asian development and the linkages with the Democratic Republic of Congo for minerals such as coltan for microprocessor chip manufacturing, to examine the circuits of globalization. Instructor: Mazumdar
AAAS 408S
Cap Sem: Post-civil Rghts Amer Gavins, Raymond 01 Th 03:05 PM-05:35 PM Allen 103

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 465S
Global Cities Makhulu, Anne-Maria 01 TuTh 03:05 PM-04:20 PM Crowell 107

Course Description

Examination of new ways of living and surviving in cities across the world - new urbanization as distinct from the "new urbanism" - in context of the decline of the industrial economy, the offshoring of work, the creation of network cities and so-called "global cities." Explores impact of increased urbanization, linked to "post-wage" work, informalization, and inequality. Addresses dilemmas of alternative forms of life through "cases," including cities in the global North and South, varied "urban" schools, their theories and methodologies. Instructor: Makhulu