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 2016

Course Title Instructor Section Time Room
AAAS 89S
First-year Seminar (top) Brothers, Thomas 01 M 12:00 PM-02:30 PM Biddle 069

Course Description

Topics vary each semester offered. Instructor: Staff
AAAS 102
Intro Afr/afr-amer St Harris, Angel 01 TuTh 01:25 PM-02:40 PM Biddle 086

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 Piot, Charles 01 TuTh 11:45 AM-01:00 PM Old Chem 116

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 109S
African Mbira Music Berliner, Paul 01 MW 11:45 AM-01:00 PM Biddle 101

Course Description

Building and performing one of Africa's most popular musical instruments, the mbira (a kalimba or "finger piano"). Ethnomusicological readings on the instrument's history, role in society, and meaning for musicians. Analysis of musical examples; learning the mbira's repertory and mastering skills common to many forms of African music, including performance of polyrhythms, responsive integration of instrumental and vocal patters, and formulation of unique renditions of pieces through improvisation. Weekly class labs. Course requires no prior experience with music or woodworking. Instructor: Berliner
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 213
Global Brazil French, John 01 MW 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Smith Wrhs 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 219
Caribbean-18th Century Gaspar, Barry 01 MWF 01:40 PM-02:30 PM West Duke 106

Course Description

The development of Caribbean society and economy in the contexts of slavery, empire, international rivalry, and democratic revolution. Instructor: Gaspar
AAAS 221SL
Capoeira: Practice And Culture Wesolowski, Katya 001 F 04:40 PM-06:10 PM Smith Wrhs B189

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 04:40 PM-06:10 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 222
Dance/religion In Asia/africa Shah, Purnima 01 MW 11:45 AM-01:00 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 226
Crime And The City Thorne, Susan 01 MW 10:05 AM-10:55 AM Soc/Psych 129

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 226D
Crime And The City Thorne, Susan 01 MW 10:05 AM-10:55 AM Soc/Psych 129

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 06:30 PM-09:00 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 231S
Freedom Stories Tyson, Timothy 01 W 03:05 PM-05:35 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 240
Modern Caribbean Dubois, Laurent 01 TuTh 03:05 PM-04:20 PM Friedl Bdg 126

Course Description

Focus on the Caribbean region as it transitioned from a collection of slave and colonial societies into a region of postcolonial and independent nations. Topics may include: postemancipation political and cultural struggles, pan-Africanism and Rastafarianism, nationalist and anticolonial movements, American economic and political influence in the region, Caribbean emigration to Europe and the United States, and global spread of Caribbean culture. Instructors: L. Dubois or Gaspar
AAAS 242S
Race, Gender, And Sexuality Lamm, Kimberly 01 TuTh 03:05 PM-04:20 PM East Duke 204A

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 Gavins, Raymond 01 TuTh 01:25 PM-02:40 PM Carr 137

Course Description

An interdisciplinary examination of the civil rights movement from World War II through the late 1960s. Instructor: Gavins or Lentz-Smith
AAAS 245S
Activism, Women And Danger Hogan, Wesley 01 W 11:45 AM-02:15 PM Bridges 113

Course Description

Immersion in the dangerous and contentious history of women's activism in the American South. Explores methods for documenting and creating narratives of women's social activism using oral history, archival research methods, and cultural production. Examines historical and contemporary women's activism including: campaigns to end racial profiling and mass incarceration, preventing environmental destruction, improving public education, advocating for undocumented workers, creating safe spaces for GLBTQ youth, and championing reproductive justice. Final project (written or multimedia) consists of documentary exploration of one specific type of southern girls' or women's activism. Instructor: Hogan
AAAS 246
Comp Race/ethnic Studies PITT, RICHARD 01 TuTh 01:25 PM-02:40 PM Soc/Psych 237

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 247S
Social Movements/social Media Mottahedeh, Negar 01 MW 11:45 AM-01:00 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 290S
Special Topcs Neal, Mark 01 MW 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Perkins 070

Course Description

Seminar version of African and African American Studies 290. Instructor: Staff
AAAS 290S
Special Topcs Wiley, Michael 02 M 06:15 PM-08:45 PM Bridges 007

Course Description

Seminar version of African and African American Studies 290. Instructor: Staff
AAAS 290S
Special Topcs Lamothe, Mario 05 MW 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Carr 106

Course Description

Seminar version of African and African American Studies 290. Instructor: Staff
AAAS 316S
Apartheid S-africa/democracy Shapiro, Karin 01 M 01:25 PM-03:55 PM Bridges 001

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. Offered through DukeImmerse program. Instructor consent required. Instructor: Shapiro
AAAS 320
Black Dance DeFrantz, Thomas 01 Tu 06:15 PM-08:45 PM Carr 114

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 332
Black Theater Workshop Wiley, Michael 01 M 03:05 PM-05:30 PM Bryan Center 127

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 335
History Of Hip-hop Neal, Mark 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 11:45 AM-02:15 PM Carr 114

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 346S
Racial Justice: Us & S Africa Shapiro, Karin 01 Th 01:25 PM-03:55 PM Gross Hall 105

Course Description

Students participating in the DukeImmerse program will write a 30-40 page research paper on some aspect of either the civil rights movement or the anti-apartheid struggles in South Africa. Meeting with the instructor on a weekly basis, the students will define their topics and research agendas and will workshop their papers with their classmates. Papers will be based on primary and secondary sources. Instructor consent required. Instructor: Shapiro
AAAS 390S
Special Topics Wood, Brad 01 TuTh 03:05 PM-04:20 PM Crowell 106

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 Mazumdar, Sucheta 01 Th 04:40 PM-07:10 PM Gray 319

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 Friedl Bdg 118

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 420S
Role Race/ Culture On Devl Wilbourn, Makeba 01 Tu 06:15 PM-08:45 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 499S
Senior Seminar Crichlow, Michaeline 01 W 04:40 PM-07:10 PM East Duke 204A

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 03:05 PM-05:35 PM Randolph 115

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 569
Sickle Cell Disease Tanabe, Paula 01 F 09:00 AM-12:00 PM Nursing 1009

Course Description

This course provides students with an overview of sickle cell disease, including its genetics, epidemiology, pathophysiology, medical complications, psychosocial challenges, and health service utilization from a global perspective. Students will engage in an exploration of the role of discrimination and stigmatization as they affect people with sickle cell disease, as well as differences in how the disease is viewed and managed in various countries. Instructor: Staff
AAAS 610S
Africa, Cuba, Brazil Matory, J. 01 Tu 03:05 PM-05:35 PM Friedl Bdg 240

Course Description

Explores shared cultural history of three great populations separated by oceans but linked by slave trade. Course will offer lively, mutually transformative dialogue in religion, music, and political ideas. This case study in the Africanization of the Americas and the Americanization of Africa challenges a range of conventional assumptions about transnationalism, race, class, gender, and their artistic expression. Instructor: Matory
AAAS 642S
Global Inequality Research El-Amin, Salimah 01 Tu 11:45 AM-02:15 PM East Duke 108

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 643S
Black Women, Black Freedom Cobb, Jasmine 01 W 03:05 PM-05:35 PM Friedl Bdg 240

Course Description

Examination of struggles for freedom, from nineteenth century through twenty-first, particularly through the lives of black women. Drawing on women s history, literature, art, performance and critical theory, students interrogate meaning of various freedoms, including civic and sexual. Objective is to discern a working definition for black freedom by centering women in struggles for black liberation. Instructor: Cobb
AAAS 660
Health In The African Diaspora Royal, Charmaine 01 MW 11:45 AM-01:00 PM Physics 047

Course Description

Exposes and explores the individual and joint contributions of biological and non-biological factors to health and wellbeing in peoples from various regions and countries of the African Diaspora. The course draws on a variety of disciplines, modes of inquiry, and health problems in comparative analyses of genetic, historical, political, and sociocultural dimensions of the African Diaspora. The content of the course is not limited to the transatlantic African Diaspora, includes other African Diaspora streams. Instructor: Royal
AAAS 699S
Gateway/proseminar Haynie, Kerry 01 Tu 03:05 PM-05:35 PM LSRC B105

Course Description

The proseminar is the required gateway course in the AAAS Certificate Program. It is designed to introduce students to the broad interdisciplinary scope of advanced scholarship in black diasporic studies globally. Students will learn interdisciplinary and cross disciplinary research methods, including awareness of archival, bibliographic, and qualitative/quantitative methods. The history of the field and its unique influence on the production of humanistic and social scientific knowledge are also significant concerns in the course. Instructor: Staff