Health in the African Diaspora

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. One course / 3 units.

Black Women, Black Freedom

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. One course / 3 units.

Citizen and Subject in a Neoliberal Age

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. One course / 3 units.