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Description for AFRSTY101: This course presents an overview of the major theories in the field of Africana studies. It seeks to explore the Africana experience in a way that is orderly, systematic, and structurally integrated; and to convey an understanding of the cultural, historical, and political roots of this experience. The course focuses chronologically on major historical episodes through a study of ancient African civilizations, slavery, colonialism, and African liberation movements.
Description for AFRSTY220: A survey of African-American and Afro-Caribbean societies from the European settlement of the Americas to the abolition of slavery in Brazil. The geographical focus is on Canada, the United States, Mexico, Guyana, Brazil, Cuba, and the English-speaking Caribbean-primarily Trinidad, Jamaica, and Barbados. The course introduces students to the historical debate over the varieties of slave systems.
Description for AFRSTY270: This course explores the history and development of how Africans and African Americans are depicted on stage, on the movie screen, and in television. Starting in the days of Shakespeare (Othello, Aaron in Titus Andronicus) the course will take a path that includes the days of minstrel shows, Race movies, Magic Negroes, Blacksploitation, The Black Arts Movement, the post-racial age, and on into the images of tomorrow. By the end of the course, students will not only have the knowledge of how racial identities develop through media such as television and motion pictures, but will also be able to view future depictions of blacks and other persons of color on stage with a critical eye to certain stereotypes.
Academic Information: Credits: 3 Distribution: Arts Diversity: United States
Description for AFRSTY300L: This course challenges stereotypical constructions of Africa and African woman in mainstream media by considering internal and external historical relationships that have shaped and redefined the cultures, ideas, institutions, politics, and social relations of several specific groups of African women. Through a multi-disciplinary approach, the course addresses issues and challenges of contemporary Africa, and explores many of the themes and concerns that have run throughout Africas gendered, complex, and changing history. Popular culture sources, as well as scholarly studies and activist writing, will be employed to help illuminate the lived experiences and perspectives of contemporary women living in various African societies.
Academic Information: Credits: 3 Diversity: International Crosslisted: AFRSTY 300L and WOST 300L are the same course.
Description for AFRSTY310: This course undertakes a phenomenological and interpretive analysis of the organization and social structure of modern Caribbean societies. After a brief examination of the colonization and slavery period, it concentrates on the contemporary era with a special focus on key factors that have shaped the cultural parameters and the internal dynamics of the social systems of these Creolophone, Francophone, Anglophone Hispanophone and Dutch-speaking Caribbean societies. Special attention is therefore given to the salient racial, ethnic, social, political, economic and cultural issues that have significantly influenced and contributed to present day Caribbean societies.
Academic Information: Credits: 3 Diversity: International
Description for AFRSTY430: This course focuses on the historical relationship between race and the American legal system. It examines the social forces and events that precipitated major court decisions and legislative enactments from slavery to the present.
Description for AFRSTY480: This course of study is designed to help students better understand critical aspects of the U.S. political environment as it relates to health care practice and policy of vulnerable populations in the U.S., including various racial and ethnic groups and other populations at risk of receiving quality health care services. The course also places emphasis on developing strategies and policies to engage students in the political and policy environments to affect positive change.
Students will learn how to be effective participants in public policymaking, policy analysis as policy analysts, administrators, and advocates, by acquiring a set of tools to help them better assess a political environment, recognize challenges that it imposes, and explore what motivates and constrains various actors in this highly charged environment. Students will learn these tools and skills in a comparative perspective from exposure to domestic health policymaking in the United States and from other countries around the globe. The course will also explore a number of case studies in a comparative perspective, including debates related to the factors that have led to dislocations and disparities in health care outcomes, as well as exploring the degree to which improvements in comprehensive access to health care services has played a role in achieving sustainable health care outcomes.