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Students must choose a major subject and may choose a minor subject. Students may also select from one of seven concentrations, which are offered to enhance a student's work in the major or minor and to focus work on a specific area of interest.

Concentrations are an intentional cluster of courses already offered by various academic departments or through general programs. These courses may also be cross-listed in several academic departments. Therefore, when registering for a course that counts toward a concentration, a student should register for the course listed in her major or minor department. If the concentration course is not listed in her major or minor department, the student may enroll in any listing of that course.

Fall 2017

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
ARTD B267-001Diasporic Bodies, Grounding Freedom: The Black/African Dancing Body, Restoration, and Activism.Semester / 1Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTHGoodhart Hall BJones,L.
ENGL B263-001Toni Morrison and the Art of Narrative ConjureSemester / 1Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTHEnglish House Lecture HallBeard,L.
ENGL B379-001The African Griot(te): Women Writing Southern AfricaSemester / 1Lecture: 7:10 PM-10:00 PM TEnglish House IBeard,L.
GNST B103-001Introduction to Swahili Language and Culture ISemester / 1LEC: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWDalton Hall 10Mshomba,E.
HIST B102-001Introduction to African CivilizationsSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWTaylor Hall DNgalamulume,K.
HIST B237-001Topic: Modern African History: Urban HistorySemester / 1LEC: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MWCarpenter Library 17Ngalamulume,K.
HIST B337-001Topics in African History: Hist of Global Health AfricaSemester / 1Lecture: 7:10 PM-10:00 PM TCarpenter Library 13Ngalamulume,K.
SOCL B321-001The Black American Intellectual CommunitySemester / 1Lecture: 11:40 AM- 1:00 PM MWDalton Hall 212AWashington,R.

Spring 2018

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
EDUC B200-001Critical Issues in EducationSemester / 1Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTHCohen,J.
EDUC B260-001Multicultural EducationSemester / 1Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTHWilson-Poe,C.
EDUC B266-001Schools in American CitiesSemester / 1Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MWDept. staff, TBA
ENGL B262-001Survey in African American Literature: 19th Century African American NarrativeSemester / 1LEC: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MWBeard,L.
ENGL B379-001The African Griot(te): Nobel Laureates SpeakSemester / 1Lecture: 7:10 PM-10:00 PM MBeard,L.
ENGL B388-001Contemporary African FictionSemester / 1Lecture: 7:10 PM-10:00 PM TBeard,L.
GNST B105-001Introduction to Swahili Language and Culture IISemester / 1LEC: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWMshomba,E.
HIST B236-001African History since 1800Semester / 1Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTHNgalamulume,K.
HIST B237-001Topic: Modern African History: African Economic DevelopmentSemester / 1LEC: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTHNgalamulume,K.
HIST B243-001Topics: Atlantic Cultures: Maroon SocietiesSemester / 1LEC: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHGallup-Diaz,I.
HIST B349-001Topics in Comparative HistorySemester / 1LEC: 9:10 AM-12:00 PM TVider,S.
POLS B243-001African and Caribbean Perspectives in World PoliticsSemester / 1Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTHAllen,M.
SOCL B225-001Women in SocietySemester / 1LEC: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHMontes,V.

Fall 2018

(Class schedules for this semester will be posted at a later date.)

2017-18 Catalog Data

HIST B200 The Atlantic World 1492-1800
Not offered 2017-18
The aim of this course is to provide an understanding of the way in which peoples, goods, and ideas from Africa, Europe. and the Americas came together to form an interconnected Atlantic World system. The course is designed to chart the manner in which an integrated system was created in the Americas in the early modern period, rather than to treat the history of the Atlantic World as nothing more than an expanded version of North American, Caribbean, or Latin American history.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o
Counts toward Counts toward International Studies

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ANTH B202 Africa in the World
Not offered 2017-18
In this course, we will approach Africa with an emphasis on the many interconnections that link the continent with the rest of the world, through both time and space. Much popular talk about Africa in the U.S. is overwhelmingly negative--focusing on poverty, violence, and failed states--and often portrays Africa as something "other," both different from and unrelated to the United States and much of the rest of the world. But such preconceptions blatantly overlook what we know about historical and contemporary movements of people, ideas, materials, and money around the globe. Rather than regarding Africa as separate or apart, in this course we will examine the centrality of African engagements with these global movements. Rather than attempting a survey of particular, bounded African "peoples" or "cultures," we will explore complex issues and processes through interconnected topics including colonial and postcolonial politics, urban life, gender and sexuality, religion, economic networks, development, and transnational migration. We will use these themes as guides for exploring larger, interlinked questions of social life in Africa and around the world. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Africana Studies

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ARCH B101 Introduction to Egyptian and Near Eastern Archaeology
Not offered 2017-18
A historical survey of the archaeology and art of the ancient Near East and Egypt.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Africana Studies

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ARCH B230 Archaeology and History of Ancient Egypt
Not offered 2017-18
A survey of the art and archaeology of ancient Egypt from the Pre-Dynastic through the Graeco-Roman periods, with special emphasis on Egypt's Empire and its outside connections, especially the Aegean and Near Eastern worlds.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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ARTD B267 Diasporic Bodies, Grounding Freedom: The Black/African Dancing Body, Restoration, and Activism.
Fall 2017
Diasporic Bodies, Grounding Freedom: The Black/African Dancing Body, Restoration, and Activism take Marronage--the act of escaping from slavery in the Americas to create communities of freedom and autonomy--as its model. This course views Black/African diasporic movement and artistic practices as a form of contemporary marronage, providing spaces of activism and embodied restoration. These thriving, fertilizing spaces, communities, and artists center and reboot, with integrity, the connections among black/African diasporic bodies, traditions, and cultures across oceans and lands. While focusing on the black experience, this course will examine these temporal, Imaginative spaces, claiming them as essential to all people in societies that do not acknowledge multiplicity or diversity as societal norms, and capable of conjuring semi·lost histories waiting to be revived. It will examine marronage in diasporic communities as an effort to ground, re-ground, and free bodies. Together, we will explore other diasporic-based research and approaches to understanding and experiencing embodied restoration and we will also learn a meditative embodiment process with 3 elements: mining, archiving, and witnessing. We will examine literature, animation, and film resources to broaden our dialogue on how interdisciplinary, artistic spaces make fertile foundations for embodied and restorative activism. This course will merge lecture, readings, viewings, and praxis as its main components. No dance experience is necessary but students should dress comfortably to move. In lieu of books, readings will be posted on Moodle and students will be assigned to see a performance (typical costs: $12-30) but may take advantage of free Tri-co performances. A previous dance lecture/seminar course or a course in a relevant discipline such as anthropology, sociology, or history is strongly recommended but not required.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Africana Studies

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ARCH B101 Introduction to Egyptian and Near Eastern Archaeology
Not offered 2017-18
A historical survey of the archaeology and art of the ancient Near East and Egypt.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Africana Studies

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SOCL B229 Black America in Sociological Perspective
Not offered 2017-18
This course presents sociological perspectives on various issues affecting black America as a historically unique minority group in the United States: the legacy of slavery and the Jim Crow era; the formation of urban black ghettos; the civil rights reforms; the problems of poverty and unemployment; the problems of crime and other social problems; the problems of criminal justice; the continuing significance of race; the varied covert modern forms of racial discrimination; and the role of race in American politics.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Child and Family Studies

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HIST B237 Topic: Modern African History
Section 001 (Spring 2017): African Economic Development
Section 001 (Spring 2018): African Economic Development
Section 001 (Fall 2017): Urban History
Fall 2017, Spring 2018
This is a topics course. Course content varies
Current topic description: This course examines the political economy of African development in historical perspectives. We will address the following questions: Why is the African continent, which is rich in natural resources, so poor? What are the causes of poverty in Africa? The course will analyze the environmental, economic, political, and historical factors that have affected the development of Africa. We will discuss the impact of slavery, colonial exploitation, foreign interventions, foreign aid, trade, and democratic transitions on African development. We will also explore the theories of development and underdevelopment.

Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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EDUC B266 Schools in American Cities
Spring 2018
This course examines issues, challenges, and possibilities of urban education in contemporary America. We use as critical lenses issues of race, class, and culture; urban learners, teachers, and school systems; and restructuring and reform. While we look at urban education nationally over several decades, we use Philadelphia as a focal "case" that students investigate through documents and school placements. This is a Praxis II course (weekly fieldwork in a school required)
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Child and Family Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Praxis Program

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ENGL B234 Postcolonial Literature in English
Not offered 2017-18
This course will survey a broad range of novels and poems written while countries were breaking free of British colonial rule. Readings will also include cultural theorists interested in defining literary issues that arise from the postcolonial situation.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Counts toward Africana Studies

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ENGL B279 Introduction to African Literature
Not offered 2017-18
Taking into account the oral, written, aural, and visual forms of African "texts" over several thousand years, this course will explore literary production, intertextuality, translation, and audience/critical reception. Representative works to be studied include oral traditions, the Sundiata and Mwindo epics, the plays of Wole Soyinka and his Burden of History, the Muse of Forgiveness; and the work of Sembène Ousmane, Bessie Head, Ayi Kwei Armah, Mariama Bâ, Naguib Mahfouz, Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Yvonne Vera, and others.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Counts toward Africana Studies

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ENGL B381 Post-Apartheid Literature
Not offered 2017-18
South African texts from several language communities which anticipate a post-apartheid polity and texts by contemporary South African writers which explore the complexities of life in "the new South Africa." Several films emphasize the minefield of post-apartheid reconciliation and accountability.
Counts toward Counts toward Africana Studies

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ENGL B388 Contemporary African Fiction
Spring 2018
Noting that the official colonial independence of most African countries dates back only half a century, this course focuses on the fictive experiments of the most recent decade. A few highly controversial works from the 90's serve as an introduction to very recent work. Most works are in English. To experience depth as well as breadth, there is a small cluster of works from South Africa. With novels and tales from elsewhere on the huge African continent, we will get a glimpse of "living in the present" in history and letters.
Counts toward Counts toward Africana Studies

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ARCH B101 Introduction to Egyptian and Near Eastern Archaeology
Not offered 2017-18
A historical survey of the archaeology and art of the ancient Near East and Egypt.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Africana Studies

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EDUC B200 Critical Issues in Education
Spring 2018
Designed to be the first course for students interested in pursuing one of the options offered through the Education Program, this course is also open to students exploring an interest in educational practice, theory, research, and policy. The course examines major issues and questions in education in the United States by investigating the purposes of education. Fieldwork in an area school required (eight visits, 1.5-2 hours per visit).
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Child and Family Studies

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EDUC B208 Race-ing Education
Not offered 2017-18
This course investigates education as part of processes of racialization and marginalization and also as a space for challenging these processes. How do race and schooling intersect and interact? How can educators - along with students, parents, and communities - learn and teach critical awareness of race as an idea and a system? With a focus on the U.S., we look at ways in which race as a way of creating power is embedded in earlier iterations of schooling, as in cases regarding access to education for Black, Latinx, and Asian students and in American Indian boarding schools, and how race is differently taken up in the work of such thinkers/educators as W.E.B. Dubois, James Baldwin, and Paulo Freire. We consider how such issues play out in the recent past and contemporary moment through ongoing cases on affirmative action; work in Critical Race Theory and LatCrit by such educators as Patricia Williams and Tara Yosso, and in decolonizing education by Eve Tuck and Gloria Anzaldua; and curriculum and pedagogy in the theory and practice of such educators as Kevin Kumashiro and movements such as Black Lives Matter. We also consider Bryn Mawr's own history, in light of how to move forward through critically engaged education.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Africana Studies

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EDUC B260 Multicultural Education
Spring 2018
In our era of globalization, increased standardization of education, and perpetual discrimination, this course investigates the following key question: What does multicultural education mean today? We will investigate globalization, reflect on notions of power and privilege, critique understandings of difference, and examine the multi-faceted ways in which multicultural education is enacted in pedagogy, curriculum and educational organization. We will also examine the intersections between race, class, gender, sexuality, language, and citizenship status and try to assess their impact on teaching and learning. Fieldwork of two to three hours per week.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Praxis Program

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EDUC B266 Schools in American Cities
Spring 2018
This course examines issues, challenges, and possibilities of urban education in contemporary America. We use as critical lenses issues of race, class, and culture; urban learners, teachers, and school systems; and restructuring and reform. While we look at urban education nationally over several decades, we use Philadelphia as a focal "case" that students investigate through documents and school placements. This is a Praxis II course (weekly fieldwork in a school required)
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Child and Family Studies
Counts toward Praxis Program

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ENGL B217 Narratives of Latinidad
Not offered 2017-18
This course explores how Latina/o writers fashion bicultural and transnational identities and narrate the intertwined histories of the U.S. and Latin America. We will focus on topics of shared concern among Latino groups such as struggles for social justice, the damaging effects of machismo and racial hierarchies, the politics of Spanglish, and the affective experience of migration. By analyzing a range of cultural production, including novels, poetry, testimonial narratives, films, activist art, and essays, we will unpack the complexity of Latinidad in the Americas.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies

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ENGL B234 Postcolonial Literature in English
Not offered 2017-18
This course will survey a broad range of novels and poems written while countries were breaking free of British colonial rule. Readings will also include cultural theorists interested in defining literary issues that arise from the postcolonial situation.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Africana Studies

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ENGL B262 Survey in African American Literature
Section 001 (Spring 2018): 19th Century African American Narrative
Spring 2018
English 262 is a topics course that allows for multiple themes to be taught. Each topic will have its own description and students may enroll for credit in the course as long as the topics vary.
Current topic description: Nineteenth-Century African American Narrative. A study of the interplay of history, politics, art, and fiction, this course traces a chronological, new historicist path between the forging of a literary identity in a new nation and Pauline Hopkins' Contending Forces (1900).

Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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ENGL B263 Toni Morrison and the Art of Narrative Conjure
Fall 2017
A comprehensive study of Morrison's narrative experiments in fiction, this course traces her entire oeuvre from "Recitatif" to God Help the Child. We read the works in publication order with three main foci: Morrison-as-epistemologist questioning what it is that constitutes knowing and being known, Morrison-as-revisionary-teacher-of-reading-strategies, and Morrison in intertextual dialogue with several oral and literary traditions. In addition to critical essays, students complete a "Pilate Project" - a creative response to the works under study.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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ENGL B264 Black Bards: Poetry in the Diaspora
Not offered 2017-18
An interrogation of poetic utterance in works of the African diaspora, primarily in English, this course addresses a multiplicity of genres, including epic, lyric, sonnet, rap, and mimetic jazz. The development of poetic theories at key moments such as the Harlem Renaissance and the Black Arts Movement will be explored.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Africana Studies

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ENGL B279 Introduction to African Literature
Not offered 2017-18
Taking into account the oral, written, aural, and visual forms of African "texts" over several thousand years, this course will explore literary production, intertextuality, translation, and audience/critical reception. Representative works to be studied include oral traditions, the Sundiata and Mwindo epics, the plays of Wole Soyinka and his Burden of History, the Muse of Forgiveness; and the work of Sembène Ousmane, Bessie Head, Ayi Kwei Armah, Mariama Bâ, Naguib Mahfouz, Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Yvonne Vera, and others.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Africana Studies

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ENGL B362 African American Literature: Hypercanonical Codes
Not offered 2017-18
Intensive study of six 18th-21st century hypercanonical African American written and visual texts (and critical responses) with specific attention to the tradition's long use of speaking in code and in multiple registers simultaneously. Focus on language as a tool of opacity as well as transparency, translation, transliteration, invention and resistance. Previous reading required.
Counts toward Africana Studies

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ENGL B379 The African Griot(te)
Section 001 (Spring 2018): Nobel Laureates Speak
Section 001 (Fall 2017): Women Writing Southern Africa
Fall 2017, Spring 2018
English 379 is a capstone topics course in the study of two or more distinguished African writers who have made significant contributions to African literary production. The focus changes from one semester to the next so that students may re-enroll in the course for credit. The specific focus of each semester's offering of the course is outlined separately.
Current topic description: Women Writing Southern Africa. This is a study of two centuries of Southern African literatures written by and about Xhosa, Zulu, Khoikhoi, Shona, Matabele, Setswana, English, Afrikaner, Indian, and Coloured women from Jewish, Christian, Muslim, and traditional com-munities. Our goal is the exploration of literature's role in constructing space, place, and politics in South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Lesotho, Swaziland, and the old Rhodesia. We begin with the ventriloquized story of Sarah Baartman, the so-called Hottentot Venus, who was displayed semi-nude in Great Britain between 1810 and 1815. We will journey to and beyond Zoe Wicomb's multidirectional You Can't Get Lost in Cape Town.
Current topic description: Nobel Laureates Speak. This is an intensive study of two African Nobel laureates: Wole Soyinka, J. M. Coetzee, Nadine Gordimer, Naguib Mahfouz, Nelson Mandela, or Doris Lessing.

Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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ENGL B381 Post-Apartheid Literature
Not offered 2017-18
South African texts from several language communities which anticipate a post-apartheid polity and texts by contemporary South African writers which explore the complexities of life in "the new South Africa." Several films emphasize the minefield of post-apartheid reconciliation and accountability.
Counts toward Africana Studies

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ENGL B388 Contemporary African Fiction
Spring 2018
Noting that the official colonial independence of most African countries dates back only half a century, this course focuses on the fictive experiments of the most recent decade. A few highly controversial works from the 90's serve as an introduction to very recent work. Most works are in English. To experience depth as well as breadth, there is a small cluster of works from South Africa. With novels and tales from elsewhere on the huge African continent, we will get a glimpse of "living in the present" in history and letters.
Counts toward Africana Studies

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FREN B254 Teaching (in) the Postcolony: Schooling in African Fiction
Not offered 2017-18
This seminar examines novels from Francophone and Anglophone Africa, critical essays, and two films, in order better to understand the forces that inform the African child's experiences of education. This course is taught in English.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Africana Studies

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GNST B103 Introduction to Swahili Language and Culture I
Fall 2017
The primary goal of this course is to develop an elementary level ability to speak, read, and write Swahili. The emphasis is on communicative competence in Swahili based on the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning. In the process of acquiring the language, students will also be introduced to East Africa and its cultures. No prior knowledge of Swahili or East Africa is required. Note: GNST B103/B105 do not fulfill the Bryn Mawr College language requirement.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Africana Studies

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GNST B105 Introduction to Swahili Language and Culture II
Spring 2018
The primary goal of this course is to continue working on an elementary level ability to speak, read, and write Swahili. The emphasis is on communicative competence in Swahili based on the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning. Students will also continue learning about East Africa and its cultures. Prerequisite: GNST B103 (Introduction to Swahili Language and Culture I) or permission of the instructor is required. Note: GNST B103/B105 does not fulfill the Bryn Mawr College language requirement.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Africana Studies

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HART B279 Exhibiting Africa: Art, Artifact and New Articulations
Not offered 2017-18
At the turn of the 20th century, the Victorian natural history museum played an important role in constructing and disseminating images of Africa to the Western public. The history of museum representations of Africa and Africans reveals that exhibitions--both museum exhibitions and "living" World's Fair exhibitions-- has long been deeply embedded in politics, including the persistent "othering" of African people as savages or primitives. While paying attention to stereotypical exhibition tropes about Africa, we will also consider how art museums are creating new constructions of Africa and how contemporary curators and conceptual artists are creating complex, challenging new ways of understanding African identities.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Museum Studies

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HIST B102 Introduction to African Civilizations
Fall 2017
The course is designed to introduce students to the history of African and African Diaspora societies, cultures, and political economies. We will discuss the origins, state formation, external contacts, and the structural transformations and continuities of African societies and cultures in the context of the slave trade, colonial rule, capitalist exploitation, urbanization, and westernization, as well as contemporary struggles over authority, autonomy, identity and access to resources. Case studies will be drawn from across the continent.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward International Studies

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HIST B200 The Atlantic World 1492-1800
Not offered 2017-18
The aim of this course is to provide an understanding of the way in which peoples, goods, and ideas from Africa, Europe. and the Americas came together to form an interconnected Atlantic World system. The course is designed to chart the manner in which an integrated system was created in the Americas in the early modern period, rather than to treat the history of the Atlantic World as nothing more than an expanded version of North American, Caribbean, or Latin American history.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies
Counts toward International Studies

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HIST B236 African History since 1800
Spring 2018
The course analyzes the history of Africa in the last two hundred years in the context of global political economy. We will examine the major themes in modern African history, including the 19th-century state formation, expansion, or restructuration; partition and resistance; colonial rule; economic, social, political, religious, and cultural developments; nationalism; post-independence politics, economics, and society, as well as conflicts and the burden of disease. The course will also introduce students to the sources and methods of African history.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward International Studies

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HIST B237 Topic: Modern African History
Section 001 (Spring 2017): African Economic Development
Section 001 (Spring 2018): African Economic Development
Section 001 (Fall 2017): Urban History
Fall 2017, Spring 2018
This is a topics course. Course content varies
Current topic description: This course examines the political economy of African development in historical perspectives. We will address the following questions: Why is the African continent, which is rich in natural resources, so poor? What are the causes of poverty in Africa? The course will analyze the environmental, economic, political, and historical factors that have affected the development of Africa. We will discuss the impact of slavery, colonial exploitation, foreign interventions, foreign aid, trade, and democratic transitions on African development. We will also explore the theories of development and underdevelopment.

Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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HIST B243 Topics: Atlantic Cultures
Section 001 (Fall 2016): Maroon Communities - New World
Section 001 (Spring 2018): Maroon Societies
Spring 2018
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Africana Studies

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HIST B265 Colonial Encounters in the Americas
Not offered 2017-18
The course explores the confrontations, conquests and accommodations that formed the "ground-level" experience of day-to-day colonialism throughout the Americas. The course is comparative in scope, examining events and structures in North, South and Central America, with particular attention paid to indigenous peoples and the nature of indigenous leadership in the colonial world of the 18th century.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies

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HIST B336 Topics in African History
Not offered 2017-18
This is a topic course. Course content varies.
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward International Studies

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HIST B337 Topics in African History
Section 001 (Spring 2017): Hist of Global Health Africa
Section 001 (Fall 2017): Hist of Global Health Africa
Fall 2017
This is a topics course. Topics vary.
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward International Studies

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HIST B339 The Making of the African Diaspora 1450-1800
Not offered 2017-18
This course explores the emergence, development, and challenges to the ideologies of whiteness and blackness, that have been in place from the colonial period to the present. Through the reading of primary and secondary sources, we will explore various ways through which enslaved people imagined freedom, personal rights, community membership, and some of the paths they created in order to improve their experiences and change the social order. In an attempt to have a comparative approach, we will look at particular events and circumstances that took place in few provinces in the Americas, with an emphasis on Latin America and the Caribbean. The course will also look at the methodological challenges of studying and writing history of people who in principle, were not allowed to produce written texts. Throughout, we will identify and underscore the contribution that people of African descent have made to the ideas of rights, freedom, equality, and democracy.
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies

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HIST B349 Topics in Comparative History
Section 001 (Spring 2017): The Civilizing Mission
Spring 2018
This is a topics course. Topics vary.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Museum Studies

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HIST B200 The Atlantic World 1492-1800
Not offered 2017-18
The aim of this course is to provide an understanding of the way in which peoples, goods, and ideas from Africa, Europe. and the Americas came together to form an interconnected Atlantic World system. The course is designed to chart the manner in which an integrated system was created in the Americas in the early modern period, rather than to treat the history of the Atlantic World as nothing more than an expanded version of North American, Caribbean, or Latin American history.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o
Counts toward Counts toward International Studies

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HIST B237 Topic: Modern African History
Section 001 (Spring 2017): African Economic Development
Section 001 (Spring 2018): African Economic Development
Section 001 (Fall 2017): Urban History
Fall 2017, Spring 2018
This is a topics course. Course content varies
Current topic description: This course examines the political economy of African development in historical perspectives. We will address the following questions: Why is the African continent, which is rich in natural resources, so poor? What are the causes of poverty in Africa? The course will analyze the environmental, economic, political, and historical factors that have affected the development of Africa. We will discuss the impact of slavery, colonial exploitation, foreign interventions, foreign aid, trade, and democratic transitions on African development. We will also explore the theories of development and underdevelopment.

Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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HIST B336 Topics in African History
Not offered 2017-18
This is a topic course. Course content varies.
Counts toward Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Counts toward International Studies

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POLS B243 African and Caribbean Perspectives in World Politics
Spring 2018
This course makes African and Caribbean voices audible as they create or adopt visions of the world that explain their positions and challenges in world politics. Students learn analytical tools useful in understanding other parts of the world. Prerequisite: POLS 141 or 1 course in African or Latin American history.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Africana Studies

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SOCL B225 Women in Society
Spring 2018
A study of the contemporary experiences of women of color in the Global South. The household, workplace, community, and the nation-state, and the positions of women in the private and public spheres are compared cross-culturally. Topics include feminism, identity and self-esteem; globalization and transnational social movements and tensions and transitions encountered as nations embark upon development.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Child and Family Studies
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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SOCL B229 Black America in Sociological Perspective
Not offered 2017-18
This course presents sociological perspectives on various issues affecting black America as a historically unique minority group in the United States: the legacy of slavery and the Jim Crow era; the formation of urban black ghettos; the civil rights reforms; the problems of poverty and unemployment; the problems of crime and other social problems; the problems of criminal justice; the continuing significance of race; the varied covert modern forms of racial discrimination; and the role of race in American politics.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Child and Family Studies

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EDUC B266 Schools in American Cities
Spring 2018
This course examines issues, challenges, and possibilities of urban education in contemporary America. We use as critical lenses issues of race, class, and culture; urban learners, teachers, and school systems; and restructuring and reform. While we look at urban education nationally over several decades, we use Philadelphia as a focal "case" that students investigate through documents and school placements. This is a Praxis II course (weekly fieldwork in a school required)
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Child and Family Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Praxis Program

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SOCL B321 The Black American Intellectual Community
Fall 2017
Viewing black American intellectuals from the perspective of the sociology of knowledge, this course examines the patterns of development and conflict in the black American intellectual community, from early 20th century to the 21st century. It highlights the social and historical influences that shaped black intellectuals' world views on racism, black social problems,racial integration, black culture and black identity. Prerequisites: At least one previous sociology course or a course focused on black Americans or race relations. Open only to sophomores, juniors, or seniors.
Counts toward Africana Studies

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ENGL B217 Narratives of Latinidad
Not offered 2017-18
This course explores how Latina/o writers fashion bicultural and transnational identities and narrate the intertwined histories of the U.S. and Latin America. We will focus on topics of shared concern among Latino groups such as struggles for social justice, the damaging effects of machismo and racial hierarchies, the politics of Spanglish, and the affective experience of migration. By analyzing a range of cultural production, including novels, poetry, testimonial narratives, films, activist art, and essays, we will unpack the complexity of Latinidad in the Americas.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o

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