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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 2018

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
EDUC B260-001Multicultural EducationSemester / 1Lecture: 9:10 AM-12:00 PM THBettws Y Coed 239Rho,K.
ENGL B104-001The Global Short StorySemester / 1Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHEnglish House IBeard,L.
ENGL B217-001Narratives of LatinidadSemester / 1Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:30 AM MWEnglish House Lecture HallHarford Vargas,J.
ENGL B271-001Transatlantic Childhoods in the 19th CenturySemester / 1Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTHEnglish House Lecture HallFlower,C.
ENGL B307-001Philadelphia Freedom: Slavery, Liberty, Literature 1682-1899Semester / 1Lecture: 11:40 AM- 1:00 PM MWEnglish House IISchneider,B.
ENGL B320-001Black Feminist LiteratureSemester / 1Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTHEnglish House ISullivan,M.
HIST B102-001Introduction to African CivilizationsSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWTaylor Hall FNgalamulume,K.
HIST B156-001The Long 1960'sSemester / 1Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHDalton Hall 300Ullman,S.
HIST B200-001The Atlantic World 1492-1800Semester / 1Lecture: 11:40 AM- 1:00 PM MWTaylor Hall FGallup-Diaz,I.
HIST B237-001Themes in Modern African History: Public History in AfricaSemester / 1Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTHTaylor Hall CNgalamulume,K.
HIST B325-001Topics in Social History: Queering HistorySemester / 1LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM TDalton Hall 2Ullman,S.
HIST B337-001Topics in African History: Hist of Global Health AfricaSemester / 1LEC: 7:10 PM-10:00 PM MDalton Hall 1Ngalamulume,K.
HLTH B115-001Introduction to Health StudiesSemester / 1Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHTaylor Hall GWhite,S.
ITAL B213-001Theory in Practice:Critical Discourses in the Humanities: Critical TheoriesSemester / 1Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MWOld Library 251Giammei,A.
PE(D) B111-001Hip-hop TechniqueSemester / 0LEC: 3:10 PM- 4:30 PM FPembroke StudioCotton,M.
POLS B350-001Equalities and Inequalities in Politics and SocietySemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM TDalton Hall 212EElkins,J.
SOCL B229-001Black America in Sociological PerspectiveSemester / 1Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTHTaylor Hall DWashington,R.
SOCL B322-001Thinking with Trans: Theorizing Race and GenderSemester / 1Lecture: 9:10 AM-12:00 PM TDalton Hall 10Sledge,P.

Spring 2019

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
ANTH B202-001Africa in the WorldSemester / 1Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTHFioratta,S.
ARTD B348-001Dance Ensemble: West AfricanSemester / 0.5LEC: 7:10 PM- 9:30 PM THDenbigh Dance StudioJones,L.
CSTS B108-001Roman AfricaSemester / 1Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MWConybeare,C.
EDUC B200-001Critical Issues in EducationSemester / 1Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM MWBettws Y Coed 127Zuckerman,K.
EDUC B200-00ACritical Issues in EducationSemester / 1Laboratory: 9:00 AM- 1:00 PM MDept. staff, TBA
EDUC B200-00BCritical Issues in EducationSemester / 1Laboratory: 9:00 AM- 1:00 PM TDept. staff, TBA
EDUC B200-00CCritical Issues in EducationSemester / 1Laboratory: 9:00 AM- 1:00 PM WDept. staff, TBA
EDUC B200-00DCritical Issues in EducationSemester / 1Laboratory: 9:00 AM- 1:00 PM THDept. staff, TBA
EDUC B200-00ECritical Issues in EducationSemester / 1Laboratory: 9:00 AM- 1:00 PM FDept. staff, TBA
EDUC B266-001Schools in American CitiesSemester / 1Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM MWBettws Y Coed 127Zuckerman,K.
EDUC B266-00ASchools in American CitiesSemester / 1Laboratory: 9:00 AM- 1:00 PM TDept. staff, TBA
EDUC B266-00BSchools in American CitiesSemester / 1Laboratory: 9:00 AM- 1:00 PM THDept. staff, TBA
EDUC B266-00CSchools in American CitiesSemester / 1Laboratory: 9:00 AM- 1:00 PM FDept. staff, TBA
ENGL B216-001Narrativity and Hip HopSemester / 1Lecture: 12:10 PM- 3:00 PM THSullivan,M.
ENGL B283-001Transnational WritingSemester / 1Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHBeard,L.
ENGL B388-001Contemporary African FictionSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM WBeard,L.
FREN B208-001Visible Minorities: Diversity in Contemporary French CinemaSemester / 1Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWFSuaudeau,J., Suaudeau,J.
Film screening: 7:10 PM-10:00 PM SUCarpenter Library 21
HART B279-001Exhibiting Africa: Art, Artifact and New ArticulationsSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM THScott,M.
HIST B337-001Topics in African History: Hist of Global Health AfricaSemester / 1LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM THNgalamulume,K.
PE(D) B127-001Social Dance Forms: Salsa/Intro to Social Dance: Intro to Social Dance and SalsaSemester / 0LEC: 4:40 PM- 6:00 PM WDenbigh Dance StudioButryn,R., Department staff,T., Reinhart,D.
LEC: 4:40 PM- 6:00 PM WDenbigh Dance Studio
PHIL B207-001Africana PhilosophySemester / 1Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHFugo,J.
SOCL B257-001Marginals and Outsiders: The Sociology of DevianceSemester / 1Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTHWashington,R.
SOCL B321-001The Black American Intellectual CommunitySemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM MWashington,R.

Fall 2019

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

2018-19 Catalog Data

HIST B200 The Atlantic World 1492-1800
Fall 2018
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
Spring 2019
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. This course fulfills the BMC Anthropology major/minor ethnographic area requirement. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Africana Studies

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ARTD B267 Diasporic Bodies, Grounding Freedom: The Black/African Dancing Body, Restoration, and Activism.
Not offered 2018-19
Diasporic Bodies, Grounding Freedom: The Black/African Dancing Body, Restoration, and Activism takes 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 to 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. 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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ARTD B348 Dance Ensemble: West African
Spring 2019
Dance ensembles are designed to offer students significant opportunities to develop dance technique, particularly in relationship to dance as a performance art. Students audition for entrance into individual ensembles. Original works choreographed by faculty or guest choreographers or works reconstructed / restaged from classic or contemporary repertories are rehearsed and performed in concert. Students are evaluated on their participation in rehearsals, their demonstration of full commitment and openness to the choreographic and performance processes both in terms of attitude and technical practice, and achievement of expected levels of performance. Preparation: This course is suitable for intermediate and advanced level dancers. Concurrent attendance in at least one technique class per week is required. Students must commit to the full semester and be available for rehearsal week and two performances of the Spring Dance Concert.
Counts toward Africana Studies

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SOCL B229 Black America in Sociological Perspective
Fall 2018
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 Themes in Modern African History
Section 001 (Spring 2018): African Economic Development
Section 001 (Fall 2018): Public History in Africa
Section 001 (Fall 2017): Urban History
Fall 2018
This is a topics course. Course content varies
Current topic description:The course will explore the colonial and postcolonial practices in public history. It will address the following question: in an age of "fake news" and "history wars", how can we understand the relationship between the public and the place of the past? Topics will include exhibitions; museum practices and colonial outlooks; commemorations and identities; monuments; film, popular history and memory; heritage and regeneration; oral history and public engagement; and public policy. We will also discuss ongoing inter-sectional and interdisciplinary decolonizing approaches to breaking received hierarchies and narratives. The course will also introduce students to the multi-faceted method of public history - in theory, application, and critique.

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

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EDUC B266 Schools in American Cities
Spring 2019
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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HIST B325 Topics in Social History
Section 001 (Fall 2018): Queering History
Fall 2018
This a topics course that explores various themes in American social history. Course content varies.
Current topic description: This course examines both key events and developments in the emerging visibility of queer subjects in the American historical context as well the processes by which such visibility occurs. How is queer history made? What kinds of historical knowledges are produced when we begin asking different questions? While we will study a sampling of specific historical moments, the focus of the course will be this search to understand what it would mean to 'queer' American history.

Counts toward Counts toward Africana Studies

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ITAL B213 Theory in Practice:Critical Discourses in the Humanities
Section 001 (Fall 2018): Critical Theories
Fall 2018
What is a postcolonial subject, a queer gaze, a feminist manifesto? And how can we use (as readers of texts, art, and films) contemporary studies on animals and cyborgs, object oriented ontology, zombies, storyworlds, neuroaesthetics? In this course we will read some pivotal theoretical texts from different fields, with a focus on race&ethnicity and gender&sexuality. Each theory will be paired with a masterpiece from Italian culture (from Renaissance treatises and paintings to stories written under fascism and postwar movies). We will discuss how to apply theory to the practice of interpretation and of academic writing, and how theoretical ideas shaped what we are reading. Class conducted in English, with an additional hour in Italian for students seeking Italian credit.
Current topic description: What is a postcolonial subject, a queer gaze, a feminist manifesto? And how can we use (as readers of texts, art, and films) contemporary studies on animals and cyborgs, object oriented ontology, zombies, storyworlds, neuroaesthetics? In this course we will read some pivotal theoretical texts from different fields, with a focus on race&ethnicity and gender&sexuality. Each theory will be paired with a masterpiece from Italian culture (from Renaissance treatises and paintings to stories written under fascism and postwar movies). We will discuss how to apply theory to the practice of interpretation and of academic writing, and how theoretical ideas shaped what we are reading. Class conducted in English, with an additional hour in Italian for students seeking Italian credit.

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

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ENGL B234 Postcolonial Literature in English
Not offered 2018-19
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 2018-19
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 2018-19
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 2019
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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CSTS B108 Roman Africa
Spring 2019
In 146 BCE, Rome conquered and destroyed the North African city of Carthage, which had been its arch-enemy for generations, and occupied many of the Carthaginian settlements in North Africa. But by the second and third centuries CE, North Africa was one of the most prosperous and cultured areas of the Roman Empire, and Carthage (near modern Tunis) was one of the busiest ports in the Mediterranean. This course will trace the relations between Rome and Carthage, looking at the history of their mutual enmity, the extraordinary rise to prosperity of Roman North Africa, and the continued importance of the region even after the Vandal invasions of the fifth century.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Africana Studies

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EDUC B200 Critical Issues in Education
Spring 2019
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, 2 hours per visit).
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Child and Family Studies

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EDUC B260 Multicultural Education
Fall 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 2019
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 B104 The Global Short Story
Fall 2018
The majority of the most provocative and interesting English-language literary production at the current moment hails from African nations, India, Oceania and their diasporae throughout the world. A significant number of major international literary prizes have been awarded to members of these writing communities who cross borders, continents, passport identities, and traditions in their experiments with narration, place, politics, and the creolization of English. The late Nigerian novelist and memoirist Chinua Achebe said of the English language, in particular: "Do not be fooled by the fact that we may write in English because we intend to do unheard of things with it."
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Africana Studies

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ITAL B213 Theory in Practice:Critical Discourses in the Humanities
Section 001 (Fall 2018): Critical Theories
Fall 2018
What is a postcolonial subject, a queer gaze, a feminist manifesto? And how can we use (as readers of texts, art, and films) contemporary studies on animals and cyborgs, object oriented ontology, zombies, storyworlds, neuroaesthetics? In this course we will read some pivotal theoretical texts from different fields, with a focus on race&ethnicity and gender&sexuality. Each theory will be paired with a masterpiece from Italian culture (from Renaissance treatises and paintings to stories written under fascism and postwar movies). We will discuss how to apply theory to the practice of interpretation and of academic writing, and how theoretical ideas shaped what we are reading. Class conducted in English, with an additional hour in Italian for students seeking Italian credit.
Current topic description: What is a postcolonial subject, a queer gaze, a feminist manifesto? And how can we use (as readers of texts, art, and films) contemporary studies on animals and cyborgs, object oriented ontology, zombies, storyworlds, neuroaesthetics? In this course we will read some pivotal theoretical texts from different fields, with a focus on race&ethnicity and gender&sexuality. Each theory will be paired with a masterpiece from Italian culture (from Renaissance treatises and paintings to stories written under fascism and postwar movies). We will discuss how to apply theory to the practice of interpretation and of academic writing, and how theoretical ideas shaped what we are reading. Class conducted in English, with an additional hour in Italian for students seeking Italian credit.

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

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ENGL B216 Narrativity and Hip Hop
Spring 2019
This course explores narrative and poetic forms and themes in hip-hop culture. Through close, intensive analysis of hip-hop lyrics, as well as audiovisual performance and visual art, we will consider how rappers and hip-hop artists from the late twentieth century onward have used the form to extend, further, and complicate key concerns of literature in general, and African American and African Diaspora literature in particular. We will explore key texts in hip hop from the late 1970s to the current moment. Reading these texts alongside short fiction by writers such as Gayl Jones, Octavia Butler, Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, Victor LaValle, Kiese Laymon, Ivelisse Rodriguez, Regina Bradley and others, we will consider how themes of socioeconomic mobility, gender and sexuality, queer and feminist critique, and intersectional political engagement animate artists' narrative and poetic strategies across genre and media. Written work will include regular in-class presentations, short creative assignments, three short papers, and a final project. As a part of the Philly program, the course will take place in Center City, Philadelphia. Along with course readings, we will engage directly with writers, artists, and events that help shape Philadelphia's vibrant hip-hop and literature scene. For additional information see the program's website https://www.brynmawr.edu/philly-program
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Africana Studies

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ENGL B217 Narratives of Latinidad
Fall 2018
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 2018-19
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 B239 African American Poetry
Not offered 2018-19
This course explores the work of black poets in the Americas. Focusing on a range of poetic forms from the 18th century through the present, we will consider key questions that have animated the works of black poets in North America and the Caribbean, and how they have used poetic strategy to engage these questions. How do black poets explore black political and social life in various historical and geographical contexts? How do they use particular formal strategies (for example, form poetry, free verse, narrative poetry, and experimental modes) to interrogate notions of blackness? How do political movements around gender, class, and sexuality factor in? As we approach these questions, we will consider important critical conversations on African American poetry and poetics, examining how both well-known and underexplored poets use form to complicate blackness and imagine various forms of freedom. Our work will take us through several poetic genres and forms, including print works, performance poetry, hip hop music, and digital media. Throughout our analysis, we will consider how discourses on gender, sexuality, class, national and transnational identity, and other engagements with difference shape black poetic expression, both historically and in our current moment.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
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 B262 Survey in African American Literature
Section 001 (Spring 2018): 19th Century African American Narrative
Not offered 2018-19
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.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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ENGL B271 Transatlantic Childhoods in the 19th Century
Fall 2018
This class explores what we can see anew when we juxtapose American and British experiences of, and responses to, emergent ideas and ideals of childhood in the child-obsessed nineteenth century. After setting up key eighteenth-century concepts and contexts for what French historian Philippe Ariès called the "invention of childhood," we'll explore the ways in which children came to be defined between 1800 and 1900, in relation to such categories as law, labor, education, sex, play, and psychology, through examinations of both "literary" works and texts and artifacts from a range of other discourses and spheres. We'll move between American and British examples, aiming to track the commonalities at work in the two nations and the effects of marked structural differences. Here we'll be especially attentive to chattel slavery in the U.S., and to the relations, and non-relations, between the racialized notions of childhood produced in this country and those which arise out of Britain's sharply stratified class landscape. If race and class are produced differently, we'll also consider the degree to which British and American histories and representations of boyhood and girlhood converge and diverge across the period. We'll close with reflections on the ways in which a range of literary genres on the cusp of modernism form themselves in and through the new discourses of childhood and evolving figures of the child.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Child and Family Studies

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ENGL B279 Introduction to African Literature
Not offered 2018-19
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 B283 Transnational Writing
Spring 2019
This course is a study in direct and indirect conversations between and among writers, eras, and continents involving narrative practitioners who may never have interacted in life or letters, but whose works, nevertheless, "speak" to each other in intertextual exchanges. Almost all the works were originally written in English. The yoked works are in groupings of no more than 5 to underscore and to intensify the dialogue and to allow adequate time for discussion and written analysis. As Kenyan Ngugi wa Thiong'o observes in The Wizard of the Crow: "Stories, like food, lose their flavor if cooked in a hurry."
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Africana Studies

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ENGL B307 Philadelphia Freedom: Slavery, Liberty, Literature 1682-1899
Fall 2018
Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love, a space of religious diversity, the hotbed of the American Revolution, the first large "free" city north of the slave states, a major center of free Black culture. In this course we will examine literature written in and about Philadelphia before the Civil War, exploring how and why Philadelphians engaged questions of freedom and non-freedom. Beginning with William Penn and the colonial city, moving through the literatures of Revolution and the Civil War, we will conclude with W. E. B. DuBois' The Philadelphia Negro. We will take two field trips to the city and students will be expected to pursue city-based research projects.
Counts toward Africana Studies

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ENGL B320 Black Feminist Literature
Fall 2018
This course explores contemporary black feminist literature and culture on a transnational stage. We will consider the works of prominent, emerging, and underexplored black feminist writers from various African diaspora locations, including South Africa, West Africa, Europe, North America, and the Caribbean. How do these writers engage with key currents in global black feminist politics, including understandings of gender, sexuality, class, nationality and colonialism? How do they complicate these discussions in their work? We will ground our exploration in close study of black feminist poetics--the specific formal and creative choices that black feminist poets, fiction writers, visual artists, hip hop artists, webseries producers and others use to examine gender end sexuality in their art. Paying particular attention to the work of queer and LGBTI+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans* and Intersex) artists, we will consider the various meanings of t erms such as "black," "feminist," and "queer" in various parts of the African Diaspora. Our work will emphasize close analysis of black feminist writers' works, as well as collaborative exercises and invited in-class discussions with several contemporary black diasporic feminist artists themselves. Requirements include two short papers, regular response papers, and a final project.
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies

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ENGL B362 African American Literature: Hypercanonical Codes
Not offered 2018-19
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 B363 Toni Morrison and the Art of Narrative Conjure
Not offered 2018-19
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.
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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ENGL B379 The African Griot(te)
Section 001 (Spring 2018): Women Writing Southern Africa
Not offered 2018-19
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.
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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ENGL B381 Post-Apartheid Literature
Not offered 2018-19
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 2019
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 B208 Visible Minorities: Diversity in Contemporary French Cinema
Spring 2019
Until the closing years of the 20th century, ethnic diversity was virtually absent from French cinema. While Francophone directors from Northern and Sub-Saharan Africa debunked colonialism and neocolonialism in their films, minorities hardly appeared on French screens. Movies were made by white filmmakers for a white audience. Since the 1980's and the 1990's, minorities have become more visible in French films. Are French Blacks and Arabs portrayed in French cinema beyond stereotypes, or are they still objects of a euro-centric gaze? Have minorities gained agency in storytelling, not just as actors, but as directors? What is the national narrative at play in the recent French films that focus on diversity? Is it still "us against them", or has the new generation of French filmmakers found a way to include the different components of French identity into a collective subject? From Bouchareb to Gomis, from Kechiche to Benyamina and Jean-Baptiste, this course will map out the visual fault lines of the French self and examine the prospects for a post-republican sense of community. Open to non-majors. There will be a weekly screening on Sunday, 7:00pm-9:00pm.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Film Studies

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ITAL B213 Theory in Practice:Critical Discourses in the Humanities
Section 001 (Fall 2018): Critical Theories
Fall 2018
What is a postcolonial subject, a queer gaze, a feminist manifesto? And how can we use (as readers of texts, art, and films) contemporary studies on animals and cyborgs, object oriented ontology, zombies, storyworlds, neuroaesthetics? In this course we will read some pivotal theoretical texts from different fields, with a focus on race&ethnicity and gender&sexuality. Each theory will be paired with a masterpiece from Italian culture (from Renaissance treatises and paintings to stories written under fascism and postwar movies). We will discuss how to apply theory to the practice of interpretation and of academic writing, and how theoretical ideas shaped what we are reading. Class conducted in English, with an additional hour in Italian for students seeking Italian credit.
Current topic description: What is a postcolonial subject, a queer gaze, a feminist manifesto? And how can we use (as readers of texts, art, and films) contemporary studies on animals and cyborgs, object oriented ontology, zombies, storyworlds, neuroaesthetics? In this course we will read some pivotal theoretical texts from different fields, with a focus on race&ethnicity and gender&sexuality. Each theory will be paired with a masterpiece from Italian culture (from Renaissance treatises and paintings to stories written under fascism and postwar movies). We will discuss how to apply theory to the practice of interpretation and of academic writing, and how theoretical ideas shaped what we are reading. Class conducted in English, with an additional hour in Italian for students seeking Italian credit.

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

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FREN B254 Teaching (in) the Postcolony: Schooling in African Fiction
Not offered 2018-19
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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ITAL B213 Theory in Practice:Critical Discourses in the Humanities
Section 001 (Fall 2018): Critical Theories
Fall 2018
What is a postcolonial subject, a queer gaze, a feminist manifesto? And how can we use (as readers of texts, art, and films) contemporary studies on animals and cyborgs, object oriented ontology, zombies, storyworlds, neuroaesthetics? In this course we will read some pivotal theoretical texts from different fields, with a focus on race&ethnicity and gender&sexuality. Each theory will be paired with a masterpiece from Italian culture (from Renaissance treatises and paintings to stories written under fascism and postwar movies). We will discuss how to apply theory to the practice of interpretation and of academic writing, and how theoretical ideas shaped what we are reading. Class conducted in English, with an additional hour in Italian for students seeking Italian credit.
Current topic description: What is a postcolonial subject, a queer gaze, a feminist manifesto? And how can we use (as readers of texts, art, and films) contemporary studies on animals and cyborgs, object oriented ontology, zombies, storyworlds, neuroaesthetics? In this course we will read some pivotal theoretical texts from different fields, with a focus on race&ethnicity and gender&sexuality. Each theory will be paired with a masterpiece from Italian culture (from Renaissance treatises and paintings to stories written under fascism and postwar movies). We will discuss how to apply theory to the practice of interpretation and of academic writing, and how theoretical ideas shaped what we are reading. Class conducted in English, with an additional hour in Italian for students seeking Italian credit.

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

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GNST B105 Introduction to Swahili Language and Culture II
Not offered 2018-19
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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ITAL B213 Theory in Practice:Critical Discourses in the Humanities
Section 001 (Fall 2018): Critical Theories
Fall 2018
What is a postcolonial subject, a queer gaze, a feminist manifesto? And how can we use (as readers of texts, art, and films) contemporary studies on animals and cyborgs, object oriented ontology, zombies, storyworlds, neuroaesthetics? In this course we will read some pivotal theoretical texts from different fields, with a focus on race&ethnicity and gender&sexuality. Each theory will be paired with a masterpiece from Italian culture (from Renaissance treatises and paintings to stories written under fascism and postwar movies). We will discuss how to apply theory to the practice of interpretation and of academic writing, and how theoretical ideas shaped what we are reading. Class conducted in English, with an additional hour in Italian for students seeking Italian credit.
Current topic description: What is a postcolonial subject, a queer gaze, a feminist manifesto? And how can we use (as readers of texts, art, and films) contemporary studies on animals and cyborgs, object oriented ontology, zombies, storyworlds, neuroaesthetics? In this course we will read some pivotal theoretical texts from different fields, with a focus on race&ethnicity and gender&sexuality. Each theory will be paired with a masterpiece from Italian culture (from Renaissance treatises and paintings to stories written under fascism and postwar movies). We will discuss how to apply theory to the practice of interpretation and of academic writing, and how theoretical ideas shaped what we are reading. Class conducted in English, with an additional hour in Italian for students seeking Italian credit.

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

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HART B279 Exhibiting Africa: Art, Artifact and New Articulations
Spring 2019
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
Counts toward Visual Studies

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HIST B102 Introduction to African Civilizations
Fall 2018
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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CSTS B108 Roman Africa
Spring 2019
In 146 BCE, Rome conquered and destroyed the North African city of Carthage, which had been its arch-enemy for generations, and occupied many of the Carthaginian settlements in North Africa. But by the second and third centuries CE, North Africa was one of the most prosperous and cultured areas of the Roman Empire, and Carthage (near modern Tunis) was one of the busiest ports in the Mediterranean. This course will trace the relations between Rome and Carthage, looking at the history of their mutual enmity, the extraordinary rise to prosperity of Roman North Africa, and the continued importance of the region even after the Vandal invasions of the fifth century.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
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HIST B156 The Long 1960's
Fall 2018
The 1960s has had a powerful effect on recent US History. But what was it exactly? How long did it last? And what do we really mean when we say "The Sixties?" This term has become so potent and loaded for so many people from all sides of the political spectrum that it's almost impossible to separate fact from fiction; myth from memory. We are all the inheritors of this intense period in American history but our inheritance is neither simple nor entirely clear. Our task this semester is to try to pull apart the meaning as well as the legend and attempt to figure out what "The Sixties" is (and what it isn't) and try to assess its long term impact on American society.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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HIST B200 The Atlantic World 1492-1800
Fall 2018
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 B212 Pirates, Travelers, and Natural Historians: 1492-1750
Not offered 2018-19
In the early modern period, conquistadors, missionaries, travelers, pirates, and natural historians wrote interesting texts in which they tried to integrate the New World into their existing frameworks of knowledge. This intellectual endeavor was an adjunct to the physical conquest of American space, and provides a framework though which we will explore the processes of imperial competition, state formation, and indigenous and African resistance to colonialism.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Environmental Studies
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies

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HIST B215 Europe and the Other 1492-1800
Not offered 2018-19
This course will introduce students to process through which Europeans created systems and categories of difference into which they placed Indigenous, African, and Asian peoples between the years 1492 and 1815. Topics of study include Indigenous leaders, slave and free communities, and cultural mediators on colonial frontiers.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies

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HIST B236 African History since 1800
Not offered 2018-19
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 Themes in Modern African History
Section 001 (Spring 2018): African Economic Development
Section 001 (Fall 2018): Public History in Africa
Section 001 (Fall 2017): Urban History
Fall 2018
This is a topics course. Course content varies
Current topic description:The course will explore the colonial and postcolonial practices in public history. It will address the following question: in an age of "fake news" and "history wars", how can we understand the relationship between the public and the place of the past? Topics will include exhibitions; museum practices and colonial outlooks; commemorations and identities; monuments; film, popular history and memory; heritage and regeneration; oral history and public engagement; and public policy. We will also discuss ongoing inter-sectional and interdisciplinary decolonizing approaches to breaking received hierarchies and narratives. The course will also introduce students to the multi-faceted method of public history - in theory, application, and critique.

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

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HIST B243 Topics: Atlantic Cultures
Section 001 (Spring 2018): Maroon Societies
Not offered 2018-19
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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HIST B325 Topics in Social History
Section 001 (Fall 2018): Queering History
Fall 2018
This a topics course that explores various themes in American social history. Course content varies.
Current topic description: This course examines both key events and developments in the emerging visibility of queer subjects in the American historical context as well the processes by which such visibility occurs. How is queer history made? What kinds of historical knowledges are produced when we begin asking different questions? While we will study a sampling of specific historical moments, the focus of the course will be this search to understand what it would mean to 'queer' American history.

Counts toward Africana Studies

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HIST B337 Topics in African History
Section 001 (Fall 2017): Hist of Global Health Africa
Section 001 (Fall 2018): Hist of Global Health Africa
Section 001 (Spring 2019): Hist of Global Health Africa
Fall 2018, Spring 2019
This is a topics course. Topics vary.
Current topic description: The course will focus on the issues of public health history, social and cultural history of disease as well as the issues of the history of medicine. We will examine the histories of global initiatives to control disease in Africa from an interdisciplinary perspective (history, and social and biomedical sciences), using case studies from across the continent. These initiatives involve the relationship between states, NGOs, universities, pharmaceutical companies, and other nonstate actors. We will explore various themes, such as the indigenous theories of disease and therapies; disease, imperialism and medicine; the emerging diseases, medical education, women in medicine, and differential access to health care. We will also explore the questions regarding the sources of African history and their quality.
Current topic description: The course examines the history of global health initiatives to deal with the burden of disease in Africa. It offers historical (and anthroplogical) perspectives on the ways in which medicine and public health in Africa have been transformed under the pressures of broad forces and factors, including colonial exploitation and rule, post-Second World War initiatives, the postcolonial economic and political liberalization and globalization, and rise of 'para-states' in Africa.

Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Health Studies

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HIST B339 The Making of the African Diaspora 1450-1800
Not offered 2018-19
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
Not offered 2018-19
This is a topics course. Topics vary.
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Museum Studies

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HLTH B115 Introduction to Health Studies
Fall 2018
The multidisciplinary foundation for the health studies minor. Students will be introduced to theories and methods from the life sciences, social sciences, and humanities and will learn to apply them to problems of health and illness. Topics include epidemiological, public health, and biomedical perspectives on health and disease; social, behavioral, and environmental determinants of health; globalization of health issues; cultural representations of illness; health inequalities, social justice, and the ethics of health as a human right.
Course does not meet an Approach
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Health Studies

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HIST B200 The Atlantic World 1492-1800
Fall 2018
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 Themes in Modern African History
Section 001 (Spring 2018): African Economic Development
Section 001 (Fall 2018): Public History in Africa
Section 001 (Fall 2017): Urban History
Fall 2018
This is a topics course. Course content varies
Current topic description:The course will explore the colonial and postcolonial practices in public history. It will address the following question: in an age of "fake news" and "history wars", how can we understand the relationship between the public and the place of the past? Topics will include exhibitions; museum practices and colonial outlooks; commemorations and identities; monuments; film, popular history and memory; heritage and regeneration; oral history and public engagement; and public policy. We will also discuss ongoing inter-sectional and interdisciplinary decolonizing approaches to breaking received hierarchies and narratives. The course will also introduce students to the multi-faceted method of public history - in theory, application, and critique.

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

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ITAL B213 Theory in Practice:Critical Discourses in the Humanities
Section 001 (Fall 2018): Critical Theories
Fall 2018
What is a postcolonial subject, a queer gaze, a feminist manifesto? And how can we use (as readers of texts, art, and films) contemporary studies on animals and cyborgs, object oriented ontology, zombies, storyworlds, neuroaesthetics? In this course we will read some pivotal theoretical texts from different fields, with a focus on race&ethnicity and gender&sexuality. Each theory will be paired with a masterpiece from Italian culture (from Renaissance treatises and paintings to stories written under fascism and postwar movies). We will discuss how to apply theory to the practice of interpretation and of academic writing, and how theoretical ideas shaped what we are reading. Class conducted in English, with an additional hour in Italian for students seeking Italian credit.
Current topic description: What is a postcolonial subject, a queer gaze, a feminist manifesto? And how can we use (as readers of texts, art, and films) contemporary studies on animals and cyborgs, object oriented ontology, zombies, storyworlds, neuroaesthetics? In this course we will read some pivotal theoretical texts from different fields, with a focus on race&ethnicity and gender&sexuality. Each theory will be paired with a masterpiece from Italian culture (from Renaissance treatises and paintings to stories written under fascism and postwar movies). We will discuss how to apply theory to the practice of interpretation and of academic writing, and how theoretical ideas shaped what we are reading. Class conducted in English, with an additional hour in Italian for students seeking Italian credit.

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

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PE(D) B111 Hip-hop Technique
Fall 2018
Students learn basic movements from Hip-hop, funk, house, breakin' and other contemporary urban styles. The course aims to expand students' dance skills while increasing their knowledge of the history of Hip-hop and providing a more sophisticated understanding of the potential of Hip-hop as an art and social form. This course is open to all levels of experience. (Full Semester, 2 PE Credits)
Counts toward Africana Studies

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PE(D) B127 Social Dance Forms: Salsa/Intro to Social Dance
Section 001 (Spring 2018): Intro to Social Dance and Salsa
Section 001 (Spring 2019): Intro to Social Dance and Salsa
Spring 2019
This course teaches the steps, moves and rhythms of social or ballroom dance. The first half introduces basic social dances such as cha-cha, swing dance, waltz, etc.; the second half focuses on Salsa. This course is open to all levels of experience. (Semester Course, 2 PE credits)
Counts toward Africana Studies

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PHIL B207 Africana Philosophy
Spring 2019
Africana philosophy is also called African diasporic philosophy. It is a modern form of philosophy addressing problems of what could be called the "underside of Western philosophy," problems often avoided in Western philosophy, and thus paradoxically become more central in significance than many Western philosophers may realize. Students will examine these problems across African American philosophy, Afro-Caribbean philosophy, and African philosophy, through resources from Africana analytical, dialectical, existential, feminist, phenomenological, and pragmatist thought. While examining these problems, students will learn about the major scholars and schools of Africana philosophical thought.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Africana Studies

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ITAL B213 Theory in Practice:Critical Discourses in the Humanities
Section 001 (Fall 2018): Critical Theories
Fall 2018
What is a postcolonial subject, a queer gaze, a feminist manifesto? And how can we use (as readers of texts, art, and films) contemporary studies on animals and cyborgs, object oriented ontology, zombies, storyworlds, neuroaesthetics? In this course we will read some pivotal theoretical texts from different fields, with a focus on race&ethnicity and gender&sexuality. Each theory will be paired with a masterpiece from Italian culture (from Renaissance treatises and paintings to stories written under fascism and postwar movies). We will discuss how to apply theory to the practice of interpretation and of academic writing, and how theoretical ideas shaped what we are reading. Class conducted in English, with an additional hour in Italian for students seeking Italian credit.
Current topic description: What is a postcolonial subject, a queer gaze, a feminist manifesto? And how can we use (as readers of texts, art, and films) contemporary studies on animals and cyborgs, object oriented ontology, zombies, storyworlds, neuroaesthetics? In this course we will read some pivotal theoretical texts from different fields, with a focus on race&ethnicity and gender&sexuality. Each theory will be paired with a masterpiece from Italian culture (from Renaissance treatises and paintings to stories written under fascism and postwar movies). We will discuss how to apply theory to the practice of interpretation and of academic writing, and how theoretical ideas shaped what we are reading. Class conducted in English, with an additional hour in Italian for students seeking Italian credit.

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

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POLS B350 Equalities and Inequalities in Politics and Society
Fall 2018
The modern state rests on a claim of equality (of a certain sort) between citizens. At the same time, modern societies are marked by significant and increasing inequalities (of various sorts). How should we regard the co-existence of the claim of equality and the existence of inequalities? For some, the existence of large-scale inequalities may be seen not only as wholly consistent with the equality of citizens, but an expected, natural, and proper outcome of that equality. For others, the existence of significant inequalities marks a failure of the promise of equality among citizens. Beyond these disagreements, people disagree about the significance of the distinction between citizens and non-citizens. What kinds of equalities, if any, that are not acceptable between citizens are acceptable between citizens and non-citizens? In this course, we shall explore such questions concerning the relationship between claims of equality and the existence of inequalities in modern societies. We will examine these various questions at both an abstract level (reading essays of political theory and philosophy) and in the context of particular problems of social policy. While the instructor will be largely responsible for assigning readings of the first sort, students will share the responsibility for finding readings of the second. They will do this as part of their own semester-long research projects. This course is open to all students who have the prerequisites. It also serves as a thesis prep course for political science senior majors. Suggested Preparation: At least one course in political theory OR Political Science Senior OR consent of instructor.
Counts toward Counts toward Africana Studies

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POLS B243 African and Caribbean Perspectives in World Politics
Not offered 2018-19
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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POLS B350 Equalities and Inequalities in Politics and Society
Fall 2018
The modern state rests on a claim of equality (of a certain sort) between citizens. At the same time, modern societies are marked by significant and increasing inequalities (of various sorts). How should we regard the co-existence of the claim of equality and the existence of inequalities? For some, the existence of large-scale inequalities may be seen not only as wholly consistent with the equality of citizens, but an expected, natural, and proper outcome of that equality. For others, the existence of significant inequalities marks a failure of the promise of equality among citizens. Beyond these disagreements, people disagree about the significance of the distinction between citizens and non-citizens. What kinds of equalities, if any, that are not acceptable between citizens are acceptable between citizens and non-citizens? In this course, we shall explore such questions concerning the relationship between claims of equality and the existence of inequalities in modern societies. We will examine these various questions at both an abstract level (reading essays of political theory and philosophy) and in the context of particular problems of social policy. While the instructor will be largely responsible for assigning readings of the first sort, students will share the responsibility for finding readings of the second. They will do this as part of their own semester-long research projects. This course is open to all students who have the prerequisites. It also serves as a thesis prep course for political science senior majors. Suggested Preparation: At least one course in political theory OR Political Science Senior OR consent of instructor.
Counts toward Africana Studies

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ITAL B213 Theory in Practice:Critical Discourses in the Humanities
Section 001 (Fall 2018): Critical Theories
Fall 2018
What is a postcolonial subject, a queer gaze, a feminist manifesto? And how can we use (as readers of texts, art, and films) contemporary studies on animals and cyborgs, object oriented ontology, zombies, storyworlds, neuroaesthetics? In this course we will read some pivotal theoretical texts from different fields, with a focus on race&ethnicity and gender&sexuality. Each theory will be paired with a masterpiece from Italian culture (from Renaissance treatises and paintings to stories written under fascism and postwar movies). We will discuss how to apply theory to the practice of interpretation and of academic writing, and how theoretical ideas shaped what we are reading. Class conducted in English, with an additional hour in Italian for students seeking Italian credit.
Current topic description: What is a postcolonial subject, a queer gaze, a feminist manifesto? And how can we use (as readers of texts, art, and films) contemporary studies on animals and cyborgs, object oriented ontology, zombies, storyworlds, neuroaesthetics? In this course we will read some pivotal theoretical texts from different fields, with a focus on race&ethnicity and gender&sexuality. Each theory will be paired with a masterpiece from Italian culture (from Renaissance treatises and paintings to stories written under fascism and postwar movies). We will discuss how to apply theory to the practice of interpretation and of academic writing, and how theoretical ideas shaped what we are reading. Class conducted in English, with an additional hour in Italian for students seeking Italian credit.

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

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SOCL B225 Women in Society
Not offered 2018-19
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
Fall 2018
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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SOCL B257 Marginals and Outsiders: The Sociology of Deviance
Spring 2019
An examination of non-normative and criminal behavior viewed from the standpoint of different theoretical perspectives on deviance (e.g., social strain, anomie, functionalism, social disorganization, symbolic interaction, and Marxism) with particular emphasis on social construction and labeling perspectives; and the role of subcultures, social movements and social conflicts in changing the normative boundaries of society. Topics include robbery, homicide, Black inner city violence, sexual deviance, prostitution, white collar crime, drug addiction and mental disorders.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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EDUC B266 Schools in American Cities
Spring 2019
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
Spring 2019
This seminar explores an important but neglected subject in the study of race relations: the social role of the black American intellectual community. Viewing black intellectuals from the perspective of the sociology of knowledge, it examines the patterns of development and conflict in the black American intellectual community, extending from the early 20th century to the early 21st century. It will examine the social and historical contexts and influences that shaped their world views as they confronted the issues of racism, racial integration, black social problems, black culture, and black identity - issues that were framed through rival and often antagonistic black ideological movements: black nationalism, liberal civil rights activism, communism, new left radicalism, political conservatism, and afro-centrism. Among the black intellectuals whose ideas and influence will be considered in the seminar: Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. DuBois, Marcus Garvey, Alain Locke, James Weldon Johnson, Langston Hughes, Claude McKay, Richard Wright, E. Franklin Frazier, Horace Cayton, Zora Neal Hurston, Paul Robeson, Ralph Ellison, Kenneth Clark, James Baldwin, Harold Cruise, Bayard Rustin, Stokely Carmichael, Angela Davis, Eldridge Cleaver, Nikki Giovanni, Amiri Baraka, Malcom X, and Taneshi Coates.
Counts toward Africana Studies

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SOCL B322 Thinking with Trans: Theorizing Race and Gender
Fall 2018
In 2017, philosopher Rebecca Tuvel published an article in the journal Hypatia outlining an argument for the existence of transracialism. This article came on the tail end of a great deal of controversy about the outing of NAACP leader, Rachel Dolezal; a woman born to white parents who identifies as black. In this course we will examine the social construction of race and gender as well as critique the biological assumptions that underpin both social structures. We will explore the theoretical power and pitfalls of the terms "transgender" and "transracial"- the similarities, differences, and tensions inherent in questioning taken for granted social structures that are fundamental to social organization and personal identity. We will explore the theoretical context of the terms "transracial" and "transgender," the various arguments for and against identity categories, and the lived experiences of individuals and groups who regularly transgress the boundaries of race and gender.
Course does not meet an Approach
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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ITAL B213 Theory in Practice:Critical Discourses in the Humanities
Section 001 (Fall 2018): Critical Theories
Fall 2018
What is a postcolonial subject, a queer gaze, a feminist manifesto? And how can we use (as readers of texts, art, and films) contemporary studies on animals and cyborgs, object oriented ontology, zombies, storyworlds, neuroaesthetics? In this course we will read some pivotal theoretical texts from different fields, with a focus on race&ethnicity and gender&sexuality. Each theory will be paired with a masterpiece from Italian culture (from Renaissance treatises and paintings to stories written under fascism and postwar movies). We will discuss how to apply theory to the practice of interpretation and of academic writing, and how theoretical ideas shaped what we are reading. Class conducted in English, with an additional hour in Italian for students seeking Italian credit.
Current topic description: What is a postcolonial subject, a queer gaze, a feminist manifesto? And how can we use (as readers of texts, art, and films) contemporary studies on animals and cyborgs, object oriented ontology, zombies, storyworlds, neuroaesthetics? In this course we will read some pivotal theoretical texts from different fields, with a focus on race&ethnicity and gender&sexuality. Each theory will be paired with a masterpiece from Italian culture (from Renaissance treatises and paintings to stories written under fascism and postwar movies). We will discuss how to apply theory to the practice of interpretation and of academic writing, and how theoretical ideas shaped what we are reading. Class conducted in English, with an additional hour in Italian for students seeking Italian credit.

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

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ENGL B217 Narratives of Latinidad
Fall 2018
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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