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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 2016

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
ANTH B202-001Africa in the WorldSemester / 1Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MWDalton Hall 2Fioratta,S.
EDUC B200-001Critical Issues in EducationSemester / 1Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHBettws Y Coed 127Curl,H.
EDUC B208-001Race-ing EducationSemester / 1LEC: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTHTaylor Hall GCohen,J.
ENGL B217-001Narratives of LatinidadSemester / 1Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTHDalton Hall 119Harford Vargas,J.
ENGL B262-001Survey in African American LiteratureSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWDalton Hall 2Beard,L.
ENGL B381-001Post-Apartheid LiteratureSemester / 1Lecture: 7:10 PM-10:00 PM MEnglish House IBeard,L.
GNST B103-001Introduction to Swahili Language and Culture ISemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWTaylor Hall, Seminar RoomMshomba,E.
HART B279-001Exhibiting Africa: Art, Artifact and New ArticulationsSemester / 1LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM WDalton Hall 6Scott,M.
HIST B243-001Topics: Atlantic Cultures: Maroon Communities - New WorldSemester / 1LEC: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MWThomas Hall 118Gallup-Diaz,I.
HIST B265-001Colonial Encounters in the AmericasSemester / 1Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTHThomas Hall 116Gallup-Diaz,I.

Spring 2017

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
EDUC B266-001Schools in American CitiesSemester / 1Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTHBettws Y Coed 127Cohen,J.
ENGL B234-001Postcolonial Literature in EnglishSemester / 1Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTHEnglish House ITratner,M.
ENGL B279-001Introduction to African LiteratureSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWEnglish House IBeard,L.
ENGL B362-001African American Literature: Hypercanonical CodesSemester / 1Lecture: 7:10 PM-10:00 PM MEnglish House IBeard,L.
GNST B105-001Introduction to Swahili Language and Culture IISemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWTaylor Hall, Seminar RoomMshomba,E.
HIST B102-001Introduction to African CivilizationsSemester / 1Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MWTaylor Hall DNgalamulume,K.
HIST B237-001Topic: Modern African History: African Economic DevelopmentSemester / 1LEC: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWTaylor Hall BNgalamulume,K.
HIST B337-001Topics in African History: Hist of Global Health AfricaSemester / 1LEC: 7:10 PM-10:00 PM TThomas Hall 102Ngalamulume,K.
SOCL B225-001Women in SocietySemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWTaylor Hall EMontes,V.

Fall 2017

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

2016-17 Catalog Data

HIST B200 The Atlantic World 1492-1800
Not offered 2016-17
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
Fall 2016
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 2016-17
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 2016-17
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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ARCH B101 Introduction to Egyptian and Near Eastern Archaeology
Not offered 2016-17
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 2016-17
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 in black communities; the problems of criminal justice; the continuing significance of race; the varied covert modern forms of racial discrimination experienced by black Americans; 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 2016): African Economic Development
Section 001 (Spring 2017): African Economic Development
Section 001 (Fall 2015): Urbanization in Africa
Spring 2017
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 2017
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
Spring 2017
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
Spring 2017
Taking into account the oral, written, aural and visual forms of African "texts" over several thousand years, this course will explore literary production, translation and audience/critical reception. Representative works to be studied include oral traditions, the Sundiata Epic, Chinua Achebe's Anthills of the Savannah, Ayi Kwei Armah's Fragments, Mariama Bâ's Si Longe une Lettre, Tsitsi Danga-rembga's Nervous Conditions, Bessie Head's Maru, Sembène Ousmane's Xala, plays by Wole Soyinka and his Burden of History, The Muse of Forgiveness and Ngugi wa Thiong'o's A Grain of Wheat. We will address the "transliteration" of Christian and Muslim languages and theologies in these works.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Counts toward Africana Studies

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ENGL B381 Post-Apartheid Literature
Fall 2016
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
Not offered 2016-17
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 2016-17
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
Fall 2016
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
Fall 2016
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
Not offered 2016-17
An investigation of education as a cultural event that engages issues of identity, difference, and power. The course explores a set of key tensions in the contested areas of multiculturalism and multicultural education: identity and difference; peace and conflict; dialogue and silence; and culture and the individual psyche. Students will apply theory and practice to global as well as specific, localized situations -- communities and schools that contend with significant challenges in terms of equity and places where educators, students, and parents are trying out ways of educating for diversity and social justice. 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 2017
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
Fall 2016
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
Spring 2017
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
Fall 2016
Pairing canonical African American fiction with theoretical, popular, and filmic texts from the late-19th Century through to the present day, we will address the ways in which the Black body, as cultural text, has come to be both constructed and consumed within the nation's imagination and our modern visual regime.
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 2016-17
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
Spring 2017
Taking into account the oral, written, aural and visual forms of African "texts" over several thousand years, this course will explore literary production, translation and audience/critical reception. Representative works to be studied include oral traditions, the Sundiata Epic, Chinua Achebe's Anthills of the Savannah, Ayi Kwei Armah's Fragments, Mariama Bâ's Si Longe une Lettre, Tsitsi Danga-rembga's Nervous Conditions, Bessie Head's Maru, Sembène Ousmane's Xala, plays by Wole Soyinka and his Burden of History, The Muse of Forgiveness and Ngugi wa Thiong'o's A Grain of Wheat. We will address the "transliteration" of Christian and Muslim languages and theologies in these works.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Africana Studies

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ENGL B362 African American Literature: Hypercanonical Codes
Spring 2017
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)
Not offered 2016-17
A focused exploration of the multi-genre productions of Southern African writer Bessie Head and the critical responses to such works. Students are asked to help construct a critical-theoretical framework for talking about a writer who defies categorization or reduction.
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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ENGL B381 Post-Apartheid Literature
Fall 2016
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
Not offered 2016-17
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 2016-17
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 2016
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 2017
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
Fall 2016
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
Spring 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

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HIST B200 The Atlantic World 1492-1800
Not offered 2016-17
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
Not offered 2016-17
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

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HIST B237 Topic: Modern African History
Section 001 (Spring 2016): African Economic Development
Section 001 (Spring 2017): African Economic Development
Section 001 (Fall 2015): Urbanization in Africa
Spring 2017
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 (Spring 2016): Honor, Sexuality, and Patriarchy in the Americas
Section 001 (Fall 2015): Introduction to the History of the African Diaspor
Section 001 (Fall 2016): Maroon Communities - New World
Fall 2016
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Current topic description: The course explores the process of self-emancipation by slaves in the early modern Atlantic World. What was the nature of the communities that free blacks forged? What were their relationships to the empires from which they freed themselves? How was race constructed in the early modern period? Did conceptions of race change over time?

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

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HIST B265 Colonial Encounters in the Americas
Fall 2016
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
Section 001 (Fall 2015): History of Health and Medicine in Africa
Not offered 2016-17
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
Spring 2017
This is a topics course. Topics vary.
Current topic description: The course examines the histories 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

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HIST B339 The Making of the African Diaspora 1450-1800
Not offered 2016-17
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 (Fall 2015): A History of Honor in Latin America, 1600s-1920s
Not offered 2016-17
This is a topics course. Topics vary.
Counts toward Africana Studies

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HIST B200 The Atlantic World 1492-1800
Not offered 2016-17
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 2016): African Economic Development
Section 001 (Spring 2017): African Economic Development
Section 001 (Fall 2015): Urbanization in Africa
Spring 2017
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
Section 001 (Fall 2015): History of Health and Medicine in Africa
Not offered 2016-17
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
Not offered 2016-17
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 2017
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 2016-17
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 in black communities; the problems of criminal justice; the continuing significance of race; the varied covert modern forms of racial discrimination experienced by black Americans; 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 2017
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 B217 Narratives of Latinidad
Fall 2016
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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