African and African Disapora Studies Department
African and African Disapora Studies Department

AFR F372E • Toni Morrison

79505 • Woodard, Helena
Meets MTWTHF 11:30AM-1:00PM PAR 204
(also listed as WGS F345)
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AFR F374C • Ancient Egypt

79515 • Nethercut, William
Meets MTWTHF 10:00AM-11:30AM WAG 112
(also listed as C C F348, MES F342)
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This course is for the beginner.  There are no pre-requisites other than a fascination for what has always seemed mysterious and powerful.  We shall explore the most important chapters of Egypt's story, beginning with what is known of the pre-historical period from 13,000 B.C. down to the Neolithic  and Pre-Dynastic era, 6,000 to 4,000 B.C.  We shall then study the Old Kingdom, its first dynasties, monuments, personalities, culture, development of the hieroglyphic system, earliest mythological traditions  (3100 to 2125 B.C.). The same inclusive review of language, culture, and history will be presented for the Middle Kingdom (2125 to 1550 B.C.) and New Kingdom  (1550 to 1069 B.C.)  In every instance we shall compare the Egyptian way of thinking with the cultural styles of the major Near Eastern civilizations.  It will be particularly instructive to discover the ways in which Egyptian traditions were altered as we move down through the centuries.  A startling example is the transformation of Set from a captain of Ra in the Old Kingdom who drove off the underworld Serpent to a base deceiver in the New Kingdom, or of Osiris, a  disturbingly powerful force among  the Dead in the Old Kingdom, into a more welcoming "St. Peter" in King Tut's funeral chamber (New Kingdom).

The difference between CC 304 c and the upper-level registration, CC 348, will be the requirement of a term paper, 8-10 pp. long, on any aspect of the course about which students wish to learn more and to follow up their own research.  Topics will range from the mythological connection with Atlantis and the pre-Columbian pyramids, "Pyramidology" and the complex systems by which the learned and mystically-oriented have sought to learn the occult message of the Great Pyramid, to what is scientific and recent, like the x-raying of mummies within their wrappings to learn of bone deficiencies or bad dentistry, or the field of Archaeoastronomy which is presently investigating earlier stone circles which were used for astronomical verification  prior to 6,000 B.C.  There is no reason why a Freshman who wants to study some spcial topic like the Book of the Dead or to take very preliminary steps toward the translation of Hieroglyphics can not begin to see what such subjects hold.

Carries the Global Cultures and Writing flags.

AFR F374D • The Global City-Ny

79525 • Tang, Eric
(also listed as ANT F324L, URB F353)
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Course Description

The Global City is a term used to describe major urban centers such as New York City, London and Tokyo that function as headquarters for international finance, manufacturing and migration. Global cities are said to stand as clear evidence that we live in truly transnational times—a period in world history when national borders have given way to the free flow of capital and labor from one interconnected global city to the next. Based in New York City, this course challenges the supposed newness of the global city concept by revealing how America’s largest metropolis has been transnational since its very inception: from the conquest of indigenous land, to the city’s involvement in the US slave trade and plantation economy, to its central role in the industrial revolution, to its status as a destination point for migrants from around the world and, finally, to its emergence as the preeminent center of world finance. This course literally traces New York City’s history through first-hand visits to major landmarks and historic neighborhoods including African burial grounds, ports, factories, tenements, Harlem, el Barrio, Chinatown, Bed-Stuy (Brooklyn) and Jackson Heights (Queens)—to name but a few. Students will also have an opportunity to visit several of the city’s major museums and collections, to meet with community-based organizations and to attend a range of cultural events (music, film and theater). Through it all, the course will meet for class lectures on the history and politics of New York City. Course readings will draw from history, sociology, anthropology, geography, literature and film.

Finally, the course will require each student to conduct independent research project in one of five issue areas: 1) Labor, 2) Immigration, 3) Gentrification, 4) Privatization of Public Space and 5) Poverty. Students will develop a research question in consultation with the instructor, and arrive at answer to that question through a combination of primary research (interviews and/or audio and visual documentation); archival research; secondary source research; and quantitative data collection. Research findings will be presented to the class during the final week of the course.

Required Texts

The following required texts are required:

Joshua Freeman, Working Class New York City

Priri Thomas, Down These Mean Streets

Leslie Harris, In the Shadow of Slavery: African Americans and New York City, 1626-1863


The majority of readings will be available as pdf on Canvas. They are noted as such in the schedule below.


Course Hours and Organization

This intensive summer course will meet for a total of eleven and a quarter hours per week over four weeks. Seven and a half hours a week will be spent in class (sessions will run 5 days a week, for one and a half hours each day). The remaining three and three-quarters hours of the week will be spent on site at one of several museums, collections or events.


Assignments and Grading

Quiz 1                                                               7.5%                                                                

Research Assignment 1:                                       20%

Quiz 2                                                               7.5%

Trip Journals                                                      15%

Research Assignment 2:                                        25%                                                     

Class/Section participation                                    5%

AFR S317F • Music Of African Americans

79585 • Carson, Charles
Meets MTWTHF 11:30AM-1:00PM CLA 1.104
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AFR S372D • Sociocul Influences On Learn

79590 • Urrieta, Luis
Meets MTTHF 9:00AM-11:00AM SZB 424
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