Our roster of cross-listed courses is updated frequently; students should visit individual department sites for the most current listings.
AAS 306/ENG 302/AMS 306
Frederick Douglass and the Long 19th Century
Seminar S01: 11:00 am – 12:20 pm MW
Douglas A. Jones
This seminar conjoins the work of Frederick Douglass - his speeches, essays, journalism, autobiographies, photographs, and fiction - with that of other contemporaneous figures as means to explore several of the philosophical, social, political, and cultural developments of nineteenth- and early twentieth century America. These include: the relationship between the public image and the private self, the politics of literary representation and a national literature, tensions among social movements, and the function of historical memory.
AAS 340/ENG 391/AMS 340
Shades of Passing
Seminar S01: 1:30 pm – 4:20 pm W
Anne A. Cheng
This course studies the trope of passing in 20th century American literary and cinematic narratives in an effort to re-examine the crisis of identity that both produces and confounds acts of passing. We will examine how American novelists and filmmakers have portrayed and responded to this social phenomenon, not as merely a social performance but as a profound intersubjective process embedded within history, law, and culture. We will focus on narratives of passing across axes of difference, invoking questions such as: To what extent does the act of passing reinforce or unhinge seemingly natural categories of race, gender, and sexuality?
AAS 351/GSS 351
Law, Social Policy, and African American Women
Lecture L01: 11:00 am – 11:50 am TTh
Journeying from enslavement and Jim Crow to the post-civil rights era, this course will learn how law and social policy have shaped, constrained, and been resisted by black women's experience and thought. Using a wide breadth of materials including legal scholarship, social science research, visual arts, and literature, we will also develop an understanding of how property, the body, and the structure and interpretation of domestic relations have been frameworks through which black female subjectivity in the United States was and is mediated.
AAS 353/ENG 352
African American Literature: Origins to 1910
Lecture L01: 12:30 pm – 1:20 pm MW
Daphne A. Brooks
This introductory course focuses on texts from the mid-eighteenth century through the early 20th century; it will cover early texts such as poetry by Phillis Wheatley & Paul Laurence Dunbar; oratory by David Walker, Sojourner Truth; slave narratives by Frederick Douglass, Harriet Jacobs; spirituals; black theatre by Pauline Hopkins, Bert Williams; fiction by Charles Chesnutt, James Weldon Johnson; & non-fiction by W.E.B.DuBois, Anna Julia Cooper, Booker T. Washington. The course explores how black literature engages with the politics of cultural identity formation, notions of freedom, citizenship, and aesthetic forms.
AAS 358/REL 379/GSS 359
Sexuality and Religion in America
Seminar S01: 7:30 pm - 10:20 pm W
Wallace D. Best
Sexuality has long been a contested and contentious issue within American religions, yet only recently have scholars and practitioners begun to forthrightly address it. This course will explore the emerging literature on sexuality and religion as a way to understand how approaches to sex and sexuality within "sacred spaces" have shaped private behavior and public opinion. We will give particular attention to American Evangelical and Catholic religious expressions for the way they have been especially influential in framing (and inhibiting) sexual discourse and practices in the US and throughout the world.
AAS 384/PSY 384
Prejudice: Its Causes, Consequences, and Cures
Seminar S01: 1:30 pm – 4:20 pm W
Stacey A. Sinclair
Prejudice is one of the most contentious topics in modern American society. There is debate regarding its causes, pervasiveness, and impact. This goal of this course is to familiarize students with the psychological research relevant to these questions. We will review theoretical perspectives on prejudice to develop an understanding of its cognitive, affective, and motivational underpinnings. We will also discuss how these psychological biases relate to evaluations of, and behavior toward, members of targeted groups. In addition, research-based strategies for reducing prejudice will be discussed.
AAS 386/AMS 386
Race and the City
Seminar S01 : 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm T
Race and the City examines how the politics of race and racialization shaped the development of American cities over the course of the 20th century. The course cover a diverse array of topics including: ghettoization, urban renewal, the creation of public housing, popular music (Jazz, Motown, Hip Hop), public art and graffiti, literature of urbanity, the fair housing movement, deindustrialization and gentrification. We will have particular foci on the following cities: Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, Los Angeles and Philadelphia.
AAS 426/HIS 426
Memory, History and the African Diaspora
Seminar S01: 1:30 pm – 4:20 pm T
Joshua B. Guild
This course uses historical scholarship, memoir, visual art, fiction and music to examine the relationship between "history" and "memory" and the different ways that race and social power have shaped that relationship in the U.S. and across the African diaspora. It considers the role played by acts of remembering in struggles for justice and self-determination, as well as the place of forgetting and erasure in processes of exclusion. We will link representations of the black past to debates on such issues as public memorials, legal justice, reparations, and affirmative action.
CROSS LISTED BY AAS
ENG 224/AMS 304/AAS 224
Asian American Law, Bodies, and the Everyday
Seminar S01 : 11:00 am – 12:20 pm
Anne A. Cheng
HIS 387/AAS 367
African American History from Reconstruction to the Present
Lecture L01 : 11:00 am – 11:50 am TTh
Joshua B. Guild
MUS 262/AAS 262
Introduction to the Evolution of Jazz Styles
Lecture L01 : 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm TTh
David J. DeMotta
HIS 577/AAS 577
Readings in African American History
Seminar S01 : 1:30 pm – 4:20 pm W
SOC 562/AAS 562
Race & Ethnicity (Half-Term)
Seminar S01 : 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm W
Edward E. Telles