Entry-level course designed to introduce students to the field of African American Studies. Through a multi-disciplinary approach, identifies and examines major issues, topics, and questions addressed in scholarly literature.
An introduction to the study of literature focusing on the works of Americans of Black African ancestry, with possible attention to works of African Caribbean and African Hispanic Americans. Special attention to major developments in form and themes, major writers and the evolution of an African American literary tradition. Introduction to issues of Black literary theory and criticism.
Investigates the unique situation of African countries in terms of economics and international relations, with a focus on development (economic and human development) and conflict and cooperation both on the continent and between the region and the rest of the world. Taking a thematic approach, the course offers an overview of the central debates on these crucial questions and invites students to focus on how all these issues play out in one country of their choice. (Politics Subfield Designation: IR) (A.R.T.S Designation: S)
Surveys the history of southern African society from the earliest times to the post apartheid era. Topics include the nature of early indigenous African societies, the entrenchment of European domination, the subjugation of African chiefdoms, the role of international capital in transforming the economy, African resistance to segregation and apartheid, and dismantling apartheid.
An introduction to the study of literature focusing on the works of African Americans in the United States. Special attention to major developments in form and themes, major writers and the evolution of an African American literary tradition. Introduction to issues of black literary theory and criticism. Each course will focus on a particular literary period such as: Harlem Renaissance, the Black Arts Movement and the Literature of Bondage and Freedom. Appropriate for first year students. Prerequisite of an Earlham Seminar or consent of the instructor. An additional one hour will be added. Also listed as AAAS 204.
Surveys the history of the Sudanic and forest regions of West Africa from c.1000 BCE to independence. Primarily emphasizes internal dynamics and external factors that shaped West Africa's development. Considers the cultural and social diversity of the region, the nature of the Sudanic and forest states, the importance of long-distance trade and Islam, the effects of the Atlantic slave trade, the impact of colonialism on African life, and the struggle for independence.