Black World Studies (BWS)

BWS 101. Introduction to Strategic Learning Tools in BWS. (1)

Provides students with basic skills for social science and humanities research, writing, note and test taking and orients students to the unique forms of research and knowledge basis specific to Black World Studies.

BWS 151. Introduction to Black World Studies. (4) (MPF, MPT)

Introduces the Afrocentric perspective as it has developed in anthropology, history, political science, geography, sociology, religious studies, mass communications, theater, art, etc. Covers theories, research, methodologies, and practice of Africana studies. Students develop historical and contemporary understanding of the African diaspora. IC, IIC. CAS-C.

BWS 156. Introduction to Africa. (4) (MPF)

A survey of Africa's varied and complex history and culture. It focuses on African geography, environment, history, economics, politics, as well as its rich cultural heritage. It approaches the study of Africa from a comparative historical and interdisciplinary perspective as well as situates it within the context of global developments. IIIB. CAS-C Other Social Science.

BWS 177. Independent Studies. (0-5)

BWS 181. Introduction to Civil Rights and Social Movements. (1)

This course provides an introduction to the theories, concepts, and realities of civil rights and social justice from the perspective of the African Diaspora. THe course will allow students to interrogate various social movements that have occurred both within the United States and Africa. Several specific civil rights, colonial movements, and post colonial projects will be explored as they highlight the interplay between various groups, leaders styles, and methods of building movements.

BWS 182. Human Rights & Social Movements. (1)

Looks at the interplay between human rights and social movements. Specifically, it investigates how human rights such as access to health, education, medical care, or the right to a fair trial are all intricately linked to global social movements and activism.

BWS 203. Introduction to Critical Youth Studies. (3) (MPF)

An overview of Critical Youth Studies which allows class participants to explore and appreciate their identities, to develop an awareness of issues affecting different populations of youth, and to learn a variety of tools for self-expression and activism. This curriculum draws from key fields in youth studies such as Educational Studies, Cultural Studies, Ethnic Studies, Gender Studies, Sexuality Studies, Performance Studies, Literary Studies, and Art Criticism to provide students with a multidisciplinary and layered understanding of youth. EDL 203 foregrounds underrepresented voices and bodies that have been invisible and/or marginalized within the study of youth, specifically, and U.S. society, generally. The primary aims of this course are to: 1) Introduce students to the area of critical youth studies, 2) Alert students to existing programs, initiatives, and movements connected to this area of study, 3) Expose students to ultidisciplinary ways of engendering self-expression as youth and working with youth. IIC.
Cross-listed with EDL.

BWS 204. Brazilian Culture Through Popular Music. (3) (MPF)

Through music, lyrics and rhythms this course raises questions about history, national identity, social, religious, and ethnic diversity in Brazil. IIA, IIB, IIIB. CAS-B.
Cross-listed with FST/LAS/MUS/POR 204.

BWS 210. Psychology Across Cultures. (3) (MPF)

A topics course, focused on the examination of culture and cultural perspectives, within the United States and globally, as frameworks through which theories and findings of the field of psychology may be critically evaluated. IC, IIC, IIIB. CAS-C.
Prerequisite: PSY 111.
Cross-listed with AAA/PSY.

BWS 211. Writing with Purpose: Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Communication. (3)

This is an intermediate level course which enables students to investigate and discuss interdisciplinary practices of knowledge creation and dissemination. Students will practice a variety of writing and other communication strategies necessary for the effective dissemination of ideas to interdisciplinary audiences and the general public, and can expect to gain experience in working with a wide spectrum of interdisciplinary research, tools and methods while engaging intellectually in interdisciplinary modes of thinking, reading, listening, and speaking. ADVW.
Cross-listed with AAA/AMS/LAS/WGS.

BWS 221. African-American History. (3) (MPT)

Survey of African-American history, concentrating upon the black experience in the United States. Black America from African origins to the 20th century. IC. CAS-B.
Cross-listed with HST 221.

BWS 222. Race and Ethnicity in Antiquity. (3) (MPT)

Relies on a variety of primary evidence to study how the Greeks and Romans defined race and ethnicity and how they defined themselves as individual peoples when they confronted cultures and peoples distinctly different from themselves. Examination of the relationship between current theories of race and ethnicity and the theories and practices of the Greeks and Romans.
Cross-listed with CLS.

BWS 224. Africa to 1884. (3) (MPF)

Survey course focusing on the changing historiography of Africa, African ancient civilizations, the emergence and development of the Bantu and Nilotes, Eastern Africa and the Orient, early Christianity and Islam, trans-Saharan trade, the medieval Sudanic Empires, statelessness and state formation, Africa and the West between 1400 and 1800, South Africa to 1870, the Mfecane, the Sudanic Jihads, long-distance trade, and African-European relations in the 19th century. IIB. CAS-B.
Cross-listed with HST.

BWS 225. The Making of Modern Africa. (3) (MPF)

Survey of the transformation of Africa, south of the Sahara, from the time of the scramble for, and partition of, the continent among European powers in the second half of the 19th century to the present. Emphasizes economic, social, cultural, political, and intellectual features. This is done through reading monographs, articles, and literary works (novels, plays, poems, etc.) on African experiences with colonialism, the rise and triumph of nationalism, African womanhood, popular culture and the experiences of change, and the rise and nature of post-colonial economic and political crises in the region. IIB. CAS-B.
Cross-listed with HST 225.

BWS 235. The Gods are Here: Spirituality and Text in African Art. (3)

Explores critical historical narratives and the many layers of meanings in the arts and cultures of the African peoples. Examines the role of African art as agent of social control and emphasizes the role of African gods and deities in ascribing form and use to African art and spirituality.
Cross-listed with ART.

BWS 243. History of the Atlantic Slave Trade, 1400s to 1800s. (3)

Development of European slaving activity in the African continent in the 15th through 19th centuries. Emphasis on the activities of Portuguese, Spanish, English, French and Dutch slavers, including the Middle Passage and also the less-studied slave trade in the Mediterranean and Indian Ocean. Identifies the economic forces, as well as the social consequences, of the ongoing slave trade.
Cross-listed with HST/LAS.

BWS 248. African-American Experience. (3)

Concentrates on a socio-historical analysis of the African-American experience. Purpose is to investigate and understand the interaction between race, power, privilege, institutional structures, and ideas associated with this experience in America; provides alternative perspective for viewing this experience.

BWS 265. Critical Inquiry: Penny Lecture Series. (2)

Weekly lectures given by different Black World Studies Affiliates. Credit/No Credit.
Cross-listed with SJS/SOC.

BWS 267. National Cinemas: African Film. (3)

Explores the cinematography of Black Africa. Topics may vary but will focus on the social and ideological implications of African cinema and the way films produce a critique of cultural mores.

BWS 276. Introduction to the Art of the Black Diaspora. (3) (MPF)

Introduces visual arts produced by black artists in Africa, the U.S., and the Black Diaspora. Examines seminal creative ideas, philosophies, and movements and focuses on the work of key artists in analyzing the contextual significance of art in society. IIA, IIIB. CAS-B.
Cross-listed with ART 276.

BWS 277. Independent Studies. (0-5)

BWS 279. African Americans in Sport. (3) (MPF)

Socio-historical analysis of participation of African Americans in sport and society, and examination of the role sport has played in African Americans' integration into the larger society. Investigates the way the image of African Americans has been constructed and maintained through sporting practices. Sociological theories and concepts used to examine the impact of historical events, such as Reconstruction, black migration, and World Wars, on African American involvement in sport and other institutions. IC, IIC. CAS-C.
Cross-listed with KNH/SOC.

BWS 301. Geography of Sub-Saharan Africa. (4) (MPT)

Analysis of physical and cultural features of that area south of the Sahara Desert.
Cross-listed with GEO.

BWS 307. The Middle East: Anthropological Perspectives. (3) (MPT)

Survey and analysis of various cultural groups in contemporary Southwest Asia and North Africa.
Cross-listed with ATH.

BWS 324. Images of Africa. (3)

How have Africans and Europeans perceived each other? With what effects on action? Emphasizing the discussion method, this course explores relationship between African and European worlds and traces patterns of their relations from slave trade to the present day.
Cross-listed with HST 325.

BWS 325. Identity, Race, Gender, Class. (3) (MPT)

Develops conceptual tools and critical perspectives that enable students to better understand and analyze the processes through which identities are constructed and experienced. Learning activities facilitate analysis of individual identities as experienced through the life cycle and across diverse cultural and subcultural contexts, and build a systematic understanding of the processes and dynamics through which identities and identity groups develop and interact. IC. CAS-C.
Cross-listed with ATH/LAS/WGS.

BWS 335. Arts of West Africa. (3)

Examines the visual and performed expressions of West Africa, spanning from centuries-old archaeological sculpture to contemporary art and artists working today. Due to Africa's long and layered history with neighboring regions and global interactions, it also addresses connections to North Africa, the trans-Saharan trade network, the trans-Atlantic slave trade, Diaspora cultures and international artists who identify with West Africa. West Africa is well known for its rich artistic culture: wooden sculpture, masquerades, ritual, elaborate textiles, dress, ceramics, architecture, metalwork, multi-media installation, beadwork, festivals and many more. Explores these artistic genres, learning about the role of art in the lives of the people who make and use it.
Cross-listed with ART.

BWS 336. African American Writing, 1746-1877. (3) (MPT)

Survey of the beginnings of African American literature to the end of Reconstruction. Among the various writers discussed are Phillis Wheatley, Frederick Douglas, Frances E.W. Harper, William Wells Brown, Linda Brent, and Harriet Wilson. Particular attention given to the origins of poetry, fiction, slave narratives, and drama as well as to the relative importance of speeches, political tracts, newspaper writing, and folk forms of literature. CAS-B-LIT.
Cross-listed with ENG.

BWS 337. African American Writing, 1878-1945. (3) (MPT)

Survey of African American writing from after the Reconstruction era to World War II, with special attention to the emergence and history of the New Negro Renaissance. Among the writers studied are Paul Laurence Dunbar, Charles W. Chesnutt, W.E.B. DuBois, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Sterling A. Brown, Alain Locke, Margaret Walker, and Richard Wright. CAS-B-LIT.
Cross-listed with ENG.

BWS 338. African American Writing, 1946-Present. (3) (MPT)

Survey of African American writing since World War II, with special attention to literary and cultural contributions of such writers as James Baldwin, Ralph Ellison, Gwendolyn Brooks, Amiri Baraka, Paule Marshall, Toni Morrison, and Alice Walker. CAS-B-LIT.
Cross-listed with ENG.

BWS 339. Contemporary African Politics. (3)

An overview of major issues in African politics and the international politics of Africa. Its scope is "Africa south of the Sahara" and is intended to appeal to a variety of interests, from global and continental to modernization, gender and Marxist theories of development, conflict, inequality, and underdevelopment.
Prerequisite: POL 221.
Cross-listed with POL 338.

BWS 340. Internship. (0-20)

BWS 342. Africa Since 1945. (3)

Addresses events and processes of change that informed sub-Saharan Africa after WWII, the meanings and experiences of decolonization, and the problems of political and economic development after independence.
Cross-listed with HST.

BWS 343. African-American Religions. (3)

An historical survey of the formulation and expression of African-American religions from slavery to the present, including culturally specific forms of Christianity and Islam, as well as reinventions and reinterpretations of African traditions.
Cross-listed with REL.

BWS 348. Race and Ethnic Relations. (3) (MPT)

Description and analysis of emergence and trends of minority relations in the U.S. IC.
Prerequisite: SOC 151 or SOC 153.
Cross-listed with SOC.

BWS 352. Medicine and Society in 20th Century Africa. (3)

Explores the place of medicine in the political, economic, and social history of Africa as well as African responses to changing patterns of disease, health and health care during the 20th century.
Cross-listed with HST.

BWS 362. Family Poverty. (3)

Examines definitions, theories, causes and consequences of family poverty in the U.S. Identifies the extent and degree of U.S. poverty and demographic characteristics of those who are poor or likely to become poor. Consideration given to programs that reduce poverty and/or its negative effects, including those practiced in the past, those now practiced, and those that offer promise for improving the economic and social status of those who are poor. Costs and benefits of welfare and welfare reform and strategies for preventing poverty among future generations also discussed and evaluated. IC.
Prerequisite: FSW 295 or SOC 262.
Cross-listed with FWS362 and SOC 362.

BWS 365. Civil War and Reconstruction Era. (3)

Origins and growth of sectionalism with emphasis on the period after 1850, secession and Civil War, Federal and Confederate governments, Reconstruction, and foreign issues.
Cross-listed with HST.

BWS 366. African Oral Traditions. (3) (MPT)

Explores interactions between language and culture among African peoples, especially sub-Saharan peoples. Surveys the indigenous languages of Africa, explores African meaning systems, and examines the uses of language in African societies. CAS-C.
Prerequisite: junior or senior status, or permission of instructor.
Cross-listed with ATH.

BWS 370. Selected Topics/Black World Studies. (3; maximum 9)

These courses examine specific aspects of the research, theories, roles, status, and experiences associated with blacks in America and throughout the world.

BWS 370I. Selected Topics/Black World Studies. (3)

These courses examine specific aspects of the research, theories, roles, status, and experiences associated with blacks in America and throughout the world.

BWS 377. Independent Studies. (0-5)

BWS 381. Afro-Brazilian Diaspora Through Film and Arts. (3)

A focus on questions of gender, race, class and stereotypes in the African Lusophone countries. Taught in English.
Prerequisite: any literature course.
Cross-listed with ENG/POR/FST.

BWS 383. Brazilian Women through Literature and Film. (3) (MPF)

Addresses questions about gender, race, class and stereotype of women's bodies in 20th-century Brazil. IIB, IIIB. CAS-B.
Cross-listed with ENG/FST/POR/WGS.

BWS 385. Race, Science, and Disease in the Americas. (3)

Surveys a variety of debates over race and disease since the European overseas expansion to the Americas, particularly in those regions that developed plantation-based agriculture. Begins with the medical and scientific construction of ideas about race from the conquest to the eighteenth century. Places the development of racial theories of sickness and health in a broad social and political context, and, in particular, explains the medical salience of race in the settings of slavery and colonialism. Discussions will focus primarily on Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States, but will also explore the making of knowledge about race in global setting.
Cross-listed with HST/LAS.

BWS 386. Race in U.S. Society. (3)

Examines the historical contexts within which major transformations in racial practices and policies have taken place and analyzes racialized customs and behaviors in the United States across time and place. IC. CAS-B.
Cross-listed with HST.

BWS 401. Race and Criminal Justice. (3)

This course investigates the critical role that race plays in our criminal justice system. The course will provide a sociohistorical framework of the criminal justice system, the inequalities that are inherently part if its structure, as well as the effects those inequalities have on different racial/ethnic groups in the United States. This course will encourage debate on exactly how just is the U.S. criminal justice system for minority groups and people of color. The course will also employ a life course perspective to investigate criminal behavior from juvenile delinquents through adulthood. Students in this class should objectively view the racial differences in the criminal justice system and be encouraged to reduce the racialized justice system.
Prerequisites: BWS 151 and either CJS 211 or 281.
Cross-listed with CJS.

BWS 402. Engaged Learning Practicum. (1-6; maximum 6)

This course connects feminist theory and practice, and is designed around service learning at a practicum site. The readings explore leadership, feminist grassroots organizing, service learning and civic engagement, feminist activism, and difference and cultural competence. Students will have the opportunity to translate the knowledge, skills, and critical thinking they have learned in the classroom to actual practice, to observe and work with professionals who are addressing women's/gender issues in the field, and to reflect on their own roles as future leaders and professionals.
Prerequisites: WGS 201 or 202 or 301.
Cross-listed with WGS.

BWS 432. Feminism and the Diaspora: U.S. Women of Color. (3)

Concerns issues of language, history, geography, social-psychology, and culture for U.S. women of color (black, Asian-American, Latina, American Indian, and others). Includes works by and about women on gender, ethnicity, class, sexuality, and other differences. IC.
Cross-listed with ENG/WGS.

BWS 437. Black Feminist Studies. (3)

Examines critical and theoretical issues in black feminism from slavery to the present. One of the central goals of the course is to study constructions of race, gender, class, and sexuality in the context of black women's thoughts and experiences. The class will read, discuss and analyze a wide variety of texts including critical essays, films, selected fiction, print and visual media. IC.
Cross-listed with ENG/WGS.

BWS 470. Social/Political Activism. (3) (MPC)

Provides students with the opportunity to explore how indigenous groups effect change in their communities.
Prerequisite: SOC 151 or SOC 153, or SOC/SJS 165, or BWS 151.
Cross-listed with DST/SJS/SOC.

BWS 477. Independent Studies. (0-5)

BWS 495. Modern African Environmental History. (3)

Offers a multidisciplinary approach to the social, economic, and political aspects of environmental change in sub-Saharan Africa. Explores the utility of social science and historical analyses for understanding long-term changes in the region's environment. Concerned with the way the idea of development has been conceptualized and applied in the region in the last 100 or so years. Considers how Africans perceived and responded to environmental crises in the 20th century.
Cross-listed with HST 495.

BWS 677. Independent Studies. (0-5)