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Academic Year 2020 - 2021 Courses

* Indicates course may be petitioned for credit toward the African American Studies minor. Please visit the Schedule of Classes for specific dates, times, and locations of the courses listed below.

Fall 2020

ANTHROPOLOGY

  • ANTH 21: Race and Racisms (4 units)
    Why does racism still matter? How is racism experienced in the United States and across the globe? With insights from the biology of human variation, archaeology, colonial history, and sociocultural anthropology, we examine how notions of race and ethnicity structure contemporary societies.
  • ANTH 23: Debating Multiculturalism (4 units)
    This course focuses on the debate about multiculturalism in American society. It examines the interaction of race, ethnicity, and class, historically and comparatively, and considers the problem of citizenship in relation to the growing polarization of multiple social identities.
  • ANBI 131: Biology and Culture of Race (4 units)
    This course examines conceptions of race from both evolutionary and sociocultural perspectives. We will examine current patterns of human genetic variation and critically determine how these patterns map onto current and historic conceptions of race in the United States, and abroad. We will also explore the social construction of race throughout US history, the use of racial categories in biomedicine today, and consequences of racism and discrimination on health. Prerequisites: upper-division standing.

BIOLOGY

  • BILD 60: DEI in Relation to Human Bio (4 units)
    This course will examine diversity, equity, and inclusion beginning with a biological framework. Focus will be on how underlying biological differences have been used to support bias and prejudice against particular groups such as women, African Americans, and Latinos. This course is approved to meet the campus Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) requirement. Prerequisites: BILD 1 and BILD 2 or 3.

ECONOMICS

  • ECON 138: Economics of Discrimination (4 units)
    This course will investigate differences in economic outcomes on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, religion, and sexual orientation. We will study economic theories of discrimination, empirical work testing those theories, and policies aimed at alleviating group-level differences in economic outcomes. Prerequisites: ECON 1.

ETHNIC STUDIES

  • ETHN 102: Science and Technology in Society: Race/Gender/Class (4 units)
    This course examines the role of science and technology in forming popular conceptions of race, gender and class, and vice versa. We also consider how some populations benefit from the results of experimentation while others come to be its subjects.
  • ETHN 103: Environmental Racism (4 units)
    This course will examine the concept of environmental racism, the empirical evidence of its widespread existence, and the efforts by government, residents, workers, and activists to combat it. We will examine those forces that create environmental injustices in order to understand its causes as well as its consequences. Students are expected to learn and apply several concepts and social scientific theories to the course material.
  • ETHN 104: Race, Space & Segregation (4 units)
    Through in-depth studies of housing segregation, urban renewal and displacement, neighborhood race effects, and the location of hazards and amenities, this course examines how space becomes racialized and how race becomes spatialized in the contemporary United States.
  • ETHN 109: Race and Social Movements (4 units)
    This course explores collective mobilizations for resources, recognition, and power by members of aggrieved racialized groups, past and present. Emphasis will be placed on the conditions that generate collective movements, the strategies and ideologies that these movements have developed, and on the prospect for collective mobilization for change within aggrieved communities in the present and future.
  • ETHN 120: Race and Performance: The Politics of Popular Culture (4 units)
    This course explores how racial categories and ideologies have been constructed through performance and displays of the body in the United States and other sites. Racialized performances, whether self-displays or coerced displays, such as world’s fairs, museums, minstrelsy, film, ethnography, and tourist performances are considered.
  • ETHN 128: Hip-Hop: The Politics of Culture (4 units)
    (Cross-listed with MUS 152.) Examination of hip-hop’s technology, lyrics, and dance and its influences in graffiti, film, music video, fiction, advertising, gender, corporate investment, government, and censorship with a critical focus on race, gender, and popular culture and the politics of creative expression.
  • ETHN 178: Blues: An Oral Tradition (4 units)
    (Cross-listed with MUS 126.) This course will examine the development of the blues from its roots in work-songs and the minstrel show to its flowering in the Mississippi Delta to the development of urban blues and the close relationship of the blues with jazz, rhythm and blues, and rock and roll.

HISTORY

  • HILD 7A: Race and Ethnicity in the United States (4 units)*
    A lecture-discussion course on the comparative ethnic history of the United States. Of central concern will be the African American, slavery, race, oppression, mass migrations, ethnicity, city life in industrial America, and power and protest in modern America.
  • HILA 121A: History of Brazil through 1889 (4 units) 
    This course covers many of the most transformative and fascinating social, political, and racial phenomena in Brazilian society through 1889, including indigenous life, Portuguese colonization, slavery and abolition, royal exile, independence and Empire, the birth of the Republic, war, social unrest, and ideals of modernization.

MUSIC

  • MUS 95G: Gospel Choir (2-3 units): Course description unavailable.
  • MUS 126: Blues: An Oral Tradition (4 units)
    This course will examine the development of the Blues from its roots in work-songs and the minstrel show to its flowering in the Mississippi Delta to the development of Urban Blues and the close relationship of the Blues with Jazz, Rhythm and Blues, and Rock and Roll. (Cross-listed with ETHN 178.)
  • MUS 152: Hip-Hop: The Politics of Culture (4 units)
    (Cross-listed with ETHN 128). Examination of hip-hop’s technology, lyrics, and dance and its influences in graffiti, film, music video, fiction, advertising, gender, corporate investment, government, and censorship with a critical focus on race, gender, and popular culture and the politics of creative expression.

POLITICAL SCIENCE

  • POLI 108: Politics of Multiculturalism (4 units)
    This course will examine central issues in debates about race, ethnicity, and multiculturalism in the United States. It will look at relations not only between whites and minorities, but also at those among racial and ethnic communities. Prerequisites: upper-division standing.

RADY SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT

  • MGT 18: Managing Diverse Teams (4 units)
    The modern workplace includes people different in culture, gender, age, language, religion, education, and more. Students will learn why diverse teams make better decisions and are often integral to the success of organizations. Topics include challenges of diversity, and the impact of emotional, social, and cultural intelligence on team success. Content will include significant attention to the experiences of Asian Americans and African Americans as members and leaders of such diverse teams. Students will not receive credit for both MGT 18 and MGT 18GS.

SOCIOLOGY

  • SOCI 113: Sociology of the AIDS Epidemic (4 units)
    This course considers the social, cultural, political, and economic aspects of HIV/AIDS. Topics include the social context of transmission; the experiences of women living with HIV; AIDS activism; representations of AIDS; and the impact of race and class differences. Prerequisites: upper-division standing. Will not receive credit for SOCI 113 and SOCB 113.
  • SOCI 151: Social Movement from Civil Rights to Black Lives Matter (4 units)
    A treatment of selected social movements dealing primarily with the struggles of African-Americans, Hispanics, and women to change their situation in American society. Prerequisites: upper-division standing.

THEATRE AND DANCE

  • TDMV 138: Beginning Hip-Hop (2 units)
    An introduction to the basic technique of hip-hop, studied to enhance an understanding of the historical cultural content of the American form hip-hop and street dances in current choreography. May be taken for credit four times. Prerequisites: upper-division standing.

URBAN STUDIES AND PLANNING

  • USP 1: History of US Urban Communities (4 units)
    This course charts the development of urban communities across the United States both temporally and geographically. It examines the patterns of cleavage, conflict, convergence of interest, and consensus that have structured urban life. Social, cultural, and economic forces will be analyzed for the roles they have played in shaping the diverse communities of America’s cities.

* = AASM Core Course 
** = Students can submit an Undergraduate Petition to count this toward their minor

Winter 2021

AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES

  • AAS 10: Introduction to African American Studies*

ANTHROPOLOGY

  • ANTH 21: Race and Racisms
  • ANTH 23: Debating Multiculturalism

BIOLOGY

  • BILD 60: DEI in Relation to Human Biology

ECONOMICS

  • ECON 138: Economics of Discrimination

EDUCATION STUDIES

  • EDS 112: U.S. Urban Education

ETHNIC STUDIES

  • ETHN 101: Ethnic Images in Film
  • ETHN 174: Themes in Afro-American Literature
  • ETHN 179: Discover Jazz

HISTORY 

  • HILA 121B: History of Brazil, 1889 to Present

LITERATURE

  • LTEN 27: Introduction to African American Literature*
  • LTEN 185: Themes in African American Literature

MUSIC

  • MUS 19: Blacktronika - Afrofuturism in Electronic Music**
  • MUS 95G: Gospel Choir
  • MUS 127: Discover Jazz
  • MUS 153: African Americans and the Mass Media

PHILOSOPHY

  • PHIL: 170 Philosophy and Race

POLITICAL SCIENCE

  • POLI 13D: Power and Justice
  • POLI 100H: Race and Ethnicity in American Politics
  • POLI 100I: Participation and Inequality

RADY SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT

  • MGT 18: Managing Diverse Teams

SOCIOLOGY

  • SOCI 139: Social Inequality: Class, Race, and Gender
  • SOCI 148E: Inequality and Jobs

 THEATRE AND DANCE

  • TDGE 127: The Films of Spike Lee
  • TDMV 138: Beginning Hip-Hop
  • TDMV 143: West African Dance

* = AASM Core Course 
** = Students can submit an Undergraduate Petition to count this toward their minor

Spring 2021

AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES

  • AAS 10: Introduction to African American Studies*
  • AAS 185: #BlackLivesMatter
  • AAS 190: Blackness in STEM

ANTHROPOLOGY

  • ANSC 185: #BlackLivesMatter
  • ANTH 21: Race and Racisms
  • ANTH 23: Debating Multiculturalism: Race, Ethnicity, and Class in American Societies

BIOLOGY

  • BILD 60: Exploring Issues of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Relation to Human Biology

CRITICAL GENDER STUDIES

  • CGS 114: Gender, Race, Ethnicity, and Class
  • CGS 147: Black Feminisms, Past and Present 

COMMUNICATION

  • COMM 110M: LLC: Communication and the Community

ECONOMICS

  • ECON 138: Economics of Discrimination

EDUCATION STUDIES

  • EDS 112: Urban Education in the United States
  • EDS 117: Language, Culture, and Education **

ETHNIC STUDIES

  • ETHN 3. Introduction to Ethnic Studies: Making Culture*
  • ETHN 109: Race and Social Movements
  • ETHN 142: Medicine, Race, and Global Politics of Inequality
  • ETHN 147: Black Feminisms, Past and Present
  • ETHN 149: African American History in the Twentieth Century
  • ETHN 172: Afro-American Prose
  • ETHN 174: Themes in Afro-American Literature
  • ETHN 183: Gender, Race, Ethnicity, and Class 

HISTORY OF LATIN AMERICA

  • HILA 122. Cuba: From Colony to Socialist Republic

HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES

  • HIUS 139: African American History in the Twentieth Century

LITERATURES IN ENGLISH

  • LTEN 183: African American Prose
  • LTEN 185: Themes in African American Literature

RANDY SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT

  • MGT 18. Managing Diverse Teams

SOCIOLOGY

  • SOCI 10: American Society. Social Structure and Culture/U.S.
  • SOCI 117: Language, Culture, and Education **
  • SOCI 127. Immigration, Race, and Ethnicity 
  • SOCI 187. African Societies through Film

URBAN STUDIES AND PLANNING

  • USP 3: City and Social Theory
  • USP 147: Case Studies in Health-Care Programs: Poor and Underserved Communities 

 

* = AASM Core Course 

** = Students can submit an Undergraduate Petition to count this course toward the minor; please visit the FAQ tab on our website for more information.

Summer Session I (June 28, 2021 - July 31, 2021)

ANTHROPOLOGY

  • ANTH 21: Race and Racisms
  • ANTH 23: Debating Multiculturalism: Race, Ethnicity, and Class in American Societies

ECONOMICS

  • ECON 138: Economics of Discrimination

EDUCATION STUDIES

  • EDS 112: Urban Education in the United States

ETHNIC STUDIES

  • ETHN 103: Environmental Racism 
  • ETHN 113: Decolonizing Education
  • ETHN 174: Themes in Afro-American Literature
  • ETHN 185: Discourse, Power & Inequality

HISTORY OF LATIN AMERICA

  • HILA 121A: History of Brazil through 1889

POLITICAL SCIENCE

  • POLI 100H: Race and Ethnicity in American Politics

RANDY SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT

  • MGT 18. Managing Diverse Teams

SOCIOLOGY

  • SOCI 127. Immigration, Race, and Ethnicity 

 

* = AASM Core Course

**** = Students can submit an Undergraduate Petition to count this course toward the minor; please visit the FAQ tab on our website for more information.

Summer Session II (August 2, 2021 - September 4, 2021)

ANTHROPOLOGY

  • ANTH 21: Race and Racisms
  • ANTH 23: Debating Multiculturalism: Race, Ethnicity, and Class in American Societies

CRITICAL GENDER STUDIES

  • CGS 114: Gender, Race, Ethnicity, and Class
  • CGS 147: Black Feminisms, Past and Present 

ETHNIC STUDIES

  • ETHN 147: Black Feminisms, Past and Present
  • ETHN 183: Gender, Race, Ethnicity, and Class 

MUSIC

  • MUS 150: Jazz and the Music of the African Diaspora

POLITICAL SCIENCE

  • POLI 13: Power and Justice
  • POLI 108: Politics of Multiculturalism 

URBAN STUDIES AND PLANNING

  • USP 1: History of US Urban Communities 

 

* = AASM Core Course

**** = Students can submit an Undergraduate Petition to count this course toward the minor; please visit the FAQ tab on our website for more information.

Fall 2021

AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES

  • AAS 10: Introduction to African American Studies*
  • AAS 190: Blackness in STEM

ANTHROPOLOGY

  • ANTH 21: Race and Racisms
  • ANTH 23: Debating Multiculturalism: Race, Ethnicity, and Class in American Societies

BIOLOGY

  • BILD 60: DEI in Relation to Human Biology

COMMUNICATION

  • COMM 137: Black Women Filmmakers

ECONOMICS

  • ECON 138: Economics of Discrimination

ETHNIC STUDIES

  • ETHN 104: Race, Space, Segregation
  • ETHN 113: Decolonizing Education
  • ETHN 120: Race and Performance: The Politics of Popular Culture
  • ETHN 142: Medicine, Race, and Global Politics of Inequality
  • ETHN 179: Discover Jazz     

HISTORY OF LATIN AMERICA

  • HILA 121B: History of Brazil, 1889 to Present

MUSIC

  • MUS 95G: Gospel Choir

POLITICAL SCIENCE

  • POLI 13: Power and Justice
  • POLI 104N: Race and Law 
  • POLI 108: Politics of Multiculturalism 

RANDY SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT

  • MGT 18. Managing Diverse Teams

SOCIOLOGY

  • SOCI 113: Sociology of the AIDS Epidemic
  • SOCI 127: Immigration, Race, and Ethnicity 
  • SOCI 139: Social Inequality. Class, Race, and Gender
  • SOCI 151: Social Movement from Civil Rights to Black Lives Matter 

THEATRE AND DANCE

  • TDMV 138: Beginning Hip-Hop
  • TDMV 143: West African Dance

URBAN STUDIES AND PLANNING

  • USP 1: History of US Urban Communities 

 

* = AASM Core Course

**** = Students can submit an Undergraduate Petition to count this course toward the minor; please visit the FAQ tab on our website for more information.

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