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Courses - Spring 2018
AASP
African American Studies Department Site
AASP100
Introduction to African American Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SH, D
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Significant aspects of the history of African Americans with particular emphasis on the evolution and development of black communities from slavery to the present. Interdisciplinary introduction to social, political, legal and economic roots of contemporary problems faced by blacks in the United States with applications to the lives of other racial and ethnic minorities in the Americas and in other societies.
AASP100H
Introduction to African American Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SH, D
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Significant aspects of the history of African Americans with particular emphasis on the evolution and development of black communities from slavery to the present. Interdisciplinary introduction to social, political, legal and economic roots of contemporary problems faced by blacks in the United States with applications to the lives of other racial and ethnic minorities in the Americas and in other societies.
Restricted to HONR students only.
AASP101
Public Policy and the Black Community
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SB
GenEd: DSHS
Formerly: AASP300.
The impact of public policies on the black community and the role of the policy process in affecting the social, economic and political well-being of minorities. Particular attention given to the post-1960 to present era.
AASP187
The New Jim Crow: African-Americans, Mass Incarceration and the Prison Industrial Complex
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP, SCIS
Recommended: AASP100.
Students will examine the birth of the racial caste system following the abolition of slavery, the parallels between the racial hierarchy of the Jim Crow system and contemporary mass incarceration, and the rise of the prison industrial complex as a multi-billon business which thrives on the oppression of low-income populations and poor communities of color.
AASP189I
HIV/AIDS in a Global Perspective
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: IE, D
GenEd: DSSP, DVUP, SCIS
AASP200
African Civilization
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HO
GenEd: DSHU
A survey of African civilizations from 4500 B.C. to present. Analysis of traditional social systems. Discussion of the impact of European colonization on these civilizations. Analysis of the influence of traditional African social systems on modern African institutions as well as discussion of contemporary processes of Africanization.
AASP202
Black Culture in the United States
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SH, D
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
The course examines important aspects of African American life and thought which are reflected in African American literature, drama, music and art. Beginning with the cultural heritage of slavery, the course surveys the changing modes of black creative expression from the 19th-century to the present.
AASP202H
Black Culture in the United States
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SH, D
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
The course examines important aspects of African American life and thought which are reflected in African American literature, drama, music and art. Beginning with the cultural heritage of slavery, the course surveys the changing modes of black creative expression from the 19th-century to the present.
AASP274
Creative Writing Through The Eyes of African Americans: A Beginning Workshop
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP
Restriction: Must not have completed any courses from ENGL278C, AASP274, AASP298W, ENGL274, ENGL271, ENGL294N, or ENGL294.
Also offered as: ENGL274.
Credit only granted for: ENGL274, ENGL278C, ENGL294, ENGL294N, AASP274 or AASP298W.
Formerly: AASP298W.
Introduction to theory and practice of writing fiction, drama and poetry, with an emphasis on African American literary models. Critical reading, exercises and workshop discussions with continual reference to modeling, drafting, and revising as necessary stages in a creative process.
AASP297
(Perm Req)
Research Methods in African American Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: AASP101 or AASP202.
Restriction: Must be in African American Studies program.
Credit only granted for: AASP297 or AASP299R.
Formerly: AASP299R.
Introduces African American Studies majors to the basic research skills methodologies, sources, and repositories for studying African Diaspora. Students will be required to select a research topic, write a research proposal, develop an annotated bibliography, and in the process will be prepared for completing their senior thesis or other significant writing projects necessary to fulfill the requirements of the major.
AASP298G
Special Topics in African American Studies; Get Out: The Sunken Place of Race Relations in Post-Racial America
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
This course will use the film Get Out to delve into the production, evolution and significance of race in present day America. The course will engage multiple forms of media to investigate life in "Post-Racial" America, including but not limited to the role of stereotypes, interracial relationships, police-community relations, etc
AASP298I
Special Topics in African American Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as WMST263. Credit only granted for AASP298I or WMST263.
AASP298L
Special Topics in Afro-American Studies: African-American Literature and Culture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HL, D
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Also offered as ENGL234. Credit granted for AASP298L or ENGL234.
AASP298Z
Special Topics in African American Studies; Jazz as a Cultural Art Form
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
AASP303
Computer Applications in African American Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: STAT100, MATH107, MATH111, or SOCY201; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
Introduction to statistics and database processing software used in model estimation and simulation in policy analysis. Special emphasis on applications for applied research on policy problems confronting minority communities.
AASP305
Theoretical, Methodological and Policy Research Issues in African American Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: AASP301; and (STAT100, MATH111, PSYC200, BMGT230, or SOCY201). Or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
Formerly: AASP401.
Theories and concepts in the social and behavioral sciences relating to problems in minority communities. Issues include validity and soundness of theoretical arguments, epistemological questions of various methodologies and the relationship between policy making and policy research.
AASP310
African Slave Trade
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: AASP202 or AASP100; or permission of BSOS-African American Studies department.
Formerly: AASP311.
The relationship of the slave trade of Africans to the development of British capitalism and its industrial revolution; and to the economic and social development of the Americas.
AASP386
(Perm Req)
Experiential Learning
Credits: 3 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Restriction: Permission of BSOS-African American Studies department; and junior standing or higher.
AASP396
(Perm Req)
Independent Study Non-Thesis Option
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: AASP386 and AASP297.
Restriction: Must be in African American Studies program.
Credit only granted for: AASP396 or AASP397.
A research seminar that allows African American Studies majors to complete an independent study research project in lieu of completing the AASP397: Senior Thesis. Students will examine various concepts of race, gender, labor and ethnicity in the seminar lecture component to be applied toward their specific research projects.
AASP397
(Perm Req)
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Permission of BSOS-African American Studies department.
Directed research in African American Studies resulting in the completion and defense of a senior thesis.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
AASP398D
Selected Topics in the African Diaspora; Issues in African Development
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as GEOG398A, GVPT359F, and SOCY398Y. Credit only granted for AASP398D, GEOG398A, GVPT359F, or SOCY398Y.
AASP398G
Selected Topics in the African Diaspora; Gender, Labor, and Racial Identity in Diaspora Communities
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
AASP398Q
Selected Topics in the African Diaspora; Black Baltimore in the Post Racial U.S: African American Urban Culture in the Age of Obama
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
AASP398Y
Selected Topics in the African Diaspora; Caribbean Sexualities in a Global World: Querying/Queering Home
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as WMST379E. Credit only granted for AASP398Y or WMST379E.
AASP398Z
Selected Topics in the African Diaspora; Black Contributions to History
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
This course is an in-depth quest of Africa's contributions to humanity in sciences and philosophy from Egyptian antiquity to the scramble of Africa era. It will enlighten students to the undeniable African discoveries in various areas of scholarship and their stolen legacy. It will also allow students to appreciate numerous African unacknowledged achievements and reveal the premises of a new philosophy largely founded on the sciences and scientific experience, which could, perhaps one day, reconcile humanity to itself.
AASP402
Classic Readings in African American Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: AASP202 or AASP100.
Classic readings of the social, economic and political status of blacks and other minorities in the United States and the Americas.
AASP441
Science, Technology, and the Black Community
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: D
Prerequisite: HIST255, AASP202, or AASP100; or permission of BSOS-African American Studies department.
Scientific knowledge and skills in solving technological and social problems, particularly those faced by the black community. Examines the evolution and development of African and African American contributions to science. Surveys the impact of technological changes on minority communities.
AASP443
Blacks and the Law
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: D
Prerequisite: HIST255, AASP202, or AASP100; or permission of BSOS-African American Studies department.
The relationship between black Americans and the law, particularly criminal law, criminal institutions and the criminal justice system. Examines historical changes in the legal status of blacks and changes in the causes of racial disparities in criminal involvement and punishments.
AASP478N
Humanities Topics in African American Studies; African-American Literature: 1910-1945
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as ENGL471. Credit granted for ENGL471 or AASP478N.
AASP498I
Special Topics in Black Culture; Women and the Civil Rights Movement
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as HIST360 and WMST498M. Credit granted for AASP498I, HIST360, or WMST498M.
AASP498K
Special Topics in Black Culture; Black Masculinities in Art, Music, and Dance
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
AASP498P
Special Topics in Black Culture; Urban Problems and Policy Analysis
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
AASP498W
Special Topics in Black Culture; Washington and Prince George's History, Culture, and Public Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud