Spring 2017 Courses


AAAD 52 – First Year Seminar: Kings, Presidents, and Generals: Africa’s Bumpy Road to Democracy

Days: TuTh  Time: 11:00-12:15

An introduction to Africa’s modern history and politics with a special focus on types of leadership involved in governmental institutions.


AAAD 89 – First Year Seminar: Special Topics

Days: TuTh  Time: 2:00-3:15


AAAD 101 – Introduction to Africa

Sections:   Days:      Times:

   001        TuTh       3:30-4:45

   002        MWF      1:25-2:15

   003       MWF       2:30-3:20

   004      TuTh        2:00-3:15

Introduction to the study of the African continent, its peoples, history, and contemporary problems of development in a globalized world, including a survey of the African past, society and culture, and contemporary political, economic, and social issues.


AAAD 130 – Introduction to African American and Diaspora Studies

Sections:   Days:      Times:

   001        TuTh       12:30-1:45

   002        TuTh      2:00-3:15

   003       TuTh       3:30-4:45

This course tracks the contours of life, societies, cultures, and history in the Atlantic African Diaspora from origins in Atlantic Africa to the present. Emphasis on forces that have created African American and African Diaspora peoples in North America, South America, and the Caribbean.


AAAD 201 – The Literature of Africa

Days: MWF     Times: 8:00-8:50

An introduction to the African literature. In addition to substantive themes, we will identify major stylistic characteristics of modern African literature with particular attention to the ways in which African language, literature, and traditional values have affected modern writing.


AAAD 231 – African American History since 1865

Days: TuTh     Times: 2:00-3:15

Special emphasis on post emancipation developments.


AAAD 232 – Black Women

Days: TuTh     Times: 12:30-1:45

An examination of the individual and collective experiences of black women in America from slavery to the present and the evolution of feminist consciousness.


AAAD 252 – Blacks in the West

Blacks in the West is a survey course that examines the origins, migration, and development of African descended peoples in the United States west of the Mississippi River.


AAAD 254 – Blacks in North Carolina

Days: MW     Times: 3:35-4:45

This course is an overview of the black experience in North Carolina with special emphasis on Chapel Hill and Wilmington.


AAAD 258 – The Civil Rights Movement

Days: TuTh     Times: 11:00-12:15

An examination of the struggle by black Americans for  social justice since Wold War II and of the systematic response.


AAAD 259 – Black Influences on Popular Culture

Days: TuTh     Times: 12:30-1:45

This course examines the influence of African American expressive culture, particularly popular music, on American mainstream culture.


AAAD 286 – The African Diaspora in the Colonial Americas, 1450-1800

Days: TuTh     Times: 3:30-4:45

Explores the experiences of Africans in European colonies in locations such as colonial Mexico, Brazil, the Caribbean, and mainland North America. Lecture and discussion format. The major themes of inquiry include labor, law, gender, culture, and resistance, exploring differing experiences based on gender, location, and religion.


AAAD 298 – Blacks in British North America to 1833

Days: MW     Times: 5:45-7:00

This course looks at blacks in the British world to 1833, with particular attention on the 13 colonies and the lands that would eventually form the Dominion of Canada.


AAAD 315 – Political Protest and Conflict in Africa

Days: TuTh     Times: 11:00-12:15

This course surveys contemporary forms of political conflict and protest in Africa. The nature, causes, and consequences of these conflicts will be examined.


AAAD 318 – Politics of Cultural Production in Africa

Days: MWF     Times: 1:25-3:15

Explores the role that the cultural realm plays in legitimizing, reproducing, resisting, and uncovering dominant structures of power in Africa.


AAAD 334 – Performing African American History

Days: MW      Times: 3:35-4:50

Taking an issue of current or historic importance to African American communities, students conduct archival research and collect and/or analyze oral histories and work to create a documentary play that will be publicly performed.


AAAD 340 – Diaspora Art and Cultural Politics

Days: TuTh Times: 2:00-3:15

Examines the socio-political dimensions of African diaspora art and culture with a focus on African Americans in the 20th century.


AAAD 341 – Law and Society

Days: TuTh Times: 2:00-3:15

This course explores the intersection of law and societal developments drawing from the disciplines of history, political science, anthropology, feminist legal studies, and constitutional law. The themes of the course will vary depending on the training, research interests, and geographical concentration of the faculty teaching the course.


AAAD 356 – The History of Hip Hop Culture

Days: TuTh     Times: 11:00-12:15

Examines the emergence and impact of Hip Hop music and culture and its broad influence in mainstream culture, as a global phenomenon and as a vehicle embodying formative ideas of its constituent communities.


AAAD 387 – HIV/AIDS in Africa and the Diaspora

Days: TuTh     Times: 3:30-4:45

This course explores the history and contemporary politics of HIV/AIDS in African communities and across the Diaspora. The differing trajectories of the epidemic on the continent, in the West, and in the Caribbean and Latin America will be explored.


AAAD 403 – Human Rights: Theories and Practices in Africa

Days: TuTh     Times: 9:30-10:45

This course explores major conceptual debates in the field of human rights. Further, it examines human rights practices and struggles in selected countries in Africa.


AAAD 412 – Regional Seminar in African Studies

Days: Tu     Times: 3:30-6:30

Seminar focuses on history, politics, and economic development challenges of a single region or major country of the African continent, with emphasis on contemporary issues. Region, country, and topics vary by semester and instructor.


AAAD 460 – Race, Culture, and Politics in Brazil

Days: TuTh    Times: 9:30-10:45

Examines race, culture, and politics in Brazil from historical and contemporary perspectives. Focuses on dynamics of race, gender, class, and nation in shaping Brazilian social relations.


AAAD 487 – Intellectual Currents in African and African Diaspora Studies

Days: TuTh    Times: 12:30-1:45

In this seminar students will examine primary documents of engaged scholarship written by Africans and people of African descent in the Americas, Europe, and elsewhere in the African Diaspora.

AAAD 491 – Theorizing Race

Days: TuTh    Times: 9:30-10:45

This course examines the evolution, transformation, and sociopolitical implications of the concept of race, with particular emphasis on blackness and whiteness in the United States.

Language Courses


LGLA 402 – Elementary Lingala ll

LGLA 404 – Intermediate Lingala lV


SWAH 402 – Elementary Kiswahili ll (3 sections)

SWAH 406 – Intermediate Kiswahili Vl

SWAH 408 – Swahili LAC

WOLO 403 – Intermediate Wolof III