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African American Studies

African American Studies

AFAM 115     Introduction to African American Studies
3 Semester Hours
An introductory course designed to give an overview of African American Studies in order to familiarize the student with the history, culture, aspirations, and contemporary issues of the African American experience.

AFAM 150    Black Cultural Arts
3 Semester Hours
A study of Black American art forms, such as music, dance, theatre, film, painting, sculpture, and literature, as they have developed in the African Diaspora from slavery to the modern age.

AFAM 155    African American History
3 Semester Hours
An analysis of the historical forces which shaped the African American experience in America from past to present.

AFAM 198    Special Studies
1-3 Semester Hours

AFAM 199     Independent Studies
1-3 Semester Hours

AFAM 208    Social Research Methods
3 Semester Hours
An introduction to scientific inquiry and research methods in the social sciences with special emphasis on African Americans.

AFAM 298     Special Studies
1-3 Semester Hours

AFAM 299    Independent Studies
1-3 Semester Hours

AFAM 301    Black Family Life
3 Semester Hours
This course examines relevant issues about life within the Black Family and the impact that these issues have on the individual, the community, and the society at large. Emphasis is placed on myths, gender roles, socialization, parenting styles, and male/female relationships. The course gives students an opportunity to select an aspect of Black life and do an in-depth critical analysis of it with a focus on the current research, competing views, and implications for the future.

AFAM 335    Sociology of the Black Community
3 Semester Hours
A survey of the effects of long-standing discrimination and deprivation upon family structure, occupational patterns, health and educational conditions, motivation, and personal as well as group identity. An analysis of the Black power concept and its influence upon the growing community control of the ghetto.

AFAM 337    Black Arts Movement
3 Semester Hours
A survey of the critical, fictional, poetic, and dramatic writings of Black Americans in the 1920s-1930s and the 1960s-1970s.

AFAM 395    Black Drama
3 Semester Hours
A survey of dramatic literature written by African American playwrights from the 19th century to the current day. Representative playwrights include Garland Anderson, Theodore Ward, Langston Hughes, James Baldwin, Lorraine Hansberry, Charles Gordone, Charles Fuller, Ntozake Shange, and August Wilson. Students will have opportunities to attend live performances of African American drama in L.A. communities and to stage readings of selected works.

AFAM 396    Survey of African American Literature
3 Semester Hours
A study of the major themes in selected works of African American literature; examination of their social, historical, cultural, and contemporary significance.

AFAM 398    Special Studies
1-3 Semester Hours

AFAM 399    Independent Studies
1-3 Semester Hours

AFAM 435    Sex, Race, and Violence
3 Semester Hours
This course examines the issues of sex, race, and violence and their implications for the individual, the family, and the community. Emphasis is placed on the role of socialization and the myths that impact societal attitudes about sex and violence. Students have an opportunity to identify and to explore factors that influence the manifestation of physical violence (including dating violence, child abuse, and domestic violence) and sexual violence (including date rape, stranger rape, and marital rape) across the dimensions of race, ethnicity, and gender.

AFAM 485    African American Social Thought
3 Semester Hours
A survey of the development of African American social thought with special emphasis upon current philosophies which have influenced contemporary African American social movements.

AFAM 497    Senior Seminar
3 Semester Hours
Designed as a capstone experience for African American Studies majors and minors. In the seminar format, students will be challenged to integrate knowledge, skills gained in course work, and life experiences into a meaningful project that meets the challenge of academic excellence and social responsibility. Prerequisite: Senior standing.

AFAM 498    Special Studies
1-3 Semester Hours

AFAM 499    Independent Studies
1-3 Semester Hours

Cross-listed Courses

AFAM 326    Economic Development of the Minority Communities
(See ECON 371)

AFAM 334    Race and Ethnic Relations
(See SOCL 334)

AFAM 338    Civil Rights Movements
(See POLS 338)

AFAM 339    Racial and Ethnic Politics
(See POLS 337)

AFAM 365    Metropolitan Los Angeles
(See URBN 365)

AFAM 390    African Kingdoms
(See HIST 390)

AFAM 392    Colonial Africa: 1860-1960
(See HIST 392)

AFAM 490    The Nile Quest
(See HIST 490)

AFAM 491    South Africa
(See HIST 491)

AFAM 590    Seminar in African History
(See HIST 590)