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Africana Studies Discipline Courses Details

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AFRS 100 : General Studies Colloquium

Prerequisites: None
Description: Developing the individual's awareness of race and ethnicity as it impacts educational achievement and attainment from preschool to the university level. Social, economic, and political relationship between schools and community. Survey of theories, characteristics, methodologies, and application of innovative research methodologies to the African American educational experience and connection to other cultural communities.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

AFRS 101 : Introduction to Africana Studies

Prerequisites: None
Description: Development of Africana Studies as an academic discipline. Topics include history, literature, psychology, politics, and others.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

AFRS 110 : Critical Thinking and the Black Experience

Prerequisites: None
Description: Developing the basic skills involved in understanding, criticizing, and constructing arguments by using materials reflective of experiences of Blacks and the third world culture in the United States.
General Education:
  • Segment I Area - Critical Thinking (CT)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2009

AFRS 111 : Black Cultures and Personalities

Prerequisites: None
Description: The cultural influence on the development of Black personality configurations.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Behavioral and Social Sciences Area (BSS)
  • American Ethnic and Racial Minorities (AERM)
  • Lifelong Development (LLD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

AFRS 125 : Black Community Involvement Workshop

Prerequisites: None
Description: Exploration of community organizations through actual involvement in various community agencies. Social, economic, and political resources in the community. May be repeated once.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

AFRS 200 : Introduction to Black Psychology

Prerequisites: None
Description: Theories, characteristic methodologies, and applicability to the African American behavioral experiences and interface with other cultural communities.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Behavioral and Social Sciences Area (BSS)
  • American Ethnic and Racial Minorities (AERM)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

AFRS 201 : Kemet, Afrocentricity, and the Dawn of Science

Prerequisites: None
Description: Kemetic Science and the primacy of Kemet (Egypt) in the development of modern science. The structured whole, the Nubian Vortex, Cartesian vs. Alchemical cosmologies; and the Afrocentric thought and achievement of African American scientists and engineers.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Physical and Biological Sciences Area (PBS) Category C Integrative Science
  • American Ethnic and Racial Minorities (AERM)
  • Lifelong Development (LLD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

AFRS 203 : Black Social Sciences

Prerequisites: None
Description: Methodical principles, key theoretical concepts of western social sciences, and applications in third world critical perspective. Work of Black social scientists that have added to understanding black experience. Relevance of western methods and theories to Black development.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Behavioral and Social Sciences Area (BSS)
  • American Ethnic and Racial Minorities (AERM)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

AFRS 204 : Black Creative Arts

Prerequisites: None
Description: Culture of Black Americans through examination of the creativity of its women artists.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
  • American Ethnic and Racial Minorities (AERM)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

AFRS 208 : Introduction to African American History

Prerequisites: Examination of black history in the United States from Colonial times to the present. Critical review of major themes including enslavement, abolitionism, the Civil War, urbanization, freedom, and civil rights. The aftermath of each theme will be analyzed. (Plus-minus ABC/NC, CR/NC grading.)
Description:
Units: 3

AFRS 210 : Introduction to Africana Literature

Prerequisites: None
Description: Role of literature in the formulation, maintenance, and articulation of a cultural ethos.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
  • American Ethnic and Racial Minorities (AERM)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

AFRS 213 : Science and Spirituality in Ancient Africa

Prerequisites: None
Description: Science and mathematics, in an African religious-spiritual context, used to conduct business, build monuments, study star and planetary motion, and explain the origin and evolution of the universe. Basic systems of measurement and calculation from ancient and modern Africa.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Physical and Biological Sciences Area (PBS) Category C Integrative Science
  • American Ethnic and Racial Minorities (AERM)
  • Lifelong Development (LLD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

AFRS 214 : Second Year Written Composition: Africana Studies

Prerequisites: ENG 114 with grade of CR or C- or better or equivalent.
Description: Development of expository and analytic writing skills through the study and appreciation of Black literature. Various authors and genres of Black literature from different historical and cultural periods. Literary criticism. Must be taken after student has completed 24 units and before completing 60 units. (ABC/NC grading, CR/NC allowed.)
General Education:
  • Segment I Area - Written Communication (WC)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

AFRS 215 : Introduction to Black Family Studies

Prerequisites: None
Description: Theories and research about Black families in America. Emerging trends in Black families: ethnic stratification, family and marital stability, socialization processes, and research issues.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Behavioral and Social Sciences Area (BSS)
  • American Ethnic and Racial Minorities (AERM)
  • Lifelong Development (LLD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

AFRS 221 : African American Music: A 20th Century Survey

Prerequisites: None
Description: The history, growth, and development of African American music.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
  • American Ethnic and Racial Minorities (AERM)
  • Lifelong Development (LLD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

AFRS 225 : Images and Issues in Black Visual Media

Prerequisites: None
Description: Historical and developmental survey of Black film: criticism, analysis, aesthetics, and the cultural, economic, social, and political forces that influence and shape Black cinema in America.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
  • American Ethnic and Racial Minorities (AERM)
  • Lifelong Development (LLD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

AFRS 256 : Hip Hop Workshop

Prerequisites: None
Description: History, aesthetics, mechanics, and politics of Rap music and Hip Hop culture. African American aspects and African-centered qualities of the cultural movement known as Hip Hop.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
  • American Ethnic and Racial Minorities (AERM)
  • Lifelong Development (LLD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

AFRS 266 : Black On-line: Cyberspace, Culture, and Community

Prerequisites: None
Description: The impact of the information revolution and the digital divide on Black people worldwide. Understanding the need to blend cyber technology with the issues of Black culture and community. Fully on-line class; must have e-mail address.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

AFRS 290 : Malcolm X in the Context of Black Nationalism

Prerequisites: None
Description: Critical examination of Malcolm X--his political, spiritual, economic, and social philosophy and programs in the historical context of Black nationalism. Review of his legacy in contrast and comparison to other Black leaders such as Martin Luther King.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Behavioral and Social Sciences Area (BSS)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

AFRS 300 : From Africa to Olmec America: Ancient African Prehistory and History

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Early African civilization and pre-colonial era: history of the ancient empires of Nubia, Ethiopia, Congo, Zimbabwe, Zulus, etc. History of colonialism; patterns of annexation; journey of Africans from Africa to the Caribbean, Latin and South America, and the U.S.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

AFRS 301 : Africa in Global Perspective

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Physical, social, cultural, political, technological, economic, and business environment of Africa; policy determinants influencing economy; polity and business systems; interactions between modern development theory, world political economy, and domestic policy; strategies and constraints to reverse underdevelopment.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Africana Experience in the U.S.
  • Segment III Cluster - African Contributions to World Culture
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2009

AFRS 302 : Black Diaspora

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Dynamics of Black dispersal, 15th to 20th centuries; cross-currents and interactions within the Black world; constraints on the formation of Black solidarity movements; contemporary movements.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - African Contributions to World Culture
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

AFRS 303 : African American History

Prerequisites: AFRS 300, AFRS 301 or equivalent.
Description: Recurrent themes and issues in Black history since the 19th century. Reconstruction and the emergence of mass movements and counter-ideologies.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
  • American Ethnic and Racial Minorities (AERM)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

AFRS 304 : Black People and the American Experience

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: History of Black people and their American experiences from 1770 to 1954. Important constitutional, political, economic, and cultural issues as they developed nationally and locally. (Fulfills the U.S. History component of the U.S. History and Government Requirement) [USH]
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

AFRS 305 : Ancient Egypt

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: History, religion, culture, economic system, and dynastic periods of the world's greatest ancient civilization, Egypt or KMT, the Black country.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - African Contributions to World Culture
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

AFRS 310 : Anthropology of Blackness

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Examination of anthropological theory, research and practice as it relates to constructions of blackness as well as African-diasporic identities. African-diasporic contributions to anthropology, anthropological research and theory concerning Africana identities will be explored.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

AFRS 312 : Kalifia: The Black Heritage of California

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: African American presence in the Golden State; the Black heritage in the establishment, development, and evolution of California from the Gold Rush era to the present.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - California Cultures and Environments
  • Segment III Cluster - Africana Experience in the U.S.
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

AFRS 320 : Black Politics, Mass Movements, and Liberation Themes

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Theoretical constructs and basic premises that draw on political experiences of Black people. Review of political science theories as they have been applied to Blacks in the U.S.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Africana Experience in the U.S.
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2009

AFRS 326 : Black Religion

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Philosophical bases of contemporary Black religious movements. Reformation of traditional African, Islamic, and Christian religious concepts.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Religious Studies
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

AFRS 335 : The Black Woman: A Cultural Analysis

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Black women in the Americas, the Caribbean, and on the African continent: their struggles for rights as Blacks and as women, their contribution to the development of their societies, their political aptitude, and their artistic adeptness.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Africana Experience in the U.S.
  • Segment III Cluster - Women of Color in the United States
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

AFRS 340 : Economics of the Black Community

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Economic problems of Black people. Role of Black labor in the American capitalistic economy. Welfare schemes and Black reaction to population control.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Making Cities Humane
  • Segment III Cluster - Africana Experience in the U.S.
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2010

AFRS 345 : Blacks in Urban America

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Structural and cultural conditions such as poverty, economics, welfare and political arrangements that impact urban America; particular attention to ways in which Black communities examine how poverty and race influence social policy and effective strategies and solutions for change.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Africana Experience in the U.S.
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

AFRS 350 : Black-Indians in the Americas

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Cross listed with AIS 350/ LTNS 355. For course description, see AIS 350/LTNS 355. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

AFRS 370 : Health, Medicine, and Nutrition in the Black Community

Prerequisites: Upper division standing.
Description: Theoretical and practical implications of health and healing in the Black community today. Personal and community perspectives. Historical health disparities in Black community. Includes interactive class activities and presentations from people in the community working to address these issues.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2010

AFRS 375 : Law and the Black Community

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Contemporary and historical investigations of city, state, and federal laws and how they affect the human rights, self-determination, and survival of the Black community in America. Administration of justice by court, police, security, and legislative agencies.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Understanding Public Policy
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

AFRS 376 : Government, the Constitution, and Black Citizens

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Nature and source of constitutional power--federal and state. Interaction of the Supreme Court with the Congress and with the Presidency; constitutional issues involving poor and Black citizens. Satisfies the U.S. government and the California state and local government requirement. (Fulfills the U.S. Government and California State and Local Government components of the U.S. History and Government Requirement). [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.] [USG,CSLG]
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

AFRS 382 : African American Economic History

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Factors which have constrained historically the economic status of African Americans in the labor market; industries and occupations; relationships to trade unions. How all these affect the income position of African American families.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Making Cities Humane
  • Segment III Cluster - Africana Experience in the U.S.
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2010

AFRS 400 : Black Arts and Humanities

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Creative efforts of Black writers and artists. Values expressed in these works and their relation to African-American culture.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Africana Experience in the U.S.
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

AFRS 411 : African and African American Literature

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Literature of Blacks of two continents. Cultural phenomenon of the critical impact of American Black authors on African writing and perspective.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Africana Experience in the U.S.
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2011

AFRS 450 : African Philosophy and Cosmology

Prerequisites: Upper division standing.
Description: Foundations of Black philosophy from ancient Africa to the present. Theories of knowledge and thought within the social and political context.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Africana Experience in the U.S.
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

AFRS 515 : Black Family Studies

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Structure, history, and functioning of the Black family: African cultural traditions related to Black family life.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Family Dynamics and Societal Change
  • Segment III Cluster - Africana Experience in the U.S.
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

AFRS 516 : Research Methods

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Application of research methods to Black populations and the Black community.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

AFRS 525 : Black Child Development

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Analysis of both the traditional theoretical approaches to the study of Black children and innovative approaches: areas of cognitive development, socialization, education, personality development, and the social context of childhood.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Children in Families and Society
  • Segment III Cluster - Africana Experience in the U.S.
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2011

AFRS 600 : Proseminar in Africana Studies

Prerequisites: Senior standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Educational, sociological, psychological, political, economic, historical, and cultural aspects of the Black experience particularly as these pertain to Africana Studies curricula and programs.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2009

AFRS 645 : Literature of the Harlem Renaissance

Prerequisites: Passed 214 or equivalent, or consent of instructor.
Description: Reading of Harlem Renaissance writers including Countee Cullen, Nella Larsen, Zora Neale Hurston, and Langston Hughes. Hone reading and analytical writing skills through essays, class discussion, and structured group work.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2010

AFRS 646 : Frantz Fanon's Psychology of Violence, Negation, and Liberation

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: A critical discussion of human oppression and liberation. A study of the writings of Frantz Fanon and their use to understand various paradigms of oppression, the psychology of liberations, objectification, and negation and the psychological value of African centered thought.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Africana Experience in the U.S.
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2009

AFRS 660 : Civil Rights Movement and Education

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: The civil rights movement and its impact on the education of Black children and youth. Implications of equal access and justice from Brown vs. Board of Education to contemporary issues in urban schools; desegregation and leadership; historically Black colleges and educational alternatives.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

AFRS 665 : Black Journalism

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: History, social role, function, and organization of print and broadcast journalism in relation to Black Americans. Writing, planning, and publication of papers and magazines. May be repeated for a total of 6 units.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

AFRS 678 : Urban Issues of Black Children and Youth

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Examination of Black children and youth by understanding Black culture and history, behavior patterns, language, attitude, and family backgrounds; the role of education in African American traditions, stressing strategies for attaining excellence in an equitable environment.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Africana Experience in the U.S.
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

AFRS 685 : Projects in the Teaching of Africana Studies

Prerequisites: Upper division standing and consent of instructor.
Description: Academic service learning practicum/internship experience as an undergraduate instructional aide. Participation in the teaching of a regular instructionally-related class. Limited to undergraduate students only. (Students may earn a maximum of 4 units toward the baccalaureate degree for any course(s) numbered 685 regardless of discipline.)
Units: 1-4

AFRS 694 : Community Service Learning

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor. Must be taken concurrently with a Africana studies course supporting community service learning.
Description: Community service learning activity course. May be repeated for a total of 6 units. [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]
Units: 1-3

AFRS 699 : Independent Study

Prerequisites: Consent of major adviser, department chair, and instructor.
Description: Supervised, individual study of a particular problem in Africana Studies. The student must state the problem, the method of data gathering, and the method of data analysis. AFRS 699 is repeatable for a maximum of 6 units.
Units: 1-3

AFRS 705 : Seminar in Africana Studies

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.
Description: Historical and intellectual foundation of the Africana Studies discipline: critical knowledge base, cultural grounding, intellectual orientation. Major philosophical, cultural, political, economic, and social developments and traditions found in African and African American society.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013
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