AAS African American Studies

Courses in AAS:
AAS 010African-American Culture and Society (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Critical examination of the historical, political, social, and economic factors that have affected the development and status of African-American people in contemporary society. (Letter.) GE credit: ACGH, DD, SS, WE. Effective: 2012 Winter Quarter.
AAS 012Introduction to African Studies (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Introduction to African Studies which will focus on the various disciplinary perspectives through which African society and culture are generally studied. A survey of methods, resources and conceptual tools for the study of Africa. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, SS, WC, WE. Effective: 2017 Fall Quarter.
AAS 015Introduction to African American Humanities (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Class size limited to 165 students. Introduction to the humanist tradition developed by writers, philosophers, and artists of African descent in the West. Attention also given to African sources, as well as European, Caribbean, Latin-American, and North American variations on this tradition. (Letter.) GE credit: ACGH, AH, DD. Effective: 2012 Winter Quarter.
AAS 016Verbal and Performance Arts in Africa (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). African verbal arts; oral texts from different African cultures. Types of critical response to oral texts, role of oral artists, context and esthetics of oral performance in Africa. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, VL, WC. Effective: 2012 Winter Quarter.
AAS 017Women in African Societies (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Gender relations in traditional and contemporary African society. Involvement of African women in politics, religion, the economy, the arts. African responses to feminist theory. Images of women in African literature. (Letter.) GE credit: SS, WC, WE. Effective: 2012 Winter Quarter.
AAS 018Introduction to Caribbean Studies (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Introduction to the contemporary culture, peoples, politics, and societies of the Caribbean. Topics include movements of people, goods and ideas across the Atlantic world and creative productions within the Caribbean. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, SS, WC. Effective: 2011 Fall Quarter.
AAS 050Black Popular Culture (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s); Term Paper. Survey of the African American images in popular culture (film, television, comedy, sports and music). (Letter.) GE credit: ACGH, AH, DD, VL, WE. Effective: 2012 Winter Quarter.
AAS 051History of Afro American Dance (4) Active
Lecture—4 hour(s). Evolution of African-American dance, tracing its history and development from West and Central Africa to the United States. Investigates the social and cultural relevance of African American dance and its artistic merits through contributions from its choreographers and performers. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, DD, VL. Effective: 2012 Spring Quarter.
AAS 052African Traditional Religion (4) Active
Lecture—2 hour(s); Discussion—2 hour(s). Introduction to traditional religions of the sub-Saharan African peoples: emphasis on myths, rituals and symbols in West, East, Central and South African indigenous religions. Examines themes: sacred kingship, divination system, women, prophecy, conversion and adaptation to Islam and Christianity. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC. Effective: 2012 Winter Quarter.
AAS 080Introduction to Black Politics (4) Active
Lecture—4 hour(s). Introduction to the analysis of Afro-American politics, using conceptual frameworks from political science and other social sciences. (Letter.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
AAS 099Special Study for Undergraduates (1-5) Active
Variable. Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
AAS 100Survey of Ethnicity in the US (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Upper division standing or consent of instructor. Limited enrollment. Sociological and historical analysis of the experience, culture, and relations of and between groups considered racial and/or ethnic minorities in the United States. (Letter.) GE credit: ACGH, AH, DD. Effective: 2012 Winter Quarter.
AAS 101Introduction to Research in the Afro-American Community (4) Active
Lecture—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): AAS 010; or Consent of Instructor. Introductory survey of Afro-American Studies methods and techniques; problems and methodology in Afro-American Studies. (Letter.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
AAS 107AAfrican Descent Communities and Culture in the Caribbean and Latin America (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Upper division standing. Origin and development of African descent communities and cultures in the Caribbean, and Latin America. The similarities and differences among African descent communities and cultures in terms of religious practices, music, and national identity. (Letter.) GE credit: WC. Effective: 2011 Fall Quarter.
AAS 107BAfrican Descent Communities and Culture in North America (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Upper division standing. Study of the origin and development of African descent communities and cultures in the U.S.A., Canada, and Mexico. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, DD, SS. Effective: 2017 Winter Quarter.
AAS 107CAfrican Descent Communities and Culture in Asia (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Study of the origin and development of African Descent communities and cultures in Asia. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, SS, WC. Effective: 2015 Winter Quarter.
AAS 107DAfrican Descent Communities and Cultures in Europe (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Study of the origin and development of African Descent communities and cultures in Europe. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, SS, WC. Effective: 2015 Spring Quarter.
AAS 110West African Social Organization (4) Active
Lecture—4 hour(s). Ecology, population, social and political organization, and culture of West Africa in the precolonial, colonial, and post-colonial periods. (Letter.) GE credit: SS, WC. Effective: 2012 Winter Quarter.
AAS 111Cultural Politics in Contemporary Africa (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): AAS 012; Or upper division standing. Themes and style of new cultural forms in Africa as displayed in art, music, film and writing, especially in regard to blending of indigenous and foreign influences. Social and political forces shaping contemporary cultural expression. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, SS, WC. Effective: 2012 Winter Quarter.
AAS 123Black Female Experience in Contemporary Society (4) Active
Lecture—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Upper division standing or consent of instructor. Black female social, intellectual, and psychological development. Black women's contributions in history, literature, and social science; life experiences of Black women and philosophical underpinnings of the feminist movement. (Letter.) GE credit: ACGH, DD, SS. Effective: 2012 Winter Quarter.
AAS 130Education in the African-American Community (4) Active
Lecture—2 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s); Fieldwork—3 hour(s). Examination of the history of the education of African Americans in the United States. Examination and critique of contemporary theories concerning the schooling of African Americans. (Former course AAS 140.) (Letter.) GE credit: DD, SS. Effective: 2011 Fall Quarter.
AAS 133The Black Family In America (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Upper division standing or consent of instructor. Analysis of social science research to examine relationship between black (African-descent) family structures, patterns of functioning, and political, economic, and social conditions in the U.S. (Letter.) GE credit: ACGH, DD, SS. Effective: 2012 Winter Quarter.
AAS 141Psychology of the African American Experience (4) Active
Discussion—1 hour(s); Lecture—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): AAS 010; or Consent of Instructor. Upper division status. Introduction to the psychological issues faced by African Americans. Description of any disparities in mental health care experienced by African American and Diaspora populations in the United States. Analysis of issues from European/Western and Afrocentric frame of reference. Emphasis on Optimal Theory, a psychological theory based on an Afrocentric world view. (Letter.) Effective: 2019 Winter Quarter.
AAS 145ABlack Social and Political Thought (4) Active
Lecture—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): AAS 010 or AAS 080; or Consent of Instructor. Exploration and analysis of Black social and political thought in the Americas. (Letter.) GE credit: SS. Effective: 2012 Winter Quarter.
AAS 145BBlack Intellectuals (4) Active
Lecture—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): (AAS 010, AAS 080, AAS 145A); or Consent of Instructor. Exposition and critical analysis of selected theoretical writings of Black intellectuals, and especially political and social thinkers, in the Americas. (Letter.) GE credit: DD, SS, WE. Effective: 2012 Winter Quarter.
AAS 150AAfro-American Visual Arts Tradition: A Historical and Cultural Study (4) Active
Lecture—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Upper division standing. Afro-American visual arts tradition, folk and formal, in historical and cultural context, from 1600 through Reconstruction. (Letter.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
AAS 150BAfro-American Visual Arts Tradition: A Historical and Cultural Study (4) Active
Lecture—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Upper division standing. Afro-American visual arts tradition, folk and formal, in historical and cultural context, from Reconstruction to the present. (Letter.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
AAS 151Afro-American Vernacular Music and Verbal Arts (4) Active
Lecture—2 hour(s); Discussion—2 hour(s). Socio-political dimensions of Afro-American musical forms like spiritual, work song, minstrelsy blues, rhythm and blues, jazz, gospel, soul and contemporary pop, and related verbal arts like preaching, toasting, rapping. (Letter.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
AAS 152Major Voices in Black World Literature (4) Active
Lecture—2 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): AAS 010 or AAS 012 or AAS 018; Upper division standing. Recurrence of cultural tropes in the works of major black world authors and formation of an African-oriented canon. Principal activities include critical reading and discovery of literature as a cultural resource. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, DD, WC, WE. Effective: 2012 Winter Quarter.
AAS 153African Literature (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): Completion of Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR). Colonial and post-colonial sub-Saharan African literature and the African oral traditions from which it emerged. Genres and themes of African literature from the nineteenth century to the present. (Same course as COM 154.) (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2012 Spring Quarter.
AAS 155AAfrican-American Dance and Culture in the United States, Brazil and the Caribbean (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Comparative study of the African American dance forms in the U.S.A., Brazil, Haiti, Cuba, Jamaica, Barbados, and Trinidad. Examination of ritual, folk, and popular dance forms and the socio/historical factors that have influenced these forms. (Same course as DRA 155A.) (Letter.) GE credit: AH, VL, WC. Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
AAS 156Language and Identity in Africa and the African Diaspora (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): AAS 012; Or upper division standing. Relationship between language and identity in literature from Africa and the African Diaspora. Use of pidgins, Creoles, translation from African languages and impact of language policies. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, DD, WC. Effective: 2012 Winter Quarter.
AAS 157Literature and Society in South Africa (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Upper division standing. Political and social developments in 20th-century South Africa as illustrated by a range of South African writing. Response of different writers to race relations, impact of government policy on types and context of writing. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2012 Winter Quarter.
AAS 160African-American Folklore (4) Active
Lecture—2 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s); Fieldwork—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): AAS 010. Theory and history of African American folklore and folklife, including music, material culture, oral narrative, proverbs, and humor. African and Caribbean cultural influences on New World folk genres will be probed. (Letter.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
AAS 162Islam in Africa and the Americas (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): RST 060 or AAS 012 or AAS 110. Comparative and historical survey of Islam in the regional and cultural settings of Sub-Saharan Africa and the Americas. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2012 Winter Quarter.
AAS 163African Religions in the Americas (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): AAS 010; AAS 015; or Consent of Instructor. Comparative study of African religious heritage in the Americas: Jamaica, Trinidad, Cuba, U.S.A., Haiti, and Brazil. Emphasis on the origins and development of Candomble, Santeria, Shango, Vodun, and Rastafarianism in the New World. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2012 Winter Quarter.
AAS 165Afro-Christianity and the Black Church (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): AAS 010; AAS 015; or Consent of Instructor. Upper division standing. Examination of the historical role of Christian belief and practice as well as the institution of the Black Church in the experience of African Americans, from slavery to the present. (Letter.) GE credit: ACGH, DD, SS. Effective: 2012 Winter Quarter.
AAS 168Black Documentary: History and Practice (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Laboratory—5 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): FMS 001; AAS 170; and Consent of Instructor. AAS 050 recommended. Study of Black documentary history and understanding of the use of the documentary form for political purposes. A discussion of documentary theory. Each student, singly or in a team, will create and carefully edit a documentary project. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, DD, VL, WC. Effective: 2011 Summer Session 1.
AAS 169History of African American Television (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): AAS 050 recommended. History of the representation of African Americans in television; how the representations reflect social and political forces in American society. Role of African Americans in actively shaping their representation. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, DD, VL, WE. Effective: 2012 Winter Quarter.
AAS 170African-American Film and Video (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Film Viewing—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): FMS 001; AAS 050 recommended. Comparative approach in the study of fictional film and video dealing with the African American experience drawing on film and cultural studies to examine and discuss selected works. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, DD, VL, WE. Effective: 2011 Fall Quarter.
AAS 171Black African and Black European Film and Video (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Film Viewing—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): AAS 015 or AAS 050 or ENL 160 or ENL 162; or Consent of Instructor. Comparative approach in the study of dramatic films and videos that treat black life in Africa and Europe. Critical attention will focus on the imaginative construction of ethnicity, race, nationality, gender, and sexuality in each particular work. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, VL, WC. Effective: 2012 Spring Quarter.
AAS 172Diaspora and New Black Identities (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Critical analysis about what it means to be Black/African American in the United States today. Topics include old and new diasporas, immigration, national origin, language, religion, class, education, politics, identity and cultural heritage. (Letter.) GE credit: ACGH, DD, SS, WE. Effective: 2011 Fall Quarter.
AAS 175ABlack Documentary: History and Theory (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Film Viewing—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): FMS 001; AAS 170; AAS 050 recommended. Black documentary history and documentary theory. Use of black documentary for political purposes. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, DD, VL, WE. Effective: 2011 Fall Quarter.
AAS 175BBlack Documentary Practicum (4) Active
Lecture—2 hour(s); Laboratory—6 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): AAS 175A; and Consent of Instructor. Creation of documentary projects, with students working in production crews. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, DD. Effective: 2012 Winter Quarter.
AAS 176The Politics of Resources (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): AAS 012 or AAS 110. Limited enrollment. Examination of the ways in which the processes of the extraction, purification and use of natural resources and the complex regimes of valuation and commodification they (re)produce lead to cooperation and conflict in contemporary Africa and beyond. (Letter.) GE credit: SS, WC. Effective: 2012 Winter Quarter.
AAS 177Politics of Life in Africa (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Existing (in)capacities in the structures of state and society in Africa for people to live well. Topics include institutions and practices that define state and civil society encounters in Africa; democracy, ethnicity, economic crisis, religion, citizenship, etc. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, SS, WC. Effective: 2012 Winter Quarter.
AAS 178African Modernity and Globalization (4) Active
Lecture—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): AAS 012; or Consent of Instructor. Class size limited to 80 students. Exploration of modernity and globalization and their dimensions and impacts in/on Africa. Examination of modern necessities and constrains in Africa in relation to (neo)colonialism, transnational encounters, technology, gender, risk, ritual, identity, culture, etc. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, SS, WC. Effective: 2015 Winter Quarter.
AAS 180Race and Ethnicity in Latin America (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). The social and political effects of racial and ethnic categorization in Latin America, including issues of economic production, citizenship, national belonging, and access to resources. Emphasis is on peoples of African, Indigenous, and Asian descent. (Letter.) GE credit: SS, WC, WE. Effective: 2012 Winter Quarter.
AAS 181Hip Hop in Urban America (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Upper division standing or consent of instructor. Must have Junior or Senior level standing. History, aesthetics, urban context, and economics of hip-hop in the US, and its globalization. Hip-hop's four artistic elements-rap, deejaying, breakdance, and aerosol art-allow the examination of issues of race, ethnicity, and gender in youth culture and American society. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, DD, VL. Effective: 2012 Spring Quarter.
AAS 182Hip Hop Culture & Globalization (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): AAS 181 preferable, not required. Investigation of hip-hop youth cultures outside the United States using globalization and Cultural Studies theories. Analysis of international hip-hop sites in Africa, Asia, Europe, South America, and the Middle East through reading, discussion, and visiting virtual sites. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC. Effective: 2014 Spring Quarter.
AAS 185Topics in African American Film (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Film Viewing—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): AAS 170; AAS 050 recommended. Intensive study of special topics in African American film. May be repeated up to 1 Time(s). (Letter.) GE credit: AH, DD, VL, WE. Effective: 2011 Fall Quarter.
AAS 190Topics in African and African-Diaspora Studies (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Upper division standing in African American and African Studies courses or consent of instructor. Intensive treatment of a special topic or problem in African or African Diaspora Studies. May be repeated once for credit when topic differs. May be repeated up to 1 Time(s) topic differs. (Letter.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
AAS 192Internship in African-American and African Studies (1-8) Active
Internship—3-24 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Completion of 12 units of upper division study in African American and African Studies courses; upper division standing. Restricted to African American and African Studies majors and minors. Supervised internship in community, government, or private institutions, in all subject areas offered by the African American and African Studies Program. May be repeated up to 12 Unit(s). (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
AAS 197TTutoring in Afro-American Studies (1-5) Active
Tutorial—1-5 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of major committee; upper division standing with major in African American and African Studies. Leading of small voluntary discussion groups affiliated with one of the department's regular courses. May be repeated up to 6 Unit(s). (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
AAS 198Directed Group Study (1-5) Active
Variable. Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
AAS 199Special Study for Advanced Undergraduates (1-5) Active
Variable. Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
AAS 201Critical Foundations in African American Studies (4) Active
Seminar—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing. Introduction to history of African American Studies. Topics include: research agendas, policy implications, debates, crises, and institutional frameworks. (Letter.) Effective: 2007 Fall Quarter.
AAS 202Critical Foundations in African Studies (4) Active
Seminar—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing. Introduction to the history and current organization of African Studies as area of intellectual investigation. Offers students an opportunity to review research agenda and policy implications, debates, crises, and institutional frameworks surrounding the production of knowledge about Africa. (Letter.) Effective: 2006 Spring Quarter.
AAS 203Critical Foundations in African Diaspora Studies (4) Active
Seminar—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Integrative conceptual framework includes History, Geography, Political Economy, Culture, Aesthetics as tools to investigate the African Diaspora. Students engage African Diaspora theories within their research projects understanding issues developing from the movement of Africans to the rest of the world. (Letter.) Effective: 2007 Fall Quarter.
AAS 204Methodologies in African American and African Studies (4) Active
Seminar—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Relationship between theory and methodology, with emphasis on identifying relevant methodological approaches and constructing theoretically informed research projects for studying the experience of people of African descent whether on the African continent or in the rest of the world. (Letter.) Effective: 2006 Fall Quarter.
AAS 298ADirected Group Study in African American and African Diaspora Studies (1-5) Active
Variable—3-15 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing. May be repeated up to 3 Time(s) with consent of instructor. (S/U grading only.) Effective: 2007 Winter Quarter.
AAS 298BDirected Group Study in African Studies (1-5) Active
Variable—3-15 hour(s). May be repeated up to 3 Time(s) with consent of instructor. (S/U grading only.) Effective: 2007 Winter Quarter.
AAS 299Directed research (1-12) Active
Variable—3-36 hour(s). (S/U grading only.) Effective: 2007 Fall Quarter.