Africana Studies & Research Center (ASRC)Arts and Sciences

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ASRC 1100

Provides an introduction to the Swahili language and culture. In this course, students engage in short conversations and communicative tasks in interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational modes on ... view course details

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ASRC 1108

A two-semester beginner's course in Yoruba Language and Culture. Organized to offer Yoruba language skills and proficiency in speaking, reading, listening, writing, and translation. Focus is placed on ... view course details

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ASRC 1113

IsiZulu is the most widely spoken language in the Southern African region and it is an official language of South Africa. This two-semester beginners' course emphasizes speaking and listening, and trains ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8576ASRC 1113  LEC 001

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    • Feldman, D

  • This class is taught distance learning streaming from Yale University.

ASRC 1117

Wolof is an African language. It is widely spoken in West Africa in countries such as Senegal, The Gambia and Mauritania. Wolof is the most widely spoken language in Senegal.  There are strong historical ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8979ASRC 1117  LEC 001

    • MTWR
    • Feldman, D

  • This class is taught distance learning streaming from Columbia University.

ASRC 1201

This two-course sequence assumes no previous knowledge of Arabic and provides a thorough grounding in the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. It starts with the alphabet ... view course details

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    Combined with: NES 1201

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

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    Combined with: NES 1201

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    Combined with: NES 1201

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    Combined with: NES 1201

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    Combined with: NES 1201

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ASRC 1203

In this two-course sequence learners continue to develop the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing and grammar foundation through the extensive use of graded materials on a ... view course details

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    Combined with: NES 1203

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

ASRC 1330

This course introduces contemporary musical practices - both "traditional" and popular - in Sub-Saharan Africa. It addresses the diversity of indigenous musics, the impact of migration and trade on the ... view course details

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    Combined with: MUSIC 1330

  • 3 Credits Graded

ASRC 1500

This course offers an introduction to the study of Africa, the U.S., the Caribbean and other diasporas.  This course will examine, through a range of disciplines, among them literature, history, politics, ... view course details

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    Combined with: AMST 1500GOVT 1503

  • 4 Credits Graded

  •  8845ASRC 1500  LEC 001

  • This course will not fulfill the introductory course requirement for Government.

ASRC 1590

This course uses a multidisciplinary approach to explore the complex relationship between history and popular culture in Africa. The course considers two main questions - How can you write history using ... view course details

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    Combined with: HIST 1590

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

ASRC 1595

Focusing on political and social history, this course surveys African-American history from Emancipation to the present. The class examines the post-Reconstruction "Nadir" of black life; the mass black ... view course details

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    Combined with: AMST 1595HIST 1595

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

ASRC 1832

We have a range of expressions that deal with thinking. For example: She is very good at "thinking on her feet" or he "thinks fast" both denote speed of thought – or, the ability to command the response ... view course details

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  • 3 Credits Graded

ASRC 1840

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    FWS Session. 

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ASRC 1841

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    FWS Session. 

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ASRC 2101

Intermediate Swahili levels I and II in general impart speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills beyond Swahili elementary level to participate with ease and confidence in familiar topics and exchange ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Graded

ASRC 2105

This course is designed for students who can speak and understand a spoken Arabic dialect (Egyptian, Lebanese, Syrian, Iraqi, etc.) but have little or no knowledge of written Arabic, known as Classical ... view course details

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    Combined with: NES 2203

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

ASRC 2110

The intermediate course extends the development of the main language skills-reading, writing, listening, and conversation. The course deepens the development of correct native pronunciation, the accuracy ... view course details

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ASRC 2116

The course is structured around IsiZulu Sanamuhla, a set of web-based learning materials that features Zulu-speaking students and families in South Africa. view course details

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  • 4 Credits Graded

  •  9033ASRC 2116  SEM 101

    • MTWRF
    • Feldman, D

  • This class is taught distance learning streaming from Yale University.

ASRC 2118

Wolof is an African language. It is widely spoken in West Africa in countries such as Senegal, The Gambia, and Mauritania. view course details

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  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 10015ASRC 2118  LEC 001

    • MW
    • Staff

  • This class is taught distance learning, streaming from Columbia University.

ASRC 2160

Prepare to be challenged in this course exploring the historic and contemporary dynamics of the African American family in U.S. society. From the African Diaspora to the Cosby Show, we will focus on the ... view course details

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    Combined with: HD 2710

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

ASRC 2310

This course takes a critical approach to our contemporary understanding of the figure of the zombie and its inextricable link to discourses on race and blackness in the Americas. An introductory grounding ... view course details

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    Combined with: AMST 2310ENGL 2931

  • 4 Credits Graded

ASRC 2674

This course examines major trends in the evolution of the Middle East in the modern era. Focusing on the 19th and 20th centuries and ending with the  "Arab Spring," we will consider Middle East history ... view course details

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    Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: GOVT 2747HIST 2674NES 2674

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

ASRC 2771

In Eddie Murphy's Coming to America, Africa is a place of nobility, where even lions are at peace with lambs. In contrast, Leonardo DeCaprio's Blood Diamond is a violent look at the role the demand for ... view course details

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    Combined with: ENGL 2771PMA 2403

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

ASRC 3100

In this two-semester sequence, learners will be introduced to authentic, unedited Arabic language materials ranging from short stories, and poems, to newspaper articles dealing with social,  political,  ... view course details

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    Combined with: NES 3201

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

ASRC 3110

This course will help students expand their understanding of the Yoruba language through the communicative approach. We will focus on the four skills, speaking, listening, learning, and writing. view course details

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  • 4 Credits Graded

ASRC 3113

The course is structured around IsiZulu Sanamuhla, a set of web-based learning materials that features Zulu-speaking students and families in South Africa. view course details

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  • 4 Credits Graded

  •  8578ASRC 3113  LEC 001

    • MW
    • Staff

  • This class is taught distance learning streaming from Yale University.

ASRC 3511

In this debate-format exploration of the most polarizing topics in hip hop, we'll examine the intersection of urban culture and American values. Does hip hop glorify violence, or simply reflect the reality ... view course details

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  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

ASRC 3607

At the conclusion of World War II, the US ushered in a new international order based on the principles of the Atlantic Charter, which became the basis for the United Nations Charter. A few principles of ... view course details

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    Combined with: GOVT 3603

  • 4 Credits Graded

ASRC 3652

What impact did Africa's involvement in the slave trade and its colonization by Europe have on its long-term economic health? What role have post-independence political decisions made within Africa and ... view course details

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    Combined with: HIST 3652

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

ASRC 3860

Examines the experience of black Americans from the start of the Great Migration just before World War I. Topics include the effects of migration on work experiences and unionization patterns, the impact ... view course details

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ASRC 4241

In this course, students will read and engage how "man," as a concept, has come to be understood in certain areas of philosophy and critical theory. The class will engage how "man" has been socially constructed ... view course details

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ASRC 4330

This seminar examines the issue of food justice in Ithaca and surrounding areas and explores innovative approaches for bringing about social equity and justice in relation to food availability, access ... view course details

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    Combined with: AMST 4033

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

ASRC 4402

From its inception in the South Bronx in the 1970s, hip hop has been dependent on women's contributions, yet female artists have had to work hard to contest their marginalization and objectification in ... view course details

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ASRC 4507

An exploration of writing by representative black women writers. We will examine specific texts as well as necessary critical and theoretical ideas which have been generated through, or with which this ... view course details

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ASRC 4672

This seminar examines the emergence of national identities, nationalist movements, and nation-states in the modern Arab world. First, we will examine various approaches to the question of nationalism, ... view course details

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ASRC 4800

This course traces the genealogies and animating debates in black queer studies. Attentive to the relationship between black feminist criticism and black queer theory, this class proceeds with an understanding ... view course details

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ASRC 4900

For senior Africana Studies majors working on honors theses, with selected reading, research projects, etc., under the supervision of a member of the Africana Studies and Research Center faculty. view course details

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  •  5837ASRC 4900  IND 602

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    • Edmondson, L

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  •  6738ASRC 4900  IND 604

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    • Harris, R

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  •  7182ASRC 4900  IND 607

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    • Boyce Davies, C

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  •  6739ASRC 4900  IND 608

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    • Assie-Lumumba, N

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  •  6740ASRC 4900  IND 609

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    • Hassan, S

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  •  6741ASRC 4900  IND 610

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    • Farred, G

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  •  7183ASRC 4900  IND 612

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    • Richardson, R

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  •  7744ASRC 4900  IND 615

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    • Gosa, T

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  •  8220ASRC 4900  IND 616

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    • Aching, G

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  •  8221ASRC 4900  IND 617

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    • Rooks, N

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  •  8368ASRC 4900  IND 618

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    • Byfield, J

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ASRC 4902

For students working on special topics, with selected reading, research projects, etc., under the supervision of a member of the Africana Studies and Research Center faculty. view course details

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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8369ASRC 4902  IND 601

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    • Byfield, J

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  •  5839ASRC 4902  IND 602

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    • Edmondson, L

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  •  6766ASRC 4902  IND 604

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    • LaBennett, O

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  •  7184ASRC 4902  IND 607

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    • Boyce Davies, C

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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6767ASRC 4902  IND 608

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    • Assie-Lumumba, N

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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6768ASRC 4902  IND 609

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    • Hassan, S

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  •  6769ASRC 4902  IND 610

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    • Farred, G

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  •  6770ASRC 4902  IND 612

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    • Richardson, R

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  •  7726ASRC 4902  IND 615

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    • Gosa, T

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  •  7884ASRC 4902  IND 616

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    • Ademoyo, A

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  •  8224ASRC 4902  IND 617

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    • Aching, G

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  •  8225ASRC 4902  IND 618

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    • Rooks, N

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  •  8370ASRC 4902  IND 619

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    • Bulugu, H

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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8371ASRC 4902  IND 621

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    • Staff

ASRC 6241

In this course, students will read and engage how "man," as a concept, has come to be understood in certain areas of philosophy and critical theory. The class will engage how "man" has been socially constructed ... view course details

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ASRC 6440

This graduate seminar recognizes the current critical moment in Black girlhood studies as a pivotal point for addressing questions related to coming of age in the African diaspora, Black feminism, and ... view course details

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    Combined with: AMST 6440ANTHR 6444

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

ASRC 6507

An exploration of writing by representative black women writers. We will examine specific texts as well as necessary critical and theoretical ideas which have been generated through, or with which this ... view course details

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ASRC 6510

This course examines the particular theoretical intersections of panafricanism and feminism through a study of works which address the lives of activist women and men who lived political lives which demanded ... view course details

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    Combined with: COML 6460FGSS 6510

  • 4 Credits Graded

ASRC 6800

This course traces the genealogies and animating debates in black queer studies. Attentive to the relationship between black feminist criticism and black queer theory, this class proceeds with an understanding ... view course details

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ASRC 6811

James Baldwin is one of the most incisive interpreters of the English language and of American life. In this course, we will pay careful attention to Baldwin's essays and novels, and how his style in each ... view course details

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    Combined with: ENGL 6811LGBT 6811

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

ASRC 6900

Independent study course in topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses. Students select a topic in consultation with the faculty member who has agreed to supervise the course work. view course details

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ASRC 6902

This course is the first in a two-part course sequence offered in the fall and spring semesters annually. (PALABER: HAVE A SEAT; HEAR ME OUT) view course details

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  • 4 Credits Graded