AMST 1500

AMST 1500

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2023-2024.

At the inception of this department at Cornell University in 1969, the Africana Studies and Research Center became the birthplace of the field "Africana studies." Africana studies emphasizes comparative and interdisciplinary studies of Africa, the U.S., the Caribbean and other diasporas. In this course, we will look at the diverse contours of the discipline. We will explore contexts ranging from modernity and the Trans-Atlantic slave trade and plantation complex in the New World to processes of decolonization and globalization in the contemporary digital age. 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, philosophy, the themes - including race/racism, the Middle Passage, sexuality, colonialism, and culture - that have dominated Africana Studies since its inception in the late-1960s. We will explore these issues in an attempt to understand how black lives have been shaped in a historical sense; and, of course, the effects of these issues in the contemporary moment. This course seeks to introduce these themes, investigate through one or more of the disciplines relevant to the question, and provide a broad understanding of the themes so as to enable the kind of intellectual reflection critical to Africana Studies.

When Offered Fall, Spring.

Breadth Requirement (GB)
Distribution Category (CA-AS, GLC-AS, SSC-AS)

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: ASRC 1500GOVT 1503

  • 4 Credits Graded

  •  5836 AMST 1500   LEC 001

    • TR Ives Hall 219
    • Jan 22 - May 7, 2024
    • Richardson, R

  • Instruction Mode: In Person

  • 17706 AMST 1500   DIS 201

  • Instruction Mode: In Person