Spring 2021 Course Schedule

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Spring 2021 Course Offerings

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BLST 100 Introduction to Black Studies 3 hours. Instructor: Cedric Johnson  Asynchronous lectures & Synchronous discussions Friday 9am, 10am, 11am, 12pm

The Black experience, focusing on African and African American culture, the slave trade, slavery and emancipation in the Americas, 20th and 21st century social relations, and struggles for civil rights. General Education: Understanding the Individual and Society course; Understanding U.S. Society course.

This is a required course for BLST major/minor fulfillment.

BLST 101 Introduction to Black Diaspora Studies 3 hours. Instructor: Mario LaMothe  Asynchronous online with Drop-in hours on Wednesdays 3:00-4:15pm

Introduction to the historical and contemporary dispersal of people from the African continent around the globe beginning in the 15th century to the present. General Education: Understanding the Past course; Exploring World Cultures course.

This is a required course for BLST major/minor fulfillment.

BLST 111 Introduction to African-American Literature since 1910 3 hours. (Same as ENGL 119) Instructor: Helen Jun Synchronous online lectures Monday and Wednesday 9:30am-10:45am

Comprehensive survey of African American literature from 1910 to the present. General Education: Understanding the Creative Arts; Understanding U.S. Society. 

BLST 125 Black Religious Traditions 3 hours. (Same as RELS 125) Instructor: Johari Jabir Asynchronous & Synchronous online – Recorded lectures and a synchronous meeting for discussion (further details will be provided by the instructor)

Introduction to the religious history of black people in the United States and the diaspora. Examination of religious institutions, the role of religion in black social and political movements, mass rebellions, and revolts. General Education: Understanding the Past; Understanding U.S. Society.

BLST 225 Racial and Ethnic Groups 3 hours. (Same as SOC 225 and LALS 225) Instructor: TBD Synchronous online Tuesday and Thursday 3:30pm-4:45pm

Sociological and social-psychological analysis of racial, religious, and other ethnic groups; consideration of historical and current social problems arising from their relationships in society. General Education: Individual and Society course, and US Society course

BLST 242 History of Modern Africa 3 hours. (Same as HIST 242) Instructor: Kirk Hoppe Synchronous online lecture Monday and Wednesday 11am-11:50am & discussion Friday 11am, 12pm

The effect of European partition and colonialism; African military and political resistance; economic imperialism; the rise of nationalism; the problems of independence. Students must enroll in one Lecture-Discussion and one Discussion/Recitation. General Education: World Cultures course.

BLST 258 Race and Urban Life 3 hours. (Same as SOC 258) Instructor: Cedric Johnson Asynchronous & Synchronous online – Recorded lectures and a synchronous meeting for discussion (further details will be provided by the instructor)

Examines the experiences of Black people in urban areas since the 1900’s.  This course also fulfills the Race, Politics, & Institutions major/minor theme requirements.

BLST 261 Reading Black Women Writing 3 hours. (Same as ENGL 261 and GWS 261) Instructor: Cynthia Blair Asynchronous & Synchronous meetings Thursday 9:30am-10:45am

Examines inscriptions of race, gender, class, and sexuality as they shape the literary and critical practices of black women writers. This course also fulfills the Black Queer and Feminist Studies and Cultural Production major/minor theme requirements.

BLST 262 The Song and the Flame 3 hours. (Same as ENGL 262) Instructor: Johari Jabir Asynchronous & Synchronous – Recorded lectures and a synchronous meeting for discussion (further details will be provided by the instructor)

 

BLST 263 Black Intellectual History 3 hours. (Same as HIST 263) Instructor: Ainsworth Clarke Synchronous online Tuesday and Thursday 11am-12:15pm

Key debates and contributions of black thought to national and global politics and culture since the 19th century. General Education: Understanding the Individual and Society course; Understanding the Past course. This course also fulfills the Cultural Production and Analysis and Race, Politics, and Institutions major/minor theme requirements.

BLST 271 Race and the Politics of Incarceration 3 hours. (Same as SOC 271 and CLJ 271) Instructor: Sangeetha Ravichandran Synchronous online Tuesday and Thursday 11am-12:15pm

Examines how incarceration and criminalization affects black people in contemporary society. General Education: Understanding the Individual and Society course; Understanding U.S. Society course. This class also fulfills the Race, Politics, and Institutions major/minor theme requirement

BLST 351 African Novel in the 21st century 3 hours. (Same as ENGL 351) Instructor: Nicholas Brown Synchronous online Monday and Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm

BLST 356 Constitutional Law: Women, Gender and Privacy 3 hours. (Same as POLS 356 and GWS 356) Instructor: Kevin Lyles Synchronous online 9:30am-10:45am

A multidisciplinary examination of U.S. constitutional law and politics in shaping issues of gender, privacy, race, and sexual orientation; including reproduction, labor, sexual harassment, political participation, and women and crime.

BLST 358 Constitutional Law: African-American Legal History 3 hours. (Same as POLS 358) Instructor: Kevin Lyles Synchronous online 11am-12:15pm

Survey of the African-American constitutional experience from the 1600s to the present, focusing on landmark decisions of the United States Supreme Court.

BLST 398 Independent Study 1-3 hours.

BLST 401 Senior Seminar in Black Studies 3 hours. Instructor: Ainsworth Clarke Synchronous online Tuesday and Thursday 2pm-3:15pm

Study of literature and the other arts in the context of the African diaspora. Topics vary. Required course for BLST major/minors.

BLST 406 Black Feminist Biography 3-4 hours. (Same as GWS 406) Instructor: Lynette Jackson Synchronous online Thursday 3:30pm-6pm

Advanced study of topics related to theories of race, gender and sexuality with a specific focus on black feminist and queer studies. Topics may vary. This course also fulfills the Black Queer and Feminist Studies and Race, Politics, and Institutions major/minor theme requirements.

BLST 407 Seminar in Comparative Racialization 3-4 hours. (Same as SOC 407) Instructor: Tyrone Forman Synchronous online Monday 6pm-8:30pm

Provides an interdisciplinary and comparative approach to the making and remaking of “race” and the resultant racialized experiences of different groups in the U.S. and globally. This course fulfills the Diasporic and Transnational Studies and Race, Politics, and Institutions major/minor theme requirements.

BLST 441 Women and Resistance in African History 3-4 hours.

BLST 490 Black Power and the Arts 3-4 hours. (Same as ENGL 473) Instructor: Madhu Dubey Synchronous online Monday and Wednesday 3pm-4:15pm

BLST 492 Global Black Feminisms 3-4 hours. (Same as GWS 492 and LALS 492) Instructor: Jaira Harrington Synchronous online Monday and Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm

This course examines transnational, Third Wave and Third World Black feminist approaches to global politics from historical and contemporary perspectives. As the formation of gender rests on various categorical divides, course materials will address the experiences of marginalized communities within the Black feminist framework from a global perspective. Special attention will be given to the ways in which a Black centered analysis of feminism intersects with gender, class, citizenship and nationality.

BLST 501 Interdisciplinary Seminar in Black Studies 4 hours. Instructor: Jane Rhodes Synchronous online Tuesday 1pm-4pm

 

BLST 503 Critical/Performance Ethnography 4 hours. (Same as ANTHRO 594) Instructor: Mario LaMothe Synchronous online Monday 3pm-5:45pm

Critical/Performance Ethnography is a research method that takes seriously the role of the body in doing qualitative research. The performing body, widely construed, becomes a central tool in ethically encountering others, and can also function as an interpretive tool to translate research back into the world. Centering cultural, social, identity, artistic and other performances also mean considering the ways the body is read in terms of race, class, gender, sexuality, nationality, ability, and how those differences elicit particular kinds of data. Taking fieldwork as performance, this method also considers the contingency, context, and aesthetics of interactions in the field and of quotidian life. In this class, graduate and advanced undergraduate students will learn of the emergence of critical and performance ethnography; consider the ethics of ethnographic research; try on fieldwork, participant observation, interview, and oral history; and explore ethnographies that center performance as method and object of analysis. Participants will locate a field site in the area to focus their study.

BLST 596 Independent Study 1-4 hours.

Global Black Feminisms BSLT 492 with Dr. Jaira Harrington

This course examines transnational, Third Wave and
Third World Black feminist approaches to global
politics from historical and contemporary perspectives.
As the formation of gender rests on various categorical
divides, course materials will address the experiences of
marginalized communities within the Black feminist
framework from a global perspective. Special attention
will be given to the ways in which a Black centered
analysis of feminism intersects with gender, class, citizenship and nationality.