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AFS 105: Introduction to Africana Studies

Term: Spring Fall

Credits: 4

Degree Requirements: F9

Africana Studies is the convergence and coalescence of interdisciplinary and intersectional approaches to the study of Black Life on both sides of the Atlantic/across the Diaspora from the 17th century to the present. This course introduces participants to the field of Africana Studies through its key ideas, theoretical considerations, and substantive concerns. After beginning with a critical overview of the history (or framing) of the discipline, the course is divided into six thematic units that examine Art/Aesthetics, Religion, Gender/Sexuality, Social Structures, Space/Geographies and the Body. These areas constitute central spaces of analysis within Africana Studies.

Prerequisites: none.