Graduate Studies

African and African Diaspora World Studies 2014-2015

Gainful employment information

Chairperson: F. Erik Brooks
Department Office: Morgan 232
Telephone: (309) 298-1181
Location of Program Offering: Macomb

Program Description

The graduate certificate in African and African Diaspora World Studies provides an option for students who have a particular interest in global studies, interdisciplinary and multicultural studies, and especially those who would choose courses in the discipline of African and African Diaspora World Studies to complement their graduate studies or enhance their career interest. Courses are offered in the humanities and social sciences. This program is designed to provide advanced education in content areas that will complement other graduate study or be used as a credential to indicate education in areas of cultural diversity. Students will be educated in the unique and intersecting issues of diversity that affect life in our twenty-first century global world. The program will offer opportunities to K-12 teachers requiring graduate licensure in diversity education or competence in the teaching of African Americans Studies will find this program very attractive. The certificate requires 12 credit hours drawn from the courses listed below. Students must demonstrate a prior knowledge of and competence in research/Writing in the Discipline through at least a 3 credit hour upper-division course from their prior undergraduate work or a research methodology course from their current graduate work.

Requirements for Enrollment

Applicants for admission to the certificate program must hold a bachelor’s degree from an institution that is accredited by the appropriate accreditation agency and be admissible to the University as a non-degree graduate student.

Certificate Requirements

AAS 501 Africa and the African Diaspora World: 3 s.h.
AAS 502 Research Methodology in Africana Studies: 3 s.h.
AAS Electives: 6 s.h.

TOTAL: 12 s.h.

Course Descriptions

African American Studies (AAS)

402G (cross-listed with HIST 402G) The Civil Rights Movement. (3) An intensive study of the history of the African American civil rights movement, concentrating on the period from World War II through the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1978 Bakke decision. Prerequisite: HIST 106 or AAS 100 or permission of the instructor.

420G (cross-listed with SOC 420G and WS 420G) Race, Class and Gender. (3) The course will examine issues of race, class, and gender in historical, cultural, and contemporary societal contexts. Prerequisites: WS 190, or AAS 100, or SOC 100; or permission of the instructor.

444G Teaching African American Studies. (3) A study and development of African American Studies curricula. Includes a study of the problems and procedures of teaching African American Studies, supervised study, pupils’ activities, organization and development of teaching materials.

445G Critical Issues in the Education of African Americans. (3) Study of African Americans’ historical and contemporary struggles for educational access, equity, and excellence. Special emphasis given to the achievement gap, standardized testing, dropout/retention rates and alternatives to the sponsored curriculum such as Afrocentric education and culturally relevant pedagogy. Prerequisites: AAS 100 or permission of the instructor.

456G African and Diaspora Healing Practices. (3) Examination of the source, history and survival of indigenous African and Diaspora healing methods and concepts: midwives and herbalists to evil eyes and juju.  The role of the herbs and other natural elements will be covered. Prerequisites: AAS 100 and graduate standing.

466G (cross-listed with GEOG 466G—Africa) Geography of Africa. (3) Analysis of the physical and cultural geography of Africa.  Not open to students with credit for GEOG 466G—Africa.  Individuals who receive credit for AAS 466G—Africa may take 6 s.h. maximum of GEOG 466G if the regional studies subtitles are different. Prerequisite: two courses in geography or permission of the instructor.

483G African Film and Cinema. (3) Study of African film and cinema in different parts of Africa with emphasis on colonial cinema and cinema houses, and on contemporary films and home videos as elements of modern popular culture in Africa.  Prerequisites: AAS 100 or AAS 380.

488G Black Speech and Language Communication. (3) Course covers historical and contemporary development and practice of Black communication behaviors.  Pre-diasporan influences on Black communication styles, the role of oral communication during slavery, and issues such as the ongoing contentious debates about the use of Ebonics will be explored.  Prerequisites: AAS 100.

491G Seminar in African American Studies. (1–6, repeatable to 6) Topics will vary from semester to semester, and will be announced prior to registration.

494G Religion in African American Culture. (3) This course acquaints students with religiosity and spirituality among African Americans and provides understanding of a worldview, via concepts of nature, God, and human interaction, that reflects African cultural retentions in the U.S.  Prerequisites: AAS 100.

501 Africa and the African Diaspora World. (3) This course examines current theoretical perspectives on the African Diaspora, and explores African history, cultural survivals, and influences of Africa in the context of globalization.

502 Research Methodology in Africana Studies. (3) An advanced study of research methodologies used in Africa-centered research. This course will not only provide students with the necessary tools to critique, design and execute research projects which focus on African and African American experiences and issues, but will offer alternative ways of seeing and investigating the world from African and African Diasporan perspectives. Afrocentricity, Standpoint epistemology among other approaches as well as techniques of Oral history, Case study, Narrative, Life Story, Biographical, Historical, Ethnographic, Black feminism/womanism will be addressed.

536 Graduate Colloquium in Womanist Theory. (3) This course provides advanced explorations into the African and African American Women’s Perspectives and examines other feminine discourses pertaining to activism/contributions of Black Women in Africa, the U.S., and Europe.

570 The Anglophone Caribbean in the Era of Globalization. (3) This course studies the history, culture, politics, and economics of Anglophone Caribbean with a focus on the effects of globalization on the region.

571 (cross-listed with WS 571) Women in Anglophone Caribbean: The Jamaican Experience. (3) This course examines the influence of race, class and gender on women in the Caribbean, within a largely matrifocal society, and Caribbean women transnationally.

576 Graduate Readings in African and African Diaspora World Studies. (1-3, repeatable to 3) Readings selected in consultation with a member of the graduate faculty in African American Studies. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor and department chairperson.