2012-2013 CCBC College Catalog

Africana Studies

AASD 101 – 3 Credits
Introduction to Africana Studies

Provides an interdisciplinary approach to familiarize students with the basic concepts and literature of the African Studies field. This course surveys the major approaches to the study of the African Diaspora across several academic disciplines including history, psychology, literature, education, political science, sociology, philosophy, visual arts, the performing arts, economics, gender studies and others. The course analyzes past and current theories of race and ethnicity, power, institutional structures, key themes relevant to the Black experience, and the history and status of individuals and collectives throughout the African Diaspora. This course will privilege Black voices and focus on Blacks as actors in their own history, rather than as passive victims. This course will act as a corrective to older biased interpretations of Black history and culture. NOTE: Course offered every fall, spring and may be offered during additional sessions.

Prerequisites: ENGL 052 or ESOL 052 and RDNG 052 or ESOL 054; or ACLT 052

AASD 111 – 3 Credits
Introduction to African Civilizations

Provides a survey of the African experience throughout history with a general overview of centers of African civilization from antiquity through contemporary times. The major centers covered include ancient pre-colonial societies of the entire continent of Africa, contact and trade outside societies, enslavement and colonization and independence. The course provides introductory knowledge of the fundamental differences and cultural commonalties that African peoples share with regards to language, religion, culture, family and politics. There is an examination of the influence that African civilization has exerted on other cultures as well as the impact of cross-cultural contacts on the African Diaspora especially that of Americans of African ancestry. NOTE: Courses offered once a year (fall or spring).

Prerequisites: ENGL 052 or ESOL 052 and RDNG 052 or ESOL 054; or ACLT 052

AASD 121 – 3 Credits
Introduction to Black Women's Studies

Provides an interdisciplinary introduction to the status, achievements, and experiences of Black women in society; analyzes past and current theories of gender, race, ethnicity, class, power, and equity; critically examines Black women's experiences in social institutions such as the arts, education, the labor force, law, economics, politics, marriage and family life, religion, media and creative production; takes a global approach; examines the complex experience of being a Black woman and addresses such topics as identity, feminism, Black feminism, womanism, cross-ethnic sisterhood, social mobility, and activism from a socio-historical perspective. This course is an examination and comparative analysis of Black women in the African Diaspora with particular emphasis on their struggles for rights as Blacks and as women, and their contribution to the development of their respective societies. Same as WMST 121. Earn credit for one only.

Prerequisite: ENGL 101 NOTE: Course offered once a year (fall or spring).

AASD 211 – 3 Credits
Black Representation in American Film

Presents an overview of the African American tradition in Hollywood films. There is an analysis of the relationship between American film creation and members of the Black community as an expression of an evolving consciousness of race and ethnicity in America. The course examines the role of African Americans in the film industry both as creators and consumers of cinema. Students will view and analyze landmark full-lenght feature films chronologically starting in 1915 as a means of studying conventional race relations and sterotypes during the time period in which the film was produced. NOTE: Courses offered once a year (fall or spring).

Prerequisites: HIST 116 or AASD 101 with a minimum grade of C.