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AFRC 001-001 Intro Africana Studies Grace L. Sanders Johnson MW 10:30 AM-12:00 PM The term Africana emerged in public discourse amid the social, political, and cultural turbulence of the 1960s. The roots of the field, however, are much older,easily reaching back to oral histories and writings during the early days of the Trans-Atlantic African slave trade. The underpinnings of the field continued to grow in the works of enslaved Africans, abolitionists and social critics of the nineteenth century, and evolved in the twentieth century by black writers, journalists, activists, and educators as the sought to document African descended people's lives. Collectively, their work established African Studies as a discipline,epistemological standpoint and political practice dedicated to understanding the multiple trajectories and experiences of black people in the world throughout history. As an ever-transforming field of study, this course will examine the genealogy, major discourses, and future trajectory of Africana Studies. Using primary sources such as maps and letters, as well as literature and performance, our study of Africana will begin with continental Africa, move across the Atlantic during the middle passage and travel from the coasts of Bahia in the 18th century to the streets of Baltimore in the 21st century. The course is constructed around major themes in Black intellectual thought including: retentions and transferal, diaspora, black power, meanings of blackness, uplift and nationalism. While attending to narratives and theories that concern African descended people in the United States, the course is uniquely designed with a focus on gender and provides context for the African diasporic experience in the Caribbean and Latin America. O <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Humanities & Social Science Sector</span>
AFRC 002-401 Introduction To Sociology Onoso I. Imoagene MW 11:00 AM-12:00 PM We live in a country which places a premium on indivi dual accomplishments. Hence, all of you worked extremely hard to get into Penn. Yet, social factors also have an impact on life chance. This class provides an overview of how membership in social groups shapes the outcomes of individuals. We will look at a range of topics from the organizational factors which promoted racial inequality in Ferguson, Mo to the refusal of (mostly elite) parents to vaccinate their children. The experience of women and men in the labor market -- and the social factors that lead women to earn less than men -- is another interesting topic taken up in the course. Who gets ahead in America? Course requirements include a midterm, research paper (five to six pages), final and recitation activities. Students are not expected to have any previous knowledge of the topic. Welcome to the course! SOCI001401 S <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Registration also required for Recitation (see below)</span>
AFRC 003-401 Approaches Literary Std: Zombies Astride Veronique Charles MW 02:00 PM-03:30 PM This is a topics course. Please see the Comp Lit website for current semester's description: http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/Complit/ The zombie has long been an expression of the fear of the other, those at the margins of society, or the fear of the afterlife. Zombies remain as much a fascination in popular media as in art and scholarship, from the ongoing series The Walking Dead to Jean-Michel Basquiat's vodou-inspired zombielike portraits. Using sources from art, anthropology, history, literature and religion, this course will examine the mythologies and iconographies surrounding this ubiquitous figure at the cusp of life and death. In this course, students will approach a series of questions. How have different societies imagined the zombie? How does one become a zombie? Can one escape from that state of (non)existence? Finally, how do these stories and images offer subtle reflections on labor, power, humanity and society writ large? This is a CWiC critical speaking seminar, open to students from all majors. Course evaluations include weekly Canvas posts, oral presentations and creative, individualized final projects. ENGL002401, COML002401
AFRC 006-401 Race & Ethnic Relations Tukufu Zuberi TR 12:00 PM-01:30 PM The course will focus on race and ethnicity in the United States. We begin with a brief history of racial categorization and immigration to the U.S. The course continues by examining a number of topics including racial and ethnic identity, interracial and interethnic friendships and marriage, racial attitudes, mass media images, residential segregation, educational stratification, and labor market outcomes. The course will include discussions of African Americans, Whites, Hispanics, and Asian Americans and Multiracials. SOCI006401
AFRC 008-401 The Sociology of Black Community Camille Zubrinsky Charles T 01:30 PM-04:30 PM This course explores a broad set of issues defining important aspects of the Black/African American experience. In addition to the "usual suspects" (e.g., race, socioeconomic status, poverty, gender, and group culture), we also think about matters of health and well-being, the family, education, and identity in Black/African American communities. Our goal is to gain a deeper sociological understanding and appreciation of the diverse and ever-changing life experiences of Blacks/African Americans. SOCI028401 <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Course is available to Freshmen and Upperclassmen.</span><br /><span class="penncourse-course-notes">Freshman Seminar</span><br /><span class="penncourse-course-notes">For Freshmen Only</span>
AFRC 050-401 World Musics & Cultures Katherine Theresa Larrick Scahill MWF 10:00 AM-11:00 AM This course examines how we as consumers in the "Western" world engage with musical difference largely through the products of the global entertainment industry. We examine music cultures in contact in a variety of ways-- particularly as traditions in transformation. Students gain an understanding of traditional music as live, meaningful person-to-person music making, by examining the music in its original site of production, and then considering its transformation once it is removed, and recontextualized in a variety of ways. The purpose of the course is to enable students to become informed and critical consumers of "World Music" by telling a series of stories about particular recordings made with, or using the music of, peoples culturally and geographically distant from the US. Students come to understand that not all music downloads containing music from unfamiliar places are the same, and that particular recordings may be embedded in intriguing and controversial narratives of production and consumption. At the very least, students should emerge from the class with a clear understanding that the production, distribution, and consumption of world music is rarely a neutral process. ANTH022401, MUSC050401 A
AFRC 050-402 World Musics & Cultures MWF 11:00 AM-12:00 PM This course examines how we as consumers in the "Western" world engage with musical difference largely through the products of the global entertainment industry. We examine music cultures in contact in a variety of ways-- particularly as traditions in transformation. Students gain an understanding of traditional music as live, meaningful person-to-person music making, by examining the music in its original site of production, and then considering its transformation once it is removed, and recontextualized in a variety of ways. The purpose of the course is to enable students to become informed and critical consumers of "World Music" by telling a series of stories about particular recordings made with, or using the music of, peoples culturally and geographically distant from the US. Students come to understand that not all music downloads containing music from unfamiliar places are the same, and that particular recordings may be embedded in intriguing and controversial narratives of production and consumption. At the very least, students should emerge from the class with a clear understanding that the production, distribution, and consumption of world music is rarely a neutral process. ANTH022402, MUSC050402 A
AFRC 050-403 World Musics & Cultures David Chavannes MWF 12:00 PM-01:00 PM This course examines how we as consumers in the "Western" world engage with musical difference largely through the products of the global entertainment industry. We examine music cultures in contact in a variety of ways-- particularly as traditions in transformation. Students gain an understanding of traditional music as live, meaningful person-to-person music making, by examining the music in its original site of production, and then considering its transformation once it is removed, and recontextualized in a variety of ways. The purpose of the course is to enable students to become informed and critical consumers of "World Music" by telling a series of stories about particular recordings made with, or using the music of, peoples culturally and geographically distant from the US. Students come to understand that not all music downloads containing music from unfamiliar places are the same, and that particular recordings may be embedded in intriguing and controversial narratives of production and consumption. At the very least, students should emerge from the class with a clear understanding that the production, distribution, and consumption of world music is rarely a neutral process. ANTH022403, MUSC050403 A
AFRC 050-404 World Musics & Cultures Bina Nehama Brody TR 12:00 PM-01:30 PM This course examines how we as consumers in the "Western" world engage with musical difference largely through the products of the global entertainment industry. We examine music cultures in contact in a variety of ways-- particularly as traditions in transformation. Students gain an understanding of traditional music as live, meaningful person-to-person music making, by examining the music in its original site of production, and then considering its transformation once it is removed, and recontextualized in a variety of ways. The purpose of the course is to enable students to become informed and critical consumers of "World Music" by telling a series of stories about particular recordings made with, or using the music of, peoples culturally and geographically distant from the US. Students come to understand that not all music downloads containing music from unfamiliar places are the same, and that particular recordings may be embedded in intriguing and controversial narratives of production and consumption. At the very least, students should emerge from the class with a clear understanding that the production, distribution, and consumption of world music is rarely a neutral process. ANTH022404, MUSC050404 A
AFRC 050-405 World Musics & Cultures Keisuke Yamada TR 03:00 PM-04:30 PM This course examines how we as consumers in the "Western" world engage with musical difference largely through the products of the global entertainment industry. We examine music cultures in contact in a variety of ways-- particularly as traditions in transformation. Students gain an understanding of traditional music as live, meaningful person-to-person music making, by examining the music in its original site of production, and then considering its transformation once it is removed, and recontextualized in a variety of ways. The purpose of the course is to enable students to become informed and critical consumers of "World Music" by telling a series of stories about particular recordings made with, or using the music of, peoples culturally and geographically distant from the US. Students come to understand that not all music downloads containing music from unfamiliar places are the same, and that particular recordings may be embedded in intriguing and controversial narratives of production and consumption. At the very least, students should emerge from the class with a clear understanding that the production, distribution, and consumption of world music is rarely a neutral process. MUSC050405 A
AFRC 062-401 Land of the Pharaohs Josef W Wegner TR 03:00 PM-04:30 PM This course provides an introduction to the society, culture and history of ancient Egypt. The objective of the course is to provide an understanding of the characteristics of the civilization of ancient Egypt and how that ancient society succeeded as one of the most successful and long-lived civilizations in world history. NELC062401 H
AFRC 073-401 The African Diaspora: Global Dimensions Roquinaldo A. Ferreira TR 10:30 AM-12:00 PM This class examines the cultural and social ramifications of the African diaspora on a global level. It is divided into two major sections. The first section provides the historical background to the African diaspora by focusing on the forced migration of Africans to Spanish and Portuguese colonies in the Americas. We will then delve into the black experience in French and British colonial spaces. In this section, we will also endeavor to move beyond the Atlantic-centric paradigm in studies of the African diaspora by examining free and unfree migrations of African people across the Indian Ocean to places as far away as India and the Philippines. The second half of the class devotes significant attention to the historical legacy of slavery and colonialism in places like Brazil, Cuba and the United States. In this section, we will discuss such issues as race relations, the struggle for civil rights for African-descent people as well as the emergence and the implementation of affirmative action policies in places like Brazil and the US. HIST078401, LALS078401
AFRC 075-401 Africa Before 1800 Cheikh Anta MBAcke Babou MW 10:00 AM-11:00 AM Survey of major themes and issues in African history before 1800. Topics include: early civilizations, African kingdoms and empires, population movements, the spread of Islam, and the slave trade. Also, emphasis on how historians use archaeology, linguistics, and oral traditions to reconstruct Africa's early history. HIST075401 <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Registration also required for Recitation (see below)</span>
AFRC 077-401 Jazz:Style & History Erik Broess MWF 11:00 AM-12:00 PM This course is an exploration of the family of musical idioms called jazz. Attention will be given to issues of style development, selective musicians, and to the social and cultural conditions and the scholarly discourses that have informed the creation, dissemination and reception of this dynamic set of styles from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. MUSC035401
AFRC 077-402 Jazz:Style & History Benjamin Alan Oyler MWF 12:00 PM-01:00 PM This course is an exploration of the family of musical idioms called jazz. Attention will be given to issues of style development, selective musicians, and to the social and cultural conditions and the scholarly discourses that have informed the creation, dissemination and reception of this dynamic set of styles from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. MUSC035402
AFRC 078-401 Faculty-Student Collaborative Action Seminar in Urban Univ-Comm Relations Ira Harkavy W 02:00 PM-05:00 PM One of the goals of this seminar is to help students develop their capacity to solve strategic, real-world problems by working collaboratively in the classroom, on campus, and in the West Philadelphia community. Research teams help contribute to the improvement of education on campus and in the community, as well as the improvement of university-community relations. Among other responsibilities, students focus their community service on college and career readiness at West Philadelphia High School and Sayre High School. Students are typically engaged in academically based community service learning at the schools for two hours each week. HIST173401, URBS178401 <span class="penncourse-course-notes">An Academically Based Community Serv Course</span><br /><span class="penncourse-course-notes">Benjamin Franklin Seminars</span>
AFRC 081-401 Introduction To African-American Literature Margo Natalie Crawford TR 03:00 PM-04:30 PM This introduction to African American literature will begin with contemporary, groundbreaking texts such as Claudia Rankines Citizen: An American Lyric and Toni Morrisons A Mercy. These twenty-first century texts will lead us to the questions about freedom, beauty, struggle, pleasure, and resistance that shape the origins of African American literature. The course will be shaped around circles of influence (not a linear mapping of a literary tradition). These circles of the changing same become the art of flow, layering, and rupture. We will dive into the multidirectional flow of slave narratives/neo-slave narratives,black modernism/black postmodernism,black respectability politics/ black radicalism, and mastery of form/deformation of mastery. See the Africana Studies Department's website at https://africana.sas.upenn.edu for a description of the current offerings. ENGL081401
AFRC 114-401 Poetry Writing Workshop Herman Beavers W 02:00 PM-05:00 PM This is a workshop for students who are interested in exploring a variety of approaches to poetry. Students will encounter a diverse series of readings, in-class writing activities, weekly writing assignments, and creative methods for heightening your abilities as a reader and writer. ENGL113401
AFRC 123-401 Adv Writing For Children Lorene Cary W 02:00 PM-05:00 PM Advanced Writing for Children is a response to our fast-and-faster learning culture. We ll take the term to write and re-write several fiction and non-fiction pieces for children or teens. Let s call it Slow Write, like the Slow Food movement. The idea is to take time to write better, deeper, more beautifully, funnier, to respect stories and how you choose and render them. Using community among ourselves and with select partners outside the university we will work to help you harness various intelligences to figure out the stories you need to write. Trips and collaborations will refresh and surprise. You ll be writing, but also taking time: to remember, sketch, connect with others, research, meditate, assess, develop, discard. Slow writing respects difference. Some of us need to get honest, others to pull back; some to learn fluency and others restraint. Most of us need support to work harder, but as Thomas Wolfe defined it for artists: an integrity of purpose, a spiritual intensity, and a fine expenditure of energy that most people have no conception of. When stories are ready, you will be invited to submit them to SafeKidsStories.com, because as Pippi Longstocking author Astrid Lungren has said: Children perform miracles when they read. On the side, for funsies, and to assuage the must-write fast urge, you will also write bits and blogs. ENGL123401 <span class="penncourse-course-notes">An Academically Based Community Serv Course</span>
AFRC 134-601 Being Human: A Personal Approach To Race, Class & Gender Kathryn Watterson T 05:30 PM-08:30 PM SPRING 2018:As children, we first begin to learn stories and myths that explain how the world works, what life means, and how we re the same and different. In this writing seminar, we will explore myths about race, class, gender, and sexuality that are embedded in the culture of ordinary life, as well as in systems of power and privilege. We ll examine how inequalities impact not only our opportunities, but also how we perceive ourselves and others. During this semester, students will learn how other writers including Frederick Douglass, Audre Lorde, Leslie Marmo Silko, Thandeka, Angela Davis, James Baldwin, Jimmy Santiago Baco, and Amy Tan have used language to help them convey who they are and how their experiences have shaped them. Throughout the semester, we also will mine a deep understanding of the art of writing. In addition to in-class exercises, meditation and movement, students will be asked to a maintain a daily practice of free-writing; writing responses (2-3 pages weekly) to assigned books, essays, stories, and documentaries; participate in workshop discussions and peer review, and write and revise three stories/essays (4-5 pages). ENGL135601, GSWS135601
AFRC 135-601 Law & Society Hocine Fetni T 06:30 PM-09:30 PM After introducing students to the major theoretical concepts concerning law and society, significant controversial societal issues that deal with law and the legal systems both domestically and internationally will be examined. Class discussions will focus on issues involving civil liberties, the organization of courts, legislatures, the legal profession and administrative agencies. Although the focus will be on law in the United States, law and society in other countries of Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America will be covered in a comparative context. Readings include research, reports, statutes and cases. SOCI135601
AFRC 149-680 Elementary Zulu: Accl Audrey N. Mbeje TR 06:00 PM-09:00 PM The Accelerated Elementary Zulu course is intensive, and can be taken to fulfill a language requirement, or for linguistic preparation to do research on South Africa, Southern Africa/Africa-related topics. The course emphasizes communicaive competence to enable the students to acquire linguistic and extra-linguistic skills in Zulu. The content of the course is selected from various everydaylife situations to enable he students to communicae in predictable commom daily settings. Culture, as it relates to language use, is also part of the course content. Students will acquire the speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills at the ceiling of low intermediate level and floor of high novice level, based on the ACTFL scale. The low intermediate level proficiency skills that the students will acquire constitute threshold capabilities of the third semester range of proficiency to prepare students for Intermediate Zulu I course materials. AFRC549680, AFST149680, AFST549680 I
AFRC 152-680 Elementary Zulu II Audrey N. Mbeje MW 03:00 PM-05:00 PM The Elementary Zulu II course can be taken to fulfill a language requirement, or for linguistic preparation to do research on South Africa, Southern Africa/Africa-related topics. The course emphasizes communicative competence to enable the students to acquire linguistic and extra-linguistic skills in Zulu. The content of the course is selected from various everyday life situations to enable the students to communicate in predictable common daily settings. Culture, as it relates to language use, is also part of the course content. Students will acquire the speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills at the ceiling of low intermediate level and floor of high novice level, based on the ACTFL scale. The low intermediate level proficiency skills that the students will acquire constitute threshold capabilities of the third semester range of proficiency to prepare students for Intermediate Zulu I course materials. AFST151680, AFST551680 I
AFRC 157-401 Accrdions of the New Wld Timothy Rommen TR 12:00 PM-01:30 PM This course focuses on the musical genres and styles (both traditional and popular) that have grown up around the accordion in the New World. We will begin our explorations in Nova Scotia and move toward the Midwest, travelling though the polka belt. From there, our investigation turns toward Louisiana and Texas--toward zydeco, Cajun, and Tex-Mex music. We will then work our way through Central and South America, considering norteno, cumbia, vallenato, tango, chamame, and forro. Our journey will include in the Caribbean, where we will spend some time thinking about merengue and rake-n-scrape music. Throughout the semester, the musical case studies will be matched by readings and films that afford ample opportunity to think about the ways that music is bound up in ethnicity, identity, and class. We will also have occasion to think about the accordion as a multiple meaningful instrument that continues to be incorporated into debates over cultural politics and mobilized as part ofstrategies of representation through the New World. LALS157401, MUSC255401
AFRC 163-680 Elementary Twi II Kobina Ofosu-Donkoh TR 04:30 PM-06:30 PM Continuation of AFST 160. AFST161680, AFST565680 I
AFRC 169-401 History of American Law Robert S Natalini TR 09:00 AM-10:30 AM This course covers the development of legal rules and principles concerning individual and group conduct in the United States since 1877. Such subjects as regulation and deregulation, legal education and the legal profession, and the legal status of women and minorities will be discussed. HIST169401
AFRC 171-680 Elementary Yoruba II Yiwola Awoyale MW 05:00 PM-07:00 PM The main objective of this course is to further sharpen the Yoruba linguistic knowledge that the student acquired in level I. By the end of the course, the student should be able to (1) read, write, and understand simple to moderately complex sentences in Yoruba; and, (2) advance in the knowledge of the Yoruba culure. AFRC517680, AFST171680, AFST518680 I
AFRC 177-401 Afro Amer Hist 1876-Pres Jacqueline A Akins TR 12:00 PM-01:30 PM A study of the major events, issues, and personalities in Afro-American history from Reconstruction to the present. The course will also examine the different slave experiences and the methods of black resistance and rebellion in the various slave systems. HIST177401 H
AFRC 181-680 Elementary Swahili II Elaine Mshomba TR 12:00 PM-02:00 PM This course continues to introduce basic grammar, vocabulary, and the reading and writing of Swahili to new speakers. During this term, folktales, other texts, and film selections are used to help introduce important aspects of Swahili culture and the use of the language in wide areas of Africa. AFST181680, AFST581680 I
AFRC 187-301 The History of Women and Men of African Descent At the University of Penn Brian Peterson
Charles L Howard
M 11:00 AM-02:00 PM Topics Vary. See the Africana Studies Program's website at www.sas.upenn.edu/africana for a description of the current offerings. SPRING 2017: The history of the women and men of African Descent who have studied, taught, researched, and worked at the University of Pennsylvania provides a powerful window into the complex history of Blacks not only in America but throughout the Diaspora. This class will unpack, uncover, and present this history through close studies of texts and archived records on and at the university, as well as through first hand accounts by alumni and past and present faculty and staff members. These stories of the trials and triumphs of individuals on and around this campus demonstrate the amazing and absurd experience that Blacks have endured both at Penn and globally. Emphasis will be placed on the research process with the intent of creating a democratic classroom where all are students and all are instructors. Students will become familiar with archival historical research (and historical criticism) as well as with ethnographic research. Far more than just a survey of historical moments on campus and in the community, students will meet face to face with those who have lived and are presently living history and they will be faced with the challenge of discerning the most effective ways of documenting, protecting, and representing that history for future generations of Penn students.
AFRC 218-401 Diversity & the Law Jose F. Anderson M 03:00 PM-06:00 PM The goal of this course is to study the role the law has played, and continues to play, in addressing the problems of racial discrimination in the United States. Contemporary issues such as racial profiling, affirmative action, and diversity will all be covered in their social and legal context. The basis for discussion will be assigned texts, articles, editorials and cases. In addition, interactive videos will also be used to aid class discussion. Course requirements will include a term paper and class presentations. LGST218401 http://syllabi.wharton.upenn.edu/?term=2009A&course=AFRC218401
AFRC 222-601 African Women Lives Past/Present Pamela Blakely T 04:30 PM-07:30 PM Restoring women to African history is a worthy goal, but easier said than done.The course examines scholarship over the past forty years that brings to light previously overlooked contributions African women have made to political struggle, religious change, culture preservation, and economic development from pre-colonial times to present. The course addresses basic questions about changing women's roles and human rights controversies associated with African women within the wider cultural and historical contexts in which their lives are lived. It also raises fundamental questions about sources, methodology, and representation, including the value of African women's oral and written narrative and cinema production as avenues to insider perspectives on African women's lives. GSWS222601, AFST221601
AFRC 225-301 African Language and Culture Audrey N. Mbeje TR 01:30 PM-03:00 PM The aim of the course is to provide an overall perspective on African languages and linguistics. No background in linguistics is necessary. Students will be introduced to theoretical linguistics-its concepts, theories, ways of argumentation, data collection, data analysis, and data interpretation. The focus will be on the languages and linguistics of Africa to provide you with the knowledge and skills required to handle the language and language-related issues typical of African conditions. We will cover topics related to formal linguistics (phonology/phonetics, morphology, syntax, and semantics), aspects of pragmatics as well as the general socio-linguistic character of African countries. We will also cover language in context, language and culture, borrowing, multilingualism, and cross-cultural communication in Africa.
AFRC 227-601 Media in Africa Mary Jennifer Hasty T 06:00 PM-09:00 PM AFRC504601
AFRC 232-401 Race and Ethnic Politics Daniel Q. Gillion TR 10:30 AM-11:30 AM This course examines the role of race and ethnicity in the political discourse through a comparative survey of recent literature on the historical and contemporary political experiences of the four major minority groups (Blacks or African Americans, American Indians, Latinos or Hispanic Americans, and Asian Americans). A few of the key topics will include assimilation and acculturation seen in the Asian American community, understanding the political direction of Black America in a pre and post Civil Rights era, and assessing the emergence of Hispanics as the largest minority group and the political impact of this demographnic change. Throughout the semester, the course will introduce students to significant minority legislation, political behavior, social movements, litigation/court ruling, media and various forms of public opinion that have shaped the history of racial and ethnic minority relations in this country. Readings are drawn from books and articles written by contemporary political scientists. This course examines the role of race and ethnicity in American politics through a comparative survey of recent literature on the historical and contemporary political experiences of the three major minority groups (Blacks or African Americans, Latinos or Hispanic Americans, and Asian Americans). A few of the key topics will include assimilation and acculturation seen in the Asian American community, understanding the political direction of Black America in a pre and post-Civil Rights era, and assessing the political impact of Hispanics emerging as the largest minority group. Throughout the semester the course will introduce students to significant minority legislation, political behavior, social movements, litigation/court rulings, media, and various forms of public opinion that have shaped the history of racial and ethnic minority relations in this country. Readings are drawn from books and articles written by contemporary political scientists, historians, economists, and sociologists. PSCI231401 <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Registration also required for Recitation (see below)</span>
AFRC 233-401 Migration and Refugees in African History Cheikh Anta MBAcke Babou M 02:00 PM-05:00 PM SPRING 2018: African cities in the past contributed to dynamic and prosperous civilizations. What happened? This course examines Africans' aspirations of modernity through the lens of African urban history using fiction, film and current scholarship in several disciplines. Each class will explore two temporalities--the precolonial history of African cities, and the colonial and postcolonial histories of economic, social and political progress which goes by the name of development. Grounded in the case studies of both ancient and modern cities, this course explores the emergence and decline of trading centers, the rise of colonial cities, and the dilemmas of postcolonial economies and politics. HIST232401
AFRC 235-401 Law and Social Change Hocine Fetni TR 04:30 PM-06:00 PM Beginning with discussion of various perspectives on social change and law, this course then examines in detail the interdependent relationship between changes in legal and societal institutions. Emphasis will be placed on (1) how and when law can be an instrument for social change, and (2) how and when social change can cause legal change. In the assessment of this relationship, emphasis will be on the laws of the United States. However, laws of other countries and international law relevant to civil liberties, economic, social and political progress will be studied. Throughout the course, discussions will include legal controversies relevant to social change such as issues of race, gender and the law. Other issues relevant to State-Building and development will be discussed. A comparative framework will be used in the analysis of this interdependent relationship between law and social change. SOCI235401
AFRC 241-680 Elementary Amharic II Yohannes Hailu MW 05:30 PM-07:30 PM Continuation of Elementary Amharic I. Amharic belongs to the southern branch of Hemeto-Semitic languages, which is also referred to as "Afrasian." Amharic is the official language of Ethiopia and is spoken by 14 million native Amharas and by approximately 18 million of the other groups in Ethiopia. This course continues to introduce basic grammar, vocabulary, and the reading and writing of Amharic to new speakers. AFRC541680, AFST541680, AFST241680, NELC482680 I
AFRC 243-680 Intermediate Amharic II Yohannes Hailu CANCELED AFRC544680, AFST544680, AFST243680, NELC484680 M
AFRC 251-680 Intermediate Zulu II Lindiwe Magaya MW 09:30 AM-11:00 AM AFST553680, AFST251680 M
AFRC 265-680 Intermediate Twi II Kobina Ofosu-Donkoh CANCELED AFST263680 M
AFRC 271-680 Intermediate Yoruba II Yiwola Awoyale TR 05:00 PM-06:30 PM AFRC534680, AFST532680, AFST271680 M
AFRC 277-401 Penn Slavery Project Res Alexis Neumann
Kathleen M. Brown
F 09:00 AM-12:00 PM This research seminar provides students with instruction in basic historical methods and an opportunity to conduct collaborative primary source research into the University of Pennsylvania's historic connections to slavery. After an initial orientation to archival research, students will plunge in to doing actual research at the Kislak Center, the University Archives, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the American Philosophical Society, the Library Company, and various online sources. During the final month of the semester, students will begin drafting research reports and preparing for a public presentation of the work. During the semester, there will be opportunities to collaborate with a certified genealogist, a data management and website expert, a consultant on public programming, and a Penn graduate whose research has been integral to the Penn Slavery Project. HIST273401
AFRC 281-401 Negro Apocalypse: Du Bois and the Poetics of Perpetual Heartbreak Simone White R 01:30 PM-04:30 PM In this advanced seminar, students will be introduced to a variety of approaches to African American literatures, and to a wide spectrum of methodologies and ideological postures (for example, The Black Arts Movement). The course will present an assortment of emphases, some of them focused on geography (for example, the Harlem Renaissance), others focused on genre (autobiography, poetry or drama), the politics of gender and class, or a particular grouping of authors. Previous versions of this course have included "African American Autobigraphy," "Backgrounds of African American Literature," "The Black Narrative" (beginning with eighteenth century slave narratives and working toward contemporary literature), as well as seminars on urban spaces, jazz, migration, oral narratives, black Christianity, and African-American music. See Africana Studies Department's website at https://africana.sas.upenn.edu for a description of the current offerings. ENGL281401
AFRC 282-680 Intermediate Swahili II Elaine Mshomba TR 10:30 AM-12:00 PM At the end of the course students will be at Level 2 on the ILR (Interagency Language Roundtable) scale. AFST281680, AFST583680 M
AFRC 285-680 Advanced Swahili II Elaine Mshomba TR 09:00 AM-10:30 AM The objectives are to continue to strengthen students' knowledge of speaking, listening, reading, and writing Swahili and to compare it with the language of the students; to continue learning about the cultures of East Africa and to continue making comparisons with the culture(s) of the students; to continue to consider the relationship between that knowledge and the knowledge of other disciplines; and using that knowledge, to continue to unite students with communities outside of class. Level 3 on the ILR (Interagency Language Roundtable) scale. AFST285680, AFST586680 Q
AFRC 286-401 Intimacy and Distance: Faulkner, Hurston, Welty and Wright Herman Beavers TR 10:30 AM-12:00 PM SPRING 2018: In 1989, as she reflected on her magnum opus, Beloved, Toni Morrison declared "There is no place you or I can go, to think about or not think about, to summon the presences of,or recollect the absences of slaves. She went on, There is no suitable memorial, or plaque, or wreath, or wall, or park, or skyscraper lobby. There's no 300-foot tower, there's no bench by the road." And because such a place doesn't exist...the book had to." Today, there are significantly more markers of slavery in the public sphere as well as new novels, films, and television shows that directly take up the history and remnants of slavery in our lives. Looking at Colson Whitehead's novel, The Underground Railroad and WGN's tv series "The Underground," the remaking of the Whitney Plantation in Louisiana as well as considering the debates about confederate flags and monuments in places like New Orleans, Virginia, and South Carolina, this course will examine the meaning and movements behind these contemporary engagements with American slavery today. See the Africana Studies Program's website at www.sas.upenn.edu/africana for a description of the current offerings. ENGL284401
AFRC 294-601 Facing America William D Schmenner M 05:00 PM-08:00 PM This course explores the visual history of race in the United States as both self-fashioning and cultural mythology by examing the ways that conceptions of Native American, Latino,and Asian identity, alongside ideas of Blackness and Whiteness, have combined to create the various cultural ideologies of class, gender, and sexuality that remain evident in historical visual and material culture. We will also investigate the ways that these creations have subsequently helped to launch new visual entertainments, inclduing museum spectacles, blackface minstrelsy, and early film, from the colonial period through the 1940s. LALS274601, CIMS293601, ASAM294601, ARTH274601
AFRC 307-401 Race, Science & Justice Dorothy E. Roberts MW 04:00 PM-05:00 PM This course draws on an interdisciplinary body of biological and social scientific literature to explore critically the connections between race, science, and justice in the United States, including scientific theories of racial inequality, from the eighteenth century to the genomic age. After investigating varying concepts of race, as well as their uses in eugenics, criminology, anthropology, sociology, neuroscience, and medicine, we will focus on the recent expansion of genomic research and technologies that treat race as a biological category that can be identified at the molecular level, including race-specific pharmaceuticals, commercial ancestry testing, and racial profiling with DNA forensics. We will discuss the significance of scientific investigations of racial difference for advancing racial justice in the United States. SOCI307401 <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Registration also required for Recitation (see below)</span>
AFRC 311-401 History of Health and Healing in Africa David K. Amponsah W 02:00 PM-05:00 PM This seminar course will examine how sub-Saharan Africans have interpreted and dealt with issues of health, healing, and medicine under colonial and postcolonial regimes. It will also look at how various social, economic, religious, and political factors have impacted health and healing on the continent and shaped African responses. Class discussions will center around both general themes affecting health and healing in Africa as well as case studies drawn from historical and anthropological works. HIST376401
AFRC 321-301 War and Peace in Africa Ali B. Ali-Dinar TR 03:00 PM-04:30 PM The end of colonial rule was the springboard for the start of cold wars in various regions of Africa. Where peace could not be maintained violence erupted. Even where secession has been attained, as in the new country of South Sudan, the threat of civil war lingers. While domestic politics have led to the rise of armed conflicts and civil wars in many African countries, the external factors should also not be ignored. Important in all current conflicts is the concern to international peace and security. Overall this course will: (1) investigate the general nature of armed conflicts in Africa (2) provide in-depth analysis of the underlying factors (3) and discuss the regional and the international responses to these conflicts and their implications. Special emphasis will be placed upon African conflicts and civil wars in: great Lakes area, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sudan, Somalia, South Sudan, and Uganda. The fundamental query underlying this course is what is the relationship between dress, adornment, and corporeal figuring and race, specifically blackness? This course will draw upon a number of disciplines and fields including history, performance theory, cultural studies, gender studies, and queer studies to examine how blackness is fashioned, and refashioned within the United States and globally. Throughout the course we will investigate how not only race--but attendant issues of gender, sexuality and citizenship have all be constructed and contested through dress. Finally, we will explore what new and more nuanced insights might fashion, dress, adornment, and corporeal figuring offer us for understanding black subjectivities more broadly.
AFRC 327-301 Fashioning the Blk Body Christina Bush R 01:30 PM-04:30 PM The fundamental query underlying this course is what is the relationship between dress, adornment, and corporeal figuring and race, specifically blackness? This course will draw upon a number of disciplines and fields including history, performance theory, cultural studies, gender studies, and queer studies to examine how blackness is fashioned, and refashioned within the United States and globally. Throughout the course we will investigate how not only race--but attendant issues of gender, sexuality and citizenship have all been constructed and contested through dress. Finally, we will explore what new and more nuanced insights might fashion, dress, adornment, and corporeal figuring offer us for understanding black subjectivities more broadly.
AFRC 334-401 Feminist Ethnography Deborah A. Thomas M 03:30 PM-06:30 PM This course will investigate the relationships among women, gender, sexuality, and anthropological research. We will begin by exploring the trajectory of research interest in women and gender, drawing first from the early work on gender and sex by anthropologists like Margaret Mead and Ruth Benedict; moving through the 1970s and 1980s arguments about gender, culture, and political economy; arriving at more current concerns with gender, race, sexuality, and empire. For the rest of the semester, we will critically read contemporary ethnographies addressing pressing issues such as nationalism, militarism, neoliberalism and fundamentalism. Throughout, we will investigate what it means not only to "write women's worlds", but also to analyze broader socio-cultural, political, and economic processes through a gendered lens. We will, finally, address the various ways feminist anthropology fundamentally challenged the discipline's epistemological certainties, as well as how it continues to transform our understanding of the foundations of the modern world. GSWS334401, GSWS634401, ANTH334401, ANTH634401, AFRC634401
AFRC 343-401 Global Health Seminar: Culture, Development and Health in Ghana Robin Stevens
Anastasia M. Shown
F 09:00 AM-12:00 PM This course is a broad overview of current health, culture and development topics with a focus on Ghana. The first part of the class will be taught through lectures, case studies, discussions on campus and a local field trip. One of the health issues we will examine thoroughly is sickle cell anemia and its impact on Africans across the diaspora. The second part of the course will include a trip to Ghana over spring break to help students gain a global perspective on health and development topics. Students will receive lectures from Ghanaian faculty and professionals and partner with university students at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi. Students from both universities will engage with community members during visits to schools, health clinics, and development projects. Students will explore heritage sites and make connections between cultures and shared histories. This course is a broad overview of current health, culture and development topics with a focus on Ghana. The first part of the class will be taught through lectures, case studies, discussions on campus and a local field trip. One of the health issues we will examine thoroughly is sickle cell anemia and its impact on Africans across the diaspora. The second part of the course will include a trip to Ghana over spring break to help students gain a global perspective on health and development topics. Students will receive lectures from Ghanaian faculty and professionals and partner with university students at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi. Students from both universities will engage with community members during visits to schools, health clinics, and development projects. Students will explore heritage sites and make connections between cultures and shared histories. All students must apply through the Penn Global Seminar Website for permission to register for this course. Those who are accepted will receive a permit to register for this course. NURS343401 <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Permission Needed From Department</span>
AFRC 346-401 Bodies, Race and Rights: Sex and Citizenship in Modern American History Kathleen M. Brown MW 12:00 PM-01:00 PM What did it mean to be a man or woman in the post-Civil War United States? Was being a man the same as being a citizen? If African-American men were to be fully embraced as both men and citizens in the aftermath of slavery, where did that leave women, white and black? Why did a nation built on immigration become so hostile to certain groups of immigrants during this period? In this course, we consider how the meanings and experiences of womanhood, manhood, citizenship, and equality before the law changed from the period immediately after the Civil War until the present day. We look at political battles over the meaning of citizenship, the use of terror to subdue African Americans politically and economically, and the fears of white Americans that they would lose their political and economic dominance to immigrant groups they deemed irreconcilably different from themselves. We also consider the repercussions of these conflicts for medical, legal, and economic efforts to regulate the bodies of women, children, poor people, immigrants, working class laborers, military men, and African Americans. Throughout the course, we will follow the state's changing use of racial, sexual, and economic categories to assess the bodily and intellectual capacities of different groups of citizens. We will also note some of the popular cultural expressions of manhood, womanhood, and citizenship. The lectures and reading assignments are organized around a series of historical problems, dynamic leaders, and controversies that illuminate these issues. HIST346401, GSWS346401 <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Registration also required for Recitation (see below)</span>
AFRC 351-680 Advanced Zulu II Lindiwe Magaya CANCELED AFST351680, AFST555680 Q
AFRC 364-680 Advanced Twi II Kobina Ofosu-Donkoh CANCELED AFST363680, AFST569680 Q
AFRC 373-401 The History of Foreign Aid in Africa Lee V Cassanelli MW 03:30 PM-05:00 PM This course examines the history, politics, and significance of foreign aid to Africa since the late 19th century. While we do not typically think about the European colonial period in Africa in terms of 'foreign aid,' that era introduced ideas and institutions which formed the foundations for modern aid policies and practices. So we start there and move forward into more contemporary times. In addition to examining the objectives behind foreign assistance and the intentions of donors and recipients, we will look at some of the consequences (intended or unintended) of various forms of foreign aid to Africa over the past century. While not designed to be a comprehensive history of development theory, of African economics, or of international aid organizations, the course will touch on all of these topics. Previous coursework on Africa is strongly advised. HIST372401
AFRC 388-401 Top:Modern & Contemp Art: Postmodern, Postcolonial, Post-Black Gwendolyn D Shaw W 02:00 PM-05:00 PM ARTH388401, LALS389401
AFRC 405-401 Religion, Social Justice & Urban Development Andrew T. Lamas M 05:00 PM-08:00 PM Urban development has been influenced by religious conceptions of social and economic justice. Progressive traditions within Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, Baha'i, Humanism and other religions and systems of moral thought have yielded powerful critiques of oppression and hierarchy as well as alternative economic frameworks for ownership, governance, production, labor, and community. Historical and contemporary case studies from the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East will be considered, as we examine the ways in which religious responses to poverty, inequality, and ecological destruction have generated new forms of resistance and development. RELS439401, URBS405401
AFRC 420-601 The US and Human Rights: Policies and Practices Hocine Fetni R 06:30 PM-09:30 PM Topics vary. See the Africana Studies Department's course list at https://africana.sas.upenn.edu for a description of the current offering. After an examination of the philosophical, legal, and political perspectives on Human Rights, this course will focus on US policies and practices relevant to Human Rights. Toward that end, emphasis will be placed on both the domestic and the international aspects of Human Rights as reflected in US policies and practices. Domestically, the course will discuss (1) the process of incorporating the International Bill of Human Rights into the American legal system and (2) the US position on and practices regarding the political, civil, economic, social, and cultural rights of minorities and various other groups within the US. Internationally, the course will examine US Human Rights policies toward Africa. Specific cases of Rwanda, Kenya, South Africa and Egypt, as well as other cases from the continent, will be presented in the assessment of US successes and failures in the pursuit of its Human Rights strategy in Africa. Readings will include research papers, reports, statutes, treaties, and cases. SOCI460601
AFRC 448-601 Neighborhood Displacement & Community Power Walter D Palmer W 06:00 PM-09:00 PM This course uses the history of black displacement to examine community power and advocacy. It examines the methods of advocacy (e.g. case, class, and legislative) and political action through which community activists can influence social policy development and community and institutional change. The course also analyzes selected strategies and tactics of change and seeks to develop alternative roles in the group advocacy, lobbying, public education and public relations, electoral politics, coalition building, and legal and ethical dilemmas in political action. Case studies of neighborhood displacement serve as central means of examing course topics. URBS448601
AFRC 491-681 Afrc Lang Tutor: Elem II: Igbo-Afr Lang Elem II Chika Nwadiora TR 05:00 PM-07:00 PM Continuation of AFST 490. AFST491681 I <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Penn Language Center Permission Needed</span>
AFRC 491-682 Afrc Lang Tutor: Elem II: Wolof-Afr Lang Elem II MBAcke Thioune TR 05:00 PM-07:00 PM Continuation of AFST 490. AFST491682 I
AFRC 491-683 Afrc Lang Tutor: Elem II: Tigrinya - Elem II Ermias Zemichael TR 05:00 PM-07:00 PM Continuation of AFST 490. AFST491683 I
AFRC 491-686 Afrc Lang Tutor: Elem II CANCELED Continuation of AFST 490. AFST491686 I
AFRC 493-681 Afr Lang Tutor:Interm II: Igbo-Afr Lang Inter II Chika Nwadiora TR 07:30 PM-09:00 PM Continuation of AFST 492 AFST493681 M <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Penn Language Center Permission Needed</span>
AFRC 493-682 Afr Lang Tutor:Interm II: Wolof-Afr Lang Inter II MBAcke Thioune CANCELED Continuation of AFST 492 AFST493682, AFST597682 M
AFRC 493-683 Afr Lang Tutor:Interm II: Tigrinya - Inter II Ermias Zemichael TR 07:30 PM-09:00 PM Continuation of AFST 492 AFST493683 M
AFRC 493-686 Afr Lang Tutor:Interm II: Malagasy - Inter II Travis Aldous MW 07:00 PM-09:00 PM Continuation of AFST 492 AFST493686 M
AFRC 495-681 Afr Lang Tutor: Adv II: Igbo - Afr Lang Adv II Chika Nwadiora CANCELED Continuation of AFST 494. AFST495681
AFRC 495-682 Afr Lang Tutor: Adv II: Wolof - Afr Lang Adv II MBAcke Thioune Continuation of AFST 494. AFST495682
AFRC 495-683 Afr Lang Tutor: Adv II: Tigrinya-Afr Lang Adv II Ermias Zemichael TR 03:00 PM-04:30 PM Continuation of AFST 494. AFST495683
AFRC 495-686 Afr Lang Tutor: Adv II Matthew T Winterton CANCELED Continuation of AFST 494. AFST495686
AFRC 497-681 Language & Culture II: Igbo Lang & Culture II Chika Nwadiora Continuation of AFST 496 AFST497681
AFRC 504-601 Media in Africa Mary Jennifer Hasty T 06:00 PM-09:00 PM AFRC227601 <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Undergraduates Need Permission</span>
AFRC 509-401 Reading Historical Arabic Manuscripts Ali B. Ali-Dinar W 03:00 PM-06:00 PM Arabic language is used by many societies not only in communication but also in correspondence and in documenting the affairs of their daily lives. Arabic script is adopted by many groups whose native languages are not Arabic, in writing their languages before some moved to the Roman alphabet. In many historical documents specific style of writing and handwriting are dominant. This specificity is influenced by the dialectical variations, the historical development of each region and the level of Arabic literacy and use. The aims of this course which will focus on the Arabic writing tradition of Africa and the Middle East are as follows: (1) Reading and interpreting hand-written Arabic documents from Africa and the Middle East with focus on different historical eras. (2) In-depth understanding of the historical and language contexts of the selected documents. (3) Examining different handwriting styles that are in vogue in Africa and the Middle East. ARAB580401
AFRC 517-680 Elementary Yoruba II Yiwola Awoyale MW 05:00 PM-07:00 PM The main objective of this course is to further sharpen the Yoruba linquistic knowledge that the student acquired in level I. By the end of the course, the student should be able to (1) read, write, and understand simple to moderately complex sentences in Yoruba; and (2) advance in the knowledge of the Yoruba culture. AFRC171680, AFST171680, AFST518680 I
AFRC 522-401 Psych of African-American: Implications For Counseling & Human Development Howard C. Stevenson, T 12:00 PM-02:00 PM Using the Afro-centric philosophical understanding of the world, this course will focus on psychological issues related to African Americans, including the history of African American psychology, its application across the life span, and contemporary community issues. EDUC522401 <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Undergraduates Need Permission</span>
AFRC 524-401 Inequality & Race Policy Daniel Q. Gillion T 01:30 PM-04:30 PM There is little question that inequality along the lines of race and ethnicity remain a constant problem in American society. And over time, the federal government has implemented several policy initiatives to address these inequities. However, less well understood is the success of these federal policies or the process in which they emerge from government as a viable solution. This course will provide an overview of the link between federal government action and changes in minority inequality. We will analyze several issue spaces that cover health, crime and incarceration, social policy and equal rights, education, welfare, and economics. We will take a multi-method approach to exploring the success of federal policies by conducting historical assessments and statistical analysis. Advanced undergraduates are welcome to take the course with permission. PSCI535401
AFRC 534-680 Intermediate Yoruba II Yiwola Awoyale TR 05:00 PM-06:30 PM AFRC271680, AFST532680, AFST271680 M
AFRC 538-401 Topics in Medieval Art: Art and Cultural Exchange in the Medieval Mediterranean System Robert G. Ousterhout
Sarah M. Guerin
R 03:00 PM-06:00 PM Topic varies Spring 2019: Between the medieval metropolitan capitals of Constantinople and Paris lay the dynamic connecting sea -- the Mediterranean. This course begins by looking in depth at the birth and development of those two key capital cities, and their competitive interactions. Urban centers around the Mediterranean littoral contributed significantly to the networks linking and provisioning those two key metropoli: Venice, Palermo, Tunis, Sijilmasa, Acre, Cairo and Cordoba. This seminar will examine the urban fabric and the objects produced in an array of Mediterranean cities thriving in the Middle Ages, revealing the unexpected ways that they were connected by the sea. This seminar is limited to graduate students only, and permission must be sought from the instructors before enrollment. AAMW540401, ARTH540401 <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Permission Needed From Instructor</span><br /><span class="penncourse-course-notes">Objects-Based Learning Course</span>
AFRC 541-680 Elementary Amharic II Yohannes Hailu MW 05:30 PM-07:30 PM Continuation of Elementary Amharic I. AFRC241680, AFST541680, AFST241680, NELC482680 I
AFRC 544-680 Intermediate Amharic II Yohannes Hailu CANCELED Offered through the Penn Language Center AFRC243680, AFST544680, AFST243680, NELC484680 M
AFRC 549-680 Elementary Zulu: Accl Audrey N. Mbeje TR 06:00 PM-09:00 PM The Accelerated Elementary Zulu course is intensive, and can be taken to fulfill a language requirement, or for linguistic preparation to do research on South Africa, Southern Africa/Africa-related topics. The course emphasizes communicative competence to enable the students to acquire linguistic and extra-linguistic skills in Zulu. The content of the course is selected from various everyday life situations to enable the students to communicate in predictable common daily settings. Culture, as it relates to language use, is also part of the course content. Students will acquire the speaking, listening, and writing skills at the ceiling of low intermediate level and floor of high novice level, based on the ACTFL scale. The low intermediate level proficience skills that the students will acquire constitute threshold capabilities of the third semester range of proficiency to prepare students for Intermediate Zulu I course materials. AFRC149680, AFST149680, AFST549680 I
AFRC 606-401 Interp of Oral Tradition Guthrie P. Ramsey R 09:00 AM-12:00 PM Topics may draw on methodologies derived from jazz studies, chant studies, and ethnomusicology. Please see department website www.africana.upenn.edu for current term course description. MUSC606401
AFRC 634-401 Feminist Ethnography Deborah A. Thomas M 03:30 PM-06:30 PM This course will investigate the relationships among women, gender, sexuality, and anthropological research. We will begin by exploring the trajectory of research interest in women and gender, drawing first from the early work on gender and sex by anthropologists like Margaret Mead and Ruth Benedict; moving through the 1970s and 1980s arguments about gender, culture, and political economy; arriving at more current concerns with gender, race, sexuality, and empire. For the rest of the semester, we will critically read contemporary ethnographies addressing pressing issues such as nationalism, militarism, neoliberalism and fundamentalism. Throughout, we will investigate what it means not only to "write women's worlds", but also to analyze broader socio-cultural, political, and economic processes through a gendered lens. We will, finally, address the various ways feminist anthropology fundamentally challenged the discipline's epistemological certainties, as well as how it continues to transform our understanding of the foundations of the modern world. GSWS334401, GSWS634401, ANTH334401, ANTH634401, AFRC334401
AFRC 640-301 Proseminar Africana Stds Grace L. Sanders Johnson W 02:00 PM-05:00 PM This course focuses on the historical and cultural relationship between Africans and their descendants abroad.
AFRC 645-401 Graduate Research Sem: Historical Research and Writing Heather A. Williams R 02:00 PM-05:00 PM SPRING 2019: This seminar is suitable for graduate students in any discipline in which historical research may be relevant. We will work with both secondary and primary sources, and students will have the opportunity to visit and undertake research in an archive. HIST645401
AFRC 705-401 Sem in Ethnomusicology Carol Ann Muller T 02:00 PM-05:00 PM Topics in Ethnomusicology. Please see department website at www.africana.upenn.edu for current term course descriptions. In this seminar we will address the pervasive presence of trauma in the everyday experiences of many of the worlds peoples—trauma caused by poverty, ethnic/racial/gender/sexual/religious identities, personal and social violence, war, personal and group disruption, indigeneity, and human migration. We will think about trauma as it impacts individuals and communities, both in the United States and elsewhere in the world, with particular focus on the African continent. The seminar materials explore therapeutic recovery and healing through the full spectrum of the arts, though our focus will be on sound/music. Students will be required to attend the Arts and Trauma conference hosted at Penn April 1-­‐3, 2019, whose program includes a wide spectrum of arts and trauma advocates, practitioners, community leaders, and educators. This seminar is purposefully interdisciplinary and casts its net wide: it draws on literature from a range of fields including ethnomusicology, psychology, arts therapy, and neuropsychology to address the pressing issue of human trauma in the contemporary world. MUSC705401
AFRC 706-401 Introduction To Africa and African Diaspora Thought David K. Amponsah M 02:00 PM-05:00 PM This course examines the processes by which African peoples have established epistemological, cosmological, and religious systems both prior to and after the institution of Western slavery. HIST650401
AFRC 710-401 Fascism and Racism: A Love Story Michael George Hanchard T 01:30 PM-04:30 PM This course provides the opportunity for students to investigate the relationship between the emergence of African peoples as historical subjects and their location within specific geopolitical and economic circumstances. Topics vary. What is the relationship between fascism and racism in modern politics, and how have black political thinkers and organizations understood this relationship? This graduate level course is designed to familiarize students with the historical and contemporary literature on fascism as a phenomena of modern politics, and the importance of racial politics and ideologies to its constitution. Students will become familiar with the contributions of Black political actors, organizations and thinkers in Europe, Africa, Asia and the New World to fascism s defeat in the 1920’s and 1930’s, as well as more contemporary efforts to curb more contemporary fascist movements, regimes and aesthetics in late modernity. Antonio Gramsci, Robert Paxton, Michael Mann, C.L.R. James, George Padmore, Aime Cesaire, Suzanne Cesaire and Hannah Arendt are among the thinkers, theorists and activists students will encounter in this course. The overarching aim of his course is to identify fascism in both historical and contemporary contexts as a very specific form of political organization and rule, and its interrelationship with racism, nationalism and xenophobia. PSCI711401, LALS710401, HIST710401, SOCI702401, COML710401
AFRC 770-401 Theories of the Black Avant-Garde Margo Natalie Crawford R 06:00 PM-09:00 PM How does Elizabeth Alexanders poem Praise Song for the Day, written for the inauguration of Barack Obama, relate to Amiri Barakas 9/11 poem Somebody Blew America? This seminar will explore the unnaming and experimentation that shape African American literature and theory in the early years of the 21st century. frameworks of the seminar will include the post-9/11 novel, the poetics of the black, black abstraction, twenty-first century practices of the black diaspora Age of Obama turn to the satirical. Critical texts such as How to See a Work Total Darkness and Abstractionist Aesthetics will be as central as cutting edgesuch as The Psychic Hold of Slavery and signature essays such as On Failing to the Past Present. This course will focus on the new literary voices that have the 21st century and, also, writers whose 21st century art is the late stage ofliterary trajectory. Special attention will be given to Toni Morrison, Colson Whitehead,Octavia Butler, Claudia Rankine, Mat Johnson, and Paul Beatty. ENGL770401
AFST 140-680 Element Zulu I Residence Audrey N. Mbeje M 07:00 PM-08:30 PM This elementary course is for beginners and it requires no prior knowledge of Zulu. The course will expose students to the Zulu language and culture and will be based in the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning. Students will be engaged in communicative language learning through interpersonal, interpretive and presentational modes of language learning techniques. They will gain knowledge and understanding of the Zulu culture. They will use their Zulu language and culture learning experience to connect with other disciplines and further their knowledge of these disciplines through perspectives acquired from their Zulu class. They will also develop insight into the nature of language and culture through comparisons of the Zulu language and culture and their own. Through movies, songs, and other cultural activities online students will acquire the natural use of the language which will enable them to acquire linguistic and cultural skill to become life-long learners who can participate in Zulu communities in the U.S. and overseas.
AFST 149-680 Elementary Zulu: Accl Audrey N. Mbeje TR 06:00 PM-09:00 PM The Accelerated Elementary Zulu course is intensive, and can be taken to fulfill a language requirement, or for linguistic preparation to do research onSouth Africa,Southern Africa/Africa-related topics. The course emphasizes communicative competence to enable the students to acquire linguistic and extra-linguistic skills in Zulu. The content of the course is selected from various everyday life situations to enable the students to communicate in predictable common daily settings. Culture, as it relates to language use, is also part of the course content. Students will acquire the speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills at the ceiling of low intermediate level and floor of high novice level, based on the ACTFL scale. The low intermediate level proficiency skills that the students will acquire constitute threshold capabilities of the third semester range of proficiency to prepare students for Intermediate Zulu I course materials. AFRC149680, AFRC549680, AFST549680 I
AFST 151-680 Elementary Zulu II Audrey N. Mbeje MW 03:00 PM-05:00 PM The Elementary Zulu II course can be taken to fulfill a language requirement, or for linguistic preparation to do research on South Africa, Southern Africa/Africa-related topics. The course emphasizes communicative competence to enable the students to acquire linguistic and extra-linguistic skills in Zulu. The content of the course is selected from various everyday life situations to enable the students to communicate in predictable common daily settings. Culture, as it relates to language use, is also part of the course content. Students will acquire the speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills at the ceiling of low intermediate level and floor of high novice level, based on the ACTFL scale. The low intermediate level proficiency skills that the students will acquire constitute threshold capabilities of the third semester range of proficiency to prepare students for Intermediate Zulu I course materials. AFRC152680, AFST551680 I
AFST 161-680 Elementary Twi II Kobina Ofosu-Donkoh TR 04:30 PM-06:30 PM AFRC163680, AFST565680 I
AFST 171-680 Elementary Yoruba II Yiwola Awoyale MW 05:00 PM-07:00 PM The main objective of this course is to further sharpen the Yoruba linquistic knowledge that the student acquired in level I. By the end of the course, the student should be able to (1) read, write, and understand simple to moderately complex sentences in Yoruba; and, (2) advance in the knowledge of the Yoruba culture. AFRC171680, AFRC517680, AFST518680 I
AFST 181-680 Elementary Swahili II Elaine Mshomba TR 12:00 PM-02:00 PM This course continues to introduce basic grammar, vocabulary, and the reading and writing of Swahili to new speakers. During this term, folktales, other texts, and film selections are used to help introduce important aspects of Swahili culture and the use of the language in wide areas of Africa. AFRC181680, AFST581680 I
AFST 221-601 African Women Lives Past/Present Pamela Blakely T 04:30 PM-07:30 PM Restoring women to African history is a worthy goal, but easier said than done.The course examines scholarship over the past forty years that brings to light previously overlooked contributions African women have made to political struggle, religious change, culture preservation, and economic development from pre-colonial times to present. The course addresses basic questions about changing women's roles and human rights controversies associated with African women within the wider cultural and historical contexts in which their lives are lived. It also raises fundamental questions about sources, methodology, and representation, including the value of African women's oral and written narrative and cinema production as avenues to insider perspectives on African women's lives. GSWS222601, AFRC222601
AFST 241-680 Elementary Amharic II Yohannes Hailu MW 05:30 PM-07:30 PM Continuation of Elementary Amharic I. Amharic belongs to the southern branch of Hemeto-Semitic languages, which is also referred to as "Afrasian." Amharic is the official language of Ethiopia and is spoken by 14 million native Amharas and by approximately 18 million of the other groups in Ethiopia. This course continues to introduce basic grammar, vocabulary, and the reading and writing of Amharic to new speakers. AFRC241680, AFRC541680, AFST541680, NELC482680 I
AFST 243-680 Intermediate Amharic II Yohannes Hailu CANCELED AFRC243680, AFRC544680, AFST544680, NELC484680 M
AFST 247-680 Advanced Amharic: Advanced Amharic Part II Yohannes Hailu MW 07:30 PM-09:15 PM An advanced Amharic course that will further sharpen the students' knowledge of the Amharic language and the culture of the Amharas. The learners communicative skills will be further developed through listening, speaking, reading and writing. There will also be discussions on cultural and political issues. AFST547680 Q
AFST 251-680 Intermediate Zulu II Lindiwe Magaya MW 09:30 AM-11:00 AM AFRC251680, AFST553680 M
AFST 263-680 Intermediate Twi II Kobina Ofosu-Donkoh CANCELED AFRC265680 M
AFST 271-680 Intermediate Yoruba II Yiwola Awoyale TR 05:00 PM-06:30 PM AFRC271680, AFRC534680, AFST532680 M
AFST 281-680 Intermediate Swahili II Elaine Mshomba TR 10:30 AM-12:00 PM At the end of the course students will be at Level 2 on the ILR (Interagency Language Roundtable) scale. AFRC282680, AFST583680 M
AFST 285-680 Advanced Swahili II Elaine Mshomba TR 09:00 AM-10:30 AM The objectives are to continue to strengthen students' knowledge of speaking, listening, reading, and writing Swahili and to compare it with the language of the students; to continue learning about the cultures of East Africa and to continue making comparisons with the culture(s) of the students; to continue to consider the relationship between that knowledge and the knowledge of other disciplines; and using that knowledge, to continue to unite students with communities outside of class. Level 3 on the ILR (Interagency Language Roundtable) scale. AFRC285680, AFST586680 Q
AFST 351-680 Advanced Zulu II Lindiwe Magaya CANCELED AFRC351680, AFST555680 Q
AFST 363-680 Advanced Twi II Kobina Ofosu-Donkoh CANCELED AFRC364680, AFST569680 Q
AFST 371-680 Advanced Yoruba II Yiwola Awoyale CANCELED AFST588680 Q <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Contact Dept Or Instructor For Classrm Info</span>
AFST 485-680 Swahili Lang/Culture II Elaine Mshomba CANCELED Continuation of Swahili Language & Culture I. Course is taught in Swahili and focuses on reading/writing skills and speaking/listening skills, as well as structural and cultural information. The course is structured around three thematic units: History, Politics, and Education. AFST591680 <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Permission Needed From Department</span>
AFST 487-680 Yoruba Lang & Culture II Yiwola Awoyale
AFST 491-680 Malagasy-Afr Lg Elem II Travis Aldous TR 07:00 PM-09:00 PM Continuation of AFST 490. I <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Penn Language Center Permission Needed</span><br /><span class="penncourse-course-notes">Permission Needed From Department</span>
AFST 491-681 Afrc Lang Tutor: Elem II: Igbo-Afr Lang Elem II Chika Nwadiora TR 05:00 PM-07:00 PM Continuation of AFST 490. AFRC491681 I <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Penn Language Center Permission Needed</span>
AFST 491-682 Afrc Lang Tutor: Elem II: Wolof-Afr Lang Elem II MBAcke Thioune TR 05:00 PM-07:00 PM Continuation of AFST 490. AFRC491682 I <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Penn Language Center Permission Needed</span>
AFST 491-683 Afrc Lang Tutor: Elem II: Tigrinya - Elem II Ermias Zemichael TR 05:00 PM-07:00 PM Continuation of AFST 490. AFRC491683 I <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Penn Language Center Permission Needed</span>
AFST 491-684 Malagasy-Afr Lg Elem II Alex Paul Delbar TR 05:00 PM-07:00 PM Continuation of AFST 490. I <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Penn Language Center Permission Needed</span><br /><span class="penncourse-course-notes">Permission Needed From Department</span>
AFST 491-686 Afrc Lang Tutor: Elem II CANCELED Continuation of AFST 490. AFRC491686 I <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Penn Language Center Permission Needed</span>
AFST 491-687 Manding-Elem II Coleman D Donaldson CANCELED Continuation of AFST 490. I <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Penn Language Center Permission Needed</span><br /><span class="penncourse-course-notes">Permission Needed From Department</span>
AFST 491-688 Chichewa-Afr Lan Elem II Monda Mwaya CANCELED Continuation of AFST 490. I <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Penn Language Center Permission Needed</span>
AFST 493-680 Malagasy - Inter II Travis Aldous MW 05:00 PM-07:00 PM Continuation of AFST 492. M <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Penn Language Center Permission Needed</span>
AFST 493-681 Afr Lang Tutor:Interm II: Igbo-Afr Lang Inter II Chika Nwadiora TR 07:30 PM-09:00 PM Continuation of AFST 492. AFRC493681 M <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Penn Language Center Permission Needed</span>
AFST 493-682 Afr Lang Tutor:Interm II: Wolof-Afr Lang Inter II MBAcke Thioune CANCELED Continuation of AFST 492. AFRC493682, AFST597682 M <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Penn Language Center Permission Needed</span>
AFST 493-683 Afr Lang Tutor:Interm II: Tigrinya - Inter II Ermias Zemichael TR 07:30 PM-09:00 PM Continuation of AFST 492. AFRC493683 M <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Penn Language Center Permission Needed</span>
AFST 493-686 Afr Lang Tutor:Interm II: Malagasy - Inter II Travis Aldous MW 07:00 PM-09:00 PM Continuation of AFST 492. AFRC493686 M <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Penn Language Center Permission Needed</span>
AFST 493-687 Afr Lang Tutor:Interm II CANCELED Continuation of AFST 492. AFST597687 M <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Penn Language Center Permission Needed</span>
AFST 493-688 Chichewa - Inter II Monda Mwaya CANCELED Continuation of AFST 492. M <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Penn Language Center Permission Needed</span>
AFST 509-680 Arabic: Reading Historical Manuscripts Ali B. Ali-Dinar M 03:00 PM-06:00 PM Arabic language is used by many societies not only in communication but also in correspondence and in documenting the affairs of their daily lives. Arabic script is adopted by many groups who native languages are not Arabic, in writing their language before some moved to the roman alphabet. In many historical documents specific style of writing and handwriting are dominant. This specificity is influenced by the dialectical variations, the historical development of each region and the level of Arabic literacy and use.
AFST 518-680 Elementary Yoruba II Yiwola Awoyale MW 05:00 PM-07:00 PM The main objective of this course is to further sharpen the Yoruba linquistic knowledge that the student acquired in level I. By the end of the course, the student should be able to (1) read, write, and understand simple to moderately complex sentences in Yoruba; and (2) advance in the knowledge of the Yoruba culture. AFRC171680, AFRC517680, AFST171680 I
AFST 532-680 Intermediate Yoruba II Yiwola Awoyale TR 05:00 PM-06:30 PM AFRC271680, AFRC534680, AFST271680 M
AFST 541-680 Elementary Amharic II Yohannes Hailu MW 05:30 PM-07:30 PM Continuation of Elementary Amharic I. AFRC241680, AFRC541680, AFST241680, NELC482680 I
AFST 544-680 Intermediate Amharic II Yohannes Hailu CANCELED Offered through Penn Language Center AFRC243680, AFRC544680, AFST243680, NELC484680 M
AFST 547-680 Advanced Amharic: Advanced Amharic Part II Yohannes Hailu MW 07:30 PM-09:15 PM An advanced Amharic course that will further sharpen the students' knowledge of the Amharic language and the culture of the Amharas. The learners communicative skills will be further developed through listening, speaking, reading and wwriting. There will also be discussions on cultural and political issues. AFST247680 Q <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Permission Needed From Department</span>
AFST 549-680 Elementary Zulu: Accl Audrey N. Mbeje TR 06:00 PM-09:00 PM The Accelerated Elementary Zulu course is intensive, and can be taken to fulfill a language requirement, or for linguistic preparation to do research onSouth Africa,Southern Africa/Africa-related topics. The course emphasizes communicative competence to enable the students to acquire linguistic and extra-linguistic skills in Zulu. The content of the course is selected from various everyday life situations to enable the students to communicate in predictable common daily settings. Culture, as it relates to language use, is also part of the course content. Students will acquire the speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills at the ceiling of low intermediate level and floor of high novice level, based on the ACTFL scale. The low intermediate level proficiency skills that the students will acquire constitute threshold capabilities of the third semester range of proficiency to prepare students for Intermediate Zulu I course materials. AFRC149680, AFRC549680, AFST149680 I
AFST 551-680 Elementary Zulu II Audrey N. Mbeje MW 03:00 PM-05:00 PM The Elementary Zulu II course can be taken to fulfill a language requirement, or for linguistic preparation to do research on South Africa, Southern Africa/Africa-related topics. The course emphasizes communicative competence to enable the students to acquire linguistic and extra-linguistic skills in Zulu. The content of the course is selected from various everyday life situations to enable the students to communicate in predictable common daily settings. Culture, as it relates to language use, is also part of the course content. Students will acquire the speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills at the ceiling of low intermediate level and floor of high novice level, based on the ACTFL scale. The low intermediate level proficiency skills that the students will acquire constitute threshold capabilities of the third semester range of proficiency to prepare students for Intermediate Zulu I course materials. AFRC152680, AFST151680 I
AFST 553-680 Intermediate Zulu II Lindiwe Magaya MW 09:30 AM-11:00 AM AFRC251680, AFST251680 M
AFST 555-680 Advanced Zulu II Lindiwe Magaya CANCELED AFRC351680, AFST351680 Q
AFST 559-680 Sudanese Arabic II Ali B. Ali-Dinar ARAB549680
AFST 565-680 Elementary Twi II Kobina Ofosu-Donkoh TR 04:30 PM-06:30 PM AFRC163680, AFST161680 I
AFST 569-680 Advanced Twi II Kobina Ofosu-Donkoh CANCELED AFRC364680, AFST363680 Q
AFST 581-680 Elementary Swahili II Elaine Mshomba TR 12:00 PM-02:00 PM This course continues to introduce basic grammar, vocabulary, and the reading and writing of Swahili to new speakers. During this term, folktales, other texts, and film selections are used to help introduce important aspects of Swahili culture and the use of the language in wide areas of Africa. AFRC181680, AFST181680 I
AFST 583-680 Intermediate Swahili II Elaine Mshomba TR 10:30 AM-12:00 PM AFRC282680, AFST281680 M
AFST 586-680 Advanced Swahili II Elaine Mshomba TR 09:00 AM-10:30 AM AFRC285680, AFST285680 Q
AFST 588-680 Advanced Yoruba II Yiwola Awoyale CANCELED AFST371680 Q
AFST 591-680 Swahili Lang/Culture II Elaine Mshomba CANCELED Continuation of Swahili Language & Culture I. Course is taught in Swahili and focuses on reading/writing skills and speaking/listening skills, as well as structural and cultural information. The course is structured around three thematic units: History, Politics, and Education. AFST485680
AFST 597-682 Afr Lang Tutor:Interm II: Wolof-Afr Lang Inter II MBAcke Thioune CANCELED AFRC493682, AFST493682 M <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Permission Needed From Department</span>
AFST 597-687 Afr Lang Tutor:Interm II CANCELED AFST493687 M <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Permission Needed From Department</span>
AFST 599-680 Amharic-Afr Lang Adv II Ermias Zemichael CANCELED Continuation of AFST 598.
AFST 599-687 Afr Lang Tutor: Adv II: Maninka-Afr Lang Adv II CANCELED Continuation of AFST 598. AFST495687 <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Permission Needed From Department</span>