Undergraduate Courses

Fall 2015 Courses

CAS AA 103 A1 Introduction to African American Literature—Mary Anne Boelcskevy
MWF 09:00-11:00am
Examines political, cultural, and historical roots of the African American experience through readings in African American literature. Carries humanities divisional studies credit in CAS.

CAS AA 207 A1 Sociology of Race and Ethnicity—Saida Grundy
TR 09:30-11:00am
Social definition of race and ethnicity. The adjustment of different ethnic groups and their impact upon U.S. social life. How prejudice and discrimination create class identities and how caste relations have affected patterns of integration during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Carries social science divisional credit in CAS. Also offered as CAS SO 207.

CAS AA 304 A1 Introduction to African American Women Writers—Mary Anne Boelcskevy
TR 12:30-02:00pm
Surveys the writings of African American women writers from slavery to the present and explores the African American female literary tradition in the context of black history and culture. Also offered as CAS EN 370.

CAS PO 313 A1 The Politics and Policy of HBO’s The Wire—David Glick
TR 02:00-03:30pm
HBO’s television series The Wire is used to explore politics and policy. A number of interdisciplinary topics are covered, including the war on drugs, urban elections, bureaucracy, rational choice theory, and the decline of American cities.

CAS AA 316 A1 African Diaspora Arts in the Americas—Cynthia Becker
MWF 1:00-2:00pm
Study of the transmission of African artistry in the Caribbean, South America, and the United States from the period of slavery to the present. Topics include Kongo and Yoruba arts and their influence on the arts of Santería, Vodun, and carnival. Also offered as CAS AH 316. 

CAS AA 363 A1 Race and the Development of the American Economy: A Global Perspective—Robert Margo
MW 3:30-5:00pm
Surveys the economic history of African Americans within the context of the development of the American and global economies. Topics include the economics of slavery; race and industrialization; the Great Migration; anti-discrimination legislation; and the historical origins of contemporary racial inequalities. Also offered as CAS EC 363.

CAS AA 371 A1 African American History—Linda Heywood
MWF 10:00-11:00am
The history of African Americans from African origins to present time; consideration of slavery, reconstruction, and ethnic relations from the colonial era to our own time. Also offered as CAS HI 298.

CAS AA 408 A1 Seminar: Ethnic, Race, and Minority Relations—Saida Grundy
T 12:30pm-3:30pm
Formation and position of ethnic minorities in the United States, including cross-group comparisons from England, Africa, and other parts of the world. Readings and field experience. Also offered as CAS SO 408.

CAS AA 507 A1 Topics in African American Literature—Mary Anne Boelcskevy
M 11:00-02:00pm
This study of the Harlem Renaissance (1919-1935) focuses on literature with overviews of the stage, the music, and the visual arts. Authors include Du Bois, Locke, Garvey, Schuyler, Hurston, McKay, Larsen, Fisher, Hughes, Cullen. Also offered as CAS EN 377.

CAS AA 514 A1  Labor, Sexuality and Resistance in the Afro-Atlantic World—John Thornton
W 02:00-05:00pm
The role of slavery in shaping the society and culture of the Afro-Atlantic world, highlighting the role of labor, the sexual economy of slave regimes, and the various strategies of resistance deployed by enslaved people. Also offered as CAS HI 584.

CAS PO 517 A1 Urban Politics and Policy—Katherine Einstein
M 09:00-12:00pm
Explores the impact of American urban politics on the implementation of local policy. Topics include deindustrialization, white flight, neighborhood effects, housing policy, schools, regionalism, and factors that constrain policy-making capacities.

CAS AA 588 A1 Women, Power and Culture in Africa—Linda Heywood
T 03:30-06:30pm
Understanding the role of women in African history. Topics include the Atlantic slave trade, power, religion, the economy, resistance movements, health, the state, and kinship. Emphasis on the period before independence. Also offered as CAS HI 588.

Spring 2015 Courses

CAS AA 207 A1 Sociology of Race and Ethnicity—Sadia Saeed
TR 12:30-02:00pm
Social definition of race and ethnicity. The adjustment of different ethnic groups and their impact upon U.S. social life. How prejudice and discrimination create class identities and how caste relations have affected patterns of integration during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Carries social science divisional credit in CAS. Also offered as CAS SO 207.

CAS AA 215 A1 Arts of Africa and Its Diaspora—Cynthia Becker
TR 12:30-02:00pm
Exploration of a diversity of visual and performing arts from Africa, including ceramics, textiles, royal regalia, masquerades, and contemporary painting. Examines how the dispersal of Africans, due to the transatlantic slave trade and immigration, contributed to the cultural richness of the Americas. Also offered as CAS AH 215. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.

CAS AA 305 A1 Toni Morrison’s American Times—Mary Anne Boelcskevy
TR 12:30-02:00pm
Examines four of the Nobel Laureate’s novels, using primary and secondary materials to construct historical contexts and critical perspectives. Also offered as CAS EN 370.

CAS AA 306E A1 Experiencing Cuba: History, Culture, and Politics—Linda Heywood and Ana Maria Reyes
March 8-14, 2015
Expeditionary course, team taught by BU and local faculty in Havana, Cuba. Firsthand study of the island’s history, culture, and politics, toward understanding of the local, international, and transnational processes that shaped and continue to shape this unique society.

CAS AA 382 A1 History of Religion in Pre-Colonial Africa—John Thornton
TR 02:00pm-03:30pm
The study of the development of religious traditions in Africa during the period prior to European colonialism. An emphasis on both indigenous religions and the growth and spread of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in the continent as a whole. Also offered as CAS HI 349 and CAS RN 382.

CAS AA 385 A1 Atlantic History—John Thornton
MW 05:00-06:30pm
Examines the various interactions that shaped the Atlantic World, connecting Europe, Africa, and the Americas between 1400 and 1800. Begins by defining the political interaction, then emphasizes cultural exchange, religious conversion, and the revolutionary era. Also offered as CAS HI 350.

CAS AA 408 A1  Seminar: Ethnic, Race, and Minority Relations—John Stone
W 09:00-12:00pm
Formation and position of ethnic minorities in the United States, including cross-group comparisons from England, Africa, and other parts of the world. Readings and field experience. Also offered as CAS SO 408.

CAS AA 489 A1 The African Diaspora in the Americas—Linda Heywood
R 03:30-06:30pm
Topic for Spring 2015: African American History in Comparative Perspective. African American history in an international framework. Examines development of racial categories during and after the transatlantic trade, Black participation in the wars of independence in the Americas, diverse Black communities in the twentieth century. Also offered as CAS HI 489.

CAS AA 504 A1 African American and Asian American Women Writers—Mary Anne Boelcskevy
TR 9:30-11:00am
Cross-cultural comparison of selected African American and Asian American women writers examines strategies by the “Other” to navigate cultural constructions of race, class, and gender. Attention to literary histories. Also offered as CAS EN 584.

CAS AA 507 A1 Literature of the Harlem Renaissance—Mary Anne Boelcskevy
W 11:00-02:00pm
This study of the Harlem Renaissance (1919-1935) focuses on literature with overviews of the stage, the music, and the visual arts. Authors include Du Bois, Locke, Garvey, Schuyler, Hurston, McKay, Larsen, Fisher, Hughes, Cullen. Also offered as CAS EN 377.

CAS AA 580 A1 The History of Racial Thought—Ronald Richardson
M 01:00-04:00pm
Study of racial thinking and feeling in Europe and the United States since the fifteenth century. Racial thinking in the context of Western encounters with non-European people and Jews; its relation to social, economic, cultural, and political trends. Also offered as CAS HI 580.

CAS AA 590 A1 The World and the West—Ronald Richardson
T 01:00-04:00pm
Explores relations between the West and the Third World from 1850, focusing on national and cultural movements in the Third World, and places the African American struggle for freedom in the United States in global and comparative perspective. Also offered as CAS HI 590.

 

 

 

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