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  • CAS AA 103: Introduction to African American Literature
    An introduction to the political, cultural, and historical roots of the African American experience through readings of a range of African American literature from Colonial to Contemporary. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS. Also offered as CAS EN 129.
    • Aesthetic Exploration
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
  • CAS AA 207: Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
    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: Arts of Africa and Its Diaspora
    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 297: African American Women's History
    Survey of African American women's history from the slave trade to the present, investigating its critical role in shaping the meaning of race, gender, and sexuality during slavery, Jim Crow, and the civil rights era. Also offered as CAS HI 297 and CAS WS 297.
  • CAS AA 303: African Americans and the Humanities
    Examines political, cultural, and historical roots of the African American experience through readings in African American literature. Topic for Fall 2018: The Emancipated Century. Examines Enlightenment notions of "freedom" as manifested in the realities of African American life in the 20th century. Includes a focus on literature, the law and popular culture.
  • CAS AA 304: Introduction to African American Women Writers
    Examines the African American female literary tradition through selected texts by African American women, written from slavery to the present. Also offered as CAS EN 370.
  • CAS AA 305: Toni Morrison's American Times
    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 306: Experiencing Cuba: History, Culture, and Politics
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor; prior academic study of Cuba, Latin America, or the Caribbean recommended.
    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. Also offered as CAS HI 395 E and CAS IR 246 E.
  • CAS AA 309: African American History in Global and Comparative Perspective
    In-depth study of selected topics in African American history from the seventeenth century to the present. Topic for Fall 2018: Slavery and the Making of Race. Study of the processes of racialization in the making of the New-World. Asks how do contemporary constructions of race, such as "the new Jim Crow" and "Black Lives Matter", draw on histories of the past?
  • CAS AA 310: History of the Civil Rights Movement
    Through historical scholarship, oral history, documentary film, and excursions to local historic sites, this course explores how African Americans created a dynamic and multifaceted movement for civil and human rights from the 1950s to the present. Also offered as CAS HI 299.
  • CAS AA 313: The Politics and Policy of HBO's The Wire
    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. Also offered as CAS PO 313.
  • CAS AA 316: African Diaspora Arts in the Americas
    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 Santeria, Vodun, and carnival. Also offered as CAS AH 316.
  • CAS AA 335: Sociology of Race, Class & Gender
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: at least one prior 100- or 200-level sociology course, or CAS WS 101/102.
    Examines race, class, gender, and sexuality as intersecting axes of stratification, identity, and experience. Draws heavily from feminist theories in both sociology and history in order to analyze how these intersections can be applied to understanding social problems and structures. Also offered as CAS SO 335 and CAS WS 335.
  • CAS AA 371: African American History
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: sophomore standing.
    Surveys the history of African Americans from their African origins to the present, investigating their critical role in shaping the meaning of race, rights, freedom, and democracy during slavery, reconstruction, Jim Crow, and the civil rights era. Also offered as CAS HI 298.
  • CAS AA 380: European Dimensions of the Black Diaspora
    Explores writings about the Black experience in Europe since the 1800s through examinations of historical and literary works, artistic and folkloric depictions, as well as politics and sports in England, France, Germany, Russia, and the Netherlands. Also offered as CAS HI 360.
  • CAS AA 382: History of Religion in Pre-Colonial Africa
    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: Atlantic History
    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 395: Power, Leadership, and Governance in Africa and the Caribbean
    Haitian Revolution; British Caribbean, leadership, governance, and power in Africa during the period of legitimate trade; visionaries, dictators, and nationalist politics in the Caribbean; chiefs, western elites, and nationalism in colonial Africa; road to governance in post-colonial Caribbean and Africa. Also offered as CAS HI 352 and IR 394.
  • CAS AA 404: Seminar: The Family
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior or senior standing and at least two previous Sociology courses; or consent of instructor.
    Explores the rise of "modern" families and the plurality of contemporary family forms and processes including gay and lesbian families and new reproductive technologies. Particular attention to social and economic inequalities and their implications for family life. Also offered as CAS SO 404.
  • CAS AA 408: Seminar: Ethnic, Race, and Minority Relations
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS AA 207 or CAS SO 207; or consent of instructor.
    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.