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CAS AA 500: Topics in African American Studies
Topic for Spring 2021: "Identity." This course takes seriously the ongoing dependence on "identity" in cultural tensions, artistic expressions and cultural debates. Where did it come from, what does it mean and why does it matter? Via a cross-cultural exploration of literary, historical and critical works we engage how "identity" is claimed, mobilized and sometimes weaponized.
CAS AA 501: Topics in African American Literature
Topic for Fall 2019: Literature of the Early Black Atlantic. Considers the first century of black Atlantic literature, including poetry and prose by Phillis Wheatley, Olaudah Equiano, Mary Prince, and Frederick Douglass. How did these writers represent the early modern world? How did they work to change it?
CAS AA 502: Topics in African American Literature
Topic for Fall 2022: Tracking Changes in the Twentieth-Century African American Novel: Negotiations of Genre and Gender. Readings of Slave Narratives and Neo Slave Narratives, and the Urban Novel. Authors include Toni Morrison, Octavia Butler, Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, and Walter Mosley.
CAS AA 504: African American and Asian American Women Writers: Cross-Cultural Perspective
Undergraduate Prerequisites: one previous literature course or junior or senior standing.
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.
CAS AA 507: Literature of the Harlem Renaissance
Undergraduate Prerequisites: First Year Writing Seminar (e.g., EN 120 or WR 100 or WR 120).
An exploration of the literature of the "New Negro Renaissance" or, more popularly, the Harlem Renaissance, 1919-1935. Discussions of essays, fiction, and poetry, three special lectures on the stage, the music, and the visual arts of the Harlem Renaissance. Effective Fall 2021, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Aesthetic Exploration, Critical Thinking. Effective Fall 2022, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Writing- Intensive Course, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Critical Thinking.
CAS AA 514: Labor, Sexuality, and Resistance in the Afro-Atlantic World
Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing.
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. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Historical Consciousness.
CAS AA 517: Urban Politics and Policy
Undergraduate Prerequisites: First Year Writing Seminar (e.g., WR 100 or WR 120)
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. Also offered as CAS PO 517. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: The Individual in Community, Writing-Intensive Course, Teamwork/Collaboration.
CAS AA 519: Inequality and American Politics
Undergraduate Prerequisites: First Year Writing Seminar (e.g., WR 100 or WR 120)
This course examines the role of income inequality in shaping American politics and policy. Combining research from history, political science, economics, and public policy scholars, we will consider a range of important topics, including inequality in public voice, money and politics, and attitudes towards redistribution. We will apply this knowledge as part of a final paper project in metropolitan Boston. Effective Spring 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: The Individual in Community, Writing- Intensive Course, Research and Information Literacy.
CAS AA 523: Race, Ethnicity, and Childhood in US History
Undergraduate Prerequisites: First Year Writing Seminar.
The history of childhood in US History intersects with the interdisciplinary area of childhood studies. Within that, the histories of Black children and children of ethnic minorities and historically marginalized young people is a burgeoning subfield. This course examines how identities inclusive of (and structural inequities associated with) race, ethnicity, gender, social class, and sexuality have differently affected the lives and experiences of young people in the United States from the colonial period through to the 21st century. Effective Fall 2021, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Writing-Intensive Course, Historical Consciousness (HCO), Creativity/Innovation.
CAS AA 538: Studies in West Indian Literature: Caribbean Poetry
Topic for Spring 2019: Caribbean Poetry. Study of twentieth-century Caribbean poetry written in English(es), surveying anthologies and concentrating on major figures (Derek Walcott, Kamau Brathwaite, Lorna Goodison, Eric Roach). Emphases: the function of poets in small societies, and their choices concerning linguistic and aesthetic traditions.
CAS AA 580: The History of Racial Thought
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 588: Women, Power, and Culture in Africa
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.
CAS AA 591: Black Thought: Literary and Cultural Criticism in the African Diaspora
Undergraduate Prerequisites: two previous literature courses or junior or senior standing.
An introduction to literary and cultural thinking in African-America and the Black Diaspora. The course hones in on specific trends, themes, and characteristics of this work and assesses its relationship to broader political and social contexts. Also offered as CAS EN 537.
CAS AH 500: Topics in History of Art & Architecture
May be repeated for credit as topic varies. Two topics are offered Fall 2022. Section A1: TBD. Section B1: TBD.
CAS AH 501: Practicum in Museum Studies
Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of the Director of Museum Studies, and stamped approval; prior museum/gallery experience an asset.
Graduate Prerequisites: consent of Director of Museum Studies, and stamped approval; prior museum/gallery experience an asset. Graduate internships must be taken in a non-profit institution in order to count for credit.
Centered on an internship, which must comprise a supervised project approved in advance by the Director of Museum Studies. Stamped approval prior to the internship is necessary for registration in the course. Internships in Boston-area museums, galleries, historical agencies, and houses arranged for advanced undergraduate and graduate students, 10-12 hours per week (150 hours per semester) at the host institution, with written report.
CAS AH 503: Art Historical Methods
Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing and at least two 300-level AH courses.
This seminar explores a wide range of theories and methodologies (including semiotics, Marxism, psychoanalysis, structuralism, feminism, post-structuralism, postcolonial studies, and critical race theory) employed by art historians and critics to assess art produced in a global context since 1900.
CAS AH 507: Digital Curation: Towards National Parks: Art and Nature, Nature and Nation
Before national parks, wild locations attracted artists, photographers and poets. Their works made these areas known to tourist-viewers. Prepare a digital exhibition and map artist- advocates as they explored mountains, forests and waterfalls. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Digital/Multimedia Expression, Creativity/Innovation.
CAS AH 520: The Museum and The Historical Agency
History, present realities, and future possibilities of museums and historical agencies, using Boston's excellent examples. Issues and debates confronting museums today examined in the light of historical development and changing communities. Emphasis on collecting, display and interpretation.
CAS AH 521: Curatorship
Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
Topic for Spring 2022: Examines the evolving roles and responsibilities of curators and the production of knowledge in arts institutions through practices of collecting, exhibitions, and display. Emphasis on understanding the relationship between theory and practice, both the why and the how of curatorship.
CAS AH 527: Topics in Art and Society
May be repeated for credit as topics change. Topic for Fall 2022: Medievalism and the Mount Auburn Cemetery. The Mount Auburn Cemetery (founded 1832) is a treasure trove for the study of medieval styles. After foundational class discussions on the art and architecture of the Middle Ages, the cemetery and its key "medieval" monuments are investigated.