Africana Studies

Courses

AFAS 101 Introduction to Africana Studies 3.0 Credits

Provides an overview of the experience, culture, and political practices of African descendants in the Americas and the Caribbean. The course uses a multidisciplinary approach to introduce students to the history, art, music, and literature of the African Diaspora.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

AFAS 201 Cross Currents in Africana Studies 3.0 Credits

With a temporal focus on the 20th century, this course critically explores and analyzes the cultural, political and intellectual practices of blacks in North, Central, and South America as well as in the Caribbean.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

AFAS 210 Topics in Africana Arts 1.0-12.0 Credit

This course will focus on the literatures/music/or culture of the Africana Diaspora. The topics covered in this course will change from quarter to quarter and will often be offered in collaboration with other departments on campus.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 3 times for 48 credits

AFAS 220 Topics in Africana Society 1.0-12.0 Credit

This course will take a social science approach to the study of the societies of the African Diaspora inside of the US or internationally. The topics covered in this course will change from quarter to quarter and will often be offered in collaboration with other departments on campus.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 3 times for 48 credits

AFAS 230 Topics in African History 1.0-12.0 Credit

This course will provide students with a historical understanding of African Societies from the medieval period to the present. The topics covered in this course will change from quarter to quarter and will often be offered in collaboration with other departments on campus.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 3 times for 48 credits

AFAS 240 Topics in Africana Current Events 1.0-12.0 Credit

This topical course will offer students the chance to focus on current events in the global Africana Diaspora. The topics covered in this course will change from quarter to quarter and will often be offered in collaboration with other departments on campus.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 3 times for 48 credits

AFAS 255 Gender & Black Popular Culture 3.0 Credits

This course critically examines the media’s role in the social construction of “Blackness.” Paying particular attention to images of race, culture and gender, this course examines representations of Black women and men in “popular culture” (film, television, music, advertising, etc.).

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

AFAS 260 Race, Politics and Religion 3.0 Credits

An examination of race and religion as in liberal tradition. How has liberal theory purported the state will confront issues of race and religion? Have the political realities of race and religion in the modern state lived up to the promises laid out by liberalism?.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

AFAS 301 Politics of Hip Hop 3.0 Credits

This class in an interdisciplinary, socio-historical introduction to rap music and hip hop culture. Several themes will be explored including the origins of rap music as well as the role of urban youth and their notions of race and gender. Record industry practices will also be investigated together with the impact of commercialism on hip hop. We will also consider sexism, misogyny, and violence in both the music and culture.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

AFAS 310 Women, Crime, & History 3.0 Credits

This class will examine gender, race and crime in US history. Specifically, we will explore the experience of female criminals from the colonial period to the present. We will conduct primary research into this subject at the Philadelphia City Archive (PCA), located at 3101 Market Street. Students will be responsible for a final research paper based on their research findings.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

AFAS 385 Rum, Rice and Revolution: Caribbean History 3.0 Credits

Course provides a broad, interdisciplinary and socio-historical introduction to the Caribbean. Several themes are covered including empire and the making of the Caribbean; slavery and emancipation; labor formation and race; revolution and resistance; gender oppression and women's experiences; and cultural expressions.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

AFAS 401 Urban Social Justice Practicum I 3.0 Credits

The Urban Social Justice Practicum offers Drexel students an exciting opportunity to work on-site at a variety of community based organizations that address issues relevant to the African Diaspora. Students can work as mentors, teaching assistants, and interns and inner-city schools, governmental agencies, judicial offices and health care facilities. Working 5 hours per week at a site of their choosing, students also participate in weekly seminars, maintain journals, and complete a final paper. Course runs over two quarters.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

AFAS 402 Urban Social Justice Practicum II 3.0 Credits

The Urban Social Justice Practicum offers Drexel students an exciting opportunity to work on-site at a variety of community based organizations that address issues relevant to the African Diaspora. Students can work as mentors, teaching assistants, and interns and inner-city schools, governmental agencies, judicial offices and health care facilities. Working 5 hours per week at a site of their choosing, students also participate in weekly seminars, maintain journals, and complete a final paper. Course runs over two quarters.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: AFAS 401 [Min Grade: CR]

AFAS I199 Independent Study in AFAS 12.0 Credits

Self-directed within the area of study requiring intermittent consultation with a designated instructor.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

AFAS I299 Independent Study in AFAS 0.5-3.0 Credits

Self-directed within the area of study requiring intermittent consultation with a designated instructor.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 2 times for 6 credits

AFAS I399 Independent Study in AFAS 12.0 Credits

Self-directed within the area of study requiring intermittent consultation with a designated instructor.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

AFAS I499 Independent Study in AFAS 12.0 Credits

Self-directed within the area of study requiring intermittent consultation with a designated instructor.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

AFAS T180 Special Topics in Africana Studies 12.0 Credits

Topics decided upon by faculty will vary within the area of study.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

AFAS T280 Special Topics in Africana Studies 12.0 Credits

Topics decided upon by faculty will vary within the area of study.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

AFAS T380 Special Topics in Africana Studies 12.0 Credits

Topics decided upon by faculty will vary within the area of study.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

AFAS T480 Special Topics in Africana Studies 12.0 Credits

Topics decided upon by faculty will vary within the area of study.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

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