Fall 2017 Courses
AFST 101 Elementary Swahili: 3 Credits (MWF 3:00PM-3:50PM)
Fundamentals of oral and written Swahili. Focus on development of reading, writing, speaking and listening skills, and culture. Special emphasis on oral communication.
Cross List Courses: MLKI 101 Elementary Kiswahili. AFST 102 Swahili II
AFST 102 Swahili II: 3 Credits
Continued study of the Fundamentals of oral and written Swahili. Building upon the reading, writing, speaking and listening skills, established in Elementary Swahili.
Cross List Courses: MLKI 102, Elementary Swahili II - Modern Language. Fulfills Core Language
AFST 150 Introduction to African Studies: 3 Credits (Online)
This course will present inter/multi-disciplinary perspectives on sub-Saharan Africa paying attention to the many factors -society, politics, economics, culture, literature, religion, ecology, among others- that have shaped the region and impact its role in our world today Lecture.
Fulfills Theme Area: Global Diversity
AFST 150C Introduction to African Studies: 3 Credits (TR 10:50AM-12:05PM)
This course will present inter/multi-disciplinary perspectives on sub-Saharan Africa paying attention to the many factors -society, politics, economics, culture, literature, religion, ecology, among others- that have shaped the region and impact its role in our world today.
AFST 201 Human Security in Sub-Saharan Africa: 3 Credits (TR 3:05PM-4:20PM)
Focusing on sub-Saharan Africa, the course examines human security issues including religious and ethnic conflict within states; genocide and mass slaughter; terrorism; food security; migration and human trafficking; development and aid; and democratization. Among countries considered in the course are some of Africa's largest and most important, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Sudan, Uganda, and Zambia.
Cross List Courses: IR 201, PJCR 201, POSC 201. Fulfills Theme Areas: Global Diversity; and Social Justice.
AFST 202 Women and Christianity: 3 Credits (TR 12:15PM-1:30PM)
In this class we will be placing the received wisdom of the Christian religion in conversation with the ways in which it has been interpreted both by the tradition's dominant narrative as well as by women and men who challenge that narrative across generations and cultures. Emphasis will be placed on multicultural perspectives in light of issues and themes that engage feminist theologians, womanist theologians, and scholars from the Circle of Concern African Women Theologians. Some of the topics that will be discussed include: sexual violence, racism, poverty and health, ways of imaging the divine and participating in religious rituals, interpretive and communal authority, and power structures. The goal of this course is to expand our worldview by considering the lives of women in diverse religious communities and to think constructively and creatively about visions and strategies that promote the flourishing of women and all persons. Through this requirement students are assisted in learning how to be informed global citizens and challenged to take responsibility for promoting human dignity.
Cross List Courses: THEO 201, WSGS 202. Fulfills Theme Area: Social Justice
264 Religion and Global Conflict: 3 Credits (TR 9:25AM-10:40AM)
This course begins with a historical overview of Christian approaches towards pacifism and war, exploring why the use of lethal force has been a perennial moral problem within the Christian tradition. It then turns its attention to contemporary debates about whether or when war is ever morally justified. Contemporary approaches to post-conflict resolution may also receive some attention.
Fulfills Theme Area Faith and Reason; Social Justice
281 African Religions: 3 Credits (MWF 1:00PM-1:50PM)
This course is usually offered as a study abroad course in the Maymester program. It explores indigenous, traditional and contemporary African religious expressions and belief systems with special attention to the particular location in which the course is situated. Through assigned readings and engagement with select African religious rituals and practices, this course seeks to give greater insight and understanding into the reasoning, practices and expressions of African religions. Cross List Courses: THEO 264.
Fulfills Theme Area: Religion and Global Conflict
AFST 322W Global Literature Survey (Focus on Africa): 3 Credits (MWF 11:00AM - 11:50AM)
Examination of literature from across the globe.
Cross List Courses: ENGL 322W, WDLI 324W, WSGS 322W. Fulfills Theme Areas: Global Diversity, University Core Writing Interns
AFST 323 Environmental Justice: 3 Credits (TR 9:25AM-10:40AM)
This course will examine how meaningful and fair treatment of people, despite their different backgrounds, race, or culture, can help to protect them and their environment from environmental hazards. We live in a globalized world where people are more interconnected than before and are engaged in different enterprises across the globe. There is therefore, a need for environmental justice in order to protect natural resources, human health, and promote sustainability. The importance of environmental justice, what is being done, and how it is linked to sustainability will also be discussed.
Cross List Courses: ENVI 323. Fulfills Theme Area: Social Justice
431 African Studies Internship: 1 - 3 Credits (TBD)
AFST internship is an approved un-paid work experience, related to the topic of African Studies. Students are responsible for identifying internship opportunities, and will work at the internship site under the direction of a site supervisor. Students must receive approval from the director of the Center for African Studies.
495 Directed Readings: 1 - 3 Credits (TBA)
Offers the opportunity for students to conduct in-depth study of a particular topic or area in African Studies. Requires permission of the Center's Director.
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