Others insisted that even if there were events of a historical nature, such a history was unknown and unknowable, since African societies, for the most part, were nonliterate and as such left no records that historians could study. The era of decolonization and the immediate post-independence years witnessed a growing rank of Africanists vigorously reject this Eurocentric and anti-African historical epistemology that privileged civilization and written sources as the only rational bases for historical scholarship and that denied the possibility of civilization and history to small-scale and nonliterate societies dominant in Africa. Using an array of sources, these scholars were successful in showing that Africa not only had a history but that its history and the writing of it date back to ancient Antiquity. Ancient and classical writers wrote about Africa, even though their writings were unsystematic.
Not a general education course Designations: Upper Division Writing Competency This course explores the cultural ways of life of the indigenous inhabitants of this land, the peoples of Native North America. We will examine the cultural traditions, contemporary issues, and historical policies that have shaped the social experiences of Native peoples in the United States and Canada with attention to: Through readings, class discussion, ethnographies, newspaper articles, and films we will examine the distinctive cultural practices of Native communities in different geographic areas as well as explore the ways in which Native people today maintain cultural identity and sovereignty in response to the ever-changing social conditions of life in the 21st century.
Although it is impossible to comprehensively cover all of the cultures and traditions in Native North America in one semester, this course will provide a solid introduction to topics in the anthropology of Native North America.
Bones, Bodies, and Disease Course Area: Natural Science This course introduces students to Paleopathology.
Bone, Bodies, and Disease shows how the latest scientific and archaeological techniques can be used to identify the common illnesses and injuries that humans suffered in antiquity. In order to give a vivid picture of ancient disease and trauma, results of the latest scientific research that incorporate information gathered from documents are presented.
This comprehensive approach to the subject throws fresh light on the health of our ancestors and on the conditions in which they lived, and it gives us an intriguing insight into the ways in which they coped with the pain and discomfort of their existence.
This process normally takes two to three semesters, during which you will register for six to nine hours of level thesis credit. The Honors in the Major Program is open to all qualified students. Students do not need to be part of the University Honors Program to begin work on an Honors Thesis, but there are specific admission requirements that must be met.
For more information on the program and the application process, please see http: Scholarship in Practice This seminar style course introduces students to arts administration by exploring basic administration and management principles as they relate to the visual and performing arts.
The course also features off-campus site visits to local arts and culture organizations and applied hands-on interactions.
Humanities and Cultural Practice Designations: Statewide Core This is a course about how to look systematically—visual appreciation, if you like—but it is also a course about how to see. We will also discuss ephemeral i. Along the way we will explore our local museums and other places where we interact with the visual production of our society.
This course invites you to build on the few examples we can give in this course to think about the extremely complex visual lives you all lead. Through classroom lectures and discussions, readings, and written assignments, all participants will consider the meaning and function of art objects within the social, religious, political, and technological contexts surrounding them.
In particular, we will ask questions about the purpose, the means, and the agencies behind the excavation process, and thus touch upon the theoretical underpinnings of archaeology as a science. The course is a comprehensive survey that begins with the basics of human evolution and covers the history and material culture of key ancient civilizations, not least those that populated the Mesopotamian and Mediterranean basins.
Computer Competency This course introduces students to computer-based research, writing, and presentation tools essential in art history. The course is open to all majors and required for art history majors. Note — Not all Computer Competency courses will fulfill the Computer Competency graduation requirement for all majors.
Consult with your advisor to see if this course will satisfy this requirement for your major. A short paper is required. Essay and objective tests. Cross-Cultural Studies X This course surveys the history of African art, covering numerous regions of the vast continent.
We will examine artistic expressions and visual traditions in the Sahara; along the Nile, Congo, and Niger rivers; in the Central and Western Sudan; the Atlantic Forests; the Cameroon grasslands; and eastern and southern Africa, among others. Based on the undocumented nature of so much African history, the course does not follow a chronological model, but rather adopts a regional approach.
We will consider the development of known traditions and their legacy in modern and contemporary art and architecture, where possible. The course covers a range of visual and material expressions, including painting, sculpture, architecture, costuming, ritual implements, cultural landscapes, and ephemera.Introduction to African American and African Studies.
Introduction to the scholarly study of the Africana experience, focusing on patterns of resistance, . Lesson Plans Country Profiles Focus On; Use the Oxford African American Studies Center to bring online learning into the classroom.: Vital statistics and reference articles on countries that have been central to the history of Africans and African Americans.
The African Standby Force: The African Union’s tool for the maintenance of peace and security. T LIT Understanding Literature (5) VLPA Develops essential tools for close and informed reading of fiction, drama, and poetry.
Considers how a text generates aesthetic pleasure, how it achieves moral or social impact. Develops skills in literary analysis through reading literary texts, through. African-American males experience misinterpreted social experiences, self-blame, and guilt, which over time can limit education attainment, occupation attainment, and personal fulfillment (Gibson & .
African-American studies scholars have often explored the unique experiences of black boys/men. This line of research dates back to W.E.B. Dubois in his analysis of black male training in his book Souls of Black Folk. Though African-American studies as its own discipline has been in decline, its perpetuation as a sub-discipline in various social science fields (e.g., education, sociology, cultural anthropology, .