Undergraduate Courses

Africology Course Description

Spring 2016 Africology Course Offerings

Undergraduate Course List

Please refer to the Africology Course Descriptions PDF for current courses offered, or check with the UWM Schedule of Classes (link in the left column of this page).

AFRICOL 100 - Black Reality: Survey of African-American Society (3 units; U)
An introduction to key concepts, structures, and institutions in African-American societies. Prereq: none.
AFRICOL 102 - Survey of African-American Literature (3 units; U)
A survey of a variety of African-American literature. Prereq: none.
AFRICOL 111 - Introduction to African-American History to 1865 (3 units; U)
African and African-American history to the Reconstruction period. Prereq: none.
AFRICOL 112 - Introduction to African-American History, 1865 to the Present (3 units; U)
African-American history from the Reconstruction era to the present. Prereq: none.
AFRICOL 125 - Economics of the Black Community (3 units; U)
A survey of key economic principles, and elements that structure economic behavior in the black community. Prereq: none.
AFRICOL 163 - African-American Concept of Self (3 units; U)
Survey of the cultural, social and psychological origins of the contemporary view African Americans have of themselves. Prereq: none.
AFRICOL 192 - First-Year Seminar: (3 units; U)
Specific topics are announced in the Schedule of Classes each time the class is offered. Open only to freshmen. Students may earn cr in just one L&S First-Year Sem (course numbers 192, 193, 194). Prereq: none.
AFRICOL 193 - First-Year Seminar: (3 units; U)
Specific topics are announced in the Schedule of Classes each time the class is offered. Open only to freshmen. Students may earn cr in just one L&S First-Year Sem (course numbers 192, 193, 194). Prereq: none.
AFRICOL 199 - Independent Work (1-3 units; U)
Advanced independent work under the supervision of an Anthro faculty or instructional academic staff member. Students must submit a study proposal. For further information, consult dept undergrad prog coord. Retakable w/chg in topic. Prereq: jr st; 2.5 GPA; writ cons instr, dept chair & asst dean for SAS.
AFRICOL 205 - The Poetry of African, African-American, and Caribbean Writers (3 units; U)
A survey of ideas, themes, values, beliefs, and attitudes in the poetry of African, African-American and Caribbean writers. Prereq: soph st.
AFRICOL 210 - The African-American Novel (3 units; U)
A study of the social and cultural significance of the African-American novel, with emphasis on genre, imagery, and dramatic irony. Prereq: soph st.
AFRICOL 215 - Introduction to Black Social and Cultural Traditions (3 units; U)
A consideration of the social and cultural traditions that ground the life experiences and prospects of black people. Prereq: none.
AFRICOL 220 - Introduction to Statistics in Africology (3 units; U)
The use of statistical methods and techniques in Africology. Data from the Afroworld (North and South America, Africa, and the Caribbean) will be analyzed. Prereq: Math 102(P), 103(106)(P), 105(P), or 108(P) or score level 30 on math placement exam.
AFRICOL 222 - Research Methods in Africology (3 units; U)
A survey of research methods and techniques, and the uses of the computer in data gathering and analysis in Africology. Prereq: soph st; elementary stats course.
AFRICOL 228 - Introduction to Black Political Economy (3 units; U)
A survey of the interplay of the basic political and economic categories that structure the form and content of black life in America. Prereq: soph st.
AFRICOL 232 - Survey of African Societies and Cultures (3 units; U)
A survey of continuities and changes in the social and cultural lives of the peoples of Black Africa. Prereq: soph st.
AFRICOL 235 - African Americans and South Africa (3 units; U)
The study of ideological, economic, religious, cultural, educational and political ties between African Americans and black South Africans from the 19th century to the present. Prereq: soph st or cons instr.
AFRICOL 250 - White Collar Crime (3 units; U)
The nature and extent of white collar drime in the United States, especially the harmful and criminal acts of the rich and powerful Prereq: none.
AFRICOL 261 - Survey of African-American Political Philosophy (3 units; U)
A survey of key ideas, concepts, arguments, problems, and issues in African-American political philosophy. Prereq: soph st.
AFRICOL 265 - Psychological Effects of Racism (3 units; U)
Psychological and socio-psychological effects of individualized and institutionalized racism on blacks and whites. Emphasis is placed on a range of interactions between blacks and whites. Prereq: soph st.
AFRICOL 289 - Internship in Africology, Lower Division (1-6 units; U)
Application of basic principles of Africology in business, organizational, educational, political, or other appropriate setting. One cr earned for academic work based on 40 hours in internship. Retakable to 6 cr max. Prereq: 100- or 200-level Africol course; 2.25 gpa; cons supervising faculty member.
AFRICOL 297 - Study Abroad: (1-12 units; U)
Designed to enroll students in UWM sponsored program before course work level, content, and credits are determined and/or in specially prepared program course work. Retakable w/chg in topic. Prereq: acceptance for Study Abroad Prog.
AFRICOL 299 - Ad Hoc: Africa in the Re-Configuring Global System (1-6 units; U)
Course created expressly for offering in a specified enrollment period. Requires only dept & assoc dean approval. In exceptional circumstances, can be offered in one add'l sem. Retakable w/chg in topic. Prereq: none; add'l prereqs may be assigned to specific topic.
AFRICOL 300 - Urban Violence (3 units; U/G)
Analysis of the nature, causes, and consequences of urban violence; the possibilities and limits of violence in promoting the good of blacks will be scrutinized. Prereq: jr st.
AFRICOL 311 - African Religious Thought and Social Organizations (3 units; U/G)
A critical analysis of foundations from which complex social structures and institutions evolved in the diverse societies of the Afroworld. Prereq: jr st.
AFRICOL 312 - The Church in African-American Life (3 units; U)
A study of the socio-cultural significance of the church in the evolution of the black community. Prereq: jr st.
AFRICOL 314 - The School in African- American Life (3 units; U)
A study of the socio-cultural significance of the school in the evolution of the black community. Jointly offered with & counts as a repeat of Ed Pol 314(353). Prereq: jr st.
AFRICOL 319 - History of Blacks in the American City (3 units; U/G)
A consideration of the contributions of blacks to the growth and development of the American city. Prereq: jr st.
AFRICOL 320 - Black Cultures in Latin America and the Caribbean (3 units; U)
African influence on Latin America and the Caribbean, and the cultures of black peoples in several areas, particularly Brazil, Cuba, Haiti, Jamaica, Trinidad, and Barbados. Prereq: jr st.
AFRICOL 321 - Feminist Film Criticism and Theory: (3 units; U/G)
Theories of representation and spectatorship that focus on the position of women in film, television, and/or video. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. English 395 & FilmStd 395 are jointly offered; w/same topic, they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: jr st; satisfaction of GER English Composition competency req; English 295(P) or cons instr.
AFRICOL 322 - Order and Disorder: The Quest for Social Justice (3 units; U/G)
An analysis of the forms, purposes, and effects of order and disorder in relation to black people's quest for social justice. Prereq: jr st.
AFRICOL 323 - Capitalism, Socialism, Nationalism and Fascism (3 units; U)
An analysis of the political philosophies of capitalism, socialism, nationalism and fascism in relation to their significance for the organization of political societies in the Afroworld. Prereq: jr st.
AFRICOL 325 - Topics in Mathematics: (3 units; U/G)
Specific topics and any additional prerequisites announced in Schedule of Classes each time course is offered. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: jr st; grade of C or better in a Math or MthStat course at the 200 level or above; or grad st.
AFRICOL 326 - Economic Problems of Black Business (3 units; U/G)
Examination of major economic problems of black business; liquidity, credit, market shares, insurance, rents, mortgages, and location are analyzed in relation to black business performance. Prereq: jr st.
AFRICOL 329 - Economic Growth and Sustainable Development in Africa (3 units; U/G)
Economic development in African countries; poverty reduction strategies, role of education and health, Millennium Development Goals, agrarian systems, international trade; U.S. as key trading partner. Prereq: jr st.
AFRICOL 334 - Survey of Black American and Black Brazilian Societies (3 units; U)
Examines similarities and differences between peoples of African descent in the United States and Brazil, with reference to society, culture, and political economy. Prereq: jr st.
AFRICOL 341 - Black Politics and City Government (3 units; U)
An analysis of the impact of black politics on the decision-making process of, and delivery of goods and services by, state and local governments. Prereq: jr st.
AFRICOL 344 - Gender and Politics in Developing Nations (3 units; U/G)
Gender and politics in Latin America, East/South Asia, the Middle East, integrating works from political science, feminist theory, development studies, public health, women's studies. Counts as a repeat of Pol Sci 333 w/same subtitle. Enrollment limited to 15 students. Comparative politics course. Prereq: jr st.
AFRICOL 350 - The Black Family (3 units; U/G)
An examination of the structure and functions of the black family in its urban and rural contexts. Prereq: jr st.
AFRICOL 351 - Criminal Evidence and Investigation (3 units; U)
Examination of the criminal investigation process with emphasis on theory of investigation, role of criminal evidence, and effectiveness of the process. Prereq: Crm Jst 110(P).
AFRICOL 352 - Black Women and White Women in the Contemporary United States (3 units; U)
The effect of economics, education, social structures and history on the role of black women in U.S. society. Prereq: soph st.
AFRICOL 362 - Philosophy and Thought in the Afroworld II (3 units; U)
Philosophical foundations of the intellectual tradition and political ideas of the Afroworld from 1900 to the present. Prereq: jr st.
AFRICOL 369 - Mass Media and Black Self-Images (3 units; U)
An evaluation of how the mass media have affected the psyche of Black people. Prereq: jr st.
AFRICOL 370 - Human Factors in Information Seeking and Use (3 units; U)
Overview of human information needs, seeking, and processing, including human factors in the design, development and evaluation of information services.
AFRICOL 372 - African-American Literary Movements: The Harlem Renaissance (3 units; U)
A consideration of the historical and social forces that promoted the development of black literature during the period of the Harlem Renaissance. Prereq: jr st.
AFRICOL 381 - Honors Seminar: (3 units; U)
Selected topics in the political economy, cultures, and societies of the Afroworld. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: soph st; Honors 200 (P); cons Honors College dir.
AFRICOL 411 - Change in African-American Communities (3 units; U)
An analysis of institutional and non-institutional forces that occasion change in black communities. Prereq: jr st.
AFRICOL 412 - Blacks and the United States Constitution (3 units; U)
An analysis of the Constitution's impact on blacks, and the body of law that has evolved from litigation involving the interests of black people. Prereq: jr st.
AFRICOL 414 - Physiology of Reproduction (3 units; U/G)
Mammalian reproductive physiology with emphasis on humans; neuroendocrine control of reproductive cycles, pregnancy, and lactation; clinical implications; biological aspects of human population control. Cell & Molec Bio. Prereq: jr st; Chem 103(P) or 341(P) or 343(P); Bio Sci 315(P); or cons instr.
AFRICOL 416 - Race, Injustice and Change in America (3 units; U)
A study of the relation between race, injustice and social change in the United States. Prereq: jr st.
AFRICOL 417 - Race, Class and Gender in Southern Africa (3 units; U)
Race, class and gender as sources of conflict and cooperation in southern African societies. Prereq: jr st.
AFRICOL 418 - Race, Class and Gender in the Caribbean (3 units; U)
An analysis of race, class and gender in the evolution of political, economic, and social structures in Caribbean societies. Prereq: jr st.
AFRICOL 420 - The Political Economy of Slavery (3 units; U)
Analysis of the political and economic contradictions of U.S. slavery; the value of free versus slave labor is scrutinized in the context of emerging capitalism. Prereq: jr st.
AFRICOL 450 - Cultural Transmissions: Black Africa and Black America (3 units; U/G)
A cross-national and cross-cultural comparison of the societies and cultures of black Americans and black Africans. Prereq: jr st.
AFRICOL 451 - Rites of Passage in Black Societies (3 units; U/G)
Foundations of the use of rites of passage in different societies throughout Africa and the African diaspora. Prereq: jr st.
AFRICOL 489 - Internship in Africology, Upper Division (1-6 units; U)
Application of advanced principles of Africology in a business, organizational, educational, political, or other appropriate setting. One cr earned for academic work based on 40 hours in internship. Retakable to 6 cr max. Prereq: jr st; 300-level or above course in Africol; 2.25 gpa; cons supervising faculty member.
AFRICOL 497 - Study Abroad: (1-12 units; U/G)
Designed to enroll students in UWM sponsored program before course work level, content, and credits are determined and/or in specially prepared program course work. Retakable w/chg in topic. Prereq: jr st; acceptance for Study Abroad Prog.
AFRICOL 499 - Ad Hoc: (1-6 units; U)
Course created expressly for offering in a specified enrollment period. Requires only dept & assoc dean approval. In exceptional circumstances, can be offered in one add'l sem. Retakable w/chg in topic. Prereq: jr st; add'l prereqs may be assigned to specific topic.
AFRICOL 565 - Selected Texts/Topics in Africology: (3 units; U/G)
Examination of selected problems, issues, and themes in Africology. Retakable w/chg in topic to 6 cr max. Prereq: jr st.
AFRICOL 699 - Independent Study (1-3 units; U)
Independent work under supervision of faculty or academic staff member. For further information, consult the program director. Retakable to 6 cr max. Prereq: 2.5 GPA; writ cons instr, prog dir, & asst dean for SAS.
AFRICOL 867 - Writing Internship in English (1-4 units; U)
Experience in a professional setting that enables English majors to apply course work and writing skills and to gain experience toward career goals. Retakable to 9 cr max. Prereq: jr st, satisfaction of GER English Composition competency req, declared English major, & C or better in English 414(P), 415(P), 416(P), 430(P), 431(P), 432(P), 433(P), 434(P), 435(P), 436(P), 437(P), 438(P), 445(P), or 447(P); or grad st in English prog; writ cons instr.
AFRICOL 868 - Independent Study (1-3 units; U)
Independent work supervised by Digital Arts and Culture faculty or staff member. Written course proposal required prior to reg. For additional information, consult prog coord. Retakable w/chg in topic to 6 cr max. Prereq: 2.5 gpa; writ cons instr, prog coord, & asst dean for SAS.