Undergraduate Courses

Africology Course Description

Spring 2015 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 121 - Introduction to African-American Politics (3 units; U)
Introduction to African-American politics, with special emphasis on the relation between race, ethnicity, religion, class, and power in American society. 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 Study (1-3 units; U)
For further information, consult the department chair. Retakable to 6 cr max. Prereq: 2.5 gpa; writ cons instr, dept chair & assoc 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 - 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 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 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 - Political Economy of Africa/China Relations (3 units; U/G)
Historical and emerging political and economic relationship between the African continent and China. Counts as a repeat of Africol 565 w/similar title. 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 - Political Movements and Organizations in the Afroworld (3 units; U/G)
Analysis of leadership, ideology, and the structure of black political movements and organizations in the twentieth century. 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 - Sex, Marriage and Health Care in the Afroworld (3 units; U)
An analysis of marriage, sexual practices, natural and artificial forms of health care, and the survival of African diets and diseases among blacks. Prereq: jr st.
AFRICOL 352 - Extended Families in Black Societies (3 units; U)
A critical cross-national/cross-cultural analysis of the structures and functions of black extended families in the Americas and Africa. Prereq: jr st.
AFRICOL 361 - Philosophy and Thought in the Afroworld I (3 units; U)
Philosophical foundations of the intellectual tradition and political ideas of the Afroworld to 1900. Prereq: jr 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 - Forms of Black Expression (3 units; U)
An analysis of elements of African traditions that have influenced the literature, music, art, dance, and folkways (in the Afro-world, particularly in the United States). Prereq: jr st.
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 - The Black Woman in America, Africa, and the Caribbean (3 units; U)
A comparison of the roles and impact of the black women on American, African and Caribbean societies. Prereq: jr st.
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 (1-6 units; U)
See Advanced Independent Study. Retakable w/chg in topic. Prereq: jr st; 2.5 gpa; writ cons instr, dept chair, & assoc dean for SAS.