Undergraduate Courses

Africology Course Descriptions

Spring 2017 Course Descriptions

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 - Film-Fiction Interaction: (3 units; U/G)
Growth and development of film in conjunction with literary devices (narrative, setting, etc.), novels, plays, biographies, and poetry. Mutual influences of literary and cinematic arts. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: jr st.
AFRICOL 102 - Comparative Studies of Music, Race, and Gender in Nationalism (3 units; U/G)
A comparative study of the processes of nation-formation and of the roles played by race, gender, and music in constructing national identities. Prereq: jr st; Anthro 102(R); grade of C or better in English 102(P) or score 637 or higher on EPT.
AFRICOL 111 - Seminar in Spanish-American Colonial Literature and Civilization: (3 units; U/G)
Poetry, narrative, didactic prose, and dramatic literature of Spanish America up to the eighteenth century. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: jr st; Spanish 470(P) & 472(P).
AFRICOL 112 - 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 125 - 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 163 - Royalty, Reason, and Revolution: The Golden Age of French Culture (3 units; U/G)
Major aspects of French society and its cultural expressions from the Renaissance through the Revolution. Prereq: jr st; French 332(322)(P); French 324(327)(P) or 325(P); or cons instr.
AFRICOL 192 - Psychological Anthropology (3 units; U/G)
The relationship between individual and society; cultural influences on cognition, personality, identity, and emotion; and the comparative study of mental disorder. Prereq: jr st; Anthro 102(R).
AFRICOL 193 - Recurring Philosophical Problems in African-American Literature (3 units; U)
Analysis of major philosophical problems and themes in African-American literature. Prereq: jr st.
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 - Survey of American Indian Literature (3 units; U)
A general, representative study of the literature of the American Indian. AIS 372 & English 372 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: jr st; satisfaction of GER English Composition Competency req.
AFRICOL 210 - Ecological Genetics (3 units; U/G)
Origin and maintenance of genetic variation within and among populations. Fundamental theory and application to ecology and conservation. 3 hrs lec/dis. Prereq: jr st, Bio Sci 310(P) & 325(P); or equiv.
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 - Seminar in Atmospheric Sciences: (1-3 units; U/G)
Intensive topical studies of currently active problem areas. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Satisfies L&S Seminar req. Prereq: jr st; cons instr.
AFRICOL 232 - Evolution and Ecology of Birds (3 units; U/G)
Study of the origin and maintenance of diversity in birds. Topics include systematics, biogeography, life-history behavior, and conservation. 3 hrs lec. Prereq: jr st; Bio Sci 152(P) & 310(P).
AFRICOL 235 - 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 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 - 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 265 - Peoples and Cultures of the Pacific (3 units; U/G)
Description and analysis of cultures of Melanesia, Micronesia, Polynesia and Australia. Prereq: jr st; Anthro 102(R).
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 - 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 300 - Cities and Sanctuaries of Ancient Greece (3 units; U/G)
Development of Greek urban and religious architecture from Archaic through Hellenistic times. The growth of such centers as Athens, Delphi, Olympia, Paestum, Priene, and Pergamon. Prereq: jr st.
AFRICOL 311 - 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 312 - 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 314 - Architecture of Italy in the Seventeenth Century (3 units; U/G)
Italian architecture in Rome and elsewhere in Italy during the seventeenth century; such artists as Bernini, Borromini, and Pietro da Cortona. Prereq: jr st.
AFRICOL 319 - African American Urban History (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 - Reading and the Language Arts (3 units; U)
Explores the interactive roles which language arts, children's literature, and reading play in elementary students' language and thought; field work required. Prereq: CurrIns 343(P); CurrIns 649(C) or equiv.
AFRICOL 321 - Black Workers in the 21st Century (3 units; U/G)
Analysis of scientific and technological changes in America since 1900, and their qualitative as well as quantitative impact on black productivity and participation in the work force. Prereq: jr st.
AFRICOL 322 - The Celtic World (3 units; U/G)
Archaeology, folklore and literature of the Celtic peoples in the British Isles and on the continent, explored and analyzed from an anthropological and historical perspective. 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 - Black Business and Management (3 units; U)
Analysis of economic and business theories, as well as principles and techniques of management, in relation to the creation, development and expansion of black businesses. Prereq: jr st.
AFRICOL 329 - Behavioral Ecology (3 units; U/G)
Behavioral adaptations of organisms in relation to their environment, including social organization, territoriality, cooperation and conflict, parental care, breeding strategies, foraging. Prereq: jr st; Bio Sci 310(P).
AFRICOL 334 - 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 341 - 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 344 - Global Black Social Movements (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 - Sexuality, Gender, and Health in Africa and the Diaspora (3 units; U)
Drawing on cultural studies and social science approaches, this course asks the question of how health and illness is socially and culturally determined. 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 362 - Percussion Pedagogy and Techniques (2 units; U)
Instruments and methods for teaching various percussion instruments and methods including snare drum, timpani, keyboard percussion instruments, accessory percussion instruments, and hand drums. Counts as repeat of MusPerf 51. Prereq: Music major; or cons instr.
AFRICOL 369 - Black Images and Mass Media (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 - International Marketing (3 units; U)
Focus is on the environment and on the modifications of marketing thinking and practices, occasioned by differences in economic, social and cultural settings of countries. Prereq: jr st & admis to Bus Adm major; Bus Adm 360(P) or 361(P).
AFRICOL 381 - Black Personality Development (3 units; U)
In-depth study of black personality; the use of theoretical constructs to describe and explain the emotional and mental stresses of black life. Prereq: jr st.
AFRICOL 411 - 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 412 - 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 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 and Social Justice in the United States (3 units; U)
A study of the relation between race, injustice and social change in the United States. Prereq: jr st.
AFRICOL 417 - Exercise Testing for Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription (3 units; U)
Methods for assessing physical fitness in various populations, guidelines for graded exercise testing and exercise prescription. integrates lecture material with laboratory experience. Prereq: Kin 330(P) or cons instr; current CPR/AED cert.
AFRICOL 418 - Race, Class, and Gender in Latin America and the Caribbean (3 units; U)
An analysis of race, class and gender in the evolution of political, economic, and social structures in Caribbean and Latin American societies. Prereq: jr st.
AFRICOL 420 - Introductory Organic Chemistry Laboratory (2 units; U)
6 hrs lab. Prereq: a grade of C or better in Chem 104(P); conc reg in 341(R).
AFRICOL 450 - Japanese Culture and Society (3 units; U/G)
Japanese culture and society, including marriage and the family, work life, education, rural and urban social organization, gender, ritual and life cycle. Prereq: jr st; Anthro 102(R).
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 705 - Special Topics in Journalism, Advertising, and Media Studies: (3 units; U)
Special topics not addressed in regularly-approved courses. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: jr st; any add'l prereqs announced in Schedule of Classes.
AFRICOL 804 - Advanced Field Experience in Early Childhood Education (3-6 units; U)
Advanced field experience, culmination of pre-student teaching experiences. Retakable to 9 cr max. Prereq: sr st, admis to SOE & CurrIns 440(P); or cons instr.
AFRICOL 820 - Pharmacology (3 units; U/G)
Lectures on pharmacokinetics, mechanisms of action, and physiological effects of toxic and therapeutic substances. Prereq: jr st, Chem 501(P), or cons instr.
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.