Graduate Courses


Spring 2018 Course Descriptions

Courses numbered 300-699 are Undergraduate/Graduate, while those numbered 700 and above are Graduate only. Additional courses that do not appear below are under development and will be made available soon.

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 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 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 - 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 325 - 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 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 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 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 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. May be retaken w/chg in topic. Prereq: jr st; acceptance for Study Abroad Prog.
AFRICOL 545 - Raising Children, 'Race-ing' Children (3 units; U/G)
Analysis of the social meaning of race in the US through the lens of childhood and adolescence; how children come to understand and navigate racism. Counts as a repeat of Africol 565 w/similar topic. Prereq: jr st or grad st.
AFRICOL 565 - Selected Texts/Topics in Africology: (3 units; U/G)
Examination of selected problems, issues, and themes in Africology. May be retaken w/chg in topic to 6 cr max. Prereq: jr st.
AFRICOL 700 - Foundations and Theories in Africology (3 units; G)
Seminar on historical, theoretical and institutional development of Africology. Topics examined will include Pan-Africanism, Black Feminism, Afrocentrism, Diaspora Theory, Critical Race Theory, and others. Prereq: grad st
AFRICOL 701 - Theories and Methods in Empirical Research in Africology (3 units; G)
Applicability of particular empirical theories and qualitative/quantitative methods to a range of substantive problems and issues pertaining to peoples of African descent. Prereq: grad st; approp upper-level math or stats course
AFRICOL 705 - Classic Works: Intellectual Production in Africa and the Diaspora I (3 units; G)
Conceptual and value foundations of normative theory in relation to forms of social organization. Prereq: grad st
AFRICOL 706 - Classic Works: Intellectual Production in Africa and the Diaspora II (3 units; G)
Advanced study of elements of normative theory such as justice, equality, freedom, and obligation in societal construction and reconstruction in Africa and the Diaspora. Prereq: grad st; Africol 705(P)
AFRICOL 708 - Critical Literary Theory I: Cultural Roots of Africological Literary Theory (3 units; G)
Exploitation and oppression as primary sources of Africological literary theory; cultural components include identity, enemy, objective, strategy, and tactics. Prereq: grad st
AFRICOL 709 - Critical Literary Theory II: Modern Concepts in the African World (3 units; G)
Intensive examination of cardinal elements in critical literary theory in the context of ideas and behaviors that have shaped the lives of Africans and their descent historically. Prereq: grad st; Africol 708(P)
AFRICOL 799 - Graduate Independent Study (1-3 units; G)
Independent work supervised by a member of the graduate faculty. Retakable w/ chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: grad st; cons instr.
AFRICOL 800 - Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods in Africology (3 units; G)
Various qualitative methods and methodological issues germane to Africology, including archival research, interviewing, focus groups, participant observation, and analysis of representations. Prereq: grad st.
AFRICOL 804 - Qualitative Interviewing and Grounded Theory (3 units; G)
In-depth, hands-on examination of qualitative interviewing in research. Students design, conduct, and analyze qualitative interviews using grounded theory. Seminar-style course. No cr for students who have cr in Africol 880 w/same topic. Prereq: grad st; prior coursework in qualitative methods or cons instr.
AFRICOL 812 - Political Economy: Conceptual (3 units; G)
Advanced analysis of varieties of conceptual frameworks in the literature of political economy. Prereq: grad st
AFRICOL 814 - Public Policies, Development, and Underdevelopment in Africa & the Diaspora (3 units; G)
Investigation into public policy and development in Africa and the Diaspora. Prereq: grad st
AFRICOL 816 - Political Economy of Development in African Countries (3 units; G)
The importance of political institutions in shaping economic performance to advance understanding of economic development in the context of sub-Saharan African countries. Prereq: grad st.
AFRICOL 817 - Political Economy of Development in African Countries II (3 units; G)
Growth-enhancing governance, economic performance, and economic development in sub-Saharan African Countries. Counts as repeat of Africol 880 w/same topic. Prereq: grad st; Africol 816(P) or cons instr.
AFRICOL 818 - Race Matters: Government and Politics in Latin America and the Caribbean (3 units; G)
Presence, role, status, situation, and conditions of Afro-Americans (Afro-Latins and Afro-Caribbeans) in the Americas, from the federal republic of Mexico to the Argentine republic. Prereq: grad st
AFRICOL 820 - Political Economy of Income and Wealth Inequality (3 units; G)
Seminar on economic inequality, with special emphasis on the United States.No cr for students who have cr in Africol 880 w/same topic. Prereq: grad st.
AFRICOL 821 - Race and Inequality (3 units; G)
Discrimination and racial inequality along socio-economic dimensions. Prereq: grad st
AFRICOL 834 - Seminar on Slavery (3 units; G)
Culture and political economy of slavery; historical context for American slavery; slavery as political and economic issue; social-psychology of slavery; persistence of slavery's legacies. Prereq: grad st
AFRICOL 836 - Comparative Social Institutions in African World Communities (3 units; G)
Origins, nature, and functioning of social institutions in African world communities; continuity and change; development of community and cultural identities of Africans and their descendents; theoretical/analytical approaches. Prereq: grad st
AFRICOL 837 - Memory and Tradition: Identity-Making and Memory in the African Diaspora (3 units; G)
Role of memory and tradition in forming collective and individual identities in the African Diaspora; symbolic value and functional aspects; focus on sub-Saharan Africa. Prereq: grad st
AFRICOL 840 - Healing Traditions in the African Diaspora (3 units; G)
Advanced study of healing traditions, practices, and rituals throughout the African Diaspora. Prereq: grad st
AFRICOL 845 - Race/Ethnicity and the Psychology of Oppression (3 units; G)
Psychological processes involved in creating and sustaining oppressive societies; emphasis on the role of racism societally and the impact of oppression on individuals and groups. Prereq: grad st
AFRICOL 851 - African-American Literary Theory and Criticism (3 units; G)
An intensive study of historical and contemporary trends in African-American literary criticism and theory. Prereq: grad st
AFRICOL 852 - Folklore in the African World: (3 units; G)
A close scrutiny of a particular forms of folk literature of people of African descent. Retakable w/chg in topic to 6 cr max. Prereq: grad st.
AFRICOL 862 - Development of African-American Children in Urban and Rural Areas (3 units; G)
Developmental processes facing African-American children, including identity development and racial socialization, impact of environment, notion of 'a single African-American identity;' theories and methodological approaches. Prereq: grad st
AFRICOL 865 - The Quest for Pan-Africanism (3 units; G)
History and future motion of movement to create a united Africa; political, economic, and social barriers to unification; united Africa in the global community. Prereq: grad st
AFRICOL 866 - Black Power Reconsidered (3 units; G)
The salience of black power in the context of campaigns for educational equality, urban politics, economic justice, residential segregation, urban renewal, anti-colonial struggle, and cultural politics. No cr for students w/cr in Africol 880 w/similar title. Prereq: grad st.
AFRICOL 867 - Problems in African American Urban History (3 units; G)
Ways scholars have conceptualized and interpreted 20th century African American urban life; assumptions and logic that undergird various approaches; potential intellectual and political implications. No cr for students w/cr in Africol 880 with similar title. Prereq: grad st.
AFRICOL 868 - Black Intellectuals and the Public Sphere (3 units; G)
How black intellectuals have defined knowledge and positioned themselves politically and professionally; the various spheres in which they operate. Prereq: grad st.
AFRICOL 880 - Seminar on Issues in Africology: (3 units; G)
Research seminar on issues of interest in Africology. Prereq: grad st.
AFRICOL 888 - Candidate for Degree (0 units; G)
Available for graduate students who must meet minimum credit load requirement. Fee for 1 cr will be assessed. Prereq: grad st.
AFRICOL 990 - Dissertation Research (1-3 units; G)
Research or dissertation work for students in the doctoral program. Retakable as necessary to complete the dissertation. Prereq: grad st; cons instr.