Courses

Lower Division

AFAM 2A-B. African Americans and the Development of America's History and Government

Major events in America's development, emphasizing African Americans' relationship to government and other basic institutions. Satisfies U.S. History, U.S. Constitution and California Government requirements. 3 units each

AFAM 22. The Humanities in African-American Culture

Analysis of several of the most important African-American creative art forms and personalities. Special attention to Black contributions in music, literature, cinema, photography and painting. 3 units

AFAM 25. The Changing Majority: Power and Ethnicity in America

Comparative and historical analysis of racial minorities. Focus on Euro-American response to American Indians, Asian Americans, African Americans and Mexican Americans to provide understanding of minority experience in the U.S. as well as American culture. 3 units

AFAM 36. Black Theater Workshop

Survey of dramatic traditions that have involved African-Americans. Production activities are required that involve acting, dance and other forms of the creative arts. Lecture 2 hours/activity 2 hours. 3 units

AFAM 40. African Origins

Ancient African civilizations to advent of slave trade. Folklore and mythology manifested in ceremonies, rituals and rhythmic movements. Repeatable for credit. 3 units


Upper Division

Upper division standing or instructor consent is prerequisite to all upper division courses.

AFAM 100W. Writing Workshop

Development of advanced writing skills through study of fundamental techniques of communication in the Black community related to Black music, literature and politics. Prerequisite: ENGL 1A; pass SJSU Writing Skills Test. Fulfills Junior-Level Writing requirement. ABC/NC 3 units

AFAM 102. African American Music

Analysis of styles and techniques of major traditions in Black music. Development of music from slave work-a-day songs to rhythm and blues and modern jazz, 1950's to the present. 3 units

AFAM 105. Health Issues in the African American Community

Major diseases, medical conditions and stresses that inhibit healthy development in the context of the impact of society and culture on the physical and mental health of African Americans. 3 units

AFAM 110. Education of the Black Child

Analysis of economic, socio-cultural and educational issues that affect Black students. Emphasis directed at elementary and secondary school systems. 3 units

AFAM 111. African Nations

Analysis of African societies over time, beginning with the Africa of ancient civilizations, followed by Africa under European colonialism, and concluding with the sweeping changes in contemporary Africa. 3 units

AFAM 115. The Black Community Past and Present

Analysis of historical development of African Americans including migration trends of Blacks from the rural South to urban North. Search for alternatives in new institutions and modification of old ones. 3 units

AFAM 119. African American Social Thought

Critical analysis of a variety of historical themes in African American social and ethical writings with attention to contemporary issues of gender, race and class. Prerequisite: 3 units of philosophy or upper division standing. 3 units

AFAM 120. Sociological Analysis of African-American Communities

Sociological analysis of the African-American community traces development of the community from its historical inception to contemporary urban settings. Analyzes important trends, shifting values, institutional development and urban problems. 3 units

AFAM 125. The Black Family

Sociological analysis of Black family from its African roots to twentieth century types. Influence of the American experience and the African-American marriage practices, family role relationships and socialization of children. 3 units

AFAM 130. Psychology of the Black Community

Impact of Black society and culture on personality growth in light of current sociological and social-psychological studies. Social interaction, group membership within the Black community and its influence on the shaping of behavior. 3 units

AFAM 133. Introduction to Social Planning

See URBP 133. 3 units

AFAM 134. Martin L. King and the Civil Rights Movement

Origins and development of Civil Rights movement from 1865 to present. Analysis of role of Martin L. King, Jr. in the Civil Rights movement in the South and of federal government response and struggle of African Americans for civil and political equality. Prerequisite: Completion of U.S. History graduation requirement. 3 units

AFAM 137. Religion in the Black Community

Analysis of formation and development of African American religious institutions (i.e., Christianity, Islam, Judaism) in the Black community and their effect on the African American personality. 3 units

AFAM 143. Politics of Poverty and Welfare in African American Communities

Poverty in the United States, particularly as it relates to the African American community. Analyzes role of government and the effects of structural factors on the socio-economic well-being of African Americans. 3 units

AFAM 145. Urban Policy and Its Impact on Inner City Residents

See URBP 145. 3 units

AFAM 150. West African Drumming and Culture

A study of the instrumental music, song, and dance of the African Diaspora with an emphasis on its cultural context. 3 units

AFAM 151. Race, Poverty and the Environment

Analysis of the relationship between the environmental crisis and people of color and poor communities in the U.S. emphasizing the interplay among race/ethnicity, class and politics in the struggle for environmental justice and survival by communities of color and poor people. 3 units

AFAM 152. The Black Woman

Understanding historical and cultural factors influencing the Black woman such as slavery, racism and poverty; learning the contributions and strengths Black families provide to and for their families and culture. 3 units

AFAM 155. The Triumph and Tragedy of Black Athletics in U.S. History

This course examines the significance and impact of Black athletes on popular culture, race relations and U.S. society. 3 units

AFAM 156. Black Women Writers: Race, Culture and Life Cycle in Cross-Cultural Perspective

Comparative analysis of the meaning and developmental stages of womanhood for women of African ancestry as depicted in the fiction of women of African ancestry. Emphasis on the role of race and culture in shaping contemporary conceptions of womanhood among Black women. Prerequisite: Upper division standing or instructor consent. 3 units

AFAM 158. African-Caribbean Dance

See Danc 153. 3 units

AFAM 159. Economic Issues in the Black Community

Analysis of continuing racial economic disadvantage in context of corporate and public policies. Exploration of new economic development and career opportunities emerging from changed environmental protection priorities. 3 units

AFAM 160. The Black Man in U.S. Politics and Society

This course examines the intellectual, political struggles and contributions made by the Black Man in U.S. Society.
Prerequisite: Upper division standing. 3 units

AFAM 161. Black Images in American Film and TV

This course examines the representation of Black people in Film and TV. Prerequisite: Upper division standing. 3 units

AFAM 164. Survey of Black Business Organizations

Private sector businesses from the perspective of racial ownership and consumption patterns. Historical development, future trends, consumer market, government regulations and funding support as they affect the success of Black business. 3 units

AFAM 165. African American Literature

See ENGL 165. 3 units

AFAM 166. African American Women in History

Role of African American women in shaping U.S. history through a shared afro-centric gender legacy of activism and public life guardianship. Resulting impacts on abolition, lynching deterrence, labor unions, civil rights and professional activities. 3 units

AFAM 180. Individual Studies

Individual research project and field activity on phase or topic not covered in regular course offerings. Repeatable for credit. C/NC 1-4 units

AFAM 184. Directed Reading

Limited to qualified upper division students. Repeatable for credit. C/NC 1-4 units

AFAM 190. Internship in Community Development

Supervised placement in practical situations where community workers are employed: community planning, correctional services, community development agencies, etc. C/NC 1-4 units

AFAM 196M. Harlem Renaissance

This course will explore the Harlem Renaissance, a unique period in American culture, with an eye on the performance elements including theatre, film, music, and dance, as well as traditional African-American literature. Students are expected to examine the historical, social and economic factors which led to the Harlem Renaissance and its place in a developing global society as well as the acceptance of African-American culture by some European societies. 3 units

AFAM 196O. Race and Ethnic Relations

This discussion-based course examines the role of race and ethnicity amongst African-Americans and non-Negroid people; i.e., it examines the role race, ethnicity, class, eth-class, ethnocentrism, and social distance play in primary and secondary relationships amongst Negroid and between Negroid and non-Negroid people. 3 units

AFAM 196R. Race, Drugs, and HIV

This course takes a human development approach to the study of HIV/AIDS and involves intensive inquiry into the life issues of individuals dealing with various aspects of this condition. This includes impact on physical, mental and spiritual health and also locally available options for diagnosis, treatment and care. 3 units

AFAM 198. Senior Seminar in African American Studies

Major themes and topics in the African American experience analyzed through readings, reports and discussions. Topics and materials vary each semester. Prerequisite: AFAM 2A, AFAM 2B and senior standing. Repeatable for 6 unit maximum. 3 units