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Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015


Approved Courses

The following list includes undergraduate courses that have been approved as of May 2014.  Courses added after that date do not appear in this list.  Courses eliminated after that date may still appear.  Not every course is offered regularly.  Students should consult the Schedule of Classes at www.testudo.umd.edu to ascertain which courses are actually offered during a given semester.

COURSE NUMBERING SYSTEM

Number   Eligibility
000-099   Non-credit course
100-199   Primarily freshman course
200-299   Primarily sophomore course
300-399   Junior, senior course not acceptable for credit toward graduate degrees
386-387   Campus-wide internship courses; refer to information describing Experiential Learning
400-499   Junior, senior course acceptable for credit toward some graduate degree
500-599   Professional School course (Dentistry, Architecture, Law, Medicine) or post-baccalaureate course
600-899   Course restricted to graduate students
799   Master Thesis credit
899   Doctoral Dissertation credit

 

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Courses in "AASP-African American Studies"

AASP - African American Studies

AASP 100 Introduction to African American Studies (3) Significant aspects of the history of African Americans with particular emphasis on the evolution and development of black communities from slavery to the present. Interdisciplinary introduction to social, political, legal and economic roots of contemporary problems faced by blacks in the United States with applications to the lives of other racial and ethnic minorities in the Americas and in other societies.

AASP 101 Public Policy and the Black Community (3) Formerly: AASP300. The impact of public policies on the black community and the role of the policy process in affecting the social, economic and political well-being of minorities. Particular attention given to the post-1960 to present era.

AASP 187 The New Jim Crow: African-Americans, Mass Incarceration and the Prison Industrial Complex (3) Recommended: AASP100. Students will examine the birth of the racial caste system following the abolition of slavery, the parallels between the racial hierarchy of the Jim Crow system and contemporary mass incarceration, and the rise of the prison industrial complex as a multi-billon business which thrives on the oppression of low-income populations and poor communities of color.

AASP 200 African Civilization (3) A survey of African civilizations from 4500 B.C. to present. Analysis of traditional social systems. Discussion of the impact of European colonization on these civilizations. Analysis of the influence of traditional African social systems on modern African institutions as well as discussion of contemporary processes of Africanization.

AASP 202 Black Culture in the United States (3) The course examines important aspects of African American life and thought which are reflected in African American literature, drama, music and art. Beginning with the cultural heritage of slavery, the course surveys the changing modes of black creative expression from the 19th-century to the present.

AASP 274 Creative Writing Through The Eyes of African Americans: A Beginning Workshop (3) Restriction: Must not have completed any courses from ENGL278C, AASP274, AASP298W, ENGL274, ENGL271, ENGL294N, or ENGL294. Also offered as: ENGL274. Credit only granted for: ENGL274, ENGL278C, ENGL294, ENGL294N, AASP274 or AASP298W. Formerly: AASP298W. Introduction to theory and practice of writing fiction, drama and poetry, with an emphasis on African American literary models. Critical reading, exercises and workshop discussions with continual reference to modeling, drafting, and revising as necessary stages in a creative process.

AASP 297 Research Methods in African American Studies (3) Prerequisite: AASP101 or AASP202. Restriction: Must be in African American Studies program. Credit only granted for: AASP297 or AASP299R. Formerly: AASP299R. Introduces African American Studies majors to the basic research skills, methodologies, sources, and repositories for studying African Diaspora. Students will be required to select a research topic, write a research proposal, develop an annotated bibliography, and in the process will be prepared for completing their senior thesis or other significant writing projects necessary to fulfill the requirements of the major.

AASP 298 Special Topics in African American Studies (3) Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. An introductory multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary educational experience to explore issues relevant to black life, cultural experiences, and political, economic, and artistic development.

AASP 299 Selected Topics in African American Studies (1-3) Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. An introductory multi-disciplinary academic exploration of the cultural, political, and economic issues relevant to Africans and African-Americans.

AASP 301 Applied Policy Analysis and the Black Community (3) Prerequisite: AASP101; and (ECON201 or ECON200). Recommended: Completion of one semester of statistics is recommended. Development and application of the tools needed for examining the effectiveness of alternative policy options confronting minority communities. Review policy research methods used in forming and evaluating policies. Examination of the policy process.

AASP 303 Computer Applications in African American Studies (3) Prerequisite: STAT100, MATH111, or SOCY201; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department. Introduction to statistics and database processing software used in model estimation and simulation in policy analysis. Special emphasis on applications for applied research on policy problems confronting minority communities.

AASP 305 Theoretical, Methodological and Policy Research Issues in African American Studies (3) Prerequisite: AASP301; and (STAT100, MATH111, PSYC200, BMGT230, or SOCY201). Or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department. Formerly: AASP401. Theories and concepts in the social and behavioral sciences relating to problems in minority communities. Issues include validity and soundness of theoretical arguments, epistemological questions of various methodologies and the relationship between policy making and policy research.

AASP 310 African Slave Trade (3) Prerequisite: AASP202 or AASP100; or permission of BSOS-African American Studies department. Formerly: AASP311. The relationship of the slave trade of Africans to the development of British capitalism and its industrial revolution; and to the economic and social development of the Americas.

AASP 312 Social and Cultural Effects of Colonization and Racism (3) Prerequisite: AASP202 or AASP100. A comparative approach to the study of the social and cultural effects of colonization and racism on black people in Africa, Latin America and in the United States--community and family life, religion, economic institutions, education and artistic expression.

AASP 313 Black Women in United States History (3) Restriction: Sophomore standing or higher. Also offered as: WMST314. Credit only granted for: AASP498W, AASP313, HIST329E, WMST314, or WMST498N. Formerly: AASP498W. Black American women's history is examined from slavery to the present. The principal focus of the readings discussions and student assignments will be based upon gaining a fuller understanding of the effect of race, class and gender on the life cycles and multiple roles of Black women as mothers, daughters, wives, workers and social change agents. A variety of primary source materials on black women's experiences will be utilized.

AASP 314 The Civil Rights Movement (3) Prerequisite: AASP100 or HIST157. Survey of the twentieth century civil rights movement from the desegregation of UM Law School through the National Black Political Congress in Gary in 1972. Major themes include leadership, legal and constitutional challenges, non-violence, Black Power, and Pan-Africanism.

AASP 386 Experiential Learning (3-6) Restriction: Permission of BSOS-African American Studies department; and junior standing or higher.

AASP 395 Fundamentals of Quantitative Research in Socio-Cultural Perspective (3) Restriction: Must be in African American Studies program; and junior standing or higher. Introduction to quantitative methods for African American Studies majors in the cultural and social analysis concentration. Basics of survey design and experimental design and data analysis and use of statistical software programs.

AASP 396 Independent Study Non-Thesis Option (3) Prerequisite: AASP386 and AASP297. Restriction: Must be in African American Studies program. Credit only granted for: AASP396 or AASP397. A research seminar that allows African American Studies majors to complete an independent study research project in lieu of completing the AASP397: Senior Thesis. Students will examine various concepts of race, gender, labor and ethnicity in the seminar lecture component to be applied toward their specific research projects.

AASP 397 Senior Thesis (3) Restriction: Permission of BSOS-African American Studies department. Directed research in African American Studies resulting in the completion and defense of a senior thesis.

AASP 398 Selected Topics in the African Diaspora (3) Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. Analysis of the historical experiences and cultures of Africans in the diaspora.

AASP 400 Directed Readings in African American Studies (3) Prerequisite: AASP202 or AASP100. The readings will be directed by the faculty of African American Studies. Topics to be covered will be chosen to meet the needs and interests of individual students.

AASP 402 Classic Readings in African American Studies (3) Prerequisite: AASP202 or AASP100. Classic readings of the social, economic and political status of blacks and other minorities in the United States and the Americas.

AASP 411 Black Resistance Movements (3) Prerequisite: AASP100. A comparative study of the black resistance movements in Africa and America; analysis of their interrelationships as well as their impact on contemporary pan-Africanism.

AASP 441 Science, Technology, and the Black Community (3) Prerequisite: HIST255, AASP202, or AASP100; or permission of BSOS-African American Studies department. Scientific knowledge and skills in solving technological and social problems, particularly those faced by the black community. Examines the evolution and development of African and African American contributions to science. Surveys the impact of technological changes on minority communities.

AASP 443 Blacks and the Law (3) Prerequisite: HIST255, AASP202, or AASP100; or permission of BSOS-African American Studies department. The relationship between black Americans and the law, particularly criminal law, criminal institutions and the criminal justice system. Examines historical changes in the legal status of blacks and changes in the causes of racial disparities in criminal involvement and punishments.

AASP 468 Special Topics in Africa and the Americas (3) Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. Cultural, historical and artistic dimensions of the African experience in Africa and the Americas.

AASP 478 Humanities Topics in African American Studies (3) Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. Advanced studies in the humanities, often requiring prerequisites, focusing on the literary, artistic and philosophical contributions of Africans and African Americans.

AASP 483 Gender, Sexuality and the Black Family (3) Prerequisite: AASP100. Credit only granted for: AASP483 or AASP498F. Formerly: AASP498F. Examining the historical, economic, social, and scholarly construction of African American family structures. The problematization of "Black matriarchy," hetero- and homosexuality, bi-racialism, and other efforts to "normalize" African Americans to conform to Eurocentric and religious concepts of family will be critically analyzed.

AASP 493 Feminist and Nationalist Thought in Black Communities (3) Prerequisite: AASP101 or AASP100. Credit only granted for: AASP493 or AASP499W. Formerly: AASP499W. The historical and theoretical foundations of feminist and nationalist thought in Black Communities will be examined. Further, we will discover why feminist and nationalist thought has been routinely ignored or misrepresented as disparate, if not oppositional, themes in Black intellectual and political life.

AASP 498 Special Topics in Black Culture (3) Prerequisite: AASP202 or AASP100. Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. Advanced study of the cultural and historical antecedents of contemporary African and African American society. Emphasis on the social, political, economic and behavioral factors affecting blacks and their communities. Topics vary.

AASP 499 Advanced Topics in Public Policy and the Black Community (3) Prerequisite: AASP301; or permission of BSOS-African American Studies department. Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. Examination of specific areas of policy development and evaluation in black and other communities. Application of advanced tools of policy analysis, especially quantitative, statistical and micro-economic analysis.

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