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  • African Studies
    College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
    AFS 2002 The African Experience: An Introduction to African Studies
    Credits: 3.
    An introductory interdisciplinary study of African society and culture that examines the richness, diversity and time-depth of African civilizations. (S, N)
    AFS 3300 Poverty and Development in Africa
    Credits: 3.
    This course is aimed to generate interest among students on African contemporary development issues, their challenges and possible solutions. The main part of the course follows a theme-based approach that includes economic development, agriculture and the environment, social issues and gender equality, and democracy and political development.
    AFS 3500 History of Islam in Africa
    Credits: 3.
    Course introduces students to the role of Islam in African history, with particular attention to the religion's place in economic and political systems.
    AFS 3800 Childhood in African Literature and Cinema
    Credits: 3.
    Course explores African conceptions of childhood through the mediums of literature and film. Students will examine how childhood is represented in diverse African cultures.
    AFS 4240 The African Family
    Credits: 3.
    The objective of this course is to enhance understanding of African societies south of the Sahara through the study of the functions, roles and meanings of households and families. This course emphasizes diversity within and commonalities among the myriad forms of African families.
    AFS 4260 Africans Abroad
    Credits: 3.
    Course examines lives of Africans and formation of African communities in contemporary Western settings. Course also addresses the relationship between Africans in the contemporary Diaspora and their home communities in Africa.
    AFS 4315 Critical Issues in Contemporary Africa
    Credits: 3.
    A seminar designed to familiarize upper-division students with a variety of perspectives on conflict resolution, corruption, economic development, environmental management, food security, governance, international assistance and public health. In addition to providing deep exposure to contemporary Africa, the course will further students' essential skills in analysis, discussion and debate.
    AFS 4330 Women and Politics in Africa
    Credits: 3.
    Course introduces students to historical and contemporary roles of women in African political systems, from local to national governance.
    AFS 4340 Community Conservation and Rural Development in Africa
    Credits: 3.
    Course examines the practicalities and theoretical foundations of community conservation in Africa, with particular attention to the relationship between conservation and rural development issues. Main themes include property rights, governance and local-global relations.
    AFS 4345 Political Economy of Conservation in Africa
    Credits: 3.
    Course provides students with the tools to analyze effectiveness of diverse approaches to natural resource preservation and uses. Case studies primarily from southern and eastern Africa. Readings focus on political and economic aspects of conservation strategies.
    AFS 4350 HIV/AIDS in Africa
    Credits: 3.
    This course utilizes the social science literature on AIDS in Africa to explore the social, economic and broad cultural impacts of the epidemic.
    AFS 4905 Individual Work
    Credits: 1 to 9; can be repeated with a change in content up to 9 credits.
    AFS 4935 African Studies Interdisciplinary Seminar
    Credits: 3; can be repeated with a change in content up to 9 credits. Prereq: junior or senior standing, or instructor permission.
    A seminar on a selected interdisciplinary theme.
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