Interdisciplinary list of CSU courses that address Africa

CSU students can gain knowledge on Africa through many courses offered across academic disciplines.  Below are current CSU courses that relate to Africa.  Please check with academic departments to ensure classes are being offered.  


Departments & Courses

Department of Anthropology

Global Mobilities:
Transnationalism, Culture, and the African Diaspora
(ANTH 315) Spring 2017 Dr. Adrienne Cohen
 
Are you interested in anthropology, Africa, and globalization? This course explores Africa's global presence!
 
We will examine African popular forms such as fashion, music, and visual art. We will also learn how transnational law is mobilized in Africa, especially around the question of human rights.
 
Prerequisites:
Some anthropology or sociology background desired, but prerequisites are subject to override with the permission of the instructor. If you are interested in taking the course and have a background in critical reading and thinking in relevant fields (qualitative social science or humanities) please come!
 

Full Course Description:

This course examines the circulation of people, ideas, and cultural products between Africa and the rest of the world. By situating Africans as both producers and consumers of transnational practices and products, we will develop an understanding of Africa beyond popular representations of violence and crisis. We will ask questions about authenticity and mimicry in African fashion, music, and visual art, and explore how transnational law is mobilized in Africa, especially around the question of human rights. We will explore the analytical benefits and drawbacks of various terms (transnationalism, globalization, diaspora) that scholars across disciplines employ to describe Africa's global presence. In addition to reading ethnographic and theoretical work by anthropologists, we will read texts by scholars in cultural studies and art history, as well as by journalists writing in popular newspapers and magazines, and watch several videos and films.

Department of Art and Art History

ART 311 Art of Africa  

  • Credits: 3
  • Course Description: History of the art of Africa.
  • Prerequisite: ART 212.
  • Term Offered: Fall.
  • Grade Mode: Traditional.
  • Special Course Fee: No.

ART 510B Advanced Study in Art History: African Art  

  • Credits: 3
  • Course Description: 
  • Prerequisite: None.
  • Registration Information: Written consent of instructor.
  • Terms Offered: Fall, Spring.
  • Grade Mode: Traditional.
  • Special Course Fee: No.

Department of History 

HIST 420 Africa: Precolonial States and Empires  

  • Credits: 3 
  • Course Description: Origins of societal and political development in Africa before 1800; technology, the environment, human migrations, and trade.
  • Prerequisite: HIST 000 to 99999 - at least 3 credits.
  • Registration Information: Must have completed 45 credits.
  • Term Offered: Fall.
  • Grade Mode: Traditional.
  • Special Course Fee: No.

HIST 421 Africa: Colonialism to Independence Credits

  • Credits: 3
  • Course Description: Africa from abolition of the slave trade to independence, focusing on economic, social, and political change under colonialism.
  • Prerequisite: HIST 000 to 99999 - at least 3 credits.
  • Registration Information: Must have completed 45 credits.
  • Term Offered: Spring (odd years).
  • Grade Mode: Traditional.
  • Special Course Fee: No.

HIST 422  Modern Africa 

  • Credits: 3
  • Course Description: Colonial roots of modern Africa focusing on the period since 1935. Case studies of social and political change in Africa since World War II.
  • Prerequisite: HIST 000 to 99999 - at least 3 credits.
  • Registration Information: Must have completed 45 credits.
  • Term Offered: Spring (even years).
  • Grade Mode: Traditional.
  • Special Course Fee: No.

HIST 423  South African History 

  • Credits: 3 
  • Course Description: South African history from human origins to the end of Apartheid.
  • Prerequisite: HIST 000 to 99999 - at least 3 credits.
  • Registration Information: Must have completed 45 credits.
  • Term Offered: Fall (odd years).
  • Grade Mode: Traditional.
  • Special Course Fee: No.

HIST 424  East African History

  • Credits: 3
  • Course Description: Overview of East African history from human origins to modern times, focusing on Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda.
  • Prerequisite: HIST 000 to 99999 - at least 3 credits.
  • Registration Information: Must have completed 45 credits.
  • Terms Offered: Fall, Spring.
  • Grade Mode: Traditional.
  • Special Course Fee: No.

Department of Language, Literatures and Cultures

LGEN 465D  Studies in Foreign Film: Africa  

  • Credits: 3
  • Course Description: Representation of foreign societies through film, taught in English.
  • Prerequisite: None.
  • Terms Offered: Fall, Spring.
  • Grade Mode: Traditional.
  • Special Course Fee: No.

*Offered by Arabic teacher, Mohammed Hirchi every other fall semester (expected to run again in fall 2016)

**The following courses heavily address Africa and are taught in French**

LFRE 335  Issues in French/Francophone Culture  

  • Credits: 3
  • Course Description: Historical context of contemporary issues in the culture of French-speaking countries.
  • Prerequisite: LFRE 300.
  • Term Offered: Spring.
  • Grade Mode: Traditional.
  • Special Course Fee: No.

LFRE 433A  Advanced French/Francophone Culture: Representations  

  • Credits: 3
  • Course Description: French and Francophone cultural identities and their history.
  • Prerequisite: LFRE 400.
  • Term Offered: Fall.
  • Grade Mode: Traditional.
  • Special Course Fee: No.

LFRE 433B  Advanced French/Francophone Culture: Center and Margins  

  • Credits: 3 
  • Course Description: French and Francophone cultural identities and their history.
  • Prerequisite: LFRE 400.
  • Term Offered: Fall.
  • Grade Mode: Traditional.
  • Special Course Fee: No.

LFRE 452 Genre Studies in French

  • Credits: 3
  • Course Description: Development of critical approaches to major works in literature through selected literary genres and subgenres.
  • Prerequisites: (LFRE 300) and (LFRE 310).
  • Registration Information: May be taken up to 3 times for credit.
  • Terms Offered: Fall, Spring. 
  • Grade Modes: S/U within Student Option, Trad within Student Option.
  • Special Course Fee: No. 

LFRE 453 Author Studies in French 

  • Credits:
  • Course Description: Development of critical approaches to authors through the appreciation and analysis of selected works. 
  • Prerequisites: (LFRE 300) and (LFRE 310).
  • Registration Information: May be taken up to 3 times for credit. 
  • Terms Offered: Fall, Spring.
  • Grade Modes: S/U within Student Option, Trad within Student Option. 
  • Special Course Fee: No. 

LFRE 454 Topic Studies in French

  • Credits: 3 
  • Course Description: Selected topic studies such as themes, topoi, and interdisciplinary subjects in literature.
  • Prerequisites: (LFRE 300) and (LFRE 310).
  • Registration Information: May be taken up to 3 times for credit.
  • Terms Offered: Fall, Spring.
  • Grade Modes: S/U within Student Option, Trad within Student Option.
  • Special Course Fee: No.