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  • African Studies
    College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
    AFS 2002 The African Experience: An Introduction to African Studies
    Credits: 3.
    Introductory study of African society and culture that examines the richness, diversity, and time-depth of African civilizations. (S and N)
    AFS 3300 Poverty and Development in Africa
    Credits: 3.
    Contemporary study of development issues in Africa, their challenges and possible solutions; theme based and includes economic development, agriculture and the environment, social issues and gender equality, and democracy and political development.
    AFS 3352 Culture, Health and Arts in Sub-Saharan Africa
    Credits: 3; Prereq: junior standing or 6 credits minimum from AFH 2003, AFS 2002, AFS 4905, AFS 4935, HUM 2420 or HUM 2424.
    Explores Sub-Saharan African cultures, health issues and belief systems related to health and the arts. Also provides a framework to better understand health and health care systems in other cultures.
    AFS 3500 History of Islam in Africa
    Credits: 3.
    Introduces 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.
    Explores African conceptions of childhood through the mediums of literature and film; examines how childhood is represented in diverse African cultures.
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    AFS 4240 The African Family
    Credits: 3.
    Understanding African societies south of the Sahara through the study of the functions, roles and meanings of households and families. Emphasizes diversity within and commonalities among the myriad forms of African families.
    AFS 4260 Africans Abroad
    Credits: 3.
    Examines lives of Africans and formation of African communities in contemporary Western settings. 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.
    Upper-division seminar that discusses perspectives on conflict resolution, corruption, economic development, environmental management, food security, governance, international assistance and public health in contemporary Africa. In addition, enhances skills in analysis, discussion and debate.
    AFS 4330 Women and Politics in Africa
    Credits: 3.
    Introduces historical and contemporary roles of women in African political systems, from local to national governance.
    AFS 4335 Women in Africa
    Credits: 3; Prereq: junior or senior standing.
    Explores issues of gender, development and culture through memoirs, ethnographies, narratives and films about women in Africa.
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    AFS 4340 Community Conservation and Rural Development in Africa
    Credits: 3.
    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.
    Analyzes effectiveness of diverse approaches to natural resource preservation and uses. Case studies are primarily from southern and eastern Africa and readings focus on political and economic aspects of conservation strategies.
    AFS 4350 HIV / AIDS in Africa
    Credits: 3.
    Utilizes the social science literature on AIDS in Africa to explore the social, economic and broad cultural impacts of the epidemic.
    AFS 4365 Urban Africa Today
    Credits: 3; Prereq: junior standing or 6 credits minimum from AFS 2002, AFS 3300, AFS 4260, AFS 4315, AFS 4330, AFS 4350 or AFS 4935.
    Interdisciplinary seminar incorporates scholarship from anthropology, geography, history, political science, sociology and urban planning to understand African cities, their rapid growth and their future development.‚Äč
    AFS 4905 Individual Work
    Credits: 1 to 9; can be repeated with change in content.
    Individual study and research for topics not covered in other courses.
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    AFS 4911 Undergraduate Research in African Studies
    Credits: 0 to 3; can be repeated with change in content up to 6 credits.
    Provides firsthand, supervised research in African studies. Projects may involve inquiry, design, investigation, scholarship, discovery or application in African studies.
    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.
    Seminar on a selected interdisciplinary theme.
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