Five College African Studies Program

Many courses in addition to those listed below may be eligible for fulfilling the requirements of the Five College African Studies Certificate. Students are encouraged to consult an African Studies Program campus advisor to identify courses that are appropriate for their interests.

Fall 2015 African Studies Courses

Subj Abbr Course # Sect #sort descending Course Title Instructor(s) Meeting Times Institution
THDA 142H 01 Contmp Dance: W. African Marilyn Sylla TTH 04:30PM-06:00PM Amherst College
DANCE 141 01 West African Drumming Sekou Sylla TTH 01:00PM-01:30PM Mount Holyoke College
DANCE 142 01 West African Dance Marilyn Sylla;Sekou Sylla TTH 01:30PM-03:00PM Mount Holyoke College
FREN 219 01 French Speaking World Samba Gadjigo MW 08:35AM-09:50AM Mount Holyoke College
MUSIC 161 01 Beg.West African Drumming Ens. Faith Conant T 05:00PM-07:00PM Mount Holyoke College
MUSIC 226 01 World Music Olabode Omojola MW 01:15PM-02:30PM Mount Holyoke College
MUSIC 261 01 Int. West African Drumming Ens Faith Conant T 07:00PM-09:00PM Mount Holyoke College
POLIT 249 01 African Politics Kim Dionne TTH 11:30AM-12:45PM Mount Holyoke College
GEOG 217 01 African Environments Girma Kebbede TTH 10:00AM-11:15AM Mount Holyoke College
HIST 301FH 01 Food/Hunger in the Mod. World Holly Hanson W 07:00PM-09:50PM Mount Holyoke College
DAN 142 01 WEST AFRICAN DANCE I Marilyn Sylla M 07:00-10:00 Smith College
CLT 205 01 TWENTIETH CENT LIT OF AFRICA Katwiwa Mule TTh 10:30-11:50 Smith College
FRN 252 01 FRENCH CINEMA Dawn Fulton MW 09:00-10:20; M 07:30-09:30 Smith College
FRN 365 01 FRANCOPHONE LIT & CULTURE Dawn Fulton MW 01:10-02:30 Smith College
HST 256 01 MAKING/CLNL/W.AFRICA:RACE,PWER Jeffrey Ahlman TTh 03:00-04:20 Smith College
HST 259 01 COLQ:ASPECT OF AFRICAN HISTORY Jeffrey Ahlman MW 02:40-04:00 Smith College
ENGLISH 300 01 Junior-Yr Sem English Studies Stephen Clingman TU TH 10:00AM 11:15AM UMass Amherst
ANT 241 01 ANTHROPOLOGY OF DEVELOPMENT Elliot Fratkin TTh 10:30-11:50 Smith College
HISTORY 260 01 Power&Violence in South Africa John Higginson M W F 10:10AM 11:00AM UMass Amherst
AFR 254 01 RACE/IDENTITY/AFRICAN DIASPORA Riche Barnes TTh 03:00-04:20 Smith College


Additional Fall 2015 African Studies Courses

Course Title: Introduction to African Popular Culture, CSI 190T
Campus: Hampshire College
Instructor: Rachel Engmann
Enrollment: This course is limited to First Year Students.
Class schedule: 09/09/15 12/18/15 Hampshire College, Franklin Patterson Hall 107 CRS TTH 09:00AM 10:20AM

Course description:

Introduction to African Popular Culture: This course is an introduction to African popular culture. We will look at film, television, photography, literature, music, art, cartoons, fashion and sports from across the African continent. Instead of viewing African popular culture as insignificant frivolities hastily produced, fleetingly consumed and swiftly discarded, we will examine the ways in which it shapes, and in turn, is shaped by nationality, race, ethnicity, class, age, gender and sexuality. Paying particular attention to notions such as 'culture', 'tradition', 'modernity', 'authenticity' and 'appropriation', we will explore just how globalization, transnationalism and migration impact contemporary cosmopolitan African lived experiences. We will ask: How does pop culture translate across the African continent? What does pop culture in Africa look like when viewed through a post -colonial, -apartheid lens? What is the character of African popular culture and its relationship to other forms of culture? How does popular culture reflect and influence everyday urban and rural African lived experiences? Through readings, discussion and film this course seeks to expand knowledge, interpretive abilities, critical thinking skills and self-reflection.

Five College African Studies Colloquium Course

The Five College African Studies Colloquium course is offered each Spring semester by a Five College African Studies faculty member. Students from all campuses are encouraged to participate.

Interested students should register for Smith College course AFS 300.
(Learn more about how to register for a course at another campus.)

The Spring 2015 African Studies Colloquium was taught by Professor Alfred Babo, and met Wednesday evenings 7:00–9:00 p.m. at the Amherst College campus. See the flyer for more information.

Information about the Spring 2016 African Studies Colloquium course is not yet available.

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