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African and African-American Studies Summer Courses

Classes listed as "online" during Session I or II will meet synchronously online during a portion of their scheduled meeting times with additional coursework to be completed asynchronously. Session III online courses are all asynchronous (exceptions are noted in course descriptions).

Hybrid courses will meet in person on campus. Students should plan to attend in person. If a medical emergency arises, accomodations can be made for remote attendance of hybrid classes.

Online courses are intended for students who plan to attend only remotely.


Fordham students please check courses in my.fordham.edu for the most accurate Attribute listings.

AFAM 1600 L11 - Understanding Historical Change: Africa
Session I, June 1 - July 1, 2021
Online: TWTh, 1-4 p.m.

This course introduces students to major themes in Africa's complex history, including early human origins; religion; trade networks; slavery and the slave trade; colonialism; and liberation struggles. We will explore Africa as an idea and field of study, by attending to the major debates that have shaped historical writing about Africa. Significant class time will be devoted to developing student writing and public speaking skills through individual and group presentations, revision writing, and peer review.

CRN: 12407
Instructor: Idris
3 credits


AFAM 3150 L11 - Caribbean Peoples and Culture
Session I, June 1 - July 1, 2021
Online: MTWTh, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

An examination of the historical, cultural, and contemporary characteristics of various ethnic groups in the Caribbean. Special attention will be devoted to Afro-West Indians.

CRN: 12412
Instructor: Maddox
4 credits


COMC 3247 L11 - Race, Class, and Gender in Media
Session I, June 1 - July 1, 2021
Online: Th, 9 a.m.-Noon

This class analyzes representations of social class, racial and ethnic identity, and gender and sexuality in media. We begin our work with two assumptions. First, that media both shape and are shaped by social conceptions. Second, that these categories—race, class, and gender—are embodied, that is, they describe different physical bodies that inhabit real, lived environments. From there, students learn to identify central themes and problems in representing differences of race/ethnicity, social class, and sexuality in fiction and nonfiction media. The class will use a mixture of hands-on activities with contemporary media (such as blogging, journaling, and online discussion) plus more traditional readings about theories of representation and embodiment. The course is intended as a learning environment where students are able to do more than simply identify stereotypes. Rather, they intervene in these representations, actively critiquing stereotypes and moving past them towards a reflective attitude about the relationship between society as it is lived for people of different racial, sexual, and class groups—and the image of those groups as depicted in media. Fulfills the Pluralism requirement in Fordham's core curriculum.

CRN: 12431
Instructor: Schwartz
4 credits


ENGL 4228 L11 - Black Protest, Black Resistance, Black Freedom, Black Rage (Short Title: Black Protest)
Session I, June 1 - July 1, 2021
Online: MTWTh, 6-9 p.m.

This course will consider the canon of African American literature through an expansive definition of protest. We will examine how the meaning of protest has evolved from the eighteenth century to the present. As we interrogate the relationship between blackness and protest, we will also discuss how that history has consistently shaped American identity. Fulfills the EP4 requirement in Fordham's core curriculum.

CRN: 12463
Instructor: Tyler
4 credits


FITV 3648 L11 - Television, Race, and Civil Rights
Session I, June 1 - July 1, 2021
Online: TWTh, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

“The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.” This was the rallying cry of Black radicals during times of national unrest, especially associated with the Black Power Movement. This course introduces students to the intersection of television, race, and civil rights broadly. How does U.S. TV engage with racial injustice and the fight for civil rights? How does the mass medium articulate pressing issues concerning the historical struggle for equality for African Americans? Students will engage with concepts in television studies as they connect to representations of racial Blackness on the small screen, paying special attention to TV texts, audiences, and industries. Topics discussed include mediations of protest, violence, and criminality in news media as well as social and political commentary in fictional programming.

CRN: 12464
Instructor: Monk-Payton
4 credits