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Spring 2022 Courses

AADS 1001 01
Commons iSeminar – Capoeira: The African-Brazilian Diasporic Dance of Deception

  • Taught by Gilman Whiting
  • 1 credit hour
  • 1/16 2:00-3:30pm
    1/22 2:00-3:30pm
    1/30 2:00-3:30pm
    3/27 2:00-4:00pm
    4/9 2:00-4:00pm
    4/16 2:00-4:00pm
    4/23 2:00-5:00pm
  • Capoeira is an African-Brazilian Art form that embodies self-defense, music, culture, and history. For more than 50 years, Capoeira has been taught by Mestres (Masters) across America. Known as the Dance of Deception, Capoeira is a fun interactive way to learn not just a Martial Art, but a way of life. In this international course, we will explore the history and practice of this art form from its origins in Africa to its importation with the forced migration of African people to Brazil. We will also learn phrases and songs in Brazilian Portuguese, discuss and play the musical accompaniments to Capoeira, namely the Berimbau. The course will have invited lectures by various Vanderbilt-affiliated faculty/students.
  • iSeminar

 

AADS 1010 01
Introduction to African American and Diaspora Studies

  • Taught by Claudine Taaffe
  • 3 credit hours
  • TR 11:00AM-12:15PM
  • Foundations of African American culture from ancient African history and through contemporary issues in the African American experience and the larger diaspora. The characteristics, developments, and dynamics of diaspora culture in the Americas, with a particular focus on the United States.
  • AXLE: Perspectives
    Eligible for Latino/Latina Studies
    Eligible for American Studies Major

 

AADS 1111 01
First-Year Writing Seminar – FYS: Race, Sports, and American Culture

  • Taught by David Ikard
  • 3 credit hours
  • MWF 2:30-3:20
  • Independent learning and inquiry in an environment in which students can express knowledge and defend opinions through intensive class discussion, oral presentations, and written expression.
    May be repeated for credit once if there is no duplication of topic, but students may earn only up to 3 credits in any 1111 course per semester of enrollment.
  • AXLE: First-Year Writing Seminar

 

AADS 2178 01
Global Africa

  • Taught by Tiffany Patterson
  • 3 credit hours
  • TR 1:15-2:30PM
  • The globalization of Africa within the context of Arab and European expansion. Historical flashpoints and contemporary events. The invention of Africa in literary and political discourses. The geopolitics of aid and development. Africa's relationship with the African diaspora, including modern migrations and debates on the racial and geographic divide between Arab regions north and south of the Sahara.
  • AXLE: International Cultures
    Eligible for Anthropology

 

AADS 3004 01
The Morrisonian Era: Toni Morrison and American Social Reality

  • Taught by Claudine Taaffe
  • 3 credit hours
  • TR 2:45-4:00PM
  • Fiction, anthologies, and essays of Toni Morrison. Intersections of race, gender, and class as touchstones in American social reality and Morrison's body of ideas and subsequent works.
  • AXLE: Humanities and the Creative Arts

 

AADS 3336 01
Literatures of Protest

  • Taught by Alice Randall
  • 3 credit hours
  • W 4:00-6:50PM
  • Study of Black protest through various literary and performative genres, novels, opinion-editorials, poetry, sermons, songs, from 18th century onwards. Exploration of the Black Jeremiad tradition in sermons and texts.
  • AXLE: Humanities and the Creative Arts

 

AADS 4126 01
The Black Classics

  • Taught by David Ikard
  • 3 credit hours
  • MWF 11:15AM-12:05PM
  • Key texts and writers of the African Diaspora, from medieval Africa to the present. Fiction and non-fiction across the disciplines of anthropology, education, history, law, literature, politics, religion, and sociology.
  • AXLE: Humanities and the Creative Arts

 

AADS 4270 01
Research Methods

  • Taught by Gilman Whiting
  • 3 credit hours
  • M 4:00-6:50PM
  • Collection, management, analysis and interpretation of data for research. Introduction to qualitative computer software programs.
  • AXLE: Social and Behavioral Sciences

 

AADS 4979 01
Senior Thesis in African American and Diaspora Studies

  • Taught by Claudine Taaffe
  • 3 credit hours
  • Time and Day TBD
  • Senior Thesis in African American and Diaspora Studies. Supervised readings and independent research to produce an interdisciplinary research paper; topic to be selected in conjunction with a faculty member of African American and Diaspora Studies.

 

AADS 4999 01
Senior Honors Thesis

  • Taught by Claudine Taaffe
  • 3 credit hours
  • Time and Day TBD
  • Supervised readings and independent research for honors thesis under supervision of the adviser and another faculty member.