Classes

Fall 2018

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ANT 2420Gender, Race, and ClassGEN ED: Social Science Designation; Integrative Learning Experience (Theme: "Intersections: Race, Class, and Gender")

An anthropological study of gender, social class, ethnicity, race and sexuality as cultural categories with a variety of meanings. Systems of inequality and the ways in which these categories are used to limit access to economic wealth, power, and prestige are analyzed in a global context.

(Global Learning Opportunity course)
   
ART 3705Contemporary Art of AfricaGEN ED: Junior Writing in the Discipline (WID)
This course examines themes in the study of the recent visual arts of Africa and the Caribbean during the colonial and post-colonial period. This course explores the ways that artistic production reflects its local background and circumstances as it enters into a dialog with a global art scene. The course will examine art as a sensitive barometer of social, cultural, religious, and political changes in modern Africa and the Caribbean. Lecture three hours.
Prerequisite: R C 2001 or its equivalent.
AS 3000Diversity in AppalachiaGEN ED: Integrative Learning Experience (Theme: “Appalachian Mountains: Community, Culture, and Land”)
Diversity in Appalachia considers gender and/or ethnic diversity in the Appalachian region from interdisciplinary perspectives, and may focus on women, gender, ethnic diversity, or one or more ethnic communities. Content may vary. 
   
DAN 1420Jazz I

GEN ED: Wellness LiteracyA study of beginning jazz dance technique with an emphasis on rhythmic awareness, style and cultural traditions. 
May be repeated one time for credit. 
Prerequisite: DAN 1400 or DAN 1410.

DAN 1430African DanceGEN ED: Wellness Literacy
This course is an introduction to the study of West African dance technique. The course emphasizes the movement vocabulary of West African dance while also providing historical and cultural perspectives on cross cultural dance styles. The course introduces students to the alignment, mechanics, musicality and performance qualities associated with West African dance, while also addressing the central role dance plays in the socio-spiritual life of African people. 
DAN 2020World DanceGEN ED: Fine Arts Designation; Integrative Learning Experience (Theme: “Expressions of Culture”)
This course will explore dance as a vital contribution to cultural understanding from various regions and cultures around the world including the Americas, Africa, Europe, Asia and Oceania. 
DAN 2420Jazz II

 GEN ED: Wellness Literacy
A second level study of jazz technique and advanced elements of dance with more emphasis given to the refinement of skills including rhythmic awareness and dynamic interpretation. 
May be repeated one time for credit. 
Prerequisite: DAN 1420 or permission of the instructor.

  

 

ENG 2120African American LiteratureGEN ED: Literary Studies Designation; Integrative Learning Experience (Theme: “American Culture: Past and Present”)
A critical study of the work of outstanding African-American writers. 
Prerequisite: R C 1000
ENG 2130Ethnic LiteratureGEN ED: Literary Studies Designation; Integrative Learning Experience (Theme: “Intersections: Race, Class, and Gender”)
A study of major ethnic American literature, with a particular focus on Latino American, Asian American, and/or American Indian writers. 
Prerequisite: R C 1000
   
   
HIS 2301History of Colonial Latin AmericaGEN ED: Historical Studies Designation; Integrative Learning Experience (Theme: “Las Americas”)
A survey of Latin America from the ancient Indian civilizations to the wars for independence. Topics include the ancient Maya, Aztec, and Inca indians; the European discovery, conquest, and colonization of the New World; the colonial administration and exploitation of the Americas; and the independence movements which usher in the national period.
HIS 2422History of Africa Since 1850A survey which examines such topics as tradition and change in African cultures, the European partition and the African response, colonial systems, the Pan-African movement, the road to independence, and contemporary issues confronting independent Africa. 
HIS 3536Land of the Free, Home of the SlaveStudents in this course study the history of slavery and freedom in America with about equal focus on the experience of enslavement (colonial America to Emancipation) and the legacies of slavery down to the present (such as mass incarceration and debates over Confederate monuments).  Students will read novels, autobiographies, testimonies, and commentaries by noted African Americans (such as Octavia Butler's Kindred and Ta-Nehisi Coates's Between the World and Me).  They will also view films and documentaries related to slavery and its legacies (I Am Not Your Negro, 13th, Django!, etc.).  The class will be centered on discussions and student projects; lecturing by the professional will occur only occasionally.  By the end of the course, students will be able to communicate perceptively, candidly, and persuasively about historical and artistic issues related to slavery, freedom, race, and inequity in American life; they will express their command of the subject through multimedia projects, presentations, larger essays, short papers, and quizzes.
   
   
IDS 3330Introduction to Africana Studies

This course offers students the opportunity to examine the complex historical, social, political, and cultural issues of peoples of Africa and the African Diaspora. Central themes of this multi-disciplinary course include examinations of pre-colonial African societies, slavery in the Atlantic Basin and in the New World, the evolution of race and racism, and African influences in communities outside of the continent. (Same as HIS 3330.) This course is the required introductory course for the Africana Studies Minor. In the History department, it counts as a ANY geographic designator. (Global Learning Opportunity course)

   
   
MUS 1117Gospel ChoirA non-auditioned choral ensemble open to all members of the campus community. Literature performed is drawn from the African American religious experience and performances reflect that ethnic background. Rehearsal three hours.
May be repeated for credit. 
MUS 2014Jazz Music in American Society

GEN ED: Fine Arts Designation; Liberal Studies Experience

Jazz may be the United States' only original contribution to music. Due to its comparatively recent emergence as a recognized art form, a great deal of confusion exists as to the meaning, origins, development, and the place of jazz relative to other areas of music. This course will define jazz as precisely as possible and show its evolution in the historical background of the United States.

MUS 2018Introduction to World MusicGEN ED: Fine Arts Designation; Integrative Learning Experience (Theme: “Imagination, Innovation, and Meaning”)
A survey of musics representing international cultures. Emphasis is placed on the role of music in various life experiences. Lecture three hours. (Global Learning Opportunity course)
   
REL 2130ISLAMIC RELIGION & CULTUREA selective survey of the religion and its expression in Islamic civilization from the time of the prophet Muhammad to the contemporary Islamic revival. 
(Global Learning Opportunity course)
P S 3542Civil Rights Movements and American Politics 
SOC 1100Social Problems in American SocietyGEN ED: Social Science Designation; Integrative Learning Experience (Theme: “Revolutions: Social and Political”)
A survey course which examines the major social problems in America today, such as poverty, racism, sexism, aging, militarism and war, environmental abuse, crime, mental illness, drug abuse and alcoholism.
SOC 2050Social Diversity and InequalityGEN ED: Social Science Designation; Integrative Learning Experience (Theme: “Intersections: Race, Class, and Gender”)
This course utilizes intersectionality as a conceptual anchor to examine the social diversity, inequality, and power differentials that exist with the United States and abroad. Among the topics covered are how such social identities of race, ethnicity, gender, social class, sexuality, religion, nationality, region, and other social statuses are related to social stratification, intergroup relations, and other social patterns. Discussion centers on how these socially-constructed statuses provide rationales for privilege and oppression and their relationship to the structural distribution of power and control across contexts.
SOC 4560Race and EthnicityCritically examines how race and ethnicity are socially constructed, defined, and perpetuated throughout social institutions. Utilizes sociological theories and current research that demonstrate the extent of racial/ethnic inequalities. Social justice efforts to reduce racial and ethnic inequalities are also addressed. 
   
THR 2020World Culture and Performance StudiesGEN ED: Fine Arts Designation; Integrative Learning Experience (Theme: “Expressions of Culture”)
This course applies insights from performance art, theatre, dance and other art forms. Its interdisciplinary approach will allow students to have the opportunities to study the unique role of “performance” in various aspects of our society as well as the world today. The class will explore the concept of performance, and special attention will be paid to issues of multiculturalism and the cultural, political, historical, social, economic and technological contexts of performance studies. 
(Global Learning Opportunity course)
   
UCO 1200Neither Black nor White: A Study of Slavery in the Ancient and Modern World The First Year Seminar (UCO 1200) provides students with an introduction to the four goals of a liberal education at Appalachian State University. Specifically, students will practice (1) thinking critically and creatively and (2) communicating effectively. In addition, students will be introduced to the learning goals of (3) making local-to-global connections and (4) understanding responsibilities of community membership. (Global Learning Opportunity course) While each First Year Seminar course engages a unique topic examined from multiple perspectives, each course also introduces students to a common set of transferable skills. As such, First Year Seminar facilitates student engagement with: fellow students, the university, the community, and the common reading; essential college-level research and information literacy skills; and the habits of rigorous study, intellectual growth, and lifelong learning. 

Summer 2018

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