Winter 2019 Courses

BST 202: Intro. to Black Studies
Instructor: Prof. Turiya Autry
Online
Overview of African, African American, Afro-Latin@ and Caribbean studies and the historical and theoretical underpinnings of black studies and inter – and multidisciplinary fields of study.
 

BST 206: Caribbean Studies
Instructor: Dr. Pedro Ferbel-Azcarate
TR 10:00 – 11:50 am
Interdisciplinary examination of the historical and cultural experience of the Caribbean and Afro-Latin@. Special attention will be given to issues in the creation of multicultural society, such as the dynamics of resistance and the interplay of cultural identity and political domination.
 

BST 207: Race, Class, and Gender
Instructor: Dr. Derrais Carter
TR 12:00 – 1:50 pm
Analysis of the intersections of the socially constructed categories of race, class, and gender in African diasporic societies.
 

BST 325U: Race and Ethnicity in Latin America
Instructor: Dr. Ethan Johnson
MW 2:00 – 3:50 pm
African descent in Latin America using theoretical and empirical research on race and ethnicity in the region. Regional and national variations concerning racial and ethnic identity and the intersection of race/ethnicity, gender, and social class and an exploration of how Blackness is contested in the media.
**CLUSTERS: American Identities, Global Perspectives
 

BST 339U: Afro-Futurisms/Black Science Fiction
Instructor: Dr. Ethan Johnson
TR 10:00 – 11:50 am
This class begins with the historical roots of Afro-Futurisms/Black Science Fiction. Using selected reading the class will compare and contrast the science fiction and fantasy written by Africans & African Diaspora authors. Will also explore in movies and television the contributions of Black people in science fiction.
**CLUSTERS: Popular Culture
 

BST 345U: Black Popular Music: Contextualizing the Black Experience
Instructor: Dr. Derrais Carter
TR 8:00 – 9:50 am
Explore and contextualize the cultural politics of Black popular music and its implications as a vehicle for interrogating race, class, gender, and sexuality in contemporary U.S. culture. Historical unfolding and developing trends used to demonstrate relevant and associated black experience(s).
**CLUSTERS: Examining Popular Culture   
 

BST 351U: African American Literature
Instructor: Prof. Turiya Autry
ONLINE
A study of African American literature from its oral and folk beginnings to the present.  This is the first course in a sequence of two: BST 351U and BST 352U. This is the same course as ENG 351U and may be taken only once for credit.
**Crosslisted with ENG 351U
**CLUSTERS: American Identities, Global Perspectives
 

BST 363U: African Cinema and African Cultures
Instructor: Dr. Joseph Smith-Buani
F 5:30 – 9:10 pm
African cultures are explored through reviews of African cinema using an annual Portland film festival occurring during the term, and/or in-class screenings. Nature and relevance of African cinema are examined from global perspectives and approaches to film analysis and interpretations; the impact and contributions to understanding African cultures are discussed.
**CLUSTERS: Global Perspectives, Examining Popular Culture
 

BST 396: Research Methodologies in Black Studies
Instructor: Dr. Shirley Jackson
TR 10:00 – 11:50 am
Introduces students to the process of conducting research using qualitative research methods in the humanities and social sciences. Exploration of research methods including, but not limited to, interviewing, content analysis, archival research, library research, Internet research, and participant-observation.
**Prerequisites:  BST 202, BST 203, BST 204 or BST 206, and upper-division standing
 

BST 410: Topic: Food Justice
Instructor: Dr. Pedro Ferbel-Azcarate
TR 2:00 – 3:50 pm
This class approaches food justice from a holistic perspective, which considers the complexities and intersections of ecological, cultural, nutritional, political and socioeconomic factors in the production and consumption of food. We study the historical background and diversity of African American, Caribbean and Afro-Latino foodways, known by both their emblematic cultural continuity from Africa and by their syncretic, creolized cooking styles, marked by the innovation and blending of cultural backgrounds from Africa, the Americas, Europe and Asia. We will assess culinary traditions around soul food as they apply to food justice, especially as a form of cultural and political resistance in colonized, transnational and globalized society. Throughout the class, we will apply insights from the study of soul food toward an analysis of diet, equity, and food access in our own daily cultural and eating practices, as students in contemporary Portland, Oregon, USA.
 

BST 412U: Oregon African American History
Instructor: Dr. Darrell Millner
W 5:30 – 9:10 pm
Examination of the black experience in Oregon history. Topics include the slavery controversy in early Oregon development, contributions of blacks to the growth of the state, black migration during World War II, the Vanport flood, and various legislative actions related to black status in Oregon.
**Prerequisites: BST 202 or BST 204, and upper-division status
**CLUSTERS: American Identities
 

BST 467U: African Development Issues
Instructor: Dr. Joseph Smith-Buani
Time to be determined
An examination of the causes of poverty and underdevelopment of the African continent. A comparative analysis of pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial circumstances will be conducted.
**Prerequisite: BST 211
**CLUSTERS: Global Perspectives