Institute of African Studies - Columbia University

Courses

African Language Courses

Fall 2013: 4th Year Arabic I: Mod Prose

Section: 
001
Call Number: 
11922
Points: 
4
Location: 
112 Knox Hall
Day/Time: 
MW 12:10pm-2:00pm
Instructor: 
Taoufik Ben-Amor

Fall 2013: Advanced Ancient Egyptian I

Call Number: 
001
Points: 
16228
Location: 
Class meets at NYU, Signature needed, Please call 854-6341
Day/Time: 
4
Instructor: 
Ogden Goelet and Stephane A. Charitos

Fall 2013: Advanced Arabic Grammar Review

Section: 
001
Call Number: 
24393
Points: 
3
Location: 
TBA
Day/Time: 
MW 10:10am-11:15am
Instructor: 
Taoufik Ben-Amor

Fall 2013: Advanced Wolof I

Section: 
001
Call Number: 
74644
Points: 
4
Location: 
N/A
Day/Time: 
N/A
Instructor: 
Mariame S Sy

Fall 2013: Advanced Zulu I

Section: 
001
Call Number: 
72238
Points: 
3
Location: 
Offered via Video Conference from Yale
Day/Time: 
TR 2:30pm-3:45pm
Instructor: 
Sandra Sanneh and Stephane A. Charitos

Fall 2013: Arabic for Heritage Speakers I

Section: 
001
Call Number: 
62640
Points: 
5
Location: 
TBD
Day/Time: 
MTWR 2:40pm – 3:45pm
Instructor: 
Youssef Nouhi

Fall 2013: Arabic Self-Narratives

Section: 
001
Call Number: 
71613
Points: 
3
Location: 
TBA
Day/Time: 
W 6:10pm-8:00pm
Instructor: 
Mahsin Al-Musawi

Fall 2013: Elementary Pulaar I

Section: 
001
Call Number: 
14723
Points: 
4
Location: 
N/A
Day/Time: 
N/A
Instructor: 
Mariame S Sy

Fall 2013: Elementary Wolof I

Section: 
001
Call Number: 
14033
Points: 
4
Location: 
TBA
Day/Time: 
TBA
Instructor: 
Mariame S Sy

Fall 2013: Elementary Yoruba I

Section: 
001
Call Number: 
64870
Points: 
4
Location: 
Offered via Video Conference from Cornell
Day/Time: 
TBD
Instructor: 
Adeolu A. Ademoyo and Stephane A. Charitos

Fall 2013: Elementary Zulu I

Section: 
001
Call Number: 
73905
Points: 
4
Location: 
112 Knox Hall
Day/Time: 
TR 6:10pm-8:00pm
Instructor: 
John Zuzo

Fall 2013: First Year Arabic I

Section: 
001-005
Call Number: 
70231, 22562, 20570, 62951, 11141
Points: 
5
Location: 
See Directory of Classes
Day/Time: 
See Directory of Classes
Instructor: 
See Directory of Classes

An introduction to the language of classical and modern Arabic literature.

Fall 2013: First Year Arabic II

Section: 
001
Call Number: 
66589
Points: 
5
Location: 
TBD
Day/Time: 
MTWR 8:50am-9:55am
Instructor: 
Ouijdane Absi

An introduction to the language of classical and modern Arabic literature.

Fall 2013: Intermediate Swahili I

Section: 
001
Call Number: 
23170
Points: 
4
Location: 
254 International Affairs Building
Day/Time: 
MW 6:10pm-8:00pm
Instructor: 
Abdul Nanji

Fall 2013: Intermediate Wolof I

Section: 
001
Call Number: 
68225
Points: 
4
Location: 
TBA
Day/Time: 
MW 2:10pm-4:00pm
Instructor: 
Mariame S Sy

Fall 2013: Intermediate Yoruba I

Section: 
001
Call Number: 
67798
Points: 
4
Location: 
Offered via Video Conference from Cornell
Day/Time: 
TBD
Instructor: 
Adeolu A. Ademoyo and Stephane A. Charitos

Fall 2013: Intermediate Zulu I

Section: 
001
Call Number: 
12083
Points: 
4
Location: 
112 Knox Hall
Day/Time: 
TR 8:10pm-10:00pm
Instructor: 
John Zuzo

Fall 2013: Introduction Ancient Egyptian Language I

Section: 
001
Call Number: 
15342
Points: 
4
Location: 
TBA
Day/Time: 
TBA
Instructor: 
Ogden Goelet and Stephane A. Charitos

Fall 2013: Private Equity and Entrepreneurship in Africa

Section: 
001
Call Number: 
N/A
Location: 
416 WJW
Day/Time: 
M 9:00am-12:15pm
Instructor: 
Paul Tierney

Students interested in applying to the course must email the following information to Sandra Merill at skm2147@columbia.edu no later than noon on Tuesday, August 27, 2013.
● 1 page resume
● 1 page application answering the following four questions addressed to Professors Low and Tierney:
1. What are your career goals?
2. What is your relevant background and experience for this class?
3. Why do you want to take this class?
4. The final project for the class is a consulting project. A student representative of each team will be required to travel to Africa for a two week field study during the winter break (travel to commence after December 23rd); these representatives may be able to cover most of the cost through student loans by working with Financial Aid - are you willing/able to travel to Africa at your own expense?

Fall 2013: Second Year Arabic I

Section: 
001-003
Call Number: 
18612, 60705, 70940
Points: 
5
Location: 
See Directory of Classes
Day/Time: 
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Instructor: 
See Directory of Classes

Prerequisite: MDES W1210-W1211 or the equivalent. A continuation of the study of the language of contemporary writing.

Fall 2013: Second Year Arabic II

Section: 
001
Call Number: 
74193
Points: 
5
Location: 
TBD
Day/Time: 
MTWR 10:10am – 11:15am
Instructor: 
Reem Faraj

Prerequisite: MDES W1210-W1211 or the equivalent. A continuation of the study of the language of contemporary writing.

Fall 2013: Third Year Arabic I

Section: 
001, 002
Call Number: 
29812, 19142
Points: 
5
Location: 
See Directory of Classes
Day/Time: 
See Directory of Classes
Instructor: 
See Directory of Classes

Fall 2013: Third Year Arabic II

Section: 
001
Call Number: 
29700
Points: 
5
Location: 
116 Knox Hall
Day/Time: 
MTWR 10:10am-11:15am
Instructor: 
Ouijdane Absi

Africana Studies

Fall 2013: Art & The Colonial Archive

Section: 
001
Call Number: 
09866
Points: 
4
Location: 
TBA
Day/Time: 
R 11:00am – 12:50pm
Instructor: 
Yvette Christianse

Fall 2013: Black Feminism in U.S. Popular Culture

Section: 
001
Call Number: 
04982
Points: 
4
Location: 
TBA
Day/Time: 
R 2:10pm – 4:00pm
Instructor: 
Celia E. Naylor

What is Black feminism? What is womanism? How do we define Black feminist and womanist thought and praxis? In what ways do Black feminists and womanists challenge European-American/Western feminist constructions and African-American nationalist ideologies? In this course we will utilize Patricia Hill Collins' seminal work, Black Sexual Politics: African Americans, Gender and the New Racism, as the core theoretical framework for our exploration and analysis of key dimensions of contemporary U.S. popular culture. We will specifically address how the work of African-American artists/scholars/activists critiques sexism, racism, classism, heterosexism and ethnocentrism within the U.S. context. In addition, we will analyze how Black feminists/womanists frame and interrogate the politics of race, gender, socioeconomic status, and sexuality in the United States during the contemporary era. In order to examine Black feminism(s) and womanism(s) in popular culture from myriad perspectives, the required readings for this course reflect a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, as well as a range of genres (e.g., essay, visual art, documentary, film, music video, and song). For this course, students will write 2 (5-7-page) essays and 1 (12-15-page) research paper. In addition to the written assignments and class participation, groups of students will co-lead selected class discussions.

Fall 2013: Caribbean Culture & Societies

Section: 
001
Call Number: 
07078
Points: 
3
Location: 
TBA
Day/Time: 
TR 4:10pm – 5:25pm
Instructor: 
Maja Horn

Multidisciplinary exploration of the Anglophone, Hispanic and Francophone Caribbean. Discusses theories about the development and character of Caribbean societies; profiles representative islands; and explores enduring and contemporary issues in Caribbean studies (race, color and class; politics and governance; political economy, the struggles for liberation; cultural and identity and migration.)

Fall 2013: Gay Harlem

Section: 
001
Call Number: 
01852
Points: 
4
Location: 
TBA
Day/Time: 
M 4:10pm – 6:00pm
Instructor: 
TBA

Fall 2013: Human Rights in Sub-Saharan Africa

Section: 
001
Call Number: 
08422
Points: 
4
Location: 
TBA
Day/Time: 
T 9:00am – 10:50am
Instructor: 
J. Paul Martin

Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor. Examines the evolution of the ideas, institutions and practices associated with social justice in Africa and their relationship to contemporary international human rights movement and focuses on the role of human rights in social change. A number of themes will re-occur throughout the course, notably tensions between norms and reality, cultural diversity, economic and political asymmetries, the role of external actors, and women as rights providers. Countries of special interest include Liberia, Senegal, South African and Tanzania.

Fall 2013: Introduction to African Studies

Section: 
001
Call Number: 
02457
Points: 
3
Location: 
TBA
Day/Time: 
MW 11:40am – 12:55pm
Instructor: 
Abosede A. George

Interdisciplinary and thematic approach to the study of Africa, moving from pre-colonial through colonial and post-colonial periods to contemporary Africa. Focus will be on its history, societal relations, politics and the arts. The objective is to provide a critical survey of the history as well as the continuing debates in Africana studies.

Fall 2013: Senior Seminar

Section: 
001
Call Number: 
07828
Points: 
4
Location: 
403 Barnard Hall
Day/Time: 
W 4:10pm – 6:00pm
Instructor: 
Tina M. Campt

A program of interdisciplinary research leading to the writing of the senior essay. Senior Seminar is not an independent study, but a structured seminar on methodology and criticism, which first results in an approved and substantial thesis proposal and annotated bibliography, and next produces the final thesis

Fall 2013: The Africana Colloquium

Section: 
001
Call Number: 
06842
Points: 
4
Location: 
403 Barnard Hall
Day/Time: 
W 2:10pm-4:00pm
Instructor: 
Kim F Hall

Prerequisites: Students must attend first day of class and admission will be decided then. Enrollment limited to 18 students. Priority will be given to Africana majors and CCIS students (Africana Studies, American Studies and Women's Studies majors; minors in Race and Ethnic Studies). General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC). Students will examine the origins and development of race-thinking in the Anglo‑American world with a particular focus on representation and reading practices. Our conversations will draw upon a number of articulations of race theory, including specific post-1980s Critical Race Theory. The course examines "race" narratives as well as critical readings on race from psychoanalytic, post‑colonial, feminist, and critical legal perspectives. These readings will be framed by several interlocking questions: how does representation both respond to and influence socioeconomic conditions? What is the relationship of race to color, ethnicity, and nation? How does race interact with other categories such as class, sexuality and gender? What cultural work is performed by racial definitions and categories such as hybridity and purity?


Anthropology

Fall 2013: Anticolonialism

Section: 
001
Call Number: 
25750
Points: 
4
Location: 
TBA
Day/Time: 
T 11:00am – 12:50am
Instructor: 
David Scott

Enrollment limit is 20. Through a careful exploration of the argument and style of three vivid anticolonial texts, C.L.R. James' The Black Jacobins, Aimé Césaire's Discourse on Colonialism, Albert Memmi's Colonizer and Colonized, and Frantz Fanon's The Wretched of the Earth, this course aims to inquire into the construction of the image of colonialism and its projected aftermaths established in anti-colonial discourse.

Fall 2013: Colonialism & The Intellectual

Section: 
001
Call Number: 
17172
Points: 
4
Location: 
TBA
Day/Time: 
T 2:10pm – 4:00pm
Instructor: 
Hlonipha A. Mokoena

Enrollment limit is 20. This course is a consideration of the choices and dilemmas faced by the category of intellectuals who have been labeled 'colonial intellectuals'.

Fall 2013: The Modern State & The Colonial Subject

Section: 
001
Call Number: 
23430
Points: 
3
Location: 
A-34 Union Theological Seminary
Day/Time: 
T 10:10am-12:10pm
Instructor: 
Mahmood Mamdani

Core Curriculum (Global Core)

Fall 2013: African Civilization

Section: 
001-003
Call Number: 
17896, 20947, 27205
Points: 
4
Location: 
See Directory of Classes
Day/Time: 
See Directory of Classes
Instructor: 
See Directory of Classes

This course is part of the Global Core of Columbia College. It provides a general introduction to some of the key intellectual debates in Africa by Africans through primary sources, including scholarly works, political tracts, fiction, art and film. Beginning with an exploration of African notions of spiritual and philosophical uniqueness and ending with contemporary debates on the meaning and historical viability of an African Renaissance, this course explores the meanings of 'Africa' and 'being African.'


French Courses

Fall 2013: Transcribing/Writing African Tales

Section: 
001
Call Number: 
12853
Points: 
3
Location: 
401 Hamilton Hall
Day/Time: 
MW 10:10am-11:25am
Instructor: 
Souleymane Diagne

History Courses

Fall 2013: A History of African Cities

Section: 
001
Call Number: 
66771
Points: 
3
Location: 
TBA
Day/Time: 
MW 10:10am – 11:25am
Instructor: 
Mamadou Diouf

Fall 2013: Gender, Sexuality, Power, Africa

Section: 
001
Call Number: 
09211
Points: 
3
Location: 
TBA
Day/Time: 
W 6:10pm – 8:00pm
Instructor: 
Abosede A. George

The central themes of the course will be changes and continuities in gender performance and the politics of gender and sexual difference within African societies; social, political, and economic processes that have influenced gender and sexual identities; connections between gender, sexuality, inequality, and activism at local, national, continental, and global scales. Readings will include key works in African gender history and the history of sexuality, along with texts, broadly construed, on gender, sexuality, and governance from other disciplines or focusing on other parts of the world. The main objective of the course is to introduce students to significant debates in the study of gender and sexuality in the African History field. Emphasis will be placed on the theoretical and methodological approaches that have informed scholarship on gender and sexuality in African History.

Fall 2013: Research Colloquium in Precolonial African History

Section: 
001
Call Number: 
83350
Points: 
4
Location: 
302 Fayerweather
Day/Time: 
R 11:00am-12:50pm
Instructor: 
Rhiannon Stephens

International Affairs

Fall 2013: Peace Operations in Fragile States

Section: 
001
Call Number: 
97548
Points: 
3
Location: 
1302 International Affairs
Day/Time: 
T 2:10pm-4:00pm
Instructor: 
Jean-Marie Guehenno

Fall 2013: Political Economy of African Development

Section: 
001, 002
Call Number: 
84787
Points: 
3
Location: 
501B International Affairs
Day/Time: 
T 2:10pm-4:00pm
Instructor: 
Akbar Noman

Fall 2013: Social Enterprise and Sustainable Development

Section: 
001
Call Number: 
61529
Points: 
3
Location: 
324 International Affairs Building
Day/Time: 
T 2:10pm-4:00pm
Instructor: 
Sara Minard

Fall 2013: The Security Council and Peace Keeping in African in the 21st Century

Section: 
001
Call Number: 
81349
Points: 
3
Location: 
405A International Affairs Building
Day/Time: 
W 11:00am-12:50pm
Instructor: 
Elisabeth Lindenmayer

Fall 2013: Theory, History, Practice of Human Rights

Section: 
001
Call Number: 
13043
Points: 
3
Location: 
402 International Affairs Building
Day/Time: 
W 11:00am-12:50pm
Instructor: 
Mahmood Mamdani

Law

Fall 2013: African Law & Development

Section: 
001
Call Number: 
11800
Points: 
3
Location: 
TBA
Day/Time: 
TBD
Instructor: 
Francis Ssekandi

This course is a study of the structure and content of the African Legal Systems and the role of domestic law and international law and institutions on the social and economic development of African countries. The materials assembled for this course are selected with a view to highlight the diversity of laws applicable in Africa and the tensions likely to emerge from the competing values and policies underlying these laws. Students in the class will, using these materials, as a point of reference, review the state of the law and judiciary in countries of their choice in Africa and evaluate the state of the constitutional, legal and judicial regimes of these countries and make suggestions for appropriate reforms, as necessary.


Political Science

Fall 2013: Aid, Violence, and Politics in Africa

Section: 
001
Call Number: 
03818
Points: 
4
Location: 
324 Milbank Hall (Barnard)
Day/Time: 
T 4:10pm-6:00pm
Instructor: 
Severine Autesserre

Fall 2013: Civil Wars and International Intervention in Africa

Section: 
001
Call Number: 
03576
Points: 
3
Location: 
304 Barnard Hall
Day/Time: 
TR 1:10pm-2:25pm
Instructor: 
Severine Autesserre

Teachers College

Fall 2013: Human Rights in Africa

Section: 
001
Call Number: 
31748
Points: 
3
Location: 
GDH 539
Day/Time: 
R 3:00pm-4:40pm
Instructor: 
Susan Russell

Fall 2013: Polit Anthro: Labor, Race, Belief

Section: 
001
Call Number: 
30792
Points: 
3
Location: 
GDH 359
Day/Time: 
W 1:00pm - 2:40pm
Instructor: 
George Bond

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