Pan-African Studies (PAS)

PAS 500. Cooperative Internship in Pan-African Studies3-6 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Prerequisite(s): 12 hours PAS above introductory level.

Description: Assignment with a public agency or organization. Written report and periodic consultation with a professor may be required.

Note: May be repeated for credit but only 3 hours apply towards major or minor.

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PAS 505. The Black Atlantic3 Units

Prerequisite(s): 12 hours PAS credit or consent of instructor.

Description: Examination of the intercultural and transnational linkage of Africans in England, North and South America, the Caribbean and the African continent. (Social Sciences)

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PAS 506. Service Learning3 Units

Description: Placement of students in nonprofit organizations in the Louisville metropolitan region to provide research or programmatic assistance to local community groups. Written reports and frequent consultation with a professor may be required.

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PAS 508. Independent Study3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Prerequisite(s): Overall GPA of 3.0, a GPA of 3.5 in the department and at least 18 semester hours credit in the department.

Description: Independent study on a topic related to the African Diaspora.

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PAS 509. Advanced Contemporary Trends in African-American Art3 Units

Prerequisite(s): 300-level Art History course.

Description: Survey of contemporary African-American art since the 1960s into current trends today. Examination of contemporary paintings, sculpture, fabric art, folk art, public art, and installation art. (Humanities)

Note: Undergraduate credit may not be earned for this course and PAS 308 or ARTH 349.
Note: Cross-listed with ARTH 549.

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PAS 510. Advanced Topics in Afro-American and African Studies3 Units

Description: Advanced study of a particular topic, issue or area in African-American culture or history, to be announced in Schedule of Courses.

Note: May be repeated as topics vary, but no more than six hours will be accepted in the major.

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PAS 513. U.S. Social Justice Movements3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Junior-level standing.

Description: Course will begin with abolitionism, then concentrate on social justice upsurges of the 20th century, with emphasis on women in the civil rights and Black liberation movements. (Social Sciences)

Note: Cross-listed with WGST 513, HIST 513, and SCHG 513.

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PAS 514. History of Pan-African Social Thought3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor.

Description: Contributions of African and African-American social theorists from Marcus Garvey to Cornell West; role of ideology in relations of domination and oppression. (Social Sciences)

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PAS 520. The Black Family - WR3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Senior standing.

Description: Nature and function of African-American familial systems from the slave era to the present. Emphasis on impact of public policy on socioeconomic and political status of Black family structures. (Social Sciences)

Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR).

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PAS 529. Teacher Institute on African-American Issues3 Units

Description: An introduction to Pan-African Studies focusing on multicultural educational strategies for public school educators. (Social Sciences)

Note: Cross-listed with EDAP 590.

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PAS 531. Survey of African-American History and Culture for Teachers3 Units

Description: An intensive survey of the history and culture of African Americans for teachers. (Social Sciences)

Note: Cross-listed with EDAP 592.

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PAS 532. Slave Trade and Slavery in the African World3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Senior or graduate standing.

Description: An in-depth examination of the evolution and characteristics in the western world, the mechanics and organization of the African slave trade, the nature and types of slave societies established in Europe and the Americas, and the impact of slave trade in Africa. (Social Sciences)

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PAS 533. The History and Popular Culture of the African Diaspora3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Senior or graduate standing.

Description: An intensive, comparative examination of selected topics linking the history and culture of persons of African ancestry in the United States, the Caribbean region, Latin America and Africa. (Social Sciences)

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PAS 535. History of African Americans in Kentucky3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Senior standing or faculty consent.

Description: The history of African Americans in Kentucky from the settlement of the trans-Appalachian region to the present. Special attention to the history of African Americans in Louisville and Jefferson County. The use of primary, secondary, and oral historical sources will be emphasized. (Social Sciences)

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PAS 540. Pedagogy of African Studies3 Units

Description: Designed for teachers preparing to introduce African Studies materials to primary and secondary school students. (Social Sciences)

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PAS 541. Cultural Heritage,Tourism, and Globalization3 Units

Description: This course is designed to familiarize you with the anthropological literature on the origins, nature, and character of tourism. It will analyze the way cultural heritage sites become contested spaces, representative of memory, nationhood, history, and culture with particular emphasis on Jewish history and culture in Europe and African Americans in the U.S. (Social Sciences)

Note: Cross-listed with ANTH 532.

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PAS 542. Black Women's Voices - WR3 Units

Prerequisite(s): At least 6 (six) credit hours in SS or HU or consent from faculty.

Description: Global synopsis of black women's studies and social thoughts. Highlights roadblocks and bridges experienced. Captures race, gender, class and spatial dimensions. (Social Sciences)

Note: Cross-listed with WGST 543.
Note: Approved for the Arts & Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR).
Note: Credit may not be earned for both PAS 542/WGST 543 and PAS 643/WGST 643.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

PAS 546. African Languages in the Diaspora3 Units

Prerequisite(s): junior standing.

Description: Course investigates the intersections of linguistic behavior from the perspective of the global African Diaspora. Explores the many manifestations of African and other linguistic influences as seen through an analysis of various media. (Humanities)

Note: Credit may not be earned for this course and PAS 346.

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PAS 547. Language, Race, Class and Gender3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Junior standing.

Description: Course investigates the intersections of linguistic behavior with questions of race, class and gender. Students will gain an understanding of the multiple characteristics of communication. (Humanities)

Note: Credit may not be earned for this course and WGST 547.
Note: Cross-listed with WGST 547.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

PAS 548. Black Museums and Cultural Heritage3 Units

Prerequisite(s): 6 credit hours completed in Anthropology or Pan African Studies.

Description: Examination of historical and cultural dimensions of museums and heritage sites in Africa and Africa Diaspora. Representation of Africana ethnic groups depicted in museum setting and public culture. (Social Sciences)

Note: Graduate credit may not be earned for both PAS 548 and PAS 648.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

PAS 550. African Popular Culture3 Units

Description: Examination of the popular arts of Africa, focusing on the variety of aesthetic forms, performance styles, and the sociocultural and political contexts in which they are found. (Humanities)

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PAS 551. Studies in African-American Literature3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 102 or ENGL 105 and junior standing.

Description: In-depth study of selected movements, topics, or groupings of African-American writers. (Humanities)

Note: Cross-listed with ENGL 550.

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PAS 566. Race and Gender in Psychological Research3 Units

Description: Critical review of psychology with respect to issues of race and gender. Examines theory and research paradigms, modern, postmodern and Afrocentric methodologies. (Social Sciences)

Note: Cross-listed with PSYC 566.

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PAS 567. Post-Colonial Voices: Writing "Experience" in African Literature - WR3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 102, or ENGL 105, or junior standing.

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PAS 575. Genre Studies in African-American Literature3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 102 or ENGL 105, and junior standing.

Description: In-depth study of a selected genre of African-American literature. (Humanities)

Note: Cross-listed with ENGL 575.

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PAS 577. The Harlem Renaissance3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 102 or ENGL 105; and Junior standing.

Description: In-depth study of the literature of the Harlem Renaissance in relation to other literary and artistic productions of the period and to cultural and historical contexts. (Humanities)

Note: Cross-listed with ENGL 577.

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PAS 578. The Music of the Black Church3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Description: This course is designed for the upper division or graduate student in music or Pan-African studies and explores the historical and musical development of African-American sacred music from slavery to the present; from Spirituals to traditional and contemporary Gospel music. Special emphasis is given to the impact that this music has had on African-American culture in the United States, which represents a synthesis of African and European cultures into a unique hybrid with its own tradition of development.

Note: Cross-listed with MUS 578.

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PAS 581. Pan-African Art: Form and Content3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor.

Description: Similarities and differences in African-American folk art, Caribbean folk art and traditional African art. (Humanities)

Note: Cross-listed with ARTH 544.

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PAS 586. Field Research3-6 Units

Prerequisite(s): 12 hours PAS credit or consent of instructor.

Description: On-site field study of a particular aspect of society in the African Diaspora.

Note: Maximum of 6 credit hours, depending upon project.

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PAS 590. Studies in African History - WR3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Junior standing or faculty consent.

Description: Intensive study of a particular topic chosen by the instructor, for example, slavery and the slave trade, traditional kingdoms. (Social Sciences)

Note: Cross-listed with HIST 590.
Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR).
Note: Nine prior hours of HIST or PAS is recommended.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

PAS 601. Pan-African Research3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Admission to graduate school.

Description: Students learn the tools necessary to conduct research and challenge Eurocentric biases in traditional modes of inquiry. It asks: are there distinctive methods that are appropriate in studying people and issues from the African Diaspora and other Non-Western Societies?

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PAS 602. Theories And Issues in Pan-African Studies3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Admission to graduate school.

Description: PAS 602 explores the historical development, major theoretical perspectives, salient contemporary issues, long-term research agenda and future trends of the multi-disciplinary field of Pan-African Studies.

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PAS 604. Thesis3 Units

Grading Basis: Pass/Fail

Prerequisite(s): Completion of 24 hours toward MA in Pan-African Studies.

Description: Thesis research for the Masters of Arts in Pan-African Studies.

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PAS 605. Special Topics in Pan-African Studies3 Units

Description: Examination of a specific social, cultural or historical theme related to persons of African ancestry, past or present, in one or more regions of the world.

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PAS 606. Independent Study1-3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing.

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PAS 613. Seminar on Black Political Economy3 Units

Description: Seminar focusing on the economic status and role of African Americans in the US with emphasis on the Southern United States.

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PAS 614. History of Pan-African Social Thought3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing.

Description: Writings and critiques of the major African descended thinkers of the 20th Century. Special emphasis on the ideas of Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. DuBois, Marcus Garvey, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcolm X.

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PAS 615. Theories of Race and Racism3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Students must be enrolled in a graduate program.

Description: This course provides an intensive examination of the evolution, meaning, and significance of race and racism as historical and social constructs. Prominent theories of race and racism are examined. (Social Sciences)

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PAS 616. African-American Philosophy3 Units

Description: Analysis of works and theories of major recent and contemporary African-American philosophies within the themes of Pan-African debates.

Note: Cross-listed with PHIL 616.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

PAS 617. African-American Public History3 Units

Description: Examination of the key issues, primary and secondary sources, and research methods for studying the African-American experience. Exploration of the challenges and strategies related to interpreting and preserving the African-American experience at historical sites, in museums and in other public settings. (Social Sciences)

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PAS 618. Museums and Culture: Exhibiting African Americans and Others3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Restricted to graduate students.

Description: The ways in which the history and culture of African Americans and others have been depicted in the museums, expositions and "world fairs" of the United States.

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PAS 619. Advanced Seminar in African-American Studies3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing.

Description: An intensive examination of selected topics in African-American history and culture.

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PAS 620. Black Literature & Popular Culture3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Restricted to graduate students.

Description: Explores the relationship between the black literacy and popular arts in Africa, the United States and the Caribbean taking into consideration a variety of aesthetic forms, performance styles, struggles, conflicts and pleasures that matter to the majority of contemporary black people in their richly-diverse lived experiences.

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PAS 621. Religions of the African Diaspora3 Units

Description: Exploration of religious practices of the African World: Yoruba, Santeria, Vodun/Voodoo, Rastafarianism, and Gullah with an emphasis on their African and syncretic natures.

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PAS 622. Theories of the Pan-African Diaspora3 Units

Prerequisite(s): PAS 602 and PAS 614; special permission is required for any Social Sciences prerequisite waivers.

Description: The course gives students a foundation on which to build their intellectual base, challenge the social construction of knowledge,and provide an epistemological stance for Black Studies. The course also highlights the role of human agency in research and scholarship as well as in political, social, and cultural movements.

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PAS 623. Qualitative Research Strategies and Pan-African Research3 Units

Prerequisite(s): PAS 601.

Description: Introduction to the process elements, the tools and the analytical skills required to collect and analyze qualitative data. Approaches qualitative research designs and various qualitative research methodologies and modes of inquiry. (Social Sciences)

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PAS 624. Quantitative Research Strategies and Pan-African Research3 Units

Prerequisite(s): PAS 601.

Description: Principles of quantitative methodology. Specifically, students learn how to craft a research question, identify an appropriate sample, conduct a quantitative analysis, and interpret the results. (Social Sciences)

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PAS 625. African Americans in Contemporary American Society3 Units

Description: An intensive, multi-disciplinary examination of the status of African Americans in the Post-Civil Rights Era (since 1970). Focus specifically on the demography, politics, social-cultural, educational and economic realities of contemporary African Americans.

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PAS 626. Black Heritage Preservation3 Units

Description: An introduction to the interpretive, legal, social and political aspects of historical preservation with a focus on the Black experience, preservation laws, and the power of public memory. Introduction to local, state, and national agencies responsible for site designation, oversight and protection of historic sites and legacies, as well as the research and documentation necessary to obtain historical site designations. (Social Sciences)

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PAS 627. Undergroud Railroad in the Diaspora3 Units

Description: Applied research on the people, events, causes,and methods employed in creating, sustaining, and operating a national and international Underground Railroad movement. (Social Sciences)

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PAS 628. African-American Education3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Must be enrolled in a graduate program.

Description: The purpose of this course is to immerse students in a critical discussion of the history and current debates around African-American education. It is the goal of this course to develop students' understanding of the importance of education in the lives of all Americans, particularly African Americans, and the struggle for equality that continues today. (Social Sciences)

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PAS 630. The Life and Times of Malcolm X3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing.

Description: An examination of the career of Malcolm X that engages the intersections of his political thought and public advocacy with broader trends in the United States and world affairs including colonialism and decolonization, the U.S. Civil Rights Movement, and the Black Arts and Black Power movements. The course critically examines his ideas about culture, history, and identity, and analyzes the use to which the figure of Malcolm X is put in the United States; popular culture and historical discourses. (Social Sciences).

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PAS 639. Public History in African Diaspora3 Units

Description: Key issues, primary and secondary sources, and research methods for studying the experiences of persons of African ancestry in the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, and Brazil. Examination of the challenges and strategies related to interpreting and preserving the Diasporic experience at historic sites, in museums and other public settings. (Social Sciences)

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

PAS 643. Black Women's Voices3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing.

Description: Global synopsis of black women's studies and social thoughts. Highlights roadblocks and bridges experienced. Captures race, gender, class and spatial dimensions.

Note: Cross-listed with WGST 643.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

PAS 645. Southern Women: Black and White3 Units

Description: Course focuses on questions of identity of southern women, black and white by contrasting stereotypes and ideals with realities for these women in the slave, Jim Crow, and modern south.

Note: Cross-listed with WGST 645.
Note: Credit may not be earned for this course and PAS 545 or WGST 545.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

PAS 648. Black Museums and Cultural Heritage3 Units

Description: Examination of historical and cultural dimensions of museums and heritage sites in Africa and the African Diaspora. Representation of Africana ethnic groups depicted in museum setting and public culture.(Social Sciences)

Note: Graduate credit may not be earned for both PAS 548 & PAS 648.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

PAS 649. African Americans in Louisville, Kentucky3 Units

Description: In-depth examination of the history of African Americans in Louisville, Kentucky from the settlement of trans-Appalachian west to present. Through the use of primary, secondary and oral historical sources, the course will focus on the social, cultural, political and economic dimensions of African-American life in Kentucky's largest metropolitan area. (Social Sciences)

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PAS 650. Seminar on Black Culture: Herskovits3 Units

Description: Examination of social science literature surrounding the origins, nature and function of African-American culture and its evolution over more than a hundred-year period. Ethnographic and theoretical perspectives will be examined in concert with government policies, funding agencies and scholars who acted as research "gatekeepers", as well as the historical counters during which these theories were developed. (Social Science)

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PAS 657. African Philosophy3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing.

Description: This course gives students a general descriptive and analytical introduction to the ideas and themes in African philosophy through careful readings of the texts which address a cluster of topics.

Note: Cross-listed with PHIL 657.

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PAS 664. Approaching African-American Theatre3 Units

Description: Theoretical approaches and practical methods of performing, designing, staging and teaching theatre, literature, and art that spring from an Afrocentric perspective. Designed to prepare students to integrate African-American topics into their teaching and to collaborate successfully as artists.

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PAS 686. Field Study3-6 Units

Prerequisite(s): Admission to graduate school.

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PAS 701. Doctoral Exam Preparation3-6 Units

Grading Basis: Pass/Fail

Prerequisite(s): Permission of the department's graduate studies director.

Description: Reading in preparation for the comprehensive and special topics examinations.

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PAS 702. Dissertation Research2-9 Units

Grading Basis: Pass/Fail

Prerequisite(s): Permission of the department's graduate studies director.

Description: Conduct of research for dissertation.

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PAS 703. Pro-Seminar, Pan-African Studies0 Units

Grading Basis: Pass/Fail

Prerequisite(s): Permission of department's graduate studies director.

Description: Conduct of professional seminars and workshops.

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