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Fall 2019 Online Courses


Fall 19 Online Courses

HP 2151-80: NW Empire Writes Back (ZOOM COURSE), Instructor: Diane Panozzo

Meets: TR 11:00-12:15PM Meets A&S (G) Global

This course is an introduction to Postcolonial literature and studies with the focus on African writers and writers who have written about the “postcolonial period” in Africa.  This seminar will take an episodic approach that avoids both a linear narrative of the field and the survey tendency with its claim to an “overview.” The course is conceived as a series of loosely-connected excursions into a vast field of inquiry, asking more questions than it answers. What does the term “post colonialism” mean? When exactly does the postcolonial begin? What are the theoretical and political implications of using such an umbrella term to designate the ensemble of writings by those subjects whose identities and histories have been shaped by the colonial encounter?  

Some of the important African writers we will read; Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, J.M. Coetzee, Nadine Gordimer, Athol Fugard, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and others.


HP 3152-40: MDS Mass Media and Collective Consciousness, Instructor: Adrian Molina, JD

Meets: ONLINE, Meets (H) Humanities

This is a topics course that addresses the following contemporary issues: the development of collective consciousness; the history of propaganda; functions of mass media; the rise of corporate media as big business; how mass media affects public opinion; journalism and ethical considerations; pop culture's relationship to American values and standards; the nature of news coverage and news filters; access to media and social justice concerns; functions of art and entertainment; critiques of mass media and pop culture; alternative forms of media, social media consumption, futurism, Afrofuturism and Indigenous futurism, and various issues surrounding technology, sustainability and humanity.  


HP 3153: Modes: Art and Culture of Hip Hop, Instructor: Adrian Molina, JD

Meets: ONLINE Meets USP- (H) Humanities, A&S (D) Diversity Core

This course is an inter- and multi-disciplinary course that explores a culture and form of music that hundreds of millions of young people throughout the world identify with.  Hip-Hop was born in the South Bronx, NY in the early 1970s, where African-American, Latino, and immigrant populations were essentially cast off as a result of the construction of the Cross Bronx Expressway, white flight into the suburbs, and the politics of abandonment.  Hip-Hop music and culture has now spread throughout the world, and regardless of whether the discussion is about mainstream gangster rap or underground, socially and political conscious Hip-Hop, this emerging field of study has broad, cultural, social, political, and economic implications.  Students will explore the following issues in this course: race relations, racism, sexism and misogyny, class struggle, urbanization, white flight, pan-ethnicity and ethnic/cultural diasporas, civil rights era activism, post-civil rights Black and Latina/o leadership, activism through art, globalization, the commodification of art and culture in corporate America, and the perpetuation of racism and sexism through mass media. 

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