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Note: Some course information is subject to change. Consult a couneslor and www.ASSIST.org for the latest and most complete information on acceptability of credit to the CSU and UC systems and general education satisfaction. For more information on units, requisites, grading options and other policies, please see the latest Merritt College Catalog and the appropriate administrative office.

AFRAM 2
Black Economics
3 units, 3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Acceptable for credit: CSU, UC
Concentration on those areas of the U.S. economy that affect African Americans the most: Economic contributions of slave labor; the connection between race, gender and wages, Black entrepreneurs, philosophies of economic empowerment, globalization, and a critical examination of capitalism and socialism from an African-centered perspective.  2203.00
AA/AS area 2, 5; CSU area D; IGETC area 4

AFRAM 3
Ghana: Pan African Thought and the Struggle for Africa’s Liberation
3 units, 3 hours lecture (GR)
Acceptable for credit: CSU, UC
Study of Pan African thought and world-wide African unity: Pan African ideas and movements with a focus on Kwame Nkrumah and Ghana’s independence; particular attention on the history, culture, and current conditions of the people of Ghana.  2203.00
AA/AS area 2; CSU area D; IGETC area 4

AFRAM 4
The Black Panther Party: Strategies on Organizing the People
3 units, 3 hours lecture (GR)
Acceptable for credit: CSU
In-depth examination of the Black Panther Party: Origins, philosophy, leaders, organizing strategies, community programs, FBI surveillance, and long-term impact.  2203.00
AA/AS area 2, 5; CSU area D

AFRAM 5
The African American Family in the United States
3 units, 3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Acceptable for credit: CSU, UC
History related to the formation of the black family: From slavery to current debates about the structure of black families. Examination of effects of larger demographic, political and social changes on African American families.  2203.00
AA/AS area 2, 5; CSU area D; IGETC area 4

AFRAM 8
African-American Politics
3-4 units, 3-4 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Acceptable for credit: CSU, UC
Analysis and understanding of major trends and developments in the politics of African-Americans: Emphasis on African-American politicians within the two-party system.  2203.00
AA/AS area 2, 5; CSU area D; IGETC area 4

AFRAM 10
Sociology of African-Americans
3 units, 3 hours lecture (GR)
Acceptable for credit: CSU, UC
Sociological analysis of African-American society in the United States: Political, economic, religious, and judicial systems as they affect African-Americans; emphasis on recent African-American socio-political movements.  2203.00
AA/AS area 2, 5; CSU area D; IGETC area 4

AFRAM 12
Psychology of African-Americans
3 units, 3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Acceptable for credit: CSU, UC
Principles of psychology as they relate to the African-American community: Selected social problems such as prejudice and desegregation, racial conflict, and deviancy in the community from an African-American perspective.  2203.00
AA/AS area 2, 5; CSU area D; IGETC area 4

AFRAM 13
Ethnic Perceptions in the Mass Media
3 units, 3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Also offered as Comm 13. Not open for credit to students who have completed or are currently enrolled in Comm 13.
Acceptable for credit: CSU, UC
Role of mass media in perceptions of race and culture: Social and psychological development of ethnic perceptions.  2203.00
AA/AS area 2, 5; CSU area D, IGETC area 4

AFRAM 14A
Social Psychology of African-American Male/Female Relationships
3 units, 3 hours lecture (GR)
Acceptable for credit: CSU, UC
Study and application of psychosociological concepts and research techniques exploring the dynamics of African-American male-female relationships.  2203.00
AA/AS area 2, 5; CSU area D; IGETC area 4

AFRAM 14B
Social Psychology of African-American Male/Female Relationships
3 units, 3 hours lecture (GR)
Acceptable for credit: CSU, UC
Study of psychology of male-female communications with analysis of interpersonal phenomena.  2203.00
AA/AS area 2, 5; CSU area D; IGETC area 4

AFRAM 16
The Prison Industrial Complex: African American Incarceration
3 units, 3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Acceptable for credit: CSU, UC
Overview of the criminal justice system and the growth of the prison industrial complex in the United States as it affects the African American community including: Arrest, trial, sentencing, incarceration and private industry profits.  2203.00
AA/AS area 2, 5; CSU area D; IGETC area 4

AFRAM 18
African Heritage of Latin America
3 units, 3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Also offered as M/Lat 32. Not open for credit to students who have completed or are currently enrolled in M/Lat 32.
Acceptable for credit: CSU, UC
Survey of the influence of African people throughout Latin America: Culture; music, language, religion and dance; examination of slavery, colonialism, resistance and independence movements in the region.  2203.00
AA/AS area 2, 3; CSU area C2, D; IGETC area 3B, 4

AFRAM 19
Racism in the United States
3 units, 3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Also offered as Asame 19, M/Lat 6, and Natam 19. Not open for credit to students who have completed or are currently enrolled in Asame 19, M/Lat 6, or Natam 19.
Acceptable for credit: CSU, UC
Exploration of the development of modern racism in the United States: Economic, socio-cultural, and psychological implications; and resistances to its effects from African-American, Asian-American, Mexican and Latin-American and Native American perspectives.  2203.00
AA/AS area 2, 5; CSU area D; IGETC area 4

AFRAM 25
Classical African Civilizations
3 units, 3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Acceptable for credit: CSU, UC
History, development, and contributions of classical African civilizations of the Nile River Valley (Kush, Nubia, Egypt): Examination of the scientific contributions, social and political structures, religious philosophies, artistic techniques, and technological innovations that these civilizations have made to world culture and history from 4,000 BCE to 30 BCE.  2203.00
AA/AS area 2, 3; CSU area C2, D; IGETC area 3B, 4

AFRAM 27
Afro-Caribbean History, Politics and Culture
3 units, 3 hours lecture (GR)
Acceptable for credit: CSU, UC
Historical, economic, and cultural development of the Caribbean from Native American occupation and colonization by European nations to the struggle for sovereignty: Transformation of the region by the introduction of large-scale production in agriculture and the arrival of enslaved Africans, impact of African culture and resistance to slavery and European domination by blacks in the region, different paths to economic development in the post-emancipation years, and the role of U.S. foreign policy in the twentieth century.  2203.00
AA/AS area 2, 3; CSU area C2, D; IGETC area 3B, 4

AFRAM 30
African-American History: Africa to 1865
3 units, 3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Also offered as Hist 50. Not open for credit to students who have completed or are currently enrolled in Hist 50.
Acceptable for credit: CSU, UC
Survey of the experience of African-Americans from their origins to the end of the Civil War: Emphasis on political, social and cultural developments, and change.  2203.00
AA/AS area 2, 5; CSU area C2, D; IGETC area 3B, 4: CSU American Institutions, Group 1

AFRAM 31
African-American History: 1865-1945
3 units, 3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Also offered as Hist 51. Not open for credit to students who have completed or are currently enrolled in Hist 51. Acceptable for credit: CSU, UC
Survey of the experience of African-Americans in the United States from 1865 to 1945: Emphasis on Black Reconstruction, African-American nationalism, racism, and the impact of the Depression and World War II.  2203.00
AA/AS area 2, 5; CSU area C2, D; IGETC area 3B, 4; CSU American Institutions, Group 1

AFRAM 32
African-American History: 1945 to Present
3-4 units, 3‑4 hours lecture (GR)
Also offered as Hist 52. Not open for credit to students who have completed or are currently enrolled in Hist 52. Acceptable for credit: CSU, UC
Survey of the experience of African-Americans in the United States from 1945 to the present: Emphasis on the Civil Rights movement and other contemporary issues.  2203.00
AA/AS area 2, 5; CSU area C2, D; IGETC area 3B, 4

AFRAM 33
The Roots of African-American Culture
3 units, 3 hours lecture (GR)
Acceptable for credit: CSU, UC
Historical dimensions of the African-American experience: Emphasis on formation of a distinctive African-American culture.  2203.00
AA/AS area 2, 5; CSU area D; IGETC area 4

AFRAM 38
Environmental Racism and Justice
3 units, 3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Also offered as Envmt 12. Not open for credit to student who have completed or are currently enrolled in Envmt 12.
Acceptable for credit: CSU, UC
American and global environmental policy and ethics concentrating on their impact on minorities and people of color: Unequal environmental protection; the politics of pollution, race and waste dumping; and the intersection of the Civil Rights and Environmental Justice Movements with an emphasis on civil rights, social justice, white supremacy, and the impact of the Environmental Movement on people of color.  2203.00
AA/AS area 2, 5; CSU area D; IGETC area 4; UCB American Cultures

AFRAM 39
Black World Films
3 units, 3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Acceptable for credit: CSU, UC
Examination of the image of African Americans in Hollywood films past and present: African-centered analysis for evaluating movies, which expands our understanding of Black film makers in Africa and the Western world including the Caribbean and South America.  2203.00
AA/AS area 3; CSU area C2; IGETC area 3B

AFRAM 41
African-American Writers (Fiction)
3 units, 3 hours lecture (GR)
Acceptable for credit: CSU, UC
African-American fiction writers: Emphasis on the African-American novelist and playwright; analysis of the development of each genre and the themes used.  2203.00
AA/AS area 3, 4d, 5; CSU area C2; IGETC area 3B

AFRAM 42
African-American Writers (Non-Fiction)
3 units, 3 hours lecture (GR)
Acceptable for credit: CSU, UC
African-American nonfiction writers: Emphasis on essays, autobiographies, and biographies.  2203.00
AA/AS area 3, 4d, 5; CSU area C2; IGETC area 3B

AFRAM 43
African-American Writers (Poetry)
3 units, 3 hours lecture (GR)
Acceptable for credit: CSU, UC
African-American poets (past and present): Emphasis on interpretation of ideas in poetry from the African-American perspective; creative writing required.  2203.00
AA/AS area 3, 4d, 5; CSU area C2; IGETC area 3B

AFRAM 45
Religion and the African-American Church in America
3 units, 3 hours lecture (GR)
Also offered as Human 45. Not open for credit to students who have completed or are currently enrolled in Human 45.
Acceptable for credit: CSU, UC
Survey and analysis of the role of the church in the African-American community: Impact on social, political, economic, and psychological development of African-Americans.  2203.00
AA/AS area 2, 3, 5; CSU area D; IGETC area 4

AFRAM 48NA-TZ
Selected Topics in African-American Studies
.5-5 units, 0-5 hours lecture, 0-15 hours laboratory (GR or P/NP)
Acceptable for credit: CSU
See section on Selected Topics.  2203.00

AFRAM 49
Independent Study in African-American Studies
.5‑5 units (GR)
Acceptable for credit: CSU
See section on Independent Study.  2203.00

AFRAM 248NA-TZ
Selected Topics in African-American Studies
.5-5 units, 0-5 hours lecture, 0-15 hours laboratory (GR or P/NP)
See section on Selected Topics.  2203.00