MLS 625  2K

Professor Edmund Abaka
Monday & Wednesday| 6:00-9:35pm | MB 214F

Southern Africa From Pre-Settlement to Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela epitomizes the resistance of the people of South Africa against apartheid. This course takes up the theme of resistance to discrimination and apartheid in South Africa. It examines South African history at four critical junctures: the early contact with Europeans, the Mfecane, the introduction of apartheid, and the activities of the African National Congress and the people of Southern Africa in the overthrow of apartheid. First, we shall examine Southern African society before the arrival of the Dutch in 1652. Second we shall analyze the establishment of the Dutch settlement and the relations between Africans and settlers in the context of the settler expansion inland and the appropriation of the lands of various peoples of Southern Africa. The next segment will look at the discovery of gold and diamond at the Witwatersrand and Kimberly respectively and the implications for South Africans, especially in terms of labor and race relations. The final segment of the course will focus on the institutionalization of the apartheid system, the mechanics of the system and African and responses. We shall lay emphasis on the internal struggles and external pressures that helped in the collapse of apartheid and the release of Nelson Mandela to become the president of a multi-racial South African society.

MLS 799 2U

Professor Tom Lopez
Tuseday & Thursday| 6:00-9:35pm | MB 214F

Seminar in Visual Thinking

A graduate seminar introducing a variety of critical and analytical methods, from formalism to deconstruction. The class is designed to expand the knowledge of students in the areas of critical theory, esthetics, media theory, psychology and politics. With a concentration focus on expanding the vocabulary of thinking and talking about art, television, film and media within the plethora of ism’s (Modernism, Post-Modernism, Feminism etc.). The goal of the class is for the student to be able to view and understand image function as sign and metaphor from a variety of theoretical positions. The class will view and discuss paintings, photography, film, advertising, television and computer as an analytical background for value, sign and structural systems.