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Ebony Tower: The Rise of Black Studies
AFAM 118
Fall 2014
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: AMST 117

This course will examine the emergence and development of Black Studies as a field of academic study. We will consider the historical origins and political implications of Black Studies and the appearance of courses, programs and departments on college campuses around the country starting in 1968, paying attention to the involvement of black student protest and the engagement of black community organizations off campus; the impact of social movements for Black Power, Third World solidarity, and education reform; and the role of white overseers in the form of philanthropic organizations and college administrations. In addition, we will explore the relationship between institutionalized Black Studies units (courses, programs, and departments) and traditional academic fields and disciplines with respect to theory, methodology, pedagogy, and purpose in order to understand how and why Black Studies scholarship advances interpretations of American (or Western) history and culture that challenge and disrupt conventional narratives about those topics. Lastly, we will consider the relationship between Black Studies and Black communities, as well as off-campus efforts to research, teach, and learn about the Black experience that coincided with the formalization of Black Studies in the academy.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS AFAM
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above

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