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POLS 211 Contemporary Black Social and Political Thought

3 s.h.

A survey of the political and social theories underpinning the struggle for liberation, legitimacy, and upliftment in the African Diaspora, primarily the U.S. This course will examine such political and social issues as nationalism and separatism, the concept of race and identity, the problems of political representation, the notion of black authenticity and solidarity, the unsettled issues of colorism, interracial dialogue and relationships, reparations and social justice, and the influences of Marxism, Christian Socialism, and the growing black conservative movement. Readings will include selections from Du Bois, Alaine Locke, Frantz Franon, King, Cornel West, M.E. Dyson, Lani Guinier, and others. Offered irregularly. (LA, H3)

Cross-listed as ALS 211.

Prerequisite: SoS.

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