PHIL 360
The Political Thought of Frantz Fanon Fall 2019
Division II Writing Skills
Cross-listed LEAD 360 / PHIL 360 / PSCI 370 / AFR 360

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Martinican psychiatrist, philosopher, and revolutionary Frantz Fanon was among the leading critical theorists and Africana thinkers of the twentieth century. Fanon ushered in the decolonial turn in critical theory, a move calling on those both within and outside of Europe to challenge the coloniality of the age and to forge a new vision of politics in the postcolonial period. This course is an advanced seminar devoted to a comprehensive examination of Fanon’s political thought. We will begin with an analysis of primary texts by Fanon and end by considering how Fanon has been interpreted by his contemporaries as well as activists and critical theorists writing today.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 10
Class#: 1022
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: attendance and participation, weekly online reading response papers, a class presentation, two 7-page essays, and one 20-page final research paper
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Africana Studies concentrators, Leadership Studies concentrators, and Political Science majors
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
LEAD 360 Division II PHIL 360 Division II PSCI 370 Division II AFR 360 Division II
WS Notes: Students write weekly online reading response papers, two 7-page essays, and one 20-page final research paper. Students receive written feedback from me throughout, meet with me 1-on-1 to discuss 7-page essays to then revise/re-submit and also receive written feedback before final submission. Students will receive from the instructor timely comments on their writing skills, with suggestions for improvement.
Attributes: AFR Core Electives
AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora
AMST Critical and Cultural Theory Electives
PSCI Political Theory Courses

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