PSCI 348
The Black Radical Tradition Spring 2019
Division II Writing Skills
Cross-listed AFR 348 / PSCI 348 / LEAD 348
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The black radical tradition is a modern tradition of thought and action begun after transatlantic slavery’s advent. Contemporary social science and the humanities overwhelmingly portray it as a critique of black politics in the latter’s liberal, libertarian, and conservative forms. This tutorial unsettles that framing, first by situating the black radical tradition as a species of black politics, and second through expanding the boundaries of black politics beyond the United States. Central to the black radical tradition’s architecture are inquiries into the concepts of freedom, race, equality, rights, and humanism; meaning of “radical”; the national-transnational relationship; notions of leadership; status of global capitalism; the nexus of theory and praxis; and revolutionary politics. We begin with examinations of these central notions and debates, and then move to investigations of the political thought of four key late modern Afro-Caribbean and African-American thinkers within the tradition: Walter Rodney, Sylvia Wynter, Cedric Robinson, and Angela Davis.
The Class: Type: tutorial
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 3047
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: attendance; five 5-page essays, five 2-page critiques, and one 1-page essay for the final class
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: none; open to all
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:
AFR 348 Division II PSCI 348 Division II LEAD 348 Division II
Attributes: AFR Core Electives
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