AMST 308
The Impact of Black Panther Party Intellectuals on Political Theory
Last Offered Spring 2023
Division II Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
Cross-listed LEAD 319 / PSCI 376 / INTR 320
This course is not offered in the current catalog

Class Details

This seminar examines the historical and contemporary impact of the Black Panther Party–and key allies such as Angela Davis–on political theory. Texts include: narratives from 1966-2016; memoirs; political critiques; theoretical analyses; interviews; speeches; government documents. The seminar will examine: original source materials; academic/popular interpretations and representations of the BPP; hagiography; iconography; political rebellion, political theory. Readings: Liberation, Imagination and the Black Panther Party; Soledad Brother: The Prison Writings of George Jackson; Mao’s Little Red Book; The Communist Manifesto; Still Black, Still Strong; Imprisoned Intellectuals; Comrade Sisters: Women in the Black Panther Party.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 4038
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Requirements: students attend each seminar class and come prepared to discuss the readings; participate in discussions; present a collective analysis with Q/A for the seminar; submit a mid-term paper and a final paper or a group project.
Prerequisites: None.
Enrollment Preferences: Juniors and Seniors with previous courses taken in Africana Studies, American Studies, Political Science, Philosophy.
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
LEAD 319 Division II AMST 308 Division II PSCI 376 Division II INTR 320 Division II
WS Notes: An analytical outline of collective presentation; a mid-term paper and a final paper.
DPE Notes: The course focuses on African Americans and political resistance to racism and capitalism, as well as support for impoverished, under-resourced communities grappling with police violence.
Attributes: AFR Core Electives
AMST Critical and Cultural Theory Electives
PHIL Contemporary Value Theory Courses
PSCI Political Theory Courses

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  • AMST 308 - SEM Angela Davis
    AMST 308 SEM Angela Davis
    Division II Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
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