Elemantary Swahili. An introduction to the language of Swahili speaking people. Emphasis is on developing vocabulary and writing skills. Attention will be given to understanding the relationship of language to culture. Cross-listed as AFRL 001A, only one may be counted for credit. 3 units.
Africa: Myths and Realities. An introduction to African Studies. Examines the most common myths found in both popular and academic literature about Africa and its people. 3 units.
Introduction to Pan African Studies. The purpose of this course is to introduce Pan African Studies. It is intended to introduce students to the context from which Pan African Studies arose, including the western intellectual traditions and to consider the substantive objections to Pan African Studies as a legitimate academic discipline. 3 units.
Leadership African Diaspora. Provides students with an understanding of the unique contours of leadership throughout the African Diaspora through an interdisciplinary approach to understanding particular problems, necessities and styles of leadership. Examines leaders and leadership roles within the African Diaspora with an emphasis on a variety of positions and contexts in the areas of politics, religion, art, and education, including the international, national, and local community (grassroots) arenas.
Black Political Thought. To systematically and analytically introduce the student to the predominant political trends and concepts presently entertained and harbored in the Black Community. A necessary adjunct to the dialogue is the racist theme in American Society since on balance this is the matrix out of which the political alternatives and concepts grew. 3 units.
Politics of the African Diaspora Examines the social, political, cultural, and economic factors which have been important to the African diaspora. Examines how African people have responded to those factors both in terms of formal, political thought, and in terms of political movements and political institutions. Examines thought and practice, comparability to Africa, U.S., Caribbean, Central and South America. Cross listed as Government 141; only one may be counted for credit. 3 units.
African Religions and Philosophies. A study of the African's concept of God with particular emphasis on His works, His relationship to His creations, and His worship. Also covers the concepts of evil, ethics, justice and various metaphysical ideas. 3 units.
Pan African Studies.Investigation into the subjective aspects of Pan African Studies (Black Studies). Covers such topical areas as the struggle by Black Americans for education, the genesis of the Black Studies movement, Black culture, institutional change, etc. The very nature of the course permits the coverage of a broad range of subject matter. Students are encouraged to take specific courses offered by the Pan African Studies program for more extensive investigation. 3 units.
Black Women in America. Examines the historical and social forces that shape the lives of Black women. This course will examine the Black woman's role in the family community, work force and society in general. 3units.
The Black Family in the United States. Using the interdisciplinary approach, several institutional factors affecting the structure, evolution, and function of the Black Family unit in the United States will be studied. Permits a broad, yet systematic, examination of the Black Family in order to understand the several dynamics affecting the Black Family in particular and Black Americans in general. 3 units.
African Thought and Culture. This course gives insight into African people's view of the world and their values, concepts, customs and cultural behavior. A structural and functional approach is used to study African institutions of family, clan, and ethnic structures, political, economic. religious and social system; traditional law and military organization. It also shows how language, folklore and art can be used to understand African metaphysics, ethics, and epistemology. 3 units.
The African-American Experience, 1603-Present. Gives students an understanding of African-American history from the colonial period to the present. Focuses on African-Americans as active agents in shaping U.S. History, and analyzes the issues, ideas and strategies they have developed and used in their struggle for justice and equality. Note: Fulfills the state graduation requirements for U.S. History. 3 units.
Black Music and Black Consciousness. Provides students with an understanding of the essential role Black music assumes in the development of people of African descent throughout the Black Diaspora. Major topics include the historical development of Black music, the role of music in Black resistance and other forms of political behavior, the economic exploitation of Black music and the Black musician and the influence of globalization. 3 units.