Ernest B. Johnson
Relates the deployment of political power within institutions to shifting racial identities. Shows how racial identities both reflect and inflect relations of domination and resistance within and between cultures in the black diaspora. Prerequisite: either AES 150, AFRAM 150, AFRAM 201, or POL S 201. Offered: jointly with POL S 315.
An exploration of the historical and contemporary underpinnings of the societal imposition and in-group formation of mutiple identities over the course of the African American experience. Emphasis will be placed on identifying and transcending the traumatic stress associated with the ongoing social construction of Blackness in the United States.
Student learning goals
identify and critique the causes of state sponsored targeting and violence against Blacks
identify and critique the causes of Black on Black violence
identify and critique the negative and positive social constucts associated with being Black in the United States
identify and critique the role of spirituality as a coping mechanism
explore and critique the impact of socially constructed traumatic stress on the Black family
explore and critique the impact of socially constructed traumatic stress on maintaining healthy intimate relations
General method of instruction
Lectures, Socratic question and answer forums, small group discussion, media and directed assignments
Introduction to African American History (see above)
Class assignments and grading
short research papers, targeted readings, group projects, discussion topics
quizzes, two papers, group attendance, group project,