SP 08 PAS 300-Bracy


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CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY Pan-African Studies (PAS) 300 Instructor: Professor Bamidèlé (James) Bracy, Ph.D. Spring 2008 Office: Santa Sussana (SS) (aka the red brick Faculty Office Building, across from the Matador Bookstore) – Room 215 or (PAS Dept. Office – Room 221) Office Hours: a.) Immediately before or after class , OR b.) : 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. OR c.) by telephone (Meeting via telephone must be agreed to by the instructor only , at least 48 hours in advance.) (Please Note : Instructor does not communicate with students via email. Sorry!) Telephone No.: (818) 677-2020 Class Number, Ticket Number, Meeting Time, and Place: PAS 300 (ticket # 17585) 11:00-12:15 p.m. Sierra Hall (SH), Room 284 Major Texts: THE COVENANT edited by Tavis Smiley (& Others), Chicago, Ill.: Third World Press, 2006. HOW TO MAKE BLACK AMERICA BETTER: Leading African Americans Speak Out edited by Tavis Smiley, N.Y.: Anchor Books, Random House, Inc., 2001-2. (TS) THE COVENANT In Action compiled by Tavis Smiley, Carlsbad, CA: Smiley Books, 2006. (SB)
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Course Description: “An in-depth exploration of the social, political, cultural, and economic issues in the African- American community. Provides insight on the extent to which these issues affect the Black individual and family in their interaction with the majority American society.” (Available for General Education, Plan C - Section B : Comparative Cultural Studies (F3) or Plan R - Comparative Cultural Studies/ Gender, Race, Class, and Ethnicity Studies, and Foreign Languages (S5).)” “Prerequisite: Completion of the lower-division writing requirement.” Course Objectives: The challenge of this course is to give each student the opportunity to explore new questions, issues, and concerns in the African American community. 1. To provide an overview/“sampling” of the major contemporary issues within the African-American community from an Afrocentric perspective. 2. To establish a perspective from which to view and assess the diverse experiences of Blacks/ African Americans in the United States as well as in other parts of the Black diaspora. 3. To provide a foundation for sound intellectual inquiry, analysis, and interpretation of the common thread of humanity. 4. To provide a basis for improved self-awareness, building confidence, and increasing one’s sensitivity to humanity’s diversity. 5.
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