Mar 21, 2023  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2022-23 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2022-23
Add to Portfolio (opens a new window)

POLS 4754 - Black Political Thought

Surveys various ideological traditions that have inspired the political visions and agendas of Black Americans. Though white supremacy has negatively affected the lives of Black Americans for centuries, the response to racial oppression has been far from monolithic. In challenging white hegemony and racial oppression, Black thinkers have addressed the contradictions inherent in the joint projects of egalitarianism and racial hierarchy. Some of the greatest contributions to American political thought emerged from competing ideological frameworks, such as the debate over accommodation versus full and immediate racial integration, nonviolence versus self-defense, and socialism versus capitalist entrepreneurship, just to name a handful of contests. In envisioning an optimal racial environment, generations of activists have inserted their concerns over other related social arrangements such as sexism, classism and heterosexism, and have consequently pushed Black and non-Black Americans alike to imagine their ideal political conditions.

Requisites: 6 Hours in AAS or 6 hours in POLS or 6 hours in WGS
Credit Hours: 3
Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
Learning Outcomes:
  • Students will be able to recognize the influence of these different political expressions in America society today.
  • Students will become familiar with the diversity of political visions pursued by various groups within the black community.
  • Students will consider how these particular visions have permeated the discourses and ideologies of other racial groups, as well as, mainstream American political thought, more generally.
  • Students will understand the ideological commonalities and fissures within the black population.

Add to Portfolio (opens a new window)