AbstractThis course is taught as a history of black sociology—giving "voice" to neglected thinkers and offering a different perspective on icons such as Martin Luther King, Jr. In other words, it examines the viewpoints of black theorists and activists, and it explains how they link theory to practice in the quest for a more just world.
- Subject Area(s):
- History of Sociology/Social Thought
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- Class Level(s):
- College 300
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Usage NotesThis syllabus includes all of the following: A brief introduction to teaching the history of sociology from the perspective of those "from below;" an overview of course objectives and content; guidelines and examples for comparison/contrast and analysis of the work of the respective authors assigned to this course; a list of possible research paper...
Learning Goals and Assessments
- Explicate what is theoretically, conceptually, and programmatically unique to each author as they discuss the black experience.
- Compare/contrast the use of concepts such as integration, segregation, and separatism; black power; personal and collective identities; social class structures; structural contradictions; and political practice.
- Assessment of the understanding of the basic ideas of the respective authors and their contribution to the discipline of sociology is based on two in-class, closed book, multiple-choice exams consisting of twenty-five questions each.
- A deeper understanding of one or more aspects of this comparison/contrast will be reflected in a research paper that will require at least ten pages of text, excluding references or appendices.