AFRAM 246 A: African American Politics

Summer Term: 
Meeting Time: 
MTWThF 12:00pm - 2:10pm
SMI 115
Joint Sections: 
POL S 246 A
Christopher S Parker

Syllabus Description:

Political Science 246: Introduction to Black Politics in America

Summer 2017



Instructor: C. Parker

SWS 030

M-F: 12-14.10

Contact: csparker@; 543.2947


Course Description


Ever since arriving on the North American continent over four hundred years ago, African Americans have encountered myriad barriers to in their quest for inclusion. Drawing on a mix of history and social science, we will come to understand why certain segments of America remain steadfast in their refusal to cede equality to African Americans. We will also discuss the political strategies undertaken by the black community to combat the social, political, and economic injustices they’ve endured. Of course, we discuss the ways in which having a black president affects black politics, and the purpose behind Black Lives Matter.

Catalog Description: 
Survey of African Americans within the U.S. socio-political processes. Situates African Americans within a post-civil rights context where there is debate about race's centrality to an African American politics. Offered: jointly with POL S 246.
GE Requirements: 
Diversity (DIV)
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Last updated: 
August 2, 2019 - 9:00pm