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Black Studies(BLST) Courses

This is the UNO real time up to date course descriptions for the Black Studies(BLST) Department.

BLST 1000: Introduction to Black Studies

An overview: origins of black people. African civilization in the western hemisphere. Folklore, mythology and customs, and methods and materials for analysis of black social and institutional life. Emergence of contemporary black ideologies. Suggested for all majors and minors.

Credits: 3

BLST 1050: Ancient African Civilization

Investigates the development of the civilization of ancient Egypt and its influences on the cultural development of other African and Mediterranean states, including ancient Greece. Emphasis is on religion/philosophy, archaeology, art and history.

Credits: 3
Cross-list: HIST-1050

BLST 1220: Law in The Black Community

Justice relative to the black community experience; the sociology of crime, enforcement and penology, including attention to the political prisoner.

Credits: 3

BLST 1260: Survey of Black Literature

This course will give students a general background in black literature and will encourage them to take advanced courses in this field. It consists of black literature not only in the U.S. but also in the West Indies and Africa. The main themes common to the black experience will be analyzed through an interesting study of some of the major works of some important black writers.

Credits: 3

BLST 1340: Introduction to Contemporary Africa

A survey of the geography, population and cultural traditions of contemporary Africa. Economic, political, cultural and social changes in the second half of the 20th century, including the problems and the struggle for national integration and economic adjustments will also be examined.

Credits: 3

BLST 1400: Issues in Black Communities

Focusing primarily on urban areas, this course will analyze the roles of municipal, state, and federal governments in African American communities. Various political, educational, economic, cultural and social aspects of those communities will be analyzed. Data from specific examples of such communities throughout the U.S. will be examined, and their strategies for engaging the larger social-environmental contexts will be explored.

Credits: 3
General Education Area: Diversity in the US & Social Science
Prereq: None

BLST 1950: Black Women in America

Examines the evolution of the social, economic, and political status of the black woman in this society, with special emphasis on her struggle for freedom and equality.

Credits: 3
Prereq: BLST 1000 or permission of instructor.
Cross-list: WGST-1950

BLST 2000: The Black Experience in Society

Review, analysis and evaluation of the research literature oriented toward the field of black studies. Special attention will be given to historical, theoretical and methodological considerations.

Credits: 3

BLST 2100: Black American Culture

This course surveys the cultural forms, expressions, and patterns developed by African Americans as well as the social contexts of their development. Literature, music, drama, visual arts, psychology, black popular culture and media among other forms will be studied, with an emphasis on the twentieth century.

Credits: 3
General Education Area: Diversity in the US

BLST 2120: History of Modern Africa

This course covers the era of the beginning, development and decline of European colonialism in Africa. The movement for decolonization, the emergence of independent sovereign nations and the strategic role that Africa plays in the forum of industrialized and developed nations is investigated. It examines the impact of alien cultures on traditional Africa, and the struggle for a resolution of the conflict between the three major traditions on the continent - the Islamic, Western and Indigenous.

Credits: 3
Cross-list: HIST-2920

BLST 2130: Patterns of African Government

The course will deal with the profiles of selected African social formations, political parties, ethnic groupings, and leaders, their backgrounds, ideologies and political strategies for ruling their countries or movements.

Credits: 3

BLST 2210: The Black Family in the United States

Analysis of historical, social, and institutional and comparative elements of family life in the United States with particular emphasis on social science theory.

Credits: 3
Prereq: BLST 1000 or permission of instructor.

BLST 2260: Black Short Story

A study of short stories written by black American authors as literature and as experience. The course explains and defines cultural terms and practices, and attempts to prepare students for multicultural living.

Credits: 3
General Education Area: Diversity in the US & Humanities and Fine Arts
Prereq: ENGL 1160 or permission.
Cross-list: ENGL-2260

BLST 2350: Black Literature in America 1746-1939

This course traces the development of black literature from 1746 to 1939. Included will be a study of four genres: poetry, short story, novel and drama. Trends to be studied will include early black writers, neoclassic and romantic traditions, and the Harlem renaissance and Depression era schools of thought.

Credits: 3
Prereq: ENGL 1160 or permission.
Cross-list: ENGL-2350

BLST 2360: Contemporary Black Literature

This course traces the development of the literary contribution that black Americans have made from 1940 to the present. Included will be a study of four genres: poetry, short story, novel, and drama. Trends to be studied include the movement toward literary assimilation in the 1940s-1950s and the subsequent movement toward black art in the 1960s to the present.

Credits: 3
Cross-list: ENGL-2360

BLST 2410: African American History to 1865

The course examines the history of the earliest Africans in the Americas and briefly examines traditional African societies. It covers the transatlantic slave trade and its effects on Europe, Africa and the Americas, and analyzes the development of Afro-American culture and the struggle for freedom.

Credits: 3
General Education Area: Diversity in the US & Humanities and Fine Arts
Prereq: None.

BLST 2420: African-American History: Emancipation to Brown

A survey of Afro-American history from the Civil War to the present. Covers Reconstruction and its overthrow, including the new methods of control which replaced slavery. Discusses the development of black ideologies and institutions. Traces urban migration and its impact on black society and culture. Follows black progress through World War II, the 1954 Supreme Court Decision, and rising militancy.

Credits: 3
General Education Area: Diversity in the US & Humanities and Fine Arts

BLST 2430: African American History Since 1954

This course is divided into three main parts: the Civil Rights Phase (1954-1963), during which the dominant mood was optimism over the possibilities of integration; the Black Power Phase (1963-1974), and the Pragmatist Phase (1972-present), characterized by attempts to preserve and maintain gains already won.

Credits: 3
General Education Area: Diversity in the US & Humanities and Fine Arts
Prereq: None.

BLST 2510: Music and the Black Experience

The course will examine the origin and deeper meanings of black music as cultural history of Africans and people of African descent.

Credits: 3

BLST 2730: Religion and Theology in Afro-America

Examines the development of the black church in America from the period of the First Great Awakening and investigates and analyses the theological foundation, the nature and source of Afro-American religious expression.

Credits: 3

BLST 2830: Contemporary Novel (Emphasis On Black Writers)

A study of some of the most important ideas and techniques of the novel as genre, using primarily the black-authored novel.

Credits: 3

BLST 2900: African Civilization The Middle Period

This course traces the development of African History from the beginning of the Civilization of Ghana (800 B.C.) to the period of European exploration of Africa (mid 15th century). It examines the main achievements, events and individuals in the Empires of Ghana, Mali, Songhay, Zimbabwe, etc.

Credits: 3
Cross-list: HIST-2900

BLST 3000: Survey of Black Education

History of black education starting from its early origins in Timbuktu, Egypt and Ethiopia through the American black experience. Impact on western civilization. Black colleges and universities: the black scholar and the community. Contributions of black scholars to general knowledge. Myth of black intellectual inferiority. From interest to disenchantment. Role of educational institutions in American society. Proposed models for coping with urban education.

Credits: 3
Prereq: BLST 1000 or permission of instructor.

BLST 3030: Geography of Africa

The political, physical, economic and demographic features of Africa with emphasis on the effect of these factors in development. The major features of the broad geographical regions of Africa.

Credits: 3
Prereq: junior.

BLST 3120: The Black Experience in American Politics

A survey of the African-American quest for liberation within and outside the orthodox political system of the United States with a focus on the institutional and structural arrangements which have denied liberation and prescriptions for meaningful change.

Credits: 3
Prereq: BLST 1000 or junior.
Cross-list: PSCI-3120

BLST 3140: Apartheid in South Africa

A study of South Africa from pre-European settlement to the present, with emphasis on the interaction among the different ethnic groups and their respective social, economic and political evolution.

Credits: 3
Prereq: BLST 1000 or junior.

BLST 3200: Black Nationalism and Pan Africanism

A study of the development of movements for self-determination in Afro-America and an analysis of various nationalistic conceptual frameworks in the Diaspora and on the Continent.

Credits: 3
Prereq: BLST 1000, 2410, or permission of instructor.
Cross-list: BLST-8205

BLST 3500: Economic Development in Africa

This course traces the evolution of modern African economic systems. Methods of production, distribution, and exchange are examined. There will also be a survey of the processes and problems of colonial economic exploitation to post-independence underdevelopment. The nature of economic development, planning, regional cooperation, international trade and foreign aid will be critically analyzed.

Credits: 3
Prereq: BLST 2130, BLST/GEOG 3030 or junior.

BLST 3650: Slavery and Race Relations in the Americas

This course focuses on the black experience in the Americas outside of the U.S. Four major geographical areas are studied: Canada, Central America, the Caribbean and South America. Black life is considered with regard to historical background and geographical factors, and in comparison to white and Native American experience. An effort is made to trace common themes by using the cross-cultural approach.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Junior or permission of instructor.
Cross-list: BLST-8655

BLST 3750: Issues in Black Literature

This course is designed to provide a forum for consideration of critical issues in black literature. An examination of some of the theoretical issues in black aesthetics will be undertaken, including: the role of the black artist as purposeful agent and guardian of image; the role of literature in the black community; and the audience. Recent trends in the black novel will be studied, especially the emergence of contemporary African writers as modern technicians of language and literary form through the development of new forms from old narrative ones.

Credits: 3
Prereq: BLST 1260, 2360, or permission of instructor.

BLST 3850: Black Oratory

This course is intended to be an appreciation of African and African-American oratory, aesthetics, and cultural tradition through a critical study of representative orations/speeches of past and contemporary black leaders in their socio-historical and political contexts. It will investigate the nature of their oratory and assess its role in the fight against slavery, colonialism, fascism and oppression.

Credits: 3
Prereq: BLST 1260 or permission of instructor.
Cross-list: BLST-8855

BLST 3920: Black Aesthetics

This is a critical study of the theories of artistic beauty and their application in the poetic, fictional and dramatic works of Afro-Americans from the 18th century to the present. Special attention will be paid to the role of the black artist in American society.

Credits: 3
Prereq: BLST 1260 or permission of instructor.

BLST 3950: Philosophy of Afro-Americans

Examines both Afro-American philosophy proper, and the philosophical concerns of Afro-Americans generally through a treatment of their works.

Credits: 3
Prereq: BLST 1000, 1100, PHIL 1010 or permission of instructor.
Cross-list: BLST-8955

BLST 3970: Internship in Black Studies

A department-supervised project involving part-time employment or service with a community agency, business, non-profit organization, university or other educational unit, or another appropriate organization or setting. Students will gain relevant practical experience and will integrate theory, concepts, and empirical knowledge from their classrooms with their work in the internship setting. Permission of department head and/or Internship Coordinator and completion of an internship project form required.

Credits: 1-3
Prereq: Completion of BLST 1000, enrollment either as a BLST major or minor or as a BGS concentration in BLST, permission of Department Head and/or Internship Coordinator and completion of an internship project form.

BLST 3980: Special Topics in Black Studies

Intensive research into specific but unrelated topics germane to the black experience. Since the topics are of a variable nature, this course may be repeated for credit as long as the topics are different.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Junior or permission of instructor.

BLST 3990: Community Study Project

Designed for the student to do field work in a community-based project in the areas of housing, education or social services.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Junior or above, or permission of instructor.

BLST 4000: Special Topics Seminars: Humanities and the Black Experience

The special topics: Humanities and the black experience would be a group of seminars presented by scholars of various disciplines related to black studies.

Credits: 3-6
Prereq: Junior or permission of instructor.

BLST 4090: Black Studies Oral History

The focus of this course is to examine the methods, procedure, transcription and use of oral history in black studies research. Emphasis will be directed toward describing and evaluating the variables of memory, history and cultural authority to produce written source materials collected from oral interviews.

Credits: 3
Prereq: BLST 1000, 1100, 3220 or permission of the instructor.
Cross-list: BLST-8096

BLST 4260: Women of Color Writers

Women of Color Writers is designed to introduce students to the multicultural, literary experience and contributions of women of color writers. The course will elucidate the multi-ethnic and feminist/womanist perspectives reflected in literary works by examining the themes, motifs and idioms used to portray woman. The course examines critically the implications and conceptual grounds of literary study which have been based almost entirely on male literary experiences.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Black studies major or permission of instructor.

BLST 4500: Philosophy and Theology of Martin L. King Jr. and Malcolm X

Critical study and analysis of the major ideas and doctrines that formed the conceptual frameworks of these two men: Cultural Pluralism, Self-determination, Pan Africanism, personalism, Satyagraha, Non-Violence, Civil Disobedience, Reform and Revolution.

Credits: 3
Prereq: BLST 2420, 3200, or permission of instructor.
Cross-list: BLST-8506

BLST 4700: African Philosophy

Explores ancient, traditional and contemporary philosophical/theological concepts and doctrines of Africans through an investigation of their cosmological, metaphysical, ontological and ethical world view.

Credits: 3
Prereq: BLST 1000, 1050, PHIL 1010 or permission of instructor.
Cross-list: BLST-8706

BLST 4880: Seminar on Black Leadership in America

Designed as a senior and graduate seminar, this course will examine the meaning and attributes of effective leadership. The role of black leadership in the African American experience will be examined. Profiles of selected African American leaders and their political strategies also will be analyzed in the seminar.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Senior or graduate student or instructor permission.
Cross-list: BLST-8886

BLST 4900: Independent Study

This course is designed for those students who are capable of pursuing, independently, an area of Black Studies that is not covered under the existing curriculum. The student will be supervised by a member of the BLS department. All course assignments, requirements, and expectations will be clearly indicated in advance. May be repeated for credit, up to six hours, under a different topic.

Credits: 1-3
Prereq: Permission of instructor.

BLST 8020: Race, Ethnicity, and American Culture

This course explores two central themes, race and ethnicity, which have played a dominant role in the shaping of American society and American culture.

Credits: 3
Prereq: BLST 1000, BLST 1100, or permission by the instructor.
Cross-list: UBNS-8020

BLST 8040: Afro-American Sociolinguistics

The aim of this course is to examine Black American English (i.e., vernacular theory) and the contributions of language to our understanding of sociolinguistic theory. The course demonstrates how Black American English reveals the complexities of the African American experience. The course also examines significant theories and arguments concerning the genesis, maintenance and social function of African American English.

Credits: 3
Prereq: BLST 1000, BLST 1100, BLST 3950 or permission of instructor.

BLST 8070: Advanced African American Historiography

The purpose of this course is to examine the conceptual and historical foundations of Afro-American historiography. To achieve this, the course takes as its point of departure the concept of vindication as it has traditionally been used by African American scholars, namely the conflict between white racism and the African American assertion of a counter identity.

Credits: 3
Prereq: BLST 1000, BLST 1100, or permission of instructor.

BLST 8080: Special Topics in Black Studies

The content of this course will change periodically. Each time this course is offered it will focus, in detail and in depth, on some aspect of the black experience, such as language and dialect, historiography and historicity, theology and religion, musicology, literature, etc. Students may repeat this course as often as they like, as long as a specific subject is not duplicated.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Graduate, bachelor's degree or permission of instructor.

BLST 8096: Black Studies Oral History

The focus of this course is to examine the method, procedure, transcription and the use of oral history in black studies research. Emphasis will be directed toward describing and evaluating the variables of memory, history and cultural authority, to produce written source materials collected from oral interviews.

Credits: 3
Prereq: BLST 1000, BLST 1100, BLST 3220, or permission by the instructor.
Cross-list: BLST-4090

BLST 8205: Black Nationalism and Pan Africanism

A study of the development of movements for self-determination in Afro-America and analysis of various nationalistic conceptual frameworks in the Diaspora and on the continent.

Credits: 3
Prereq: BLST 1000, BLST 2410, or permission by the instructor.
Cross-list: BLST-3200

BLST 8266: Women of Color Writers

Women of Color Writers is designed to introduce graduate students to the multicultural, literary experience, creativity and contributions of women of color writers to contemporary world literature.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Graduate standing and majoring in Black Studies; minoring in Women's Studies or permission of instructor.

BLST 8506: Philosophy & Theology of Martin L. King Jr. and Malcolm X

Critical study and analysis of the major ideas and doctrines that formed the conceptual frameworks of these two men. These include: Cultural Pluralism, Self determination, Pan-Africanism, Personalism, Satyagraha, Non-Violence, Civil Disobedience, Reform and Revolution.

Credits: 3
Prereq: BLST 2420, BLST 3200 or permission by the instructor.
Cross-list: BLST-4500

BLST 8560: Black Leaders of the Twentieth Century

This course is an intellectual study of selected African American leaders of the 20th century, such as: Booker T. Washington, T. Thomas Fortune, Ida Wells-Barnett, W.E.B. DuBois, James Weldon Johnson, Marcus Garvey, Mary McLeod Bethune and Charles Hamilton Houston. Direct emphasis will focus on examining issues and schemes of race, gender and class, relative to the selected subjects and their participation in mass social movements.

Credits: 3
Prereq: BLST 1000; BLST 2410; or permission by the instructor.

BLST 8570: Seminar in Black Studies

This course introduces the student to the professional background of the academic field of Africana Studies. Among the topics to be covered are the predecessors to the current field, the main proponents of the intellectual traditions of Africana studies, the fundamental philosophical bases of the field, the key documents and texts, the professional journals and associations, the Afrocentric perspective and critique, and the protocols of academic and scholarly work in Africana studies.

Credits: 3
Prereq: BLST 1000, BLST 1050, BLST 3950.

BLST 8580: Seminar in Research and Writings of W.E.B. DuBois

This course examines the life and writings of W.E.B. DuBois, who stands as the most eminent intellectual produced by people of African descent in the United States. Perhaps, next to Cheikh Anta Diop, DuBois is the most respected and honored African scholar of the 20th century. Within the context of Western traditions, DuBois is in the top category of prodigious intellectuals developed in the West. He is the father of modern American sociology, the founder of reconstruction history, the leader in urban analysis, the first serious student of inter-racial relations, as well as a novelist, poet, playwright, and essayist.

Credits: 3
Prereq: BLST 1000, BLST 1050, BLST 3950.

BLST 8655: Slavery and Race Relations in the Americas

This course focuses on the black experience in the Americas outside the U.S. Four major geographical areas are studies: Canada, Central America, the Caribbean and South America. Black life is considered with regard to historical background and geographical factors, and in comparison to white and native American experiences. An effort is made to trace common themes by using the cross cultural approach.

Credits: 3
Prereq: BLST 1000, 2410, or permission by the instructor.
Cross-list: BLST-3650

BLST 8706: African Philosophy

Explores ancient, traditional and contemporary philosophical/theological concepts and doctrines of Africans through an investigation of their cosmological, metaphysical, ontological, and ethical world view.

Credits: 3
Prereq: BLST 1000, BLST 1050, BLST 3950; or permission by the instructor.
Cross-list: BLST-4700

BLST 8855: Black Oratory

This course is intended to be an appreciation of African and Afro-American oratory, aesthetics and cultural tradition through a critical study of representative orations speeches of past and contemporary Black leaders in their socio-historical and political contexts. It will investigate the nature of their oratory and assess its role in the fight against slavery, colonialism, fascism and oppression.

Credits: 3
Prereq: BLST 1260 or permission by the instructor.
Cross-list: BLST-3850

BLST 8886: Seminar on Black Leadership in America

Designed as a senior and graduate seminar, this course will examine the meaning and attributes of effective leadership. The role of black leadership in the African American experience will be examined. Profiles of selected African American leaders and their political strategies also will be analyzed in the seminar.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Senior or graduate student or instructor's permission.
Cross-list: BLST-4880

BLST 8955: Philosophy of Afro-Americans

Examines both Afro-American philosophy proper, and the philosophical concerns of Afro-Americans generally through a treatment of their works.

Credits: 3
Prereq: BLST 1000, BLST 1100 or permission by the instructor.
Cross-list: BLST-3950