The AHP’s Department of Black Political Thought and Culture teaches and conducts research on all aspects of Black intellectual history in Africa, the Caribbean and North America from antiquity to the present day. It also teaches and conducts research into Black cultural history with a focus on political expression through the literature, music, art and fashion of the 20th century.
Foundation Certificate in Black Political Thought and Culture
Application Status: opening 1 June 2021
Duration: 1 year part-time
This course aims to give students an overview of the development of Black political thought and culture, with a particular focus on the developments of the 19th and 20th centuries, allowing students to map the ideas that have propelled the global Black experience from Antiquity to today.
By the end of this course, students should understand:
- the development of indigenous African concepts of the state and the citizen, and the relationships that bind the two;
- how Black communities have responded to the dislocations of the slave trade, colonialism and racial injustice on the continent and in diaspora;
- the growth of Black and African iterations of nationalism and Pan-Africanism, and the relationship between the two;
- the political foundations of the new African republics of the 20th century;
- how literary and wider cultural movements sought to manifest liberation ideologies in the first and second halves of the 20th century.