AAST 306:
black politics in
the united states

Black Politics Police Brutality

Course Description

This course is an intensive overview of African American politics segmented into three parts. Part I of the course revisits the 2005 Hurricane Katrina disaster and its aftermath while weighing the implications of neoliberal privatization and its role in producing contemporary inequality. Part II considers the historical origins of black ethnic politics and how the popular black liberation struggles of the 1960s and 1970s advanced and challenged racial liberalism. Part III examines the rise of the prison state and the various popular mobilizations against police violence in Ferguson, Baltimore, and beyond. The course uses historical studies, classic essays, and documentary film to move through this timeline. 

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Black Politics Obama
Cedric Johnson
Associate Professor of African American Studies & Political Science

Contact Info

Office: 1217 UH
Email: cedjohns@uic.edu

Curriculum Vitae


What Does African American American Studies Mean to You?

" It is the study of those who made America great but we're never rewarded for their labors— slaves, washer-women, factory workers, caretakers, porters, sharecroppers, hepcats, teachers, B-boys, line cooks and countless unknown rebels.  African American Studies is the study of power and social struggle, and speculation on what it takes to create a more just society."--Cedric Johnson

Course Information

3 hours.  Same as POLS 311. Prerequisite(s): Three courses in political science, history or sociology, or consent of the instructor.


Cultural Production & Analysis
Race, Politics & Institutions

When is it Offered?

Fall Semester