CAAS 103 - First Year Social Science Seminar
Section: 001 Malcolm X, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Practice of History
Term: FA 2010
Subject: Afroamerican and African Studies (CAAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
Course Note:
This seminar introduces first-year students to the intellectual community of social scientists working in the field of Afroamerican and African studies. The topic of the seminar varies term to term.
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
Other Course Info:
(Cross-Area Courses). May not be included in a concentration plan.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course examines the life and legacy of Malcolm X, considering him both as an historical figure whose ideas and actions were part of a specific historical moment, and as an iconic, almost mythical figure whose image continues to stand as a powerful symbol. Our focus will be on understanding Malcolm X’s influence on the Black Power movement of the 1960s and 1970s, when various organizations and individuals claimed to be carrying on his legacy. In addition, we will critically assess the ways in which his legacy continues to be constructed and used to represent that period of Black struggle. Our investigation will be guided by three broad objectives. First, we will study Malcolm X’s life leading up to his emergence as a national and international figure of Black resistance. Secondly, we will examine the contours and depth of his activism and its relationship to the broader African American freedom movement. This will include a close look at the various ways in which his ideas and his example as a political activist impacted the Civil Rights movement and the emergence of the Black Power movement following his assassination in 1965. Finally, we will analyze and interpret contemporary representations of Malcolm X in both scholarly and popular forms, allowing us to better understand his legacy and his place in narratives of African American history. Throughout the academic term, we will take care to highlight the ways that ideas and images are used to construct historical meaning — that is, to make sense of the past and its relationship to the present.

CAAS 103 - First Year Social Science Seminar
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (SEM)
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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ISBN: 0345350685
The autobiography of Malcolm X, Author: with the assistance of Alex Haley ; introduction by M.S. Handler ; epilogue by Alex Haley., Publisher: Ballantine Books 34. print. 1990
ISBN: 0802132138
Malcolm X speaks : selected speeches and statements, Author: edited with prefatory notes by George Breitman., Publisher: Grove Weidenfeld 1st Grove 1990
ISBN: 9780742551091
Debating the civil rights movement, 1945-1968, Author: Steven F. Lawson and Charles Payne ; introduction by James T. Patterson., Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield publishers Second ed. 2006
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