This course will utilize a combination
of lectures, readings from the assigned text and various
articles, video and audio material, visual aids, and activities
in an interactive group process. In the spirit of learning
communities, active student involvement in a collaborative
learning process will be extremely important. Collaborative
experiences provided lessons that no lectures or homilies
can provide. Asking students to share the responsibility
for each others learning teaches students their learning
and that of their peers are inextricably intertwined and
that, regardless of race, class, gender, or background,
their academic interests are the same (Tinto 1998,
In Class Quizzes TBA
Take Home Exams (2)
To facilitate awareness and an understanding of the psychology
of Americans of African descent. To develop an appreciation
and understanding of the breadth, scope, and development
of the field of Black Psychology. To generate an awareness
of and an interest in Afrocentric theories of development
and pathology as well as methodologies emerging from these
theories and philosophies. To promote a high level of critical
thinking about important social issues as well as issues
of emotional growth and development
Final presentations will take place towards the end of the
semester and should represent a culmination of knowledge
gained through critical analysis of social/relational issues,
self-awareness, and exposure to cultural/historical information
and dialogue. These presentations will be open to the general
student body, faculty and staff. Students are encouraged
to organize presentations around issues or events they feel
Fall semester students will focus on the initial planning
and organizing of the African History Month celebration
that takes place in spring semester. Students will be responsible
for organizing themselves into various committees providing
the framework for implementation in the spring semester.
It will be incumbent on fall semester students to work collaboratively
with the wider campus community (i.e. processing proper
forms, making appropriate contacts) to ensure a successful
spring event. Grades earned will be determined by students
level of participation and organized effort.
students will focus on the implementation and organizing
of the African History Month celebration, which takes place
during the month of February of the spring semester. Students
will be responsible for organizing themselves into various
working committees. It will be incumbent on spring semester
students to work collaboratively with the wider campus community
(i.e. processing proper forms, making appropriate contacts)
to ensure a successful spring event. Grades earned will
be determined by students level of participation and
Attending class is extremely important and unexcused absences
are taken very seriously. Quality of participation is also
very important and every effort will be made to support
your participation. More than 3 unexcused absences will
affect your grade. Each absence beyond 3 will lower your
grade by 1/2 step.
Tardiness: behind time, late or delayed. This
is not allowed on a regular basis. If you are tardy, it
is your responsibility to sign the attendance sheet before
the end of the class session. Otherwise, you are considered
Once you sign the attendance sheet, you are considered present
if and only if you remain in class for the entire class
session. Signing the sheet and leaving the classroom is
not considered an attendance and will be considered an absence.
If you need to leave early for an illness-related circumstance,
you should notify me.
Make-up Tests (read
Make-up tests will only be offered to students who notify
me the class session before the exam (2 days before the
exam date). In case of illness or other circumstances taking
place on the exam date, it is your responsibility to notify
me that same day via e-mail or by coming to my office (Rm:
2102 Bldg 2) in order for accommodations to be made in relation
to the situation at hand.
Make-up tests WILL NOT be offered (you will receive a 0)
if notification was not given prior to the exam date and
time- NO EXCEPTIONS!
1) Cheating is not allowed under any circumstances. As a
consequence, the student will receive an F and
will be dismissed permanently from the class. (See the current
college catalog for further information)
2) Plagiarism: to take from another and pass them
off as ones own is not allowed under any circumstances.
The student will receive an F and will be dismissed
permanently from the class.
Test questions will come from both
text and lectures. Due to the time limitation, it is not
possible to lecture on all material, therefore it is imperative
that you read the assigned chapters in order to do well
on the tests. READ!
Electronic translation devices are NOT ALLOWED! Students
may use hard copy translators and must present the translator
for inspection before each exam.
All cellular phones are to remain off while in class. In
case of emergency students may notify the professor in advance
and only in these cases may the cell phone be placed in
silent mode. At no times are cell phones to be answered
or used in class for any purposes.
If you have any disability, please advise me during the
first week of class. In order to provide you with the appropriate
accommodations, you need to get a signed form from the Disabled
Students Programs and Services (650-738-4280).
Also it is your responsibility to notify me of any circumstances
that may interfere with your work in the course. If problems
arise, you must notify me immediately so that appropriate
assistance and consideration can be given. DO NOT wait until
after the fact to reveal circumstances that may have compromised
your performance in the course.
Course Intro:/ African Psychology in Historical
Aug. 21 Perspective (Chap. 1).
Even the Rat was White. (Reader)
African Metapsychology of Human Personality (Chap. 2)
Aug. 26,28 Pathological Normalcy in Oppressed
Sep. 1 Labor Day Holiday
Mental Health Defined Africentrically (Chap. 3)
Sep. 2,4 Group work (Black Hx Mo.)
Reflection Paper #1
Harvard Review (Reader)
Sep. 9,11 Group work (Black Hx Mo.)
Sep. 16,18 Reflection Paper #2
The Africentric Paradigm and Af-American Psychological
Sep. 23,25 Liberation (Chap.4)
Group work (Black Hx Mo.)
Mentacide, Genocide and National Vision:
Sep. 30/ Oct.2 The Crossroads for The Blacks of America
Melanin, the Melanin Hypothesis and the Development Oct.
7,9 and Assessment of African Infants (Chap.7)
Mid-term due: Thursday
Basis For Africentric Developmental and
Oct. 14,16 Educational Psychology (Chap.7)
Integration: Dead Horse for the Race?
Oct. 21,23 (Chap.8)
Africentric Psychotherapy-NTU (Chap.6)
Community Psychology and Systems Intervention (Chap.9)
Nov. 4,6 Pgs. 160 - 184
Nov. 11 Veterans Day Holiday
Ancient Kemetian Cosmology: Spiritual Anatomy of
Nov. 13 A Man/Woman
Understanding Science and Methodology
Nov. 18,20 Science and Oppression (Chap. 10)
Nov. 25 Group Presentation Work
Nov. 27 Thanksgiving Holiday
Dec. 2,4 Group Presentation Work
Group Presentations: Gallery Theater
Dec. 16 Tuesday: Final Exams due. (11:10am 1:40pm)
I, the instructor, may modify this course schedule at
any time. Thus, it is important for you, the student, to
come to class and to stay updated with the class schedule.