Department of Pan-African Studies Announces New Special Topics Course

New Special Topics Course offering Spring 2016

Department of Pan-African Studies Announces New Special Topics Course

Kent State University, OH (November 2015) — The Department of Pan-African Studies is pleased to announce 2016 spring course offerings, including a new special topics course about Al Qaeda and ISIS. Courses earn undergraduate degree credit and are open to all undergraduate degree students. For registration information, please contact the Department of Pan-African Studies at

NEW! PAS 43095 (section 005) Special Topics: ISIS and Al Qaeda: Africa’s Role (3 credits)

Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:15 – 10:30 am, January 19 - May 8, 2016

Islam, the world’s second most popular religion, will be defined as a theology and as a way of life; a primary focus will be its relevance to the African way of life. Islam will be examined from its earliest beginnings as well as its expansion into the African continent and what differences it has made. Is Islamic culture in congruence with the African tradition? What is that way of life and how does Islam as a religion and as a way of life complement the African way of life? The course will then examine thoroughly the manifold activities of Al Qaeda and ISIS from their very inception and their relevance in developing African connections.

African radical Islamic organizations such as Boko Haram in West Africa and Al Shabaab in East Africa certainly have connections with ISIS and Al Qaeda. Are they branches of these organizations or partners? What has been the nature of the connections/relationships among these organizations and to what extent do they interact? What has been the result and consequences of that interaction and what does the future of these interactions/relationships/partnerships portend?

Instructor:  Dr. Christopher Williams

PAS 33171: The African American Community (3 credits)

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:00 am – 12:15 pm, January 19 - May 8, 2016

This course explores problems facing the African-American communities through historical and contemporary perspectives. Issues such as public administration, health, transportation, socio-economic/finance as well as education, civil rights, crime/justice will be covered. The course will also touch on contemporary social movement issues (e.g., Black Lives Matter Movement). Prerequisite: Sophomore Level, Credit hours: 3

Instructor:  Dr. Felix Kumah-Abiwu

PAS 43095 (section 003) Special Topics: Gender, Race and Class (3 credits)

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:00 am – 12:15 pm, January 19 - May 8, 2016

This course examines issues of race, class and gender through the lens of Black women and feminists of color.  This intermediate level course will analyze historical and contemporary dimensions of social inequality.  Additionally, this course will provide inquiry into tension within feminism, feminism of poverty, and feminist resistance and social action.  Readings, lectures and discussions will focus on structures of power and inequality and their relationship to constructions of patriarchy, capitalism, heterosexism, racism, nationality and ability. Prerequisite:  Junior standing. Instructor: Dr. Amoaba Gooden,

“Part of what makes these courses so special is that they transmit cultural competency values embraced by the Department of Pan-African Studies,” says Cinnamon Small outreach coordinator for the department.  To learn more about the Pan-African Studies major concentrations, visit the Department of Pan-African Studies website or email

POSTED: Monday, December 21, 2015 - 2:46pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, March 29, 2016 - 11:09am