Starting January 2017
Introduction to Black Studies Course is a 30 week beginner's course that analyses all the major areas of the Black Experience - the History, the Politics, the Psychology, the Science & Technology, the Arts, and finally, the Religion. All of the information is selected to be of relevance and interest to the Black Community. The information itself is designed to inspire, challenge and to provoke serious thought.
The course is a highly accessible 30 week programme but it is also rigorous and content laden. It assumes no prior knowledge of the subject areas, but the adult student is taken through an avalanche of information. Reading lists and also course materials are provided
Listen to our video testimonials from some of our past students who completed the course.
More video testimonials on our YouTube channel
The course is divided into three terms consisting of the following lectures:
Class 1 Introduction to Black Studies
Class 2 The facts concerning the Origins of Humanity
Class 3 Who Were the Ancient Egyptians? (Part I)
Class 4 Who were the Ancient Egyptians? (Part II)
Class 5 Origins of Civilisation: Middle East or East Africa?
Class 6 Black Civilisations on the Asian Continent: Elam, Saba and the Indus Valley
Class 7 North African Civilisations: Carthage and Numidia
Class 8 West African Civilisations: Ancient Ghana, Mali and Songhai Empire
Class 9 East African Civilisations: Kush, Axum and the Swahili Confederation
Class 10 South African Civilisations: Great Zimbabwe and Munhumutapa
Class 11 Maafa: The Transatlantic Enslavement of Africans (Part I)
Class 12 Maafa: The Transatlantic Enslavement of Africans (Part II)
Classes 13 and 14 Introduction to Black Political Realities
Class 15 The Birth of Radical Black Sociology
Class 16 The Black Family
Class 17 Black Male/Female Relationships
Class 18 Franz Fanon and the Birth of Black Psychology
Class 19 Developmental Psychology of Black Children
Class 20 Research Findings of Key Black Psychologists
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Class 21 The Black World's Contribution to Science and Technology (Part I)
Class 22 The Black World's Contribution to Science and Technology (Part II)
ART & MUSIC
Class 23 Traditions of Ancient African Art: Sahara, Nok, Igbo, Yoruba, and Benin
Class 24 Roots of Black Music
Class 25 Ancient and Traditional Religions of Africa
Class 26 Judaism and the Black World
Class 27 Christianity and the Black World
Class 28 Islam, Buddhism and the Black World
Class 29 Rastafari, Nation of Islam, Kingism and Black Liberation Theology
Class 30 Discussion: How can we use Black Studies?
Here are some of the comments from the evaluation forms completed by past students:
"When I think of Black History Studies "abundance" comes to mind. Ambundance in knowledge, warmth and nourishment. The invaluable knowledge, facts, and mutual respect for each other. Most heartfelt is Mark's care, upliftment and salutations to Black women. Both Mark and Charmaine are simply beautiful people."
"I enjoyed the debates and discussions. Some of the other group participants were so knowledgeable but this was not at all intimidating. A very enriching experience"
"The lectures exceeded my expectations. My life will never be the same again."
"I was with like minded people and was presented with very deep and mind blowing information at times."
"The information was in an easy to understand format. The course far exceeded my expectations, it was also very well organised and professional.
"It has taken me out of the darkness, heading towards the light."
"it has really opened my eyes. Showed me how to analyse the world"
Places on this course are limited. Places are available on a strictly first come, first served basis and we anticipate that there will be a lot of demand for this course.
If you would like to attend this course or require more information on the enrolment process, please contact us
"My people suffer from lack of knowledge of self" says the ancient proverb. In Kmt (Ancient Egypt) it was said that "ignorance is evil." Let us not embrace ignorance sisters and brothers. Let us destroy it. Knowledge is power! It is the foundation for all that we must do!