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									                                                      Psychology 133
                                                 The Psychology of the Blues
                                                   M,T, R, & F 1-2:22pm

Texts/readings: “The Norton Anthology of African American Literature 2nd Edition” edited by Gates and McKay, “What’s
Going On” by Nathan McCall, Chapters 3 & 4 from “The Psychology of Blacks: An African American Perspective” by
White and Parham, “African Philosophy: Foundations for Black Psychology” by Wade Nobles, “Cool Pose: A Symbolic
Mechanism for Masculine Role Enactment and Coping By Black Males” by Richard Majors, Richard Tyler, Blaine Peden,
and Ron Hall, and assorted handouts.

Professors:                   T. Joel Wade                                       Francie Blake Woodford
                              O’Leary 208                                        O’Leary 205
                              Office phone: 7-1693                               Office phone: 7-3304
                              Home phone: 814-466-2242                           Cell phone: 215-805-4014
                              Office Hours: 2:30-3:30pm                          Office Hours: by appt(anytime)

Peer Counselor                Senami Lewis
                              Hunt Hall 329
                              Phone: 570-898-4289
                              Office Hours: by appt

Course Description

An introduction to and analysis of West African themes of black language and how these themes are reflected in blues music,
poetry, essays and speeches by African Americans. You will write creatively and analytically using these themes. You will also
listen to and analyze blues music.

Course Goal

To facilitate an understanding of the various forms of the blues and psychological functions provided by the blues as it is
reflected in music, poetry, essays, and speeches.

Weekly Assignments

Monday                                  One peer review letter due (bring 4 copies)(beginning 6/18/07)
                                        Assigned Reading due. Bring notes with questions and comments
                                        to use in class discussion and to hand in.

Tuesday                                 Assigned reading due. Bring notes with questions and comments
                                        to use in class discussion and to hand in.

Wednesday                               No Class, various enrichment sessions

Thursday                                Paper Due (bring 4 copies). Music appreciation/analysis.
                                        Bring lyrics with notes to hand in.

Friday                                  Writing workshop

Expectations

Be on time for class. Come prepared for class. Respect the rights and opinions of classmates. Participate actively with prepared
questions and comments. Be respectful to your professors and classmates: Do not carry on independent conversations with
others while class is going on.

Grading

Your grade in the course will be based on: the daily notes on the assigned readings, the writing assignments, blues lyrics analysis
notes, participation in the daily classroom discussions, classroom behavior (being on time, being attentive, being awake, not
having competing discussions while others are talking/listening).
PSYC 133
The Psychology of the Blues
Schedule of Assignments
Summer 2007


Notes will be due on Mondays, Tuesdays(on readings) and Thursdays (on music lyrics). Come prepared to discuss
how the literature and music relate to the theme for the week. You are expected to hand in your notes for grading.
Use the following guide for notetaking:

         1)       Write the specific description of the theme.
         2)       Quote or paraphrase from the text and cite page numbers.
         3)       Interpretation: Explain how your example illustrates the theme, and whenever possible, make
                  connections to the themes discussed in previous weeks, the African philosophy and/or blues
                  handouts as well as the need for a Black psychology within the academy.

Week 1: Emotional Vitality

Monday
1) Nobles “African Philosophy: Foundations for Black Psychology”

Tuesday
1) White & Parham “Psychological Themes in Black Language, Oral literature,
        and Expressive Patterns (chapter 4 pp 56-57).
2) McCall “Mixed Messages” (pp. 1-60).
3) NAFM* (* The Norton Anthology of African American Literature)
        Baldwin “Note of a Native Son” (1713-1727).

Week 2: Realness

Monday
1) White & Parham “Psychological Themes in Black Language, Oral Literature,
        and Expressive Patterns (chapter 4 pp 57-59).
2) White & Parham “The Struggle for Identity Congruence in African Americans
        (chapter 3).
3) NAFM
        Hurston “Their Eyes Were Watching God” (pp 1062-1070).
        Ellison “Invisible Man” (pp. 1535-1538, 1548-1570).

Tuesday
1) White & Parham “White & Parham “Psychological Themes in Black Language, Oral Literature,
        and Expressive Patterns (chapter 4 pp 57-59).
2) NAFM
        Gospel, Spirituals, Worksong and Rap Selection (pp. 3-88)
        Wright “Black Boy” (pp 1471-1487).
PSYC 133
The Psychology of the Blues
Schedule of Assignments
Summer 2007


Week 3: Resilience

Monday (The Blues Highway: A 20 minute film to introduce the theme).
1) White & Parham “Psychological Themes in Black Language, Oral Literature,
        and Expressive Patterns (chapter 4 pp 59-63).
2) NAFM
        Locke “ The New Negro” (pp. 983-993).
        Angelou “Still I rise” (pp. 2155-2157).
        Walker poetry selections and “In Search of…(pp. 2425-2437).
Tuesday
1) White & Parham “Psychological Themes in Black Language, Oral Literature,
        and Expressive Patterns (chapter 4 pp 59-63).
2)NAFM
        Douglass “Narrative of the Life…” (pp. 385-461).
        Jacobs “Incidents …” (pp. 279-315).

Week 4: Distrust & Deception

Monday
1) White & Parham “Psychological Themes in Black Language, Oral Literature,
        and Expressive Patterns (chapter 4 pp 76-83).
2) Majors et al. “Cool Pose”
3) NAFM
        King “Letter From A Birmingham Jail” (pp. 1895-1908).
        Malcolm X :The Ballot or the Bullet” (pp. 116-128).
        Douglas “What to The Slave….” (pp. 462-473).
Tuesday
1) White & Parham “Psychological Themes in Black Language, Oral Literature,
        and Expressive Patterns (chapter 4 pp 76-83).
2) McCall “ The American Dream” (pp. 63-107).
3) NAFM
        Johnson “The Autobiography…” (pp. 803-883).

Friday (film viewed during class: Black is, Black Ain’t)
PSYC 133
The Psychology of the Blues
Schedule of Assignments
Summer 2007


Week 5: The Value of Direct Experience

Monday
1) White & Parham “Psychological Themes in Black Language, Oral Literature,
        and Expressive Patterns (chapter 4 pp 69-76).
2) NAFM
        Malcolm X “The Autobiography” (pp.1859-1876).
        Truth intro., “Aren’t I a Woman?” and The narrative of…” (pp. 245-249).

Tuesday
1) White & Parham “Psychological Themes in Black Language, Oral Literature,
        and Expressive Patterns (chapter 4 pp 69-76).
2) McCall “White Fear” (pp. 107-133).
3) NAFM
        Hurston “How It Feels to Be Colored Me” (pp. 1030-1033).

Week 6: Interdependence, Interrelatedness, Connectedness, and Synthesis

Monday
1) White & Parham “Psychological Themes in Black Language, Oral Literature,
        and Expressive Patterns (chapter 4 pp 63-69).
2) McCall “Redemption” (pp. 133-159).
3) NAFM
        Wideman “Brothers and Keepers” (pp. 2379-2386).

Tuesday
1) White & Parham “Psychological Themes in Black Language, Oral Literature,
        and Expressive Patterns (chapter 4 pp 63-69).
2) NAFM
        Ballad “The Signifying Monkey” (pp. 36-38).
        Franklin “The Eagle Stirreth Her Nest” (pp. 98-104).
        Marshall “ The Making of a Writer: From the Poets…” (2189-2195).

Friday (film viewed during class: The Land Where The Blues Began).

								
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