This course offers an introduction to some of the central ideas and issues related  to the culture of Rastafari.  Students view a range of cultural artifacts and texts produced by and about Rastafari in order to interpret and assess the significance of the Movement's emergence, development and contribution to local sensibilities, as well as global thought and practice.  Themes include: Key principles of Rastafari relative to post-emancipation discourses, early patterns of resistance, social organization and the influence of Rastafari on popular culture.