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History (HIST)

HIST 192 (GH;IL) (AFR 192) Modern African History (3) Impact of the slave trade, expansion of Islam, colonial conquest, social and cultural transformations, resistance, nationalism, and independence.

HIST (AAA S) 192 Modern African History (3)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

This course examines the colonial period in Africa from roughly 1750 to the present. Given the vast geographical breadth of the African continent, its diverse peoples and cultures, and the divergent trajectories of colonial rule, this course cannot provide a comprehensive overview of the modern era in Africa. Rather, it considers some of the most significant transformations in modern African history, including the impact of the Atlantic slave trade and the transition to 'legitimate commerce'; the causes and consequences of European imperial conquest from the 1870's; the dynamics of the colonial encounter; the struggles of African peoples for independence in the 1950's and 1960's; and the enduring impact of the colonial experience on contemporary African social, political, and economic realities. The course is designed to familiarize students with the major events and chronology of modern sub-Saharan African history, and to provide an overview of the key themes and theoretical debates which animate contemporary African historiography. Emphasis throughout the course will be on the understanding and application of historical arguments and theories to available information. The course is intended to help students develop analytical skills vital to the discipline of history, which include the ability to collect and analyze evidence and to construct arguments in both oral and written presentations. To this end, students will have the opportunity to practice both identifying and building arguments by writing several focused short papers that deal with the material covered in a week of class lectures and readings. In these papers, as well as in the two essay exams, students will be asked to generate thesis-driven responses to particular historical problems encountered in the course material. The short papers are intended to promote active engagement with the course material and will be used as the basis for in-class discussions and debates. Typically, students are evaluated on a map quiz, several short papers, participating in class discussions of assigned readings, and exams which have both an identification and essay component. The course content of AAA S/HIST 192 is designed to chronologically follow that of AAA S/HIST 191 (Early African History), and provides an excellent foundation for History 479 (Imperialism and Nationalism in Africa), for which it is a prerequisite. In addition to satisfying the GI requirement, AAA S/HIST 192 satisfies general credit requirements for the history major or minor, including the "non-western" component of the major. Non-majors may use this course to satisfy a general education humanities selection. The course also may be used to fulfill requirements for the African and African-American Studies major and the African Studies minor. This course is offered once a year with 50 seats per offering.

General Education: GH
Diversity: IL
Bachelor of Arts: Humanities
Effective: Fall 2012

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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