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History (HIST)

HIST 431 (US;IL) (AF AM 431) Black Liberation and American Foreign Policy (3) This course deals with American foreign policy and Black liberation in Africa since 1945.

HIST 431 Black Liberation and American Foreign Policy (3)

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

Black Liberation and American Foreign Policy in Africa since 1945 presents an interdisciplinary approach to the study of American foreign policy in Africa. Course readings will consist of both secondary and primary sources to explore the evolution of American policy toward the continent over the last half-century, and the meaning of the American engagement with Africa for American politics and society.

The course will also examine the reasons that Africa has served as a focus of concern among African Americans both prior to, and, over the period 1945 to the present. Of particular concern will be the ways in which American policy has reflected pressures from African Americans as a constituency in foreign policy.

The focus of the course will be student-centered written research and discussion. Students will be required to select topics from the course outline for presentation in class with the instructor serving as the moderator of discussion and guide to relevant research materials. Students will be encouraged to use both primary and secondary sources for their research. Students will be expected to prepare two individual written presentations which will serve as the basis for class discussion (30% of the grade), a book review (10% of the grade), and a research paper of 15 pages (40% of the grade) on a topic drawn from the areas identified in the course outline. The final 20% of the grade will be awarded for participation in class discussion.

General Education: None
Diversity: US;IL
Bachelor of Arts: Humanities
Effective: Fall 2012
Prerequisite: 3 credits in African history; 3 credits in African political science; or 3 credits in American political science

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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