HIST 105 Fall 2013 How to Save Africa (W)

Cross Listed as INST105, AFR105
How to save Africa? This course will not provide an easy answer to that question. Instead, we will study how and why that query has become ubiquitous and legitimate in the first place. Salvation projects have been numerous in African history: the antislavery campaigns; the so-called civilizing mission; structural adjustment programs; and, more recently, humanitarian campaigns like "Save Darfur" and "Kony 2012." We will use recent scholarship to discuss different points of views on these projects. We will also closely read a set of primary sources -- memoirs, newspaper articles, and films on the "salvation complex" in Africa -- and we will subject them to similar questions: what did Africa need to be delivered from? Who were the agents of redemption? What were the effects of the salvation projects? How did Africans react to them? Finally, we will examine the changes and continuities between the different projects of salvation, and consider how the study of history might help us understand Africa's position in the world today.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: students will be evaluated on class participation, response papers, three short essays, and a final research paper
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Prerequisites: first-year or sophomore standing
Enrollment Preference: first-year students, then sophomores who have not previously
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Divisional Attributes: Division II, Writing Intensive
Other Attributes: HIST Group A Electives - Africa
Enrollment Limit: 19
Expected Enrollment: 15-19
Class Number: 1934
HIST105-01(F) SEM How to Save Africa (W) Division 2: Social StudiesWriting Intensive Pedro Monaville
MR 2:35 PM-3:50 PM Greylock A 1934
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