ENVI 306 A History of an African City

Last offered Fall 2015

Cross Listed as AFR313, HIST307
The city of Nairobi was founded solely to serve the needs of white colonials and settlers. Fifty years later--in the 1960s--it had become dominated by Africans and is now, in the 21st Century, a major global city with over 4 million people. This course will trace the history of Nairobi from the 19th century to the present. We will focus on the city's political and economic development, its racial conflicts, as well as the daily experience of various groups of city dwellers. We will also look at the growth of the city's physical infrastructure--its transportation, housing, trade, and labor networks. Students will also get a chance to read about the various artistic movements in Nairobi, focusing especially on music, theater, and street performances.
Class Format: lecture
Requirements/Evaluation: two 7-page papers and one 12- to 15-page paper
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: seniors; History majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
Other Attributes: GBST African Studies Electives,GBST Urbanizing World Electives,HIST Group A Electives - Africa
Enrollment Limit: 25
Expected Enrollment: 25
Class Number: 1607
ENVI 306 LEC A History of an African City Division 2: Social Studies Kenda B. Mutongi
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