HIST 203
A Survey of Modern African History Spring 2010
Division II
Cross-listed AFR 203 / HIST 203
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This course surveys the history of 19th and 20th century Africa. The first section of the course focuses on the European conquest of Africa and the dynamics of colonial rule–especially its socio-economic and cultural consequences. The second section discusses the ways in which the rising tide of African nationalism, in the form of labor strikes and guerrilla wars, ushered out colonialism. The third section examines the postcolonial states, focusing on the politics of development, recent civil wars in countries like Rwanda, and the growing AIDS epidemics. The last section surveys the history of Apartheid in South Africa up to 1994.
Course materials include fiction, poetry, memoirs, videos, newspaper articles, and outstanding recent scholarship. The course is structured around discussions.
The Class: Format: lecture/discussion
Limit: none
Expected: 30
Class#: 3092
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on two 7- to 10-page papers, one exam, and an unspecified number of pop quizzes
Prerequisites: none; no prior knowledge of African history required; open to all
Unit Notes: meets Group A requirement in History major only if registration is under HIST
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
AFR 203 Division II HIST 203 Division II
Attributes: HIST Group A Electives - Africa

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