SOC 220 Fall 2012 Modern African Societies (W)

Cross Listed as AFR222
Africa is a place of extremes: its nation-states are some of the world's youngest and poorest; its societies are some of the most diverse and most unequal; and its landscapes are some of the most stunning, fertile, and severe. This sociological study of the continent will focus on the larger sub-tropical or sub-Saharan region. We will utilize both macro-level and micro-level approach, connecting the workings of the state and other large-scale institutions such as markets and NGOs (nongovernment organizations) to the most intimate behaviors of individuals such as marrying, starting families, building households, making livelihoods, and migrating. By the end of the course, students will have familiarity with the most relevant (and controversial) topics in African affairs: religion, sexuality, gender, corruption, ethnic identity, HIV/AIDS, and health care. Students will also have a stronger understanding of Africa's place in the world and the processes that perpetuate its under-development.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: bi-weekly intellectual journal entries, term paper in multiple drafts, midterm and final exam
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: preference given to juniors and seniors
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Divisional Attributes: Division II,Writing Intensive
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Enrollment Limit: 19
Expected Enrollment: 19
Class Number: 1319
SOC220-01(F) SEM Modern African Societies (W) Division 2: Social StudiesWriting Intensive Nicolette D. Manglos
MWF 08:30 AM-09:45 AM Hollander 140 1319
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