HIST 203 Spring 2013 Modern African History (D)

Cross Listed as AFR203
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 looks at how 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 Liberia, 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. This EDI course explores the experiences and expressions of the culturally diverse peoples of African descent in the New World (and the Old), as well as the myriad ways in which they confront, negotiate, and at times challenge dominant U.S. and/or European hierarchies of race, culture, gender and class.
Class Format: lecture/discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on two 7- to 10-page papers, one exam, and an unspecified number of pop quizzes
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Prerequisites: none; no prior knowledge of African history required; open to all
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Divisional Attributes: Division II,Exploring Diversity
Other Attributes: HIST Group A Electives - Africa
Enrollment Limit: none
Expected Enrollment: 15-25
Class Number: 3497
HIST203-01(S) LEC Modern African History (D) Division 2: Social StudiesExploring Diversity Initiative Kenda B. Mutongi
TR 09:55 AM-11:10 AM Hollander 140 3497
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