HIST 204
Anti-Colonialism & Social Movements in Africa Since World War II
Last Offered Spring 2019
Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
This course is not offered in the current catalog or this is a previous listing for a current course.

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This discussion-based survey introduces African-led social and political struggles that have aimed to create more just and equitable societies on the continent over the past eighty years. We begin with the anti-colonial and nationalist movements that flourished during and after Second World War and eventually brought about an end to formal colonial rule across the continent. This decolonization took place over many decades, and intertwined with this history, we look at popular and artistic struggles that sought to change the practices of independent governments in Africa, as well as confront intervening forces-from the International Monetary Fund to regional militias. The last section of the course examines movements since the 1990s for democratic rights, access to health and environmental resources, and freedom from gender and sexual oppression. We will focus on how movements were organized, including those led by trade unions, women’s groups, and student associations, but also those that have not been by led by formal organizations. As part of the course, students will work in groups to plan and carry out a solidarity event/campaign in consultation with a present-day African-led social movement/organization.
The Class: Format: lecture; discussion
Limit: 40
Expected: 15-20
Class#: 3974
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: discussion participation, short weekly papers (2 pages), map quiz, and a small-group solidarity project
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: History Majors, as well as Africana Studies, Global Studies, and Leadership Studies Concentrators
Distributions: Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
DPE Notes: We will focus on how people in sub-Saharan Africa have sought to address issues of power, difference, and equity in their societies through their own activity and organizing. Our discussions will focus on how inequality was structured by colonialism and how it has impacted present-day African societies (and even African social movements). This class will also prepare students to understand their own relationship to injustices in Africa and the differences between intervention and solidarity.
Attributes: HIST Group A Electives - Africa

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