AAS 247 - Modern Africa
Section: 001
Term: WN 2013
Subject: Afroamerican & African Studies (AAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
SS, RE
Other:
Theme
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Africa, often called the 'dark continent', is the world's most misunderstood place. This course is meant to shed light on Africa's rich, interesting and complex modern history. The crises that seem to cripple African politics today are shaped by the economic, political and social changes that attended the 19th and 20th century. Any student of political science, economics, psychology, business or literature who wishes to understand Africa must first study its history, for that history sets the stage for the present.

The course focuses on a few selected regions: the village of Niumi on the Gambia River; the village of Magomero in modern Malawi; Kenya; and South Africa. Using these case studies, we will examine how wide-ranging processes--the slave trade, colonial rule, African nationalism, independence--transformed the social and political lives of African people. In the last part of the course we will narrow the focus to study human rights in contemporary Africa. Using a detailed study of a recent court trial in Kenya, we’ll explore the tensions between “customary” marital arrangements and women’s rights.

This course is meant to teach you how to do the work of historical analysis for yourself. Each week, you will be asked to read and analyze a set of “primary” documents dealing with issues addressed in lectures. During the term you'll write three short essays and one long essay in response to questions that I pose. By the end of the course, I'll hope you'll have learned how to interpret evidence, synthesize disparate sources, and create compelling arguments about the relation between past and present.

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AAS 247 - Modern Africa
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
11048
Open
53
 
-
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (DIS)
P
17537
Open
4
 
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Tu 12:00PM - 1:00PM
004 (DIS)
P
17539
Open
15
 
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W 2:00PM - 3:00PM
005 (DIS)
P
20512
Open
9
 
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W 3:00PM - 4:00PM
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ISBN: 0142437166
The interesting narrative and other writings, Author: Olaudah Equiano ; ed. with an introduction and notes by Vincent Carretta., Publisher: Penguin Books Rev. ed. 2003
Required
ISBN: 0385474547
Things fall apart, Author: Chinua Achebe., Publisher: Anchor Books 1st Anchor 1994
Required
ISBN: 0141186992
A grain of wheat, Author: Ng?g? wa Thiong?o., Publisher: Penguin Books in association with Heinemann African Writers Series Rev. ed. 2002
Required
ISBN: 0865439990
Matigari., Publisher: Africa World Press
Required
ISBN: 0385425139
The famished road, Author: Ben Okri., Publisher: Anchor Books, Random House 1. Anchor 2002
Required
ISBN: 0435080636
Burying SM the politics of knowledge and the sociology of power in Africa, Author: David William Cohen ; E. S. Atieno Odhiambo., Publisher: Heinemann [u.a.] 2. [Dr.] 1995
Required
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