Africa is often portrayed as a continent without technology. Yet technologies permeate African lives, and have done so since the earliest times. This course explores that history, with a focus on modern Africa. Themes include the meaning of technological knowledge in African settings, the politics of nature, the relationship between technology and social power, and more.
This course is part of the multi-seminar Michigan International Seminar for Undergraduates program. It includes some contact with students in MISU seminars UC 254.001, 254.06 and UC 254.010. A portion of the syllabus will include assignments shared by these seminars and several class meetings will bring students from these seminars together for films, discussions, and other activities.
Students will develop an independent project over the course of the semester. No exams. Basis of grading: Class participation - 30%, Reading responses - 30%, Final project - 40%
Registration preference will be
given to Sophomores.
This is a discussion-based course (no lectures). Students will read and respond to work in history, anthropology, and geography.