AAS 247 - Modern Africa
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Afroamerican & African Studies (AAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
SS, RE
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course offers students the tools they need to understand current events in Africa in historical perspective. 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 will begin by examining how wide-ranging processes — the slave trade, colonial rule, nationalism, independence — transformed the social and political lives of African people. In the middle part of the course we will explore the dynamics of human rights in contemporary Africa, using a detailed study of a recent court trial in Kenya. Toward the end of the semester we’ll study a series of specific issues — governance in Zimbabwe; the Rwanda genocide; the end of apartheid in South Africa — in relation to longer-term histories.

The core reading will be a set of “primary” documents dealing with issues addressed in lectures. By the end of the course, students will have learned how to interpret evidence, synthesize disparate sources, and create compelling arguments about the relation between past and present.

Course Requirements:

Map quiz; two short (3-5 page) essays; mid-term essay exam; and final (7-8 page) essay exam.

Intended Audience:

This is an introductory course. Anyone interested in the history of modern Africa is welcome.

Class Format:

Lecture, with films and general discussion, twice a week; and seminar-style discussion in sections once a week.

AAS 247 - Modern Africa
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
10891
Open
50
 
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (DIS)
P
16324
Open
25
 
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W 12:00PM - 1:00PM
003 (DIS)
P
16325
Open
25
 
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W 1:00PM - 2:00PM
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