HISTORY 195 - The Writing of History
Section: 002 Narrating Modern African Cities
Term: FA 2018
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
FYWR
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Other Course Info:
This course may not be included in a History major. F.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

While depictions of the African continent in American culture tend to focus on the continent’s rural settings (The Lion King, fiction by Ernest Hemingway, Tarzan, etc.), today in several African countries half or more of the inhabitants live in cities, and many more pass through spaces for trade, education, or as temporary workers. Some of these are megacities with populations measured in the millions. This course will trace the rise of a number of African cities across the continent over the past 150 years. In doing so, we will examine a number of different narrative genres, including newspapers, film, chapbooks, advice columns, studio portraits, graphic novels, World Bank reports, etc. We will consider not only the rich histories of different cities, but also how different genres of texts tell us different versions (sometimes even conflicting) of African cities. Other special topics that the course will address include gender, generational change, colonialism, decolonization, urban infrastructure, labor and neoliberalism.

Learning Goals and Outcomes: Because this is a first-year writing course, the main goal of the course is to help you develop your writing skills. More specifically, you will learn how to more effectively communicate complex ideas, read and respond to a range of texts (both primary and secondary sources), and synthesize information. You will achieve these goals by learning more about the historical development of African cities.

HISTORY 195 - The Writing of History
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WF 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Note: ALL SECTIONS OF HISTORY 195 ARE RESTRICTED TO FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS.
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11465
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TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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19558
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TuTh 8:30AM - 10:00AM
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