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AAAS 2303

History of Contemporary Africa, 1960s to the present

Scopas Poggo

Credit hours: 3
GEC categories:
Prerequisites:

Text Books:

Title Author(s) Publisher ISBN
Modern Africa Basil Davidson
Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe
Introduction to the History of African Civilization, vol. II C. Magbaily Fyle
Africans & their History Joseph Harris

Example Syllabus: 2303.PDF
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Course Objectives: The primary aim of this course is to introduce students to the political, economic, and social developments in Africa from the time of the European scramble for the continent to the present. Selected historical and contemporary themes include, but are not limited to, the European scramble and partition of Africa, the colonial period, de-colonization of the continent, foundations for economic, and social development, civil society and military governance, democratic institutions, education and culture, food, disease and health care, ethnic conflicts and civil wars, and Africa’s role in international affairs. A few videos will accompany the lectures, and discussions. Students will be expected to keep up with the weekly readings, and also participate effectively in discussions in the class. Class attendance is of paramount importance, and it constitutes 10% of the final grade. Any student who only attends part of the lecture will be counted absent unless there is genuine evidence (medical problem or family emergency) for missing the session.

Course Content: History courses develop students’ knowledge of how past events influence today’s society and help them understand how humans view themselves. 1. Students acquire a perspective on history and an understanding of the facts that shape human society. 2. Students display knowledge about the origins and nature of contemporary issues, and develop a foundation for comparative understanding. 3. Students think, speak, and write critically about primary and secondary historical sources by examining diverse interpretations of past events and ideas in their historical contexts.

Method of Presentation: A few videos will accompany the lectures & discussions. Students will be expected to keep up with the weekly readings & also participate effectively in discussions in the class. Class attendance is of paramount importance & it constitutes 10% of the final grade. Any student who only attends the first or second hour of lecture will be counted absent unless there is genuine evidence (medical problem or family emergency) for missing the session.

Method of Evaluation: Map quiz; book review; term paper; mid-term examination; final examination; class attendance & discussion

 

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