Credit hours: 3
|Problems in African History: The Precolonial Centuries||Robert Collins||Markus Wiener Publishing, 1993|
|Intro. to the History of African Civilization: Vol. I Precolonial Centuries||Magbaily Fyle||Univ. of America Press 1999|
|History of Africa, rev. 2||Kevin Shillington||Palgrave Macmillan, 2005|
|A Pocket Guide to Writing History|
Course Objectives: students acquire a perspective on history & an understanding of the facts that shape human society; students display knowledge about the origins and nature of contemporary issues and develop a foundation for comparative understanding; students think, speak, and write critically about primary & secondary historical sources by examining diverse intrepretations of past events and ideas in their historical contexts.
Course Content: This course is an introductory survey to African history from the beginning of the mass peopling of the continent (roughly the year 700 A.D.) to 1870. This is the period often referred to as pre-colonial Africa. The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the principal themes & developments in the historical evolution of the African continent. We will discuss the role of ethnicity, religion, and trade in the formation of precolonial societies and states in Africa, and then examine the ways in which these systems were affected by the trans-Atlantic slave trade.
Method of Presentation: Weekly readings will be assigned, and it is important that students read the materials before the lectures. Students will be expected to attend classes regularly so that they can keep up with the course. make-up examination will only be given to students who present credible evidence for missing the examiation.
Method of Evaluation: a map quiz & one multiple-choice quiz; mid-term examinastion; term paper; final examination and class attendance & discussion