2019-2020 Academic Catalog 
    Aug 07, 2020  
2019-2020 Academic Catalog

HIST 373 - Africa and the World

Credits: Three (3)
This course explores the history of Africa and the continent’s broader economic, social, and political impact on the rest of the globe from 1500 to the present. The course begins with a broad investigation of the pre-colonial Africa, exploring the rich political, linguistic and cultural traditions which characterized the continent before the arrival of Europeans. Students will the assess the impact of western colonization and slavery on African societies, from the early modern period through the beginnings of independence movements at the beginning of the twentieth century. The course then turns to an analysis of African self-determination, assessing the many challenges faced by new African nation states in a post-colonial world. Finally, students will take a critical approach to understanding the role of African societies in our present global age, paying particular attention to the impact capitalism continues to have on Africa and on the identities, politics, and cultures of those who inhabit the world’s second-largest continent.[M; N; C, I]
General Education Area: Social Science
Cross-listed: PSCI-373