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A multidisciplinary approach to Africa. Colonization and its impact provide historical context. A geographical framework encourages students to individualize their learning through case studies of two of the following five areas: East Africa, West Africa, North Africa, South Africa and Central Africa. A research project enables students to correlate their geographical case studies to a choice of topical issues: AIDS, the environment, family and kinship, women and development, religion or literature. Particular attention is devoted to contemporary ethnic conflict. The course concludes with an examination of trends and prospects for the future of Africa.
Learning activities include multidisciplinary readings (anthropological, economic, historical, political and sociological), instructor and student facilitated discussions, case studies, short essays and a research paper. Students also follow contemporary news reports from Africa. Students individualize their learning through selections that synthesize their studies of the human ecology and colonial legacy of Africa; post-colonial African societies; and Africa as part of a global system.
Recommended: World History 1, World History 2 or equivalent. Advanced level research and writing skills are expected of this upper level course.
Important Note: this course was renamed effective the March 2008 term and was formerly offered as Africa and Its Peoples. Students who have successfully completed 243344 should not enroll in this course.
This course fully meets the General Education requirement in Other World Civilizations.
This online course is offered through the Center for Distance Learning. You can take this as an individual course or as part of an online degree program, with term starts in March, May, September, November and January. View current term offerings and all online courses. Click here to register for online courses.
Other Areas: The Arts | Business, Management & Economics | Community & Human Services | Communications, Humanities & Cultural Studies | Educational Studies | Historical Studies | Human Development | Labor Studies | Nursing | Science, Math & Technology | Social Science
Meets General Education Requirement In: Other World Civilizations-Full
Term(s) Offered (Subject to Change) : Spring 1. Summer. Fall 1.
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