Modern African History

Modern African History 2 Credits
Modern African History/Honors 2 Credits

This course presents a broad-based survey of sub-Saharan African history from Africa’s earliest contacts with Europeans through the contemporary era.  Students will explore Africa’s diverse geography, the impact of the trans-Atlantic slave trade on African societies, the origins and consequences of European colonialism and imperialism, and the role of liberation and independence movements in bringing freedom to the African continent.  The course will conclude with a study of contemporary issues in Africa today, such as globalization, the HIV/AIDS pandemic, food insecurity, the shifting role of women, and climate change.  Daily reading assignments in textbook and supplemental articles will provide the basis for a variety of class projects and activities, including historical fiction writing, film reviews and historical simulations.  Tests and quizzes will also assess student progress and students will be required to write and in-depth analytical research paper.

Honors Option:  Honors students will read additional sources as well as completing a term-long independent research project.  Writing assignments will emphasize analysis and synthesis.

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