College Of Arts And Sciences | African Lives
E104 | 0134 | Clark
Learn how Africans view their own cultures and families from the inside, by
reading novels, life histories and ethnographies written by Africans
themselves. You will begin to understand the different perspectives and
problems of African people from several different countries, from rich and
poor families, and from cities and villages.
Many authors also include what they think about white residents and whites'
ideas about Africa. In discussion sections, you will talk about how each
author might have developed the opinions he or she presents, and
figure out your own point of view on these important issues.
The course will be divided into four units, covering four different parts of
Africa. For each unit, you will read two books and complete a worksheet on
each, with points you will discuss in class for the next one or two weeks.
You will also see a related video in class and take a quiz on basic
conditions of life in that area. When you have read both books for the
unit, you will write a four page paper presenting a particular aspect of
life there and comparing material on it from both books. There will be four
of these papers during the term.