Cultural Studies | Modern Africa
C701 | 29110 | Hanson

R 6:15-8:15 PM BH 335
Meets with HIST-H 695 and HIST-H 795

Modern Africa is a graduate course concerning the last hundred years
of African history. It is an era of African initiatives in the face of
European colonial rule, its dissolution, and the rise of independent
states. This political overview merely provides the chronological
background for a course focusing on African initiatives in all realms,
including social, cultural, and religious domains. The course is
designed to provide an overview of the various historical perspectives
and debates in Modern African history and to allow students to pursue
themes related to their own research projects (in History or other
This course serves the interests of a broad range of students: those
in African Studies or Cultural Studies who want an overview of the
last hundred years as well as specific background in a thematic area
related to a research project; those in African history who wish to
launch specific research projects; and those interested in a minor
field in African history who wish to read broadly on the past hundred
years. No prerequisites are required.
The colloquium (H695) and seminar (H795) meet together and discussion
occurs simultaneously, but the requirements for the two courses are
different. Colloquium students will be required to read more
extensively on a variety of topics and to produce a series of short
written assignments; seminar students will be required to read more
intensively on one topic and to produce a research paper based on work
with relevant source materials.