History | Modern Africa
H795 | 28359 | Hanson

A portion of the above class reserved for majors
Above class open to graduates only
Above class meets with HIST-H695 and CULS-C701

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 disciplines).

This course serves the interests of a broad range of students: those
in African 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.