Explores different special issues in comparative history. Topics include histories of the world, imperialism and colonialism, nationalism and nation states, and the history of gender in the east and west.
In this course, we investigate and compare patterns of black women's work and family life in Southern Africa and in the southern United States. Relying on women's own self-accounts, historical records, and scholarship, we examine how women in Southern Africa and in the US have been discriminated against under the law. We investigate the way in which the gender division of labor, in Southern Africa's migrant labor system and in the American slave south, left women solely responsible for the reproduction of a cheap labor force as well as production in their own right. We discuss ways in which women used migration and marriage in response to societal and cultural constraints.
Student learning goals
Students will understand how Southern African history has been shaped socially, politically and economically.
Students will have a gendered understanding of Southern African history, as it was experienced by black and by white women.
Students will participate in ongoing dialogues about Southern Africa's reconstruction under black rule.
Students will engage in critical thinking exercises, as well as scholarly research.
Students will enjoy a book reading list and genre that for most is new to them.
Students will collaborate in group work and presentations.
General method of instruction
Class time is divided between lectures, films, class discussion and small group work.
Class assignments and grading
Student participation contributes significantly to a student's portfolio. Students may expect one short paper and one longer research paper to be assigned, in additon to informal writing assignments.