Lynn M. Thomas
Seminar on selected topics in general history, with special emphasis on preparation for field examinations. Topics vary according to interests of students and instructor.
This seminar will introduce graduate students to historical approaches to understanding nineteenth- and twentieth-century Africa. We will examine historiographical debates relating to the study of slavery, colonialism, and post-colonialism. In particular, we will consider how study of African history has often moved between emphasizing universalizing and particularizing perspectives and categories of analysis.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Interest in historical approaches to understanding Africa's past and present.
Class assignments and grading
Readings, three short response essays, and long historiographical essay.
Grading Percentages Class participation 30% Short response essays 10% each; 30% total Long essay 40%