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Solimar Otero
SISAF 444
Seattle Campus

African Studies Seminar

Interdisciplinary seminar focusing upon one particular aspect of the African continent. Emphasis may be humanistic, social scientific, or historical. African Studies faculty and visiting scholars lecture on areas of their own expertise.

Class description

Students will learn critical approaches to culture, politics, and society in postcolonial Africa. This course is designed as an exploration of the intellectual history that emerges from Africans in postcolonial contexts. We use primary source material, novels, cultural histories, film, and art history to explore topics in postcolonial African worlds.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lecture, class discussion, and presentations of topics and readings by students and instructor. Weekly written responses and take-home essays are also used in evaluating and adjusting instructional needs.

Recommended preparation

Interest in thinking, writing, and discussing cultural topics in cross-cultural, interdiscplinary ways. Preparation includes ability to read and write critically.

Class assignments and grading

Required reading, weekly response papers, informal class presentations, and take-home essays.

Response papers 20% Class Presentations (particpation ) 20% Mid-term Essay 25% Final Essay 35%


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by James W Donnen
Date: 01/15/2003