Stephanie E Smallwood
Examines Africa's past from approximately 1000 to 1880. Through the theme of the politics of wealth, explores the history of precolonial states and societies, religious movements that combined local beliefs with Islam and Christianity, the Atlantic and Indian Ocean slave trades, and the origins of American and European colonialism.
This course will introduce students to major themes in the history of precolonial Africa, from about c. 1000 through the establishment of European colonial rule across much of the continent by the close of the nineteenth century.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Lectures and discussion
Class assignments and grading
Detailed explanation of assignments and grading will be outlined in the course syllabus. Required reading will average 100 pp. per week.
Grades will reflect performance on in-class quizzes, one 5pp. paper, participation in weekly discussion sections and a final exam.