African Studies Undergrad Courses

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African Studies

  • AFS 221: The Making of Modern Africa
    • Course Description: Traces the gradual incorporation of Africa into an expanding world economy and examines the impact of this incorporation on the development of African societies and modern nation states.
    • Frequently Taught By: Kristin Mann

 

  • AFS 263: Intro to African Studies
    • Course Description: Introduction to the African humanities and social sciences through in-depth study of three African regions. Explores major historical trends and their impact on culture, including the slave trade, colonialism, and postcolonial international contacts. Content is drawn from literature (both written literature and oral traditions), film, history, religion, anthropology, sociology, and art.
    • Frequently Taught By: Melissa Hackman

 

  • AFS 270: Topics Seminar
    • Course Description: Topics vary.
    • Topics Include: Foundation Development Studies; Ancient Kingdoms, Modern States
    • Frequently Taught By: Kristin Phillips, Mari Webel

 

  • AFS 280R: Anthropological Perspectives, Africa
    • Course Description: Anthropological perspectives on the people and cultures on different regions of the world. May be repeated for credit when topic varies. HSC, may be repeated when topic changes.
    • Topics Include: Africa
    • Frequently Taught By: Peter Little, Sydney Silverstein

 

  • AFS 364: African Civilization, Transatlantic Slave
    • Course Description: Political, social, economic, and cultural history of sub-Saharan African civilizations, from the rise of the Sudanic empires through the impact of the trans-Atlantic slave trade.
    • Frequently Taught By: Kristin Mann

 

  • AFS 366: Development Issues for Africa
    • Course Description: This course is designed to provide students the opportunity to explore issues in economic development viewed from the perspective of sub-Saharan Africa from the impact of slavery and colonialism to the modern era of globalization.
    • Frequently Taught By: Gordon Streeb

 

  • AFS 367: The Making of South Africa
    • Course Description: Evolution of South Africa from a society based on the principle of systematic racial segregation to a multiracial democracy. Origins of racial segregation and apartheid, nationalist struggles, challenges of post-apartheid development.
    • Frequently Taught By: Clifton Crais

 

  • AFS 389: Special Topics: African Studies
    • Course Description: Topics May Vary
    • Topics Include: Political Culture/Citizenship; Africa, Gender Violence/Gender Justice; Identity Maters; Echoes of Arab Spring; Africa/Natural Resource Curse; Postcolonial Arts and Literature of Africa; Political Culture and Citizenship in Postcolonial Africa; Media, Islam & Social Movements; Economic Development; Youth/Gender/Culture: Africa; Media, Islam; Health, Environment; Postcolonial African Art
    • Frequently Taught By: Kristin Phillips, Pamela Scully, Susan Gagliardi, Nathan Suhr-Systma, Oussama Cherribi, Gordon Streeb, Melissa Hackman, Mari Webel

 

  • AFS 468: Economic Development in Africa
    • Course Description: Analysis of economic behavior in low-income countries, with attention to factors that promote or inhibit sustainable development, such as local cultural practices, migratory patterns, and foreign investment.
    • Frequently Taught By: Oussama Cherribi

 

  • AFS 489: Special Topics: African Studies
    • Course Description: Topics May Vary
    • Topics Include: Explorations in Modern World History, Migrations africaines, Concealed & Reveal: Focus on Secrecy
    • Frequently Taught By: Clifton Crais, Subhagnana Xavier, Susan Gagliardi

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