Spring 2017  |  AFRO 3002 Section 001: West African History: 1800 to Present (50762)

Class Component:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Meets With:
HIST 3455 Section 001
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
01/17/2017 - 05/05/2017
Mon, Wed, Fri 11:15AM - 12:05PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 335
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
West African history from late 18th century to present. Past/profound changes including new 19th century state formation, European colonialism, post-colonial issues.
Class Notes:
Class Description:
This course, which is deeply and firmly rooted in the African past, also is current and relevant for Africa and its people of today and tomorrow. It provides, for example, the historical information for understanding and evaluating the reasons for poor West African (and continental) governance institutions since the l960s, as well as the move toward better governments becoming visible today. We look at how West Africans managed the tensions, wars, reconciliation and peace efforts from the nineteenth century on, including the historical causes of recent wars in Liberia and Sierra Leone and the current period of reconstruction in both countries. Study of the economies of the West African past are key to formulating policy for the future. Students planning travel, course work, or internships in West Africa and students with African backgrounds, will find valuable and timely historical information about the places they know or will visit. This can contribute to providing the building blocks of development and future planning which meets people "where they are" and therefore increases the chances for success.This information can also help understanding and planning for other parts of the continent.Themes of this course include the study of continuities with the pre-nineteenth century African past, and the profound, even revolutionary changes of the late nineteenth and most of the twentieth centuries. We identify the building blocks of West African society, which in turn makes visible the historical West African institutions for regulating representative governments. We study too, the organizations West Africans (and other Africans) developed for managing foreign relations. We study the impact of increasing contact with the Atlantic World, the continued spread of Islam, the European and American Industrial Revolution, the impact of colonial rule and the drastic changes in political and economic organization in West Africa in the last two hundred years. These have led to a very difficult post-colonial period in the last forty-five years.There are signs today, however, of hope, of difficult lessons learned, clearer indications of concrete roads to take towards a healthy, fruitful West African future.
25% Midterm Exam
25% Final Exam
50% Reports/Papers
Exam Format:
identification of terms, essays. both have elements of choice within the questions
Class Format:
55% Lecture
20% Film/Video
15% Discussion
10% Small Group Activities We use written works and oral traditions and oral history as sources of our information, along with videos.
40 Pages Reading Per Week UP TO 11 Pages Writing Per Term
2 Exam(s)
2 Paper(s)
Other Workload: regular class attendance, sharing of any personal knowledge of Africa with other students,participation in class discussions,completion of 4 identification sheets for discussion & review
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
11 November 2011

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