Spring 2017  |  AFRO 3431 Section 001: Early Africa and Its Global Connections (71138)

Class Component:
3-4 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 3431 Section 001
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
01/17/2017 - 05/05/2017
Mon, Wed 09:45AM - 11:00AM
UMTC, West Bank
Carlson School of Management L-118
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Course Catalog Description:
Socioeconomic, political, and cultural development in precolonial Africa, from ancient Egypt through era of trans-Atlantic slave trade.
Class Description:
Early African farmers and hunters, men and women, kings and queens, commoners and slaves long stood at the center - not the margins -- of global change. From the rise of agriculture to the culmination of the slave trades, Africans actively borrowed ideas, technologies, and foods, guns, and other goods from Asian and European "strangers." But they profoundly influenced these strangers as well, contributing innovative ideas, technologies, cultural expressions, and wealth. Through close study of oral traditions, epics, archaeological data, food, autobiography, and film, we will investigate early Africans' global connections. Environment plays an important role in our study; we explore the ways that Africans creatively adapted to and altered the continent's diverse environments, and how their choices shaped the kinds of societies in which they lived. By immersing ourselves in Africa's early history, we will also begin to understand and to critique how and why contemporary western media has come to portray Africans as "marginal" to global change.
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
21 May 2007

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