Jun 17, 2024  
2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Academic Catalog [Published Catalog]

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HIST 000/2300 - Precolonial Africa (3 cr.)



Description
This course will offer a broad overview of African history from the development of early human societies to the abolition of the Atlantic slave trade at the start of the 19th century. Its main goal is to introduce students to the conceptual resources and methodological tools needed to understand a range of different African societies, including hunters and gathers, pastoralists, land-based empires, and complex states built through long distance trade and slavery. In addition to these broad systemic and structural themes, this course endeavors to discover the experiences of individual Africans before the entrenchment of European colonial powers to see what their lives in a precolonial African context can tell us about our own. Finally, this course aims to introduce students to some of the most important historiographical debates that have taken place since 1945 about precolonial African histories to enable students to make their own arguments about the precolonial African past.

Repeatable
Yes, in case a student fails the first time taken.



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