SYLLABUS: HIS 512 "Independent Africa" (Fall 1999)

Professor: Jim Jones (jjones@wcupa.edu). Office: 519 Main Hall
Office hours: WF 8-9am & MWF 10-11am (Tel: 436-2168)


Course objectives: This course examines the history of post-independence Africa in political, social and economic terms, through readings, films, and class discussion.

My responsibility: Deliver interesting lectures, maintain regular office hours, write fair examinations and provide written feedback.

Your responsibility: Read the text before class, participate intelligently in class, pass two essay examinations and pass one map test.

Grades: The first and second examinations are worth 30% of your final grade, the map test is worth 20%, and class participation is worth 20%.

Textbooks


Weekly Assignments

Date Topic Reading assignment>
Sep 2 Introduction; colonial Africa none
Sep 9 Africa labor and the costs of empire Cooper (1-386)
Sep 16 Decolonization by legal means Cooper (387-end)
Sep 23 Decolonization by violent means Maloba (all)
Sep 30 Economic challenge of independence Rapley (5-133)
Oct 7 Political challenge of independence Rapley (135-165)
Oct 14 FIRST EXAM
Oct 21 Women in East & Southern Africa Berger/White (1-61)
Oct 28 Women in West & Central Africa Berger/White (62-129), film "Finzan"
Nov 4 MAP TEST & Militarization of Africa To be announced
Nov 11 Case Study: Sierra Leone Richards (all)
Nov 18 Case study: Cameroon Film "Afrique, Je te plumerai"
Nov 25 THANKSGIVING BREAK
Dec 2 Case study: South Africa Film "Mapantsula"
Dec 9 Summary and conclusions
Dec 1? SECOND EXAMINATION