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African History Since 1875

Spring 2016
(MWF 9-9:50am, 214 Main Hall)

What's New?

Apr. 30: Posted office hours for finals week (see next box. below).
Mar. 23: Added final exam date/time - Wednesday May 4, 8-10am.

This syllabus is located at http://courses.wcupa.edu/jones/his312.htm.

Emergency? Call 610-436-3311

Instructor: Jim Jones
Email: jjones@wcupa.edu, Tel: 610-436-2312
Office: 411 Wayne Hall, West Chester, PA 19383
Finals Week: Mon 10-10:50am & 1-1:50pm, Wed 1-3:25pm and Friday 9-10:20am

Organization of this syllabus: The course outline is at the top, since you will use that every week, followed by an explanation of how the objectives of this class meet History Department learning goals. After that, you will find explanations of class policies on evaluation (i.e. grades), required textbooks and readings, professor and student responsibilities, attendance, "Academic Dishonesty" (i.e. cheating, plagiarism, etc.), ADA compliance (i.e. disabilities), discrimination, Title IX (i.e. maintaining a safe campus) and emergency preparedness.

Weekday Date Topic Assigned Reading
Wed. Jan. 20 Introduction  
Fri. Jan. 22 Preconditions 19th century Europe & Africa
You can drop and/or add classes until Tuesday Jan. 26 by
going on-line. If you add a class late, you are responsible for ALL earlier assignments.
Mon. Jan. 25 Class cancelled due to snow  
Wed. Jan. 27 First Sustained Contact and
Europeans Prepare to Divide Africa
The Portuguese in Africa and
Congress of Berlin
Fri. Jan. 28 Crisis in Egypt Egypt & Europe in the 19th Century
Mon. Feb. 1 French imperialism in West Africa France in West Africa
Wed. Feb. 3 British imperialism in West Africa Britain in West Africa
Fri. Feb. 5 South and East Africa South Africa and East Africa
Mon. Feb. 8 On The Brink of War The Fashoda Incident
Wed. Feb. 10 Review for first exam (cancelled due to snow delay) review notes
Mon. Feb. 15 Precolonial Nigeria Achebe: chapters 1-14
Wed. Feb. 17 The Arrival of the Europeans Achebe: chapter 15-end
Fri. Feb. 19 The Nature of European Colonial Role in Africa  
Mon. Feb. 22 Background to the diary Vaughan: 1-21
Wed. Feb. 24 Hamman Yaji's arrest Vaughan: 22-41
Fri. Feb. 26 The content of Hamman Yaji's diary Start Vaughan: 51-145
Mon. Feb. 29 Analyzing the diary Finish Vaughan: 51-145
Wed. Mar. 2 Creating a historical argument In-class demonstration
Fri. Mar. 4 Using secondary sources In-class demonstration
Mon-Fri. Mar. 7-11 SPRING BREAK Work on your research paper
Mon. Mar. 14 Student presentations Hamman Yaji paper due
Wed. Mar. 16 Student presentations  
Fri. Mar. 18 Review for 2nd exam  
Wed. Mar. 23 Resistance to Colonialism  
Fri. Mar. 25 World War II and the end of European colonialism Time line
Friday, March 25 is the last day to drop a class without penalty, to change a class to Pass/Fail,
or to complete course work from the previous semester.
Mon. Mar. 28 African nationalism Background on Egypt, Ghana & the Congo
Wed. Mar. 30 Focus on Ghana Instructions
Fri. Apr. 1 Ghana after 50 Years  
Mon. Apr. 4 Ways to gain independence Concepts and questions
Wed. Apr. 6 Focus on Egypt Instructions
Fri. Apr. 8 Egypt after the 2012 Revolution  
Mon. Apr. 11 Independence in Algeria Web article
Wed. Apr. 13 Problems of independence Allouache, 15-8, 64-7, 74-5 & 96-9; view Resources
Fri. Apr. 15 More problems of independence Finish reading Allouache
Mon. Apr. 18 Algeria after independence Allouache: 11, 21-2, 75, 91-3, 100-5
Wed. Apr. 20 Resuming the Algerian revolution Allouache: 15-6, 49-51, 75-6, 106-8
Fri. Apr. 22 Life strategies in globalizing Africa Allouche: 6-10, 35-6, 44-7, 56-8, 71-3
Mon. Apr. 25 Life strategies in globalizing Africa Allouche: 84-9, 93-4, 128-32
Wed. Apr. 27 GLOBALIZATION'S IMPACT paper due Be prepared to discuss your paper
Fri. Apr. 29 Migration, Emigration and Flight  
Mon. May 2 Review for third exam  

OBJECTIVES: This course covers the history of Africa from the colonial period to the present. It will enable you to become familiar with African geography, political events, economic conditions and the consequences of colonialism and independence. Professor Jones assumes that you are already familiar with world historical events such as the industrial revolution, the Napoleonic Wars, the two "World Wars," the Great Depression and the Cold War (as covered in HIS102). If that is not the case, then talk to Professor Jones and be prepared to do additional reading on your own.

By the time you finish this course, you should be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

1. Construct generalizations and interpretations that demonstrate a knowledge of historical eras, change over time, and key historical concepts in the history of modern Africa.

2. Communicate your knowledge of history in reasoned arguments -- both written and oral -- supported by historical evidence and an appreciation of multiple causes, effects, and perspectives.

3. Identify and acknowledge multiple points of view as they appear in primary and secondary sources, and connect your knowledge of multiple historical perspectives to contemporary life in a heterogeneous, global society.

GRADING: There are three essay examinations worth 20%, 20% and 25% of your final grade respectively, a major research paper worth 20%, a shorter analytical paper worth 5% and a class participation grade worth 10%. Detailed instructions for all assignments are available at http://courses.wcupa.edu/his312/misc/312assign.htm. The dates of the examinations appear on this syllabus. Please note that if you miss an examination without providing a valid excuse (see "ATTENDANCE" below), you will will receive a zero (0) for that examination.

* Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart (New York: Anchor Books, 1959).
* Merzak Allouache, Bab el-Oued (Boulder CO: Lynne Rienner, 1998).
* James H. Vaughan and Anthony H. M. Kirk-Greene, editors, The Diary of Hamman Yaji: Chronicle of a West African Muslim Ruler (Indiana University Press, 1995).
* Africa Today "From Gold Coast to Ghana: Freedom Issue" Vol. 4, No. 2 (Mar. - Apr., 1957), available from JStor database at the WCU Library website
* Other material available from JStor and through links at

RESPONSIBILITIES: Professor Jones must deliver interesting lectures and facilitate meaningful classoom discussion, maintain regular office hours, write fair examinations and provide written feedback. You must read assignments before coming to class, participate in class discussion, write two scholarly papers and pass three examinations.

ATTENDANCE: Attendance is important because every class member develops his or her own understanding of the assigned readings, and classroom discussions enable everyone in the group to share what they've learned. To encourage regular attendance, we will follow the University's attendance policy, which provides for the reduction of a final grade for more than nine unexcused absences during the semester. There is no limit to the number of excused absences, but for an absence to be excused, you must provide the professor with a document that shows it was caused by a medical condition, legal proceeding, university-sanctioned event or death of an immediate family member (i.e. parent, sibling or child). All other absences are unexcused; i.e. if you need to miss class for a job interview, to meet with your advisor, to get your car fixed, or for any other reason, use one of your three "unexcused absences."

Please note: 1) If you face an extraordinary circumstance and believe you should receive special consideration, discuss it with the professor before you are absent -- requests made after an unexcused absence will not be considered. Also, 2) the professor reserves the right to treat multiple incidents of tardiness as additional unexcused absences. Finally, 3) any time you miss a class, you are responsible for getting notes from a class mate and completing all assigned readings. If, after that, you have questions, talk to the professor during office hours (i.e. don't send an email asking "what did I miss?")

CHEATING/PLAGIARISM: In brief, do NOT do this. Cheating is any act that "defrauds, deceives or employs trickery" in order to obtain credit for work which has not been completed. Plagiarization is the act of "passing off the ideas of another as one's own work." Anyone who cheats or plagiarizes will receive a penalty as provided for in the WCU Academic Integrity Policy.

DISABILITIES: We at West Chester University wish to make accommodations for persons with disabilities. Please make your needs known by contacting Professor Jim Jones and/or the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities at ext. 3217. Sufficient notice is needed in order to make the accommodations possible. The University desires to comply with the ADA of 1990.

DISCRIMINATION: Professor Jones supports West Chester University's prohibition against discrimination, including sexual harassment, of any individual based on race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, religious creed, disability or veteran status. The University is committed to providing leadership in extending equal opportunities to all individuals and will continue to make every effort to provide these rights to all members of the University community, including students, staff, and administrators, as well as all applicants for admission or employment and all participants in University-sponsored activities. Any individual having suggestions, problems, complaints or grievances with regard to equal opportunity or affirmative action is encouraged to contact the Director of Social Equity at ext. 2433.

TITLE IX STATEMENT: West Chester University and its faculty are committed to assuring a safe and productive educational environment for all students. In order to meet this commitment and to comply with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and guidance from the Office for Civil Rights, the University requires faculty members to report incidents of sexual violence shared by students to the University's Title IX Coordinator, Ms. Lynn Klingensmith. The only exceptions to the faculty member's reporting obligation are when incidents of sexual violence are communicated by a student during a classroom discussion, in a writing assignment for a class, or as part of a University-approved research project. Faculty members are obligated to report sexual violence or any other abuse of a student who was, or is, a child (a person under 18 years of age) when the abuse allegedly occurred to the person designated in the University protection of minors policy. Information regarding the reporting of sexual violence and the resources that are available to victims of sexual violence is set forth at the webpage for the Office of Social Equity.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS: All students are encouraged to sign up for the University's free WCU ALERT service, which delivers official WCU emergency text messages directly to your cell phone. For more information and to sign up, visit www.wcupa.edu/wcualert. To report an emergency, call the Department of Public Safety at 610-436-3311.

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