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Dr. Susan Sage Heinzelman, Director 2505 University Avenue, A4900, Burdine Hall 536, Austin Texas 78712 • 512-471-5765

Fall 2007


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
49830 TH
3:30 PM-6:30 PM
BUR 234

Course Description

This course is designed to introduce the student to the History of Africa from 1960 to the present. The course will first provide some background history on the European colonization of Africa before examining the rapid transformation of the 1960s when Independent Africa emerges. The historical themes presented in this seminar will focus on issues ranging from: the impart of the colonial culture on Africa, African Nationalism, problems of economic development and nation-building, the influences of the Cold War, the African Elite, the contributions of Women in Africa, the racial and civil strife of Southern Africa, the muscle of Globalization on African economics, the role of the IMF and the World Bank in Africa, the AIDS crisis, and Educational reform in Africa. In order for this course to be an effective and satisfying learning experience for both you and me there are certain obligations that each student must meet. 1) Class attendance and participation are expected. You must always come to class prepared to discuss the readings with enthusiasm and intelligence. Any absences will negatively affect your final grade. 2) All papers are due in class on the date assigned. Late papers will be penalized one letter grade per day, so plan ahead. 3) All readings assigned for a given week are to be completed by the discussion period for that week. CONTAINS A SUBSTANTIAL WRITING COMPONENT AND FULFILLS PART OF THE BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT IN WRITING. UPPER-DIVISION STANDING REQUIRED. DESIGNED TO ACCOMMODATE 35 OR FEWER STUDENTS. COURSE NUMBER MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT WHEN THE TOPICS VARY. SEMINAR IN HISTORY: DISCUSSION, READING, AND RESEARCH IN A SMALL CLASS. GLOBALIZATION AND AFRICAN POLITICS: POSTCOLONIAL AFRICA. WGS 340 AND W S 340 MAY NOT BOTH BE COUNTED UNLESS THE TOPICS VARY. INCLUDES CROSS-CULTURAL CONTENT. MEETS WITH HIS 350L AND AFR 374C.


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