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Lesley Dean-Jones, Chair 2210 Speedway, Mail Code C3400, Austin, TX 78712-1738 • 512-471-5742

Fall 2006

AHC 310 • Intro to Traditional Africa

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32470 TTh
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
UTC 3.134

Course Description

This is an introductory, inter-disciplinary course on the peoples and cultures of Africa, designed for students with a limited background in African studies as well as those who want to improve their understanding of this huge continent. The course is divided into two parts, one on a survey history and the other on aspects of culture. The subjects cover the long historical era known as the "precolonial," which terminated at the turn of the twentieth century when Africa came under European rule. Among the main themes are: early history, kingdoms, interactions with external agencies, and various institutions and customs of society. Readings are drawn from two textbooks.. The books deal with essential outline histories and dense interpretive literature on a major themes. Films provide visual illustrations and additional perspectives. The visual presentations constitute an integral part of the learning process. Both the memoir and the films are to make the class lively and stimulating.


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