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Jacqueline Jones, Chair 128 Inner Campus Dr., Stop B7000, GAR 1.104 Austin, TX 78712-1739 • 512-471-3261

Spring 2006

HIS 350L • Globalizatn & African Polit-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
38840 -TBA


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.

Grading Policy

Attendance and Class Participation-(25%) (5) Four page response papers to the readings-(50%) (1) Final Exam of 8 to 10 Pages (Take-Home Exam)-(25%)


Stephen Ellis, Africa Now: People, Politics, Institutions Anina Loomba, Colonialism/Postcolonialism Pal Ahluwalia, Politics and Post-Colonial Theory: African Inflections Bart Moore-Gilbert, Postcolonial Theory: Contexts, Practices, and Politics Basil Davidson, The Black Man's Burden: Africa and the Curse of the Nation State J. S. Crush, The Post-Colonial Development of Botswana, Lesotho, and Swaziland Walter Rodney, How Europe Underdeveloped Africa Toyin Falola, Development Planning and Decolonization in Nigeria Michael Barratt Brown, Africas Choices: Africa Thirty Years of the World Bank Harvey Glickman, The Crisis and Challenge of African Development Hildi Hendrickson, Clothing and Difference: Embodied Identities in Colonial and Post Colonial Africa T. Zeleza, Sacred spaces & Public Quarrels: African cultural & Economic Landscapes


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