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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 364G • South Africa, 1652-Present-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
38985 -TBA


Course Description

This is an introductory course that explores the vast history of South African. This course is designed to examine the political, economic, cultural, religious, and ecological histories that shaped South Africa starting at the middle of the 17th century until the 1990s with the end of Apartheid. In addition, the course will explore the increasingly rapid incorporation of South Africa into a global world by focusing on African responses to the processes of economic subordination, colonial rule and eventually "cultural imperialism." Students will be introduced to such topics as: the origins of pre-colonial South Africa; the destructive events of European colonization; the relative significance of race, gender, and class in explaining the construction of South Africa's historical development; the nature and importance of European missionaries and settlers; the impact and conflict of African nationalism in the 20th Century; the relative merits of reform to build a Post-Apartheid South Africa; and identifying the impact of globalization as it relates to South Africas underdevelopment and response to AIDS.

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%)


Leonard Thompson, A History of South Africa, Third Edition Jean Comaroff, Body Power, Spirit of Resistance: The Culture and History of S. Africa Keletso E. Atkins, The Moon is Dead! Give Us Our Money! Natal, South Africa Patrick Harries, Work, Culture, Identity: Migrant Laborers in Mozambique & S. Africa Aran MacKinnon, The Making of South Africa: Culture and Politics Belinda Bozzoli, Women of Phokeng: South Africa, 1900-1983 Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela R. Hunt Davis, Mandela Tambo and the African National Congress: The Struggle Against Apartheid, 1948-1990.


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