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

Fall 2006

HIS 306N • West Africa in the 20th Century

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40155 -TBA


Course Description

This course examines the historical developments in West Africa from the eve of colonial rule to the present. Topics of the course include colonial rule, African resistance movements, AIDS, and globalization. Of particular interest is the African perspective on colonialism and African solutions for building-up independent states. No previous knowledge of Africa is necessary. When possible, we will connect topics discussed in the course to contemporary events. Historical texts, films, and novels are used to emphasize the major themes of the course and provide an accessible historical narrative of West Africa. Coursework will include two in-class exams and two take-home exams based each based on an assigned novel, in addition to short quizzes on the readings and a map project.

Grading Policy

Pop Quizzes-10% Map Project -10% Sept. 13 First Take-Home Exam-20% Sept. 20 First In-Class Exam-15% Oct. 6 Second In-Class Exam-20% Oct. 27 Second Take-Home Exam-20% Dec. ?


Buchi Emecheta. Joys of Motherhood. Portsmouth: Heinemann, 1994. Ayi Kwei Armah. The Beautiful Ones Are Not Yet Born. Portsmouth: Heinemann, 1989. Eugene L. Mendonsa. West Africa. Durham: Carolina Academic Press, 2002. Course Packet (available at Paradigm Printing on the corner of 24th and Guadalupe).


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