|(3 cr.) This course provides an overview of the history of
sub-Saharan Africa during the precolonial period,
and entails a close inquiry into the major
theoretical issues and conceptual questions
involved in the study of African history.
Classroom study is organized chronologically but
focuses on several major themes: the relationship
between Africa's linkages to the world and local
historical dynamics on the continent; changing
political structures and popular agency within
them; slavery and economic transformations; gender
and social change; shifting constructions of race,
ethnicity, and identity; and the stakes of
conceptualizing African history in the present.
Particular attention is paid to a number of case
studies from across the sub-Saharan African
continent. Students draw upon a range of materials
including secondary historical literature, primary
sources and visual arts.
Prerequisite: one course from HS level 200; Every Other Year, Fall|