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2022-2023 College Catalog 
2022-2023 College Catalog
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HIS 170 - History & People Of Africa

3 Credits, 3 Contact Hours
3 lecture periods 0 lab periods

Survey of the political and cultural history of Africa from pre-historic settlements to the modern era. Includes the earliest people of Africa, internal development of African societies, impact of Islam, inclusion in the world economy, the age of European Expansion and the slave trade, European colonialism, the World Wars and the post-war period, the anti-colonial movements, and emerging modern Africa.

Information: Students will have writing assignments that require college-level skills, and writing quality will be graded.
Gen-Ed: Meets AGEC - SBS or HUM and G; Meets CTE - SBS or Arts/Humanities and G.

Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Discuss the historical development of the earliest people inhabiting the African continent.
  2. Analyze the initial development of African societies.
  3. Analyze the influence of Islam on large areas of the African continent.
  4. Describe the role of Africa in the emerging world economy.
  5. Discuss European expansion in Africa, including slavery and the displacement of African people.
  6. Describe African responses to the World Wars and the post-war period.
  7. Analyze anti-colonial movements and governments.
  8. Discuss the role of Africa in world politics and economics in the 21st century.
  9. Engage in historical inquiry utilizing methods appropriate for the Discipline of History (e.g. source selection and evaluation, written historical analysis, qualitative and quantitative data collection, artifact analysis and interpretation, etc.

I. Earliest People of Africa.

A. Geographic distribution of the population.

B.  Paleolithic and Neolithic sites.

II.  Internal Development of African Societies.

A. Egypt, Nubia and Kush.

B. Bantu Peoples.

C. Ashanti, Yoruba, and Ibo Peoples.

III. Impact of Islam.

A.  Overview of religion of Islam.

B.  Muslim conversion of parts of Africa.

IV. Africa in the Emerging World Economy.

A.  Internal trade systems.

B.  External trade systems.

V.  Africa in the Age of European Expansion.

A.  Rise of the European slave trade.

B.  Effects of increasing European contact and involvement.

C.  Displacements of African peoples.

D.  Abolition of global slavery.

E.  The scramble for Africa.

VI.  Africa in the World Wars.

A.   Global War.

B.   Post-war Africa.

C.   South Africa and apartheid.

VII. Anti-Colonial Movements.

A.  Western Africa.

B.  Revolutionary Movements.

C.  South Africa and the ANC.

VIII. Emerging Modern Africa.

A.  African nations in the global economy.

B.  Africa and world health issues.

C.  Africa in international politics.

     1.  Civil Wars.

     2.  International Wars.

     3.  Foreign alliances and alignments.

Effective Term:
Full Academic Year 2021/2022

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