Pre-Colonial Africa (HIST*3410) | College of Arts

Pre-Colonial Africa (HIST*3410)

Code and section: HIST*3410*01

Term: Fall 2018

Instructor: Femi Kolapo


Course Synopsis:

The course will introduce students to African people’s interaction with their environment and with other people within and outside of Africa from early times up until the more recent period before European colonization. It will engage students with ideas about the African origins of the modern human; Africa’s earliest development of community and state organizations; and the socio-cultural and economic processes that underpinned and transformed these developments  in the period before 1800.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Be able to recognize and appreciate both the diversity of  social, political, and economic experiences across the African continent and the similarity of these experiences.
  2. Evaluate strengths and weaknesses of historical sources and of the different types of evidence used for historical reconstruction of Africa's history
  3. Develop higher order thinking, critical reading, and research writing skills
  4. Communicate historical information relevantly to the public, especially, the non-specialist.

Method of Evaluation:

40%    2 Written assignments
20%    Mid term test
40%    Take home Final exam

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Please note: This is a preliminary web course description only. The department reserves the right to change without notice any information in this description. The final, binding course outline will be distributed in the first class of the semester.