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2018-2019 Catalog 
2018-2019 Catalog
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HIST 260 - Africa: Colonial Rule and Independence Struggles

5 Credits
Covers the colonial era and post-independence struggles in sub-Saharan Africa. While the focus is on the colonial period and post-independence struggles, a brief introduction to the precolonial era will be provided. The colonial section covers exploration and implantation of colonies by Europeans. It also touches upon the role of missionaries during the era of colonization. The post-independence component will examine some of the major issues that African nations have wrestled with since independence. Cameroon will be used as a case study.


Designed to Serve Students interested in African history and culture as well as African students who want to learn and share their history and culture.
Active Date 2011-06-15

Grading System Decimal Grade
Class Limit 38
Contact Hours: Lecture 55 Lab 0 Worksite 0 Clinical 0 Other 0
Total Contact Hours 55
Degree Distributions:
  • Social Science Area I

Course Outline
PART I Introduction: overview of African history before the arrival of Europeans- Migrations, family structure, indigenous religions and the advent of Islam. PART II The Berlin Conference European colonization Christian Missionary beginnings in Africa African resistance PART III The Rise of Nationalism (Examples from North, South, East, and West Africa) PART IV Post-independence struggles (A general survey of secessionist movements and health problems) Cameroon: Post-colonial struggles with such issues as: ethnicity and national integration; the role of women in the new political structure, Marriage and the family, Health issues- AIDS and other STDs, etc. PART V Conclusion- Globalization and its impact on Africa (Internal strife and the external exodus).

Student Learning Outcomes
Demonstrate an understanding of the historical development of Africa.

Critically evaluate and synthesize information of African history.

Demonstrate an understanding of concepts, perspectives, and vocabulary.

Demonstrate knowledge of how to present ideas and arguments clearly and logically in both oral and written form.

Place specific African events within the historical context of the development of the African nations and the context of world events.

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