|Course ID:||AFST(ANTH)(CMLT)(GEOG)(SOCI)(RELI) 2100. 3 hours. |
|Course Title:||Introduction to Africa|
|The history, physical environment (landforms, vegetation, and climate), and sociocultural environment (artistic, political, and social development) of Africa.|
|Oasis Title:||Introduction to Africa|
|Duplicate Credit:||Not open to students with credit in AFST 2100E|
|Offered fall and spring semester every year. |
|Grading System:||A-F (Traditional)|
This is an introductory as well as an overview course. It is designed to serve
two purposes. The first purpose is a general introduction to the field of African
Studies. The other purpose is to allow faculty who participate in the African
Studies Institute to present their areas of expertise and teaching interests so that
students will have both a broad idea of the types of scholarship involving Africa
available at UGA, and an opportunity to select an area of focus for their own
A major focus of the course will be the wholesome representation of how
African societies are structured into groups, such as nations, linguistic groups,
classes, and occupations. In providing this wholesome representation, we will
consider three specific things. First, we will consider how these groupings
developed historically and are maintained over time through institutions.
Second, we will consider the different changes these institutions have gone through
and their impact on all the identified groupings. Finally, we will focus on factors
of solidarity and conflict, particularly as these relate to social hierarchy and
conceptions of history and identity. The underlying theme will be about Africa
then, now, and the challenges for Pan-Africanism.
Organization of the Course:
Four types of class activities will take place. First, I will involve you in
a systematic reading with weekly assignments. This we will discuss every two weeks
or so. Second, you will receive additional reading materials or selections from
the class texts associated with the lectures of participating professors. These will
be placed on reserve or handed out before the lecture. Third, you will be divided
into pairs or small groups and assigned a country for which you will be expected to
prepare and present a report at the end of the semester. Fourth, we will view
films and may listen to various audio tapes and radio shows as much as possible.
Taking notes will be very important to this class since most of our information
will be obtained by lecture and discussion. Students must turn in summaries of the
notes from each lecture and readings for the week-See attached instructions for
weekly notes. Notes are due each Tuesday!!!!!
1)You will be required or expected to attend various African-related events,
lectures, and programs on campus.
2)You might be required to listen to African-related programs on radio and
3)This class outline and the list of guest speakers (that you will receive next
week) are subject to change and will be updated constantly. However, the
evaluation procedure for the class will remain the same.
4)Students will be expected to augment their class discutions with information
from assigned readings, internet surveys, and data collection from selected
individuals of targeted African countries of interest.
Engage the materials, the presenters, and myself so as to facilitate your learning
of new information and reinforcing what you already know.
Topics for Required Readings (required text only):
1 General Introduction. Historical & Geographic Contextualization
2 Peoples & Languages
3 Pre-Colonial Legacies
Readings: Chapter 1,2,&3
4 Colonialism and its Aftermath
5 National Liberation and Political Change
Readings: Chapter 4 & 13
6 Religions and World Views
Readings: Chapter 11
7 Economic Development
Readings: Chapter 5
8 Social Structures & Institutions: Family and Kinship
9 Social Structures & Institutions (continued)
a. Education b. Health c. Sports, etc.
10 Gender and Societies/Education
Readings: Chapter 9 & 10
11 Surveys: Pan-Africanism & African Diaspora
Spring Break: Bibliography Assignment
12 Literature and the Arts
Readings: Chapter 12
14 Environment and Geography
15 Changes and Effects: Growth, Development, and Underdevelopment
Readings: Chapter 6,7,& 8
16 Africa and the World Today (Review & Students' Presentations)
Readings Chapter 14
THE COURSE SYLLABUS IS A GENERAL PLAN FOR THE COURSE; DEVIATIONS ANNOUNCED TO THE
CLASS BY THE INSTRUCTOR MAY BE NECESSARY!