Africa

History 112: Modern Africa

This course will survey the history of Africa in its modern period. We will study the advent and establishment of European imperial systems on the continent, the impacts of colonial rule and how Africans responded to it, and complicate our ideas about complicity and resistance. In the move toward independence, we will look at the impact of the World Wars and the role of "nationalist movements." For independent Africa, we will examine issues of nation building, development, and social issues.

Prof. Woodfork, 3 credits, MWF 1:00-1:50

-Open to first-year students.
-Counts toward the College's Cultural Pluralism and Alternative Voices Requirements


History 319: Women in Africa

This course will analyze the diversity of experiences of women in Africa, focusing on how religious practices, colonialism, work, and social class have impacted their lives. We will examine how people construct and reinforce notions of gender and how women function in social systems such as the family. We also will study issues concerning reproduction and the control of the bodies of women and girls. The goal is to restore women to the history of Africa, looking at them not as accessories to the historical process, but as veritable actors and agents of change. A research paper and its presentation to the class are required.

Prof. Woodfork, 4 credits, TuTh 2:30-3:50

-Open to first-year students.
-Counts toward the College's Cultural Pluralism and Alternative Voices Requirements
-May count toward a Gender Studies major