Fall 2017

History 210: The World Wars in Africa

From the soldiers of the British Gold Coast capturing German Togoland in 1914 to the release of African POWs in Germany in 1945, this course will investigate how Europe's need for manpower and resources fettered Africans and at the same time opened up new opportunities for them to affect their interaction with colonialism and themselves. With forced agricultural production, commercial sex work, and young men sent to battlefronts in Africa and Europe, the World Wars changed Africa and Africans in numerous ways. While the course will address traditional aspects of military history, it will also investigate the social, cultural, and political changes that took place as intended and unintended outcomes on the part of European rulers as well as colonized Africans. May be taken for credit toward the Race and Ethic Studies major.

Prof. Woodfork, 4 credits, MWF 1:00-1:50pm

-Fulfills the College's Alternative Voices and Cultural Pluralism requirements.

History 218: Africa to 1885

This survey course provides an introduction to the history of Africa from its earliest days, to 1885.From this vast swath of time, select examples will be used to examine Africa's internal workings as well as its engagement with the wider world. Emphasizing continuity amidst change, the course's major themes include migration, trade systems, religious and cultural change, and the methods of studying the distant African past. The course is designed for first- and second-year students with no previous exposure to African history. Assignments include written examinations, short papers, and a map quiz. May be taken for credit toward the Race and Ethnic Studies major.

Prof. Woodfork, 4 credits, MWF 10:00-10:50am

-Fulfills the College's Alternative Voices and Cultural Pluralism requirements. 

Spring 2018

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, TTh 1:00-2:20pm

-Fulfills the College's Alternative Voices and Cultural Pluralism requirements.

History 488: End of Empire in Africa

After the Second World War, Africans no longer sought to reform the colonial project; they wanted it to end. At the same time European nations lost the will and the financial wherewithal to maintain their African empires. Both groups, for different reasons, looked for a way out of the imperial project. While the metropoles searched for ways to maintain the benefits of empire without the formal structures, African leaders looked to the rebirth of their lands as independent nations. This seminar explores how African political leaders strove to liberate and recreate their lands and the ideological foundations they developed in response to many challengers including how to accomplish decolonization, the role of African "tradition" in the face of "modernity," the economic structure of the nature, citizenship, international relations, and mitigating the effects of the colonial past. Prerequisite: Prior coursework in African history or politics and/or consent of the instructor.

Prof. Woodfork, 4 credits, T 7:30-10:00pm

-Fulfills the College's Alternative Voices requirement. 

-Fulfills the department's 400-level seminar requirement.