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The History of Africa




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Course level: Undergraduate

This course examines the events and processes leading up to the colonization of Africa, and the subsequent changes in African society under colonial rule and after independence.



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Prehistoric Africa

  • Locate physical and human features of Africa.
  • Describe prehistoric African culture.

Ancient and Medieval African Civilizations

  • Describe ancient and medieval African culture.
  • Compare the development and fall of ancient and medieval African civilizations.
  • Explain how the involvement of European and Arabic traders affected ancient and medieval African civilizations.

Imperial Colonization

  • Explain how the development of the slave trade affected African society.
  • Illustrate European imperial colonization.
  • Compare African experiences under the administrative styles of European imperial powers.

African Independence

  • Trace developments leading to African independence.
  • Compare the independence movements of African countries.
  • Explain problems encountered by the newly emerging African countries.

Modern Africa

  • Debate the challenges of creating sustainable governments on the African continent.
  • Analyze economic reforms proposed by African countries.
  • Describe contemporary challenges plaguing the African continent.


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