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African History Since 1875

Spring 2015
(MW 3-4:15pm, 307 Recitation Hall)

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Mar. 27: The final exam will take place on Fri. May 8 from 3:30-5:30pm.
NOTE: This syllabus is located at http://courses.wcupa.edu/jones/his312.htm.
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Instructor: Jim Jones
Email: jjones@wcupa.edu, Tel: 610-436-2312
Office: 411 Wayne Hall, West Chester, PA 19383
Hours: Mon-Wed 2-2:50pm, Mon 4:20-5:50pm, Fri. 10:30-11:50am, and by appointment

Organization of this syllabus: The course outline is at the top, since you will use that every week, followed by an explanation of how the objectives of this class meet History Department learning goals. After that, you will find explanations of class policies on evaluation (i.e. grades), required textbooks and readings, professor and student responsibilities, attendance, "Academic Dishonesty" (i.e. cheating, plagiarism, etc.), ADA compliance (i.e. disabilities), discrimination, substance abuse, and emergency preparedness.

Weekday Date Topic Assigned Reading
Wed. Jan. 21 Introduction and Preconditions 19th century Europe & Africa
You can drop classes until Saturday Jan. 24 and add them until Tuesday Jan. 27 by
going on-line. If you add a class late, you are responsible for ALL earlier assignments.
Mon. Jan. 26 First Sustained Contact and the Congress of Berlin The Portuguese in Africa and the Congress of Berlin
Wed. Jan. 28 Crisis in Egypt Egypt & Europe in the 19th Century
Mon. Feb. 2 French & British imperialism in West Africa France and Britain in West Africa
Wed. Feb. 4 South and East Africa South Africa and East Africa
Mon. Feb. 9 The Fashoda Incident and review for first exam The Fashoda Incident
Mon. Feb. 16 Precolonial Nigeria Achebe: chapters 1-14
Wed. Feb. 18 The Arrival of the Europeans Achebe: chapter 15-end
Mon. Feb. 23 Background to the diary and Hamman Yaji's arrest Vaughan: 1-41
Wed. Feb. 25 The content of Hamman Yaji's diary Vaughan: 51-145
Mon. Mar. 2 Creating a historical argument and analyzing the diary In-class demonstration
Wed. Mar. 4 Using secondary sources In-class demonstration
Mon-Wed. Mar. 9-11 SPRING BREAK Work on your research paper
Mon. Mar. 16 FIRST DRAFT of Hamman Yaji paper due Be prepared to discuss your first draft
Wed. Mar. 18 Writing the final draft In-class demonstration
Mon. Mar. 23 Students present Hamman Yaji research Be prepared to discuss your conclusions.
Wed. Mar. 25 World War II and the end of European colonialism (Hamman Yaji FINAL DRAFT deadline extended ) Time line
Friday, March 27 is the last day to drop a class without penalty, to change a class to Pass/Fail,
or to complete course work from the previous semester.
Mon. Mar. 30 African nationalism Background on Egypt, Ghana & the Congo
Wed. Apr. 1 Review for second exam  
Wed. Apr. 8 Ways to gain independence Concepts and questions
Mon. Apr. 13 Independence in Algeria Web article & Allouache: 15-18, 64-67, 74-75 & 96-99
Wed. Apr. 15 Problems of independence Finish reading Allouache; view Resources
Mon. Apr. 20 Algeria after independence Allouache: 11, 21-22, 75, 91-93, 100-105
Wed. Apr. 22 Resuming the Algerian revolution Allouache: 15-16, 49-51, 75-76, 106-108
Mon. Apr. 27 Life strategies in globalizing Africa Allouche: 6-10, 35-36, 44-47, 56-58,
71-73, 84-89, 93-94, 128-132
Wed. Apr. 29 GLOBALIZATION'S IMPACT paper due Be prepared to discuss your paper
Mon. May 4 Review for third exam  
Wed. May 8 THIRD EXAMINATION 3:30-5:30pm

OBJECTIVES: This course covers the history of Africa from the colonial period to the present. It will enable you to become familiar with African geography, political events, economic conditions and the consequences of colonialism and independence. Professor Jones assumes that you are already familiar with world historical events such as the industrial revolution, the Napoleonic Wars, the two "World Wars," the Great Depression and the Cold War (as covered in HIS102). If that is not the case, then talk to Professor Jones be prepared to do additional reading on your own.

By the time you finish this course, you should be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

1. Construct generalizations and interpretations that demonstrate a knowledge of historical eras, change over time, and key historical concepts in the history of modern Africa.

2. Communicate your knowledge of history in reasoned arguments -- both written and oral -- supported by historical evidence and an appreciation of multiple causes, effects, and perspectives.

3. Identify and acknowledge multiple points of view as they appear in primary and secondary sources, and connect your knowledge of multiple historical perspectives to contemporary life in a heterogeneous, global society.

GRADING: There are three essay examinations worth 15%, 20% and 25% of your final grade respectively, a major research paper worth 20%, a shorter analytical paper worth 10% and a class participation grade worth 10%. Detailed instructions for all assignments are available at http://courses.wcupa.edu/his312/misc/312assign.htm. The dates of the examinations appear on this syllabus. Please note that if you miss an examination without providing a valid excuse (see "ATTENDANCE" below), you will will receive a zero (0) for that examination.

* Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart (New York: Anchor Books, 1959).
* Merzak Allouache, Bab el-Oued (Boulder CO: Lynne Rienner, 1998).
* James H. Vaughan and Anthony H. M. Kirk-Greene, editors, The Diary of Hamman Yaji: Chronicle of a West African Muslim Ruler (Indiana University Press, 1995).
* Other material available through links at

RESPONSIBILITIES: Professor Jones must deliver interesting lectures and facilitate meaningful classoom discussion, maintain regular office hours, write fair examinations and provide written feedback. You must read assignments before coming to class, participate in class discussion, write two scholarly papers and pass three examinations.

ATTENDANCE: Attendance is important because every class member develops his or her own understanding of the assigned readings, and classroom discussions enable everyone in the group to share what they've learned. To encourage regular attendance, we will follow the University's attendance policy, which provides for the reduction of a final grade for more than nine unexcused absences during the semester. There is no limit to the number of excused absences, but for an absence to be excused, you must provide the professor with a document that shows it was caused by a medical condition, legal proceeding, university-sanctioned event or death of an immediate family member (i.e. parent, sibling or child). All other absences are unexcused; i.e. if you need to miss class for a job interview, to meet with your advisor, to get your car fixed, or for any other reason, use one of your three "unexcused absences."

Please note: 1) If you face an extraordinary circumstance and believe you should receive special consideration, discuss it with the professor before you are absent -- requests made after an unexcused absence will not be considered. Also, 2) the professor reserves the right to treat multiple incidents of tardiness as additional unexcused absences. Finally, 3) any time you miss a class, you are responsible for getting notes from a class mate and completing all assigned readings. If, after that, you have questions, talk to the professor during office hours (i.e. don't send an email asking "what did I miss?")

CHEATING/PLAGIARISM: In brief, do NOT do this. Cheating is any act that "defrauds, deceives or employs trickery" in order to obtain credit for work which has not been completed. Plagiarization is the act of "passing off the ideas of another as one's own work." Anyone who cheats or plagiarizes will receive a penalty as provided for in the WCU Academic Integrity Policy.

DISABILITIES: We at West Chester University wish to make accommodations for persons with disabilities. Please make your needs known by contacting Professor Jim Jones and/or the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities at ext. 3217. Sufficient notice is needed in order to make the accommodations possible. The University desires to comply with the ADA of 1990.

DISCRIMINATION: Professor Jones supports West Chester University's prohibition against discrimination, including sexual harassment, of any individual based on race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, religious creed, disability or veteran status. The University is committed to providing leadership in extending equal opportunities to all individuals and will continue to make every effort to provide these rights to all members of the University community, including students, staff, and administrators, as well as all applicants for admission or employment and all participants in University-sponsored activities. Any individual having suggestions, problems, complaints or grievances with regard to equal opportunity or affirmative action is encouraged to contact the Director of Social Equity at ext. 2433.

SUBSTANCE USE/ABUSE: West Chester University is committed to improving retention, graduation and time-to-degree rates by assisting students during key transitional periods in their academic careers. Because Professor Jones believes that alcohol and drug issues can interfere with and even prevent student success, he has participated in the "Partners in Prevention" training program to learn how to recognize addiction and provide referrals to assistance. If you wish to talk about any of this -- in strictest confidence -- please contact the professor before or after class.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS: All students are encouraged to sign up for the University's free WCU ALERT service, which delivers official WCU emergency text messages directly to your cell phone. For more information and to sign up, visit www.wcupa.edu/wcualert. To report an emergency, call the Department of Public Safety at 610-436-3311.

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