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Topics/World: Revolutionary Africa

Fall 2013 (MWF 2-2:50pm in 104 Anderson Hall)

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Dec. 9: Daytime classes are cancelled (!) due to snow, so I have posted a page to provide an alternative way to review for the 3rd exam on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 3:30pm
NOTE: This syllabus is located at http://courses.wcupa.edu/jones/his397.htm.
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Instructor: Jim Jones
Email: jjones@wcupa.edu, Tel: 610-436-2997
Office: 502 Main Hall, West Chester, PA 19383
Hours: Mon & Fri 11-11:50am, Mon-Wed-Fri 1-1:50pm, 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.


Week Dates Topic Assignment(s)
1 Aug. 26-30 Introduction Read New York Times articles on Egypt in 1952-1956 for assignment due on Friday.
Saturday Aug. 31 is the last day to drop a class and Sunday Sep. 1 is the last day to add a class.
2 Sep. 4-6 Kenya in the 1950s (no class on Monday, Sep. 2) Daniel Branch, “The Enemy within: Loyalists and the War against Mau Mau in Kenya” in Journal of African History, Vol. 48, No. 2 (2007), pp. 291-315, and C. J. M. Alport, “Kenya’s Answer to the Mau Mau Challenge” in African Affairs, Vol. 53, No. 212 (July 1954), 241-248.
3 Sep. 9-13 Algeria: Frantz Fanon's War William H. Lewis, "The Decline of Algeria's FLN" in Middle East Journal, Vol. 20, No. 2 (Spring, 1966), pp. 161-172 for discussion on Wednesday and an assignment due on Friday .
4 Sep. 16-20 Exam and intro to Part II Review on Monday for essay examination on Wednesday, introduction to "Post-Independence Revolutions" on Friday
5 Sep. 23-27 The Congo Read New York Times articles on the Congo for assignment due on Friday.
6 Sep. 30-Oct. 4 Nigeria and Biafra Read Charles S. Nixon, “Self-Determination: The Nigeria/Biafra Case” in World Politics, Vol. 24, No. 4 (July 1972), 473-497.
7 Oct. 9-11 Angola Christine M. Knudsen & I. William Zartmann, “The Large Small War in Angola” in Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Vol. 541, (Sep. 1995), 130-143. Note: There is no class on Monday, Oct. 7 due to Fall Break.
8 Oct. 14-18 Exam and intro to Part III Review on Monday for essay examination on Wednesday, introduction to Frantz Fanon on Friday. After the exam, begin reading Fanon's The Wretched of the Earth for class discussion during week 10 and the assignment due on Friday Nov. 1.
9 Oct. 21-25 Frantz Fanon Read Robert A. Mortimer, “The Algerian Revolution in Search of the African Revolution” in Journal of Modern African Studies, Vol. 8, No. 3 (Oct. 1970), 363-387. Focus on pages 363-370 for discussion on Wednesday.
Friday, Oct. 25 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.
10 Oct. 28-Nov. 1 Fanon's Ideas Discussion of Fanon's concepts of revolution, decolonization, settler and native on Monday & Wednesday, and the assignment due on Friday.
11 Nov. 4-8 Oil, Development and Revolution Read Manfred Bienefeld, “Structural Adjustment: Debt Collection Device or Development Policy?” in Review (Fernand Braudel Center), Vol. 23, No. 4 (2000), 533-582 for discussion on Friday.
12 Nov. 11-15 The End of Apartheid in South Africa Read Jeffrey Herbst, “Prospects for revolution in South Africa” in Political Science Quarterly, Vol. 103, No. 4 (Winter 1988-1989), 665-685 for discussion on Friday.
13 Nov. 18-22 Tunisia's Jasmine Revolution Read Mohamed A. El-Khawas, “Tunisia's Jasmine Revolution: Causes and Impact” in Mediterranean Quarterly, Vol. 23, No. 4 (Fall 2012), 1-23 for discussion on Wednesday and an assignment due on Friday.
14 Nov. 25 al-Qaeda in Africa: Mali Begin reading the sixteen short articles in the series "Mali, March 2012" presented by Cultural Anthropology (June 10, 2013) for discussion during week 14. Note: There is no class on Wednesday of Friday Nov. 27-29 due to Thanksgiving Break.
15 Dec. 2-6 Mali: The Outcome Discuss the influence of corruption, al-Qaeda, the end of the Cold War, globalization on the stability of Mali and the assignment due on Monday, Dec. 2.
16 Dec. 9-13 Final Exam Review on Monday, exam on Wednesday, 3:30-5:30pm.

COURSE OBJECTIVES: Although things have improved in the past ten years, Westerners still think of Africa as a place that is unstable and dangerous. This course takes a systematic look at the phenomena of revolution in Africa since World War II including the end of colonization, the Cold War, and the onset of globalization. Completing this course will make you familiar with the history of these key episodes in world history, and provide you with an understanding of the causes, requirements and possible outcomes of political revolution. By the end of the semester, you should be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

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

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

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

EVALUATION: Your final grade will be calculated from a total of 500 possible points, based on your performance on two in-class essay examinations (100 points each), a cumulative in-class final examination (150 points), your choice of three (out of five) out-of-class research papers (30 points each) and your participation in class discussions (60 points). News Flash: I have added a sixth out-of-class research paper assignment worth 30 points. If you want to raise your point total, you may choose to do this assignment and have it replace one of your other out-of-class research paper grades.

The due dates for all assignments appear on the course outline (above) and on the Assignments web page, which provides detailed instructions for each assignment. There are no make-ups for any of the out-of-class assignments, but if you miss one of the in-class exams and can produce a valid excuse (see "Attendance" below), you will be permitted to make it up at Professor Jones' convenience. If you can not produce a valid excuse, you will receive a zero (0) for that exam.

TEXTBOOKS AND READINGS: Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth (any edition), plus various articles available through the WCU library subscription to JStor and to the historical New York Times.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Professor Jones must deliver interesting lectures and facilitate meaningful classoom discussion, maintain regular office hours, write fair assignments and provide written feedback. Students must read and digest (i.e. make a sincere effort to understand) assignments before coming to class, participate in class discussion, and complete all mandatory written assignments and three of five (3/5) optional written assignments.

ATTENDANCE: Professor Jones follows the University's attendance policy, which provides for the reduction of a final grade for more than nine unexcused absences during the semester. An excused absence is one that you can document with a valid written excuse concerning 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. Please note: 1) If you face an extraordinary circumstance and believe you should receive special consideration, discuss it with your professor before you are absent -- exceptional 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 your professor during office hours (i.e. don't just send an email asking "what did I miss?")


CHEATING/PLAGIARISM: It is the responsibility of each student to adhere to the university's standards for academic integrity. Violations of academic integrity include any act that violates the rights of another student in academic work, that involves misrepresentation of your own work, or that disrupts the instruction of the course. Other violations include (but are not limited to): cheating on assignments or examinations; plagiarizing, which means copying any part of another's work and/or using ideas of another and presenting them as your own without giving proper credit to the source; selling, purchasing, or exchanging term papers; falsifying information; and using your own work from one class to fulfill the assignment for another class without significant modification. Proof of academic misconduct can result in automatic failure and removal from this course. In particular, "cutting and pasting" from an on-line source is NEVER acceptable. Instead, you are expected to rewrite what you found in your own words, and provide a reference note to show where you found it.

For questions regarding Academic Integrity, the No-Grade Policy, Sexual Harassment, or the Student Code of Conduct, you are encouraged to refer to the History Department's Undergraduate Handbook, the Undergraduate Catalogue, the Ram's Eye View, and the University website at www.wcupa.edu.

ADA COMPLIANCE: 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 Americans with Disabilities Act (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 610-436-2433.

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 compromise student success, he has participated in a training program ("Partners in Prevention") designed to help faculty/staff recognize addiction and guide students to assistance. If you wish to discuss any of this with Professor Jones -- in confidence -- please contact him 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.


The most recent version of this syllabus is located at http://courses.wcupa.edu/jones/his397.htm.
A list of all of Jim Jones' course syllabi can be found at http://courses.wcupa.edu/jones.

Fall 2013 Office Hours: M & F 11-11:50am, M-W-F 1-1:50pm, and by appointment in 502 Main Hall.