HIS 511 |
Africa To Independence
Nov. 19: Added the names and email addresses of
researchers for the final projects to the assignments page
| Instructor: Jim
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Telephone: 610-436-2168
| Office: 519
Main Hall, West Chester, PA 19383
Hours: M-W-F 10-10:45, Thur 3-5:45pm, and by appointment
COURSE OBJECTIVES: This course uses case studies for to examine major themes in the political, social and economic history of Africa from antiquity to independence. It relies on a combination of readings, films, and class discussion.
Students will read a variety of works and see films on African history, conduct independent research using secondary sources, present their findings in written and oral assignments, and demonstrate critical thinking skills during class discussions. Successful students will achieve these departmental learning outcomes: understand the place of Africa in generally recognized historical eras; become familiar with the types of sources available on African history and acquire the ability to critique their use; understand the ways in which different thinkers have formulated their approach to African history; and communicate conclusions in writing and orally based on evidence from primary and secondary sources.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Professor Jones must deliver interesting lectures and facilitate meaningful classoom discussion, maintain regular office hours, create fair assignments and provide written feedback. Students must attend all classes, arrive punctually, complete assigned readings before class, participate constructively in class discussion, and complete all written and oral assignments in a timely manner.
GRADES: Book review (25%), map test (20%), class participation (30%), final paper (25%). For more information about assignments, see courses.wcupa.edu/jones/his511/misc/assign.htm.
ON-LINE INFORMATION SOURCES:
CHEATING/PLAGIARISM: 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 zero (i.e. a grade much lower than F) for that assignment, and a second offense will result in a final course grade of F and referral to the University's judicial system.
DISABILITIES: We at West Chester University wish to make accomodations for persons with disabilities. Please make your needs known by contacting the professor and/or the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (located in 223 Lawrence Center) at 610-436-2564. Sufficient notice is needed in order to make the accommodations possible.
DISCRIMINATION: West Chester University prohibits 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. This course incorporates the University's commitment to an environment free of discrimunation. 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 the professor believes that alcohol and drug issues can compromise 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 outside of class.
|What is "Africa"?|
|Sep. 2||African history: sources and methods||Film "Village of Gourds"|
You can freely drop classes through
Saturday Sep. 4 and add them through Sunday Sep. 5 by |
going on-line. If you add any class late, you are responsible for ALL earlier assignments.
|Sep. 9||Ideas and institutions||Bohannon 1-128|
|Sep. 16||African history in context||Bohannon 129-216|
|Sep. 23||African technology (after MAP TEST)||Film "The Tree of Iron"|
|Islam & Africa|
|Sep. 30||The Spread of Islam to West Africa||Bovill, 1-97|
|Oct. 7||An eyewitness in Mali||all of Hamdun & King|
|Oct. 14||The Origin of Mali||Niane, all|
|Oct. 21||West Africa after Mali||Bovill, 98-251|
|Europe and Africa|
|Oct. 28||Overview of the European experience in Africa||Bohannan 217-252|
|Friday Oct. 29 is the last day to drop a class or to complete work from the previous semester.|
|Nov. 4||Creating colonial Africa - BOOK REVIEW DUE||Film: Grand Blanc de Lamborene|
|Nov. 11||Contesting colonialism||Sembene, all|
|Nov. 18||Gambia from prehistory to independence||Wright, 1-183|
|Nov. 25||Thanksgiving Break||No class|
|Dec. 2||Gambia since independence||Wright, 183-268|
|Dec. 16||Final paper and discussion||8:30-10:30pm|
This syllabus is located at
Jim Jones' other course web sites are located at http:// courses.wcupa.edu/jones.