AFS 2002 African Experience

Time and Location

M T W T F Period 4 (12:30 – 1:45 pm), Little Hall 0235,

Description and Goals

This is an introductory course designed to give students an insight into a wide range of experiences for residents of African nations. Students will benefit from this unique multidisciplinary introduction to cultural, historical, religious, political, and developmental facets of life for African citizens. The African continent is divided into 55 countries (not including Somaliland). The course will emphasize both the commonalities of the African experiences, including the shared history of European colonization and post-colonialism, and the variations, notably the broad range of cultural norms, languages, and religions. The course also aims to spark students’ interest in themes and issues that are relevant in different African contexts. Throughout the course, students will be exposed to a variety of materials, including textbooks, videos, maps, and music.

Course Objectives
At the end of this class students are expected to:
• Learn basic knowledge about Africa: its geography, history, societies, religions, art, literature, etc.;
• Have a broad understanding of commonalities and variations of the African experiences;
• Develop a deep knowledge about one specific country in Africa;
• Be familiar with the major contemporary challenges that are facing Africa, which can help develop an issue-based or disciplinary focus;
• Improve discussion, debate, and presentation skills.