Courses related to Africa

Graduate:

Course Number Course Description and Credit
AAS 731Militarism and Transformation in South Africa
3 Credits
Issues of militarism in political process in Southern Africa in last 15 years. Understanding background which unleashed war, destabilization, and violence in region.
ANT 655
WGS 655 
Culture and AIDS
3 Credits
Relationship between AIDS and cultures in which it spreads. Cultural practices and sexuality and social effects of widespread AIDS, including healthcare in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and USA. Additional work required of graduate students.
ANT 686 Comparative Cultural Analysis: Africa
3 Credits
Africa through social anthropology complemented by history. Discuss diverse societies to illustrate principles and features of societal life and organization. The major cultural focus is on West Africa, traditional society, colonial legacy, and change.
ARC 735 Islamic Architecture
3 Credits
Double Numbered with: ARC 435
Major building traditions of Islam in the Middle East, North Africa, Spain, Turkey, and India elucidated through in-depth examination of major works and principles of architectural, urban, and garden design. Additional work required of graduate students.
PREREQ: ARC 639
EEE 664 Entrepreneurial Empowerment
3 Credits
Double Numbered with: EEE 464
Hands-on course that introduces students to the South African context, township entrepreneurship, the basics of the consulting process, the Supporting Emerging Enterprise consulting model, and approaches to managerial issues in emerging enterprises. Offered in South Africa only.
GEO 606 Development and Sustainability
3 Credits
Critical analysis of international development and sustainability. Focuses on the complex political, economic, cultural, and ecological processes involved in development discourse and practice. Readings and case studies drawn from Latin America, Africa, and Asia.
LAW 853 Comparative Privacy Law
1 Credit
Domestic legal systems vouchsafe and define “privacy,” and its first cousin “dignity,” in different ways that strongly reflect local legal and cultural values.  Yet, in an increasingly globalized world, purely local protection of privacy interests may prove insufficient to safeguard effectively fundamental autonomy interests - interests that lie at the core of self-definition, personal autonomy, and freedom.  This short course will survey constitutional privacy rights in the United States, Canada, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and in the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights.  Consideration of constitutional privacy protections in these jurisdictions will establish important points of transnational agreement about how to define and protect privacy interests; it will also demonstrate that serious disagreements exist about protecting privacy - most notable in resolving the inherent tension between protecting both privacy and freedom of speech.  The course will give sustained attention to the potential benefits and challenges that will confront any serious efforts to harmonize constitutional privacy protections across national borders.  A comparative legal analysis of privacy will also illuminate, some of the important underlying social and political values that lead the U.S. to fail to protect privacy as reliably or as comprehensively as other liberal democracies.  Finally, and no less important in this era of Big Data, drones, and society-wide surveillance programs, the short course will consider carefully the significant interrelationship that exists between privacy and speech in the context of sustaining and facilitating democratic self-government.
LAW 899 Atrocity Law and Policy: Practicing before International Criminal Tribunals
2 Credits
International criminal law is a new discipline within the legal profession. Over the past 12 years, the discipline has developed at an exponential rate. Cutting edge rulings and decisions are setting the cornerstones in international criminal law for years to come. It is a rare opportunity for teachers, students, practitioners, and policy makers to be present at the beginnings of a new area of the law. Rarer still is the opportunity for students to be able to take a seminar from one of the senior international practitioners in the field, using his work as the basis for this seminar. Drawing upon unique experiences in West Africa, a great deal of the new ideas and fresh thinking began with our work as the Chief Prosecutor of the international war crimes tribunal in Sierra Leone, called the Special Court for Sierra Leone. The seminar will use, as a case study, the entire creative process in West Africa of establishing the Office of the Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone; from planning, preparation, and executing the many tasks necessary to prosecute war criminals in a forgotten and tragic land. Using real world and contemporary cases, vignettes, and scenarios this 2 credit hour seminar will give students a rare opportunity, to study and do research with the practitioner who created the entire prosecutorial plan to prosecute those who bore the greatest responsibility for war crimes and crimes against humanity that resulted in the murder, rape, maiming, and mutilation of over 1.2 million human beings.
PAI 702 Development in Africa: Challenges, Constraints, and Strategies
3 Credits
Current development issues, constraints on development, and strategies aimed at achieving development in Africa. Offered in Washington, D.C.
PSC 785 Comparative Civil-Military Relations
3 Credits
Theory and practice of civil-military relations. The military’s role in the modern state and in modern society. Broad geographic coverage, including the United States, Europe, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.


Undergraduate:

Course Number Course Description and Credit 
AAS 207 A Survey of African Music
3 Credits
Survey music from Morocco to South Africa using diverse media to illuminate this vast area. The concentration will be on the lifestyle of the people who create music.
AAS 213
HST 213 
Africa: Ancient Times to 1800
3 Credits
A survey of African history from ancient times to 1800. Focuses on political, social, economic, and environmental history of the continent. Themes: state formation, technology, production, trade, religion, migration, labor, slave trade, and biological exchanges. 
AAS 214
HST 214 
Modern Africa: 1800 - Present
3 Credits
A survey of modern African history since 1800. Themes include nineteenth-century western images of Africa, pre-colonial changes, Western Imperialism, African anti-imperialism, colonial economic and social transformation, nationalism, cold war, decolonization, post colonial developments and changes.
AAS 234 African Fiction
3 Credits
Fiction in English and translation by contemporary novelists from Africa. Thematic and conceptual approaches underscore the literary force of language and creativity. Social and literary dynamics of books and related films. Achebe, Adichie, Aidoo, Ba, Dadie, Diop, Head, Ngugi, Sembene.
AAS 241
REL 281 
African Religions: An Introduction
3 Credits
Historical and comparative study of religious practice in Africa. Diversity of traditional beliefs, developments in Christianity and Islam, and political significance of religious identity and practice. African influence on western religious practices.
AAS 307
WGS 307 
African Women Writers
3 Credits
Literature in English and translation by African women writing from a variety of cultural stances and geographic locations in Africa, Europe and North America. Writing styles and creative modes of expression used by African women writers to convey and envision the life of their work. Adichie, Aidoo, Dangaremba, El Sadaawi, Liking, Mbye d’Ernville, Tadjo.
AAS 327 History of Southern Africa
3 Credits
Begins before arrival of Europeans in southern Africa. Economic, geographic, sociological, and political factors contributing to development of this unique, racially based modern state. Includes Afrikaaner diaspora, Euro-African conflict during the nineteenth century, Anglo-Boer War, from union to apartheid, and resistance to European domination.
AAS 341
PSC 341 
Politics of Africa
3 Credits
Historical foundations of the move towards political freedom, democracy and self rule in Africa. Dynamics of the political process.
AAS 346
PSC 346 
Comparative Third World Politics
3 Credits
Examines thematically and comparatively the political systems of South America, Asia, and Africa, exploring topics such as colonization, decolonization, nation-building, the postcolonial state and its institutions, the recent wave of democratization, and the challenges of socioeconomic development.
AAS 403
WGS 403 
African and Caribbean Women Writers
3 Credits
Comparative approaches and trans-Atlantic analysis of literature by women writers from Africa and the Caribbean. Representations and constructions of social, political, and cultural life in colonial, neo-colonial, and contemporary contexts. Writers such as Ba, Brodber, Dangaremba, Marshall, Head, Dandicat, Nwapa.
ANT 145
HST 145 
Introduction to Historical Archaeology
3 Credits
Role of history and archaeology in our understanding of 17th- to 19th-century Europe, Africa, and America. Historical archaeology as a mechanism to critique perceptions of the past. Firsthand record of ethnic groups and cultural settings not recorded in writing.
ANT 185 Global Encounters:Comparing World Views & Values Cross-Culturally
3 Credits
Predominant views of reality and values in the cultures of Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Humanistic study of cultures and nature of cross-cultural understanding.
ANT 318 African Cultures
3 Credits
Selected contemporary African cultures. West Africa and the impact of the slave trade. Aspects of colonialism and neocolonialism and their relationship to current social and political development.
ANT 326
WGS 327 
Africa Through the Novel
3 Credits
Cultural, political, and social life of Africa and Africans through African literature. Each semester deals with a motif (e.g., novels of Achebe).
ANT 405
GEO 405 
Conservation and Management Protected Areas: South Africa-OTS
4 Credits
Taught in South Africa through the Organization for Tropical Studies program. Analyze management of wildlife and natural resources within ecological, political, social, historical, and economic context of South Africa.
ANT 406 History and Culture of South Africa OTS
4 Credits
Taught in South Africa through OTS program. Human history of South Africa. Range of cultural, social aspects of current South African society. Origin and maintenance of cultural diversity of region, archaeological records, early migration patterns.
ANT 455
WGS 455 
Culture and AIDS
3 Credits
Double Numbered with: ANT 655
Relationship between AIDS and cultures in which it spreads. Cultural practices and sexuality and social effects of widespread AIDS, including healthcare in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and USA. Additional work required of graduate students.
ARC 435
HOA 389 
Islamic Architecture
3 Credits
Double Numbered with: ARC 735
Major building traditions of Islam in the Middle East, North Africa, Spain, Turkey, and India elucidated through in-depth examination of major works and principles of architectural, urban, and garden design. Additional work required of graduate students.
PREREQ: ARC 134 OR CAS 134 OR HOA 105
BIO 307 South African Ecosystems and Diversity OTS
4 Credits
Taught in South Africa through OTS program. Field and classroom instruction, integrated analysis of diversity of South Africa's ecosystems based on sources in geology, climatology, ecosystem ecology, co-evolution of plants and animals; roles of humans.
BIO 312 Marine Ecology of the Mediterranean Sea and North Africa
3 Credits
Offered only in Madrid. Marine ecosystems and their components and how they behave alone and in interaction. Observe and analyze conservation issues such as problems resulting from excessive use of resources, including renewable and non-renewable natural resources and the deterioration and loss of both.
BIO 406 Field Research in Savanna Ecology-OTS
4 Credits
Taught in South Africa through OTS program. Research design, field methods, basic data analysis in context of South African ecosystems.
DTS 233 African Dance
1 Credit
Dance styles and rhythms from Africa and the Caribbean. Emphasizes folkloric dance of these regions. No dance experience necessary.
ECN 362 
PSC 462
Globalization Development and Environment
3 Credits
Offered only in London. Differing perspectives on changing global economy and nature of modern state. Key ideas regarding development through experiences of developing countries in Asia and Africa.
EEE 464 Entrepreneurial Environment
3 Credits
Double Numbered with: EEE 664
Hands-on course that introduces students to the South African context, township entrepreneurship, the basics of the consulting process, the Supporting Emerging Enterprise consulting model, and approaches to managerial issues in emerging enterprises. Offered in South Africa only.
ETS 175 World Literature, 1000 to Present
3 Credits
Readings from major texts of the second millennium from Africa, Europe, Latin America, India, China, and Japan. Texts are explored in historical context, both past and present, with an emphasis on social and aesthetic values.
FRE 401 Translation/Traduction
3 Credits
Theory and practice of translation (French to English and English to French) using a variety of texts. Focus on Ottomans, Italy, France, Iberia, North Africa, 1348-1789. Topics include international relations and empire-building in Africa, Asia, and Europe, commerce, piracy, plague, religion, family/sexuality, architecture, political and cultural developments during Renaissance, Age of Discovery, Enlightenment.
GEO 425 South Africa
3 Credits
The geography, history, and societal complexity of South Africa. Its current place in the world, its parallels and lessons for the USA.
HOM 385 Structure and Meaning in World Music
3 Credits
Advanced topics in world music focusing on music cultures of Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Sound structure, style, transmission, cultural context, and meaning.
PREREQ: HOM 195 OR HOM 285 OR MHL 185
HST 121 Global History to 1750
3 Credits
The development of global society up to 1750. Exchanges, connections and interactions between Africa, Asia and the Pacific, India, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East. The relations between these regions, the Americas and Europe.
HST 122 Global History 1750 to Present
3 Credits
The development of global society since 1750. Exchanges, connections and interactions between Africa, Asia and the Pacific, India, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East. The relations between these regions, the Americas and Europe.
HST 309 Africa and Global Affairs 1870 - Present
3 Credits
A global approach to modern African history from the late 19th century to the present; places Africa in global context of themes such as western imperialism, colonial economies, global conflicts, decolonization, development, global security, environment, health and disease, among other topics.
HST 327 A History of Southern Africa
3 Credits
Begins before arrival of Europeans in southern Africa. Economic, geographic, sociological, and political factors contributing to development of this unique, racially based modern state. Includes Afrikaaner diaspora, Euro-African conflict during the nineteenth century, Anglo-Boer War, from union to apartheid, and resistance to European domination.
HST 366 Modern East Africa Since 1850
3 Credits
History of Modern East Africa from the second half of the 19th-century to the present examining global connections, Western imperialism, colonialism, race and society, labor, nationalism, decolonization, political transformation, panafricanism, and postcolonial challenges.
HST 375
SAS 375 
British Empire
3 Credits
Seminar on expansion of the British Empire (emphasis on India and Africa) in the 18th and 19th centuries. Explores histories of conquest, administration and imperial policy, and the ideologies of imperialism and colonialism.
HST 378 Early Modern Mediterranean
3 Credits
Focus on Ottomans, Italy, France, Iberia, North Africa, 1348-1789. Topics include international relations and empire-building in Africa, Asia, and Europe; commerce, piracy, plague, religion, family/sexuality, architecture, political and cultural developments during Renaissance, Age of Discovery Enlightenment.
ITA 434Africa in Italian Literature
3 Credits
Study of the colonial experience in the African continent as described by Italian writers between the end of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century; and its reverberations in contemporary Italy.
PSC 348 Politics and the Military
3 Credits
The military’s role in the modern state and in modern society. Broad geographic coverage, including the United States, Europe, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.