Courses pertaining to Africa


African American Studies

African American Studies
Course Number and Name Course Information
AAS 207 - A Survey of African Music 

College of Arts and Sciences
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 234 - African Fiction


College of Arts and Sciences
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 - African Religions: An Introduction 


College of Arts and Sciences
3 Credits
Crosslisted with: REL 281
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 - African Women Writers


College of Arts and Sciences
3 Credits
Crosslisted with: WGS 307
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 325 - Africa to 1800


College of Arts and Sciences
3 Credits
Crosslisted with: HST 325
The first half of a two semester survey focusing on the evolution of African cultures and civilization in the traditional period. Topics: the emergence of man, migration of peoples, economic and social systems, state formation, the slave trade. Arabic influences and the early European settlement in South Africa. 

AAS 326 - Africa Since 1800


College of Arts and Sciences
3 Credits
Crosslisted with: HST 326
Second half of the survey, studying Africa when it was affected by European peoples and cultures. Topics: penetration by European explorers and missionaries, imperialism and colonialism, African resistance and rebellion, nationalism and liberation, neocolonialism and other problems of independence. 

AAS 327 - History of Southern Africa 


College of Arts and Sciences
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 - Politics of Africa 


College of Arts and Sciences
3 Credits
Crosslisted with: PSC 341
Historical foundations of the move towards political freedom, democracy and self rule in Africa. Dynamics of the political process. 



Anthropology 

Anthropology
Course Number and Name Course Information
ANT 318 - African Cultures 


Maxwell School
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 - Africa Through the Novel


Maxwell School
3 Credits
Crosslisted with: WGS 327
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 - Conservation and Management Protected Areas: South Africa-OTS 


Maxwell School
4 Credits
Crosslisted with: GEO 405
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 


Maxwell School
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.


Biology 

Biology
Course Number and Name Course Information
BIO 307 - South African Ecosystems and Diversity OTS  College of Arts and Sciences
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 406 - Field Research in Savanna Ecology-OTS College of Arts and Sciences
4 Credits
Taught in South Africa through OTS program. Research design, field methods, basic data analysis in context of South African ecosystems.


Dance Technique Studies 

Dance Technique Studies
Course Number and Name Course Information
DTS 233 - African Dance  School of Education
1 Credit
Dance styles and rhythms from Africa and the Caribbean. Emphasizes folkloric dance of these regions. No dance experience necessary. 


Geography

Geography
Course Number and Name Course Information
GEO 425 - South Africa  Maxwell School
3 Credits
The geography, history and societal complexity of South Africa. Its current place in the world, its parallels and lessons for the USA. 


Italian

Italian
Course Number and Name Course Information
ITA 434 - African in Italian Literature  College of Arts and Sciences
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. 


Women's and Gender Studies

Women's and Gender Studies
Course Number and Name Course Information
WGS 403 - African and Caribbean Women Writers  College of Arts and Sciences
3 Credits
Crosslisted with: AAS 403
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, neocolonial, and contemporary contexts. Writers such as Ba, Brodber, Dangaremba, Marshall, Head, Dandicat, Nwapa.


**Courses not limited to list.