Skip over navigation

Course Offerings

Course Details

Spring 2012-2013
* SWA 315 / AFS 315 (LA)  

Introduction to Swahili Culture

Fikeni E. Senkoro

This is an introductory course to Swahili culture. You will learn who the Swahili people were and who they have become, who they are not, and what the term 'Swahili' may refer to. This is a multidisciplinary course that will be sourced from different texts, newspapers, booklets, films, music videos, pictures, guest presentations, handouts, web sites, and a taste of Swahili cuisine. Through these you will get a bird's eye view of the East African people as well as some other Swahili speaking groups and their cultures.

Sample reading list:
Caplan, Pat & Farouk Topan, Swahili Modernities: Culture, Politics, and Identity
Mazrui, Alamin M & Ibrahim, Noor Shariff, The Swahili: Idiom and Identity of an African People
Mazrui, Alamin, Swahili Beyond the Boundaries
Mirza, Sarah & Margaret Strobel. eds., Three Swahili Women: Life Histories From Mombasa
Senkoro, F.E.M.K., Little Lies Here and There and Small Truths Everywhere
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Final paper 10-15 pages long.

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 20%
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Quizzes - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 5%
Other (See Instructor) - 15%

Other information:
This course is taught in English.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41759 C01 11:00 am - 12:20 pm M W   Aaron Burr Hall   209   Enrolled:8 Limit:18