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Fall 2013-2014
* AFS 303 (SA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Social Structure in Africa: Responses to Socio-Political and Economic Forces

Christiana Agawu

This seminar addresses structural responses and strategies developed by African nations and communities upon their insertion into the global political and economic world. What are these structural strategies? What traditional and or modern resources have African nations and communities utilized? Themes to be investigated include political, social and religious structures; global economic interaction; and women in society. The character of Africa before modern nationhood will form the backdrop to discussions of Africa as we know it today.

Sample reading list:
Appiah, Anthony, In my Father's House: Africa in the Philosophy of Culture
Ake, Claude, Democracy and Development in Africa
Ekeh, Peter P., Colonialism and the two Publics in Africa
Oyewumi, Oyeronke, The Invention of Women: Making an AfricanSense of...
Sindima, Harvey J., Africa's Agenda: The Legacy of Liberalism and Colonialism
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately 200 pages of reading per week. Films on selected days. One midterm paper, one final paper, and two oral presentations.

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 30%
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
No previous knowledge of Africa is required..

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20900 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm Th   Aaron Burr Hall   216   Enrolled:9 Limit:20