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2019 Summer
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Ideology, Nationalism and Development: An Experiential Study in Tanzania's (R)evolution

Mahiri Mwita


The United Republic of Tanzania is one of the best examples of how African states have struggled to reinvent themselves from a colonial experience and pursue a nationalistic development agenda. Tanzania's initial postcolonial trajectory attempted to ignore the power of neo-colonial capitalism, but failed due to both local and global forces. This course will explore the political, cultural, linguistic and economic experience of Tanzania since its colonization (first by Germany, and then by Britain after World War II), its postcolonial experiment with African Socialism through the contemporary state of reinventing a new state and society.

Sample reading list:
Conrad, J., Heart of Darkness
Sokko, Hamza, The Gathering Storm: A Novel
Chachage, Chambi & Annar Cassa, Africa's Liberation: The Legacy of Nyerere
Shivji, Issa G., Let the People Speak: Tanzania Down the Road
Mwakikagile, Godfrey, Tanzania Under Mwalimu Nyerere: Reflections on an African
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
5 weekly response papers on readings and course discussions. A final paper due on the last Friday of the course.

Paper in lieu of Final - 20%
Papers - 40%
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%
Other (See Instructor) - 10%

Other Requirements:
International Travel Required
Not Open to Seniors or Grad Students.

Other information:
This class will meet from 6/08/2019 to 7/20/2019. Class instruction and all coursework will be in English at the Institute of Kiswahili Studies, University of Dar es Salaam Mon-Fri for 6 weeks. Students will be required to volunteer for a minimum 3 hrs/week in community activities. There will be local field trips to historic sites, museums, and government offices within Dar es Salaam and weekend trips to Zanzibar and Ngorongoro National Park.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
10009 S01 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:15