Colnl & Pst Colnl Afric

Semester: 
Spring
Year: 
2019
Subject Name: 
Black Studies
Course Number: 
221
Institution: 
Amherst College

(Offered as HIST 181 [AF/TE] and BLST 221 [A]) Africa is a continent of fifty-four countries, but in many people’s minds the continent’s name conjures up a host of stereotyped images—some positive and many negative—that misrepresent the continent as an undifferentiated whole. The primary goal of this course is to address the images of Africa by putting the continent’s contemporary situation into historical perspective from the late nineteenth century until the present day. The main themes will be the social, political and economic impacts of imperial policies on African societies, the constructions and alterations of “tribal” identities and nationalist politics, issues concerning medicine and public health, the development of “gatekeeper” states, and problems faced by post-colonial states. We will explore the variety of experiences as people from multiple societies have often innovated new cultural forms in the wake of colonial rule, and the advent of “resource conflicts,” particularly those involving petroleum, diamonds, and other minerals. Three class meetings per week.

Spring semester. Professor Redding.

Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
Crosslisted Section ID: 
HIST-181-01,BLST-221-01
Schedule #: 
BLST-221-01-1819S

Course Sections

Colnl & Pst Colnl Afric
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0 Sean Redding sredding@amherst.edu MWF 10:00AM-10:50AM CHAP 203