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Course Description

Historical and contemporary cultural diversity of Africa emphasizing its social, political and economic structures and symbolic systems. Themes include: colonialism, politics, ethnic identity, religion, gender, race social movements, environment and performance. Examines processes of development and globalization. Case studies of particular societies, chosen to reveal variety, are examined comparatively. ADVISORY: Eligible for English 1A.

Learning Outcomes

  • Analyze and explain the major theoretical approaches of the Anthropology of Africa.
  • Identify and illustrate the concepts of ethnocentrism and cultural relativism.
  • Explain and illustrate precolonial, colonial and postcolonial histories of African regions.
  • Explain and illustrate the spread of Christianity and Islam throughout African regions.
  • Analyze and explain African cultural practices as they shape and are shaped by processes of development and globalization.
  • Explain and analyze three ethnographies of contemporary Africa.
  • Design, conduct, write and orally present research paper based on ethnographic and library research.

Last modified: November 25, 2014
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