2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog


Minimum Credits: 3
Maximum Credits: 3
The course surveys the emergence and growth of early African civilization from the beginnings of the evolution of the human race to the eve of the European colonization of the continent. It introduces students to the multiple disciplines contributing to knowledge about early Africa, and shows the centrality of Africa and Africans for humanity in general. Among the principal themes that the readings and discussions focus on are: pre-history of Africa and the genesis of humankind; the complexity of migration, and state formation; and African and European earlier contact. A fundamental approach will be to look at Africa from the inside out and to analyze African societies from the perspective of their internal development and reaction to external influences. Its basic goal is to promote, first, an appreciation of Africa's contributions to world civilization.
Academic Career: Undergraduate
Course Component: Lecture
Grade Component: Letter Grade
Course Attributes: African Studies, DSAS Cross-Cult. Awareness General Ed. Requirement, DSAS Diversity General Ed. Requirement, DSAS Geographic Region General Ed. Requirement, DSAS Historical Analysis General Ed. Requirement, SCI Polymathic Contexts: Global&Cross Cul GE. Req., SCI Polymathic Contexts: Soc/Behav. GE. Req.

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