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Unformatted text preview: AFRICAN CIVILIZATIONS TO 1800 Winter 2010 History 1600, Section 25294 902 Mondays 6:30-9:15 p.m. Rm. 507 Instructor: K. Beard, 3074 F.A.B., Tel. (313) 577-2525 Office Hrs. Mondays 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. & by appointment e-mail: [email protected] This is the first part of a 2-semester survey of African history. In political history, the course emphasizes the development of selected kingdoms & empires from ancient Kush & Egypt in the Nile River valley to Great Zimbabwe in the south. In cultural history, the course examines aspects of indigenous African religious beliefs; Christianity in northeast Africa; Islam in north & west Africa; Mande oral tradition and history in the Epic of Old Mali . In economic history, the course examines the development of animal herding & cultivation; mining; handcraft manufacturing; & the trans-Saharan, Indian Ocean & Atlantic commercial networks, which linked Africa regionally and to the rest of the world. The recovery of the African past is approached through examining Nile valley & Zimbabwean building, sculpture &/or paintings, as well as written & oral evidence. TEXTBOOKS (paperback) to be purchased from Marwil Bookstore, Cass & Warren are: 1. Kevin Shillington, History of Africa . New York: St.Martin's Press 2. D.T. Niane, Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali . Longman. 3. Terry Alford. Prince Among Slaves . (N.Y. Oxford University Press, 1986). COURSE REQUIREMENTS : You are responsible for knowing all the information in the assigned readings and audiovisual materials. If you assume that each topic represents one class meeting, you will have no trouble keeping up with the course readings. Some topics will cover more than one meeting. Vocabulary terms and some other materials will be available on Blackboard. You should start reading Niane, Epic of Old Mali immediately. Quizzes & exams will be based on reading assignments, class lectures, discussions and knowledge of the topics and books assigned in the syllabus as well as audiovisual materials. Films can be shown only once & if you miss class on those days, you will miss the presentations. TESTS : 2 short quizzes, (NO. 1 Mon. Feb. 8 & NO. 2: Mon. April 12). Midterm Exam: Mon. Mar 1 (60 minutes). Final Exam : Monday, May 3, 2010, during regularly scheduled class. Review sheets provided for quizzes & exams. REPORTS : there will be 2 written essays on set topics: (1) on Epic of Old Mali (due beg. of class Mon. Mar. 22); (2) on Prince Among Slaves (due beg. of class Mon. May. 3). Essay topics, & model essay outlines are in the Syllabus, pp. 9 and 10-11. Study guides in Syllabus, pp.6 &8, will help you to identify important points in these works (These guides are for personal use. Do not submit answers to the questions in the guides!). Any student who wishes help with the 2 essays may submit a typed draft 2 weeks in advance of the deadline for my critique; they may then rewrite the essay. On the side of caution, please keep an extra copy of your paper either on your hard drive, disk, or a hard copy....
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