HIS678 Seminar in Modern Africa

Lead Faculty: Dr. Alexander Zukas

Course Description

Focused examination of primary and secondary sources as well as advanced research in the current scholarly debates on African history since ca. 1600. Areas may include, but are not limited to, political, economic, intellectual, cultural, social, environmental and diplomatic history.

Learning Outcomes

  • Organize the major historical themes and issues in the modern period of African history as presented and debated in the scholarly literature.
  • Analyze the specific characteristics of, and similarities and differences between, works of major historians of modern Africa.
  • Evaluate the theoretical and empirical approaches these historians take to the study of modern African history.
  • Research the scholarly discussion of a topic in modern African history.
  • Compose a professional commentary that integrates this research into a position paper that assesses that scholarly discussion and presents the student's own critical approach to the topic.
  • Produce a book review of publishable quality on a recent historical monograph in modern African history.