Courses to be offered in the Spring 2011 semester that count toward an African Studies minor:
AFST 2750/HIST 2410 Southern African History (4 sem. Hours) In this course students will survey the history of South Africa from prehistory to the present. The primary objective of the course will be to arrive at a better understanding of South African history by studying the experiences of South Africans themselves. This will also help students to explore a major historiographical issue: what is the role of individuals in history? Can people change their circumstances, or do circumstances have a preponderant influence over people? A secondary objective of this course will be to hone students' skills as historians. Students will interpret primary sources in every class and work on a research essay that is based on a new collection of African source materials in the Millsaps Library. Therefore, this course will be of interest to all students who want to improve their understanding of the historian's craft.
AFST 3750/SOAN 3120 Ethnography of East Africa (4 sem. Hours) This seminar-style course will examine the peoples and cultures of East Africa through the lens of ethnography. Students will learn about cultural trends as well as cultural variety within the region and will also be asked to think critically about the practice of ethnography in East Africa. Course materials will include ethnographic monographs and ethnographic articles that range from classics in the field to contemporary work on hip hop and tourism. This course is open to all students who have successfully completed an introductory course in the department. The course is highly recommended for students planning to participate in the summer program in Tanzania.
AFST 4752/SOAN 4802 Survival Swahili (2 sem. Hours) This two-hour course is designed to give students an introduction to the Swahili language. It is taught as an independent study with language lab requirements and weekly meetings to practice speaking Swahili. This course is intended primarily to prepare students for summer travel to Tanzania.
IDST 2500 The Making of Modern Africa (4 sem. Hours) Since the beginnings of the Sudanese civil war in the early 1980s, more than two million people have been killed, hundreds of thousands in the region of Darfur in the last few years. What are the sources of this conflict? Are there global implications to be learned? Students will explore Sudan's history and some of the religious, ethnic, linguistic, geographical, economic, and political components of this ongoing conflict. In addition to historical studies, students will view films and documentaries and read autobiographies, a novel, a travel narrative, poetry, and essays. Students will examine current efforts to save threatened lives and build a peaceful society. Students will work with local Sudanese refugees to document their lives and their connections with family and friends still in Sudan or refugee camps in surrounding African countries.