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Women's and Gender History in Africa
HIST 359
Fall 2009
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: FGSS 358

This seminar course examines the study of women and gender in African history. How should we discuss women and gender in African contexts? Are Westerners forcing their ideas on Africa? Do writings and films by Africans and Africanist scholars challenge the methodologies and themes in women's and gender studies? Readings include theoretical pieces and case studies on four specific regions/countries of Africa: Nigeria/Benin (West Africa), Morocco (North Africa), South Africa, and Congo-Kinshasa (Central Africa). We cover key themes in women's and gender studies such as power, feminism, women's voices, and sexuality. But the texts and videos also address broader matters such as religion, racism, and politics. Specific topics in African history include the slave trade, colonialism, nationalism, apartheid, and military regimes. Students generally interested in African history or in women's and gender history will find this course useful.

Essential Capabilities: Intercultural Literacy, Writing
This course introduces students to multiple African societies and cultures in modern Africa from a variety of historical and literary perspectives.

Students complete multiple short response papers, 2 medium-length papers, and a final project over the course of the semester in order to practice their writing and experiment with different writing styles.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS HIST
Course Format: DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (FGSS)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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