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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - AFA6805
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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2007-07-18
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  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2007-02-14
  2. Department: Africana Studies
  3. College: AS
  4. Budget Account Number: 120200
  5. Contact Person: Edward Kissi
  6. Phone: 47784
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: AFA
  9. Number: 6805
  10. Full Title: African Historiography
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: D - Discussion (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): African Historiography
  19. Course Online?: -
  20. Percentage Online:
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: None
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  24. Course Description: The course deals with the history of the writing of African history. It pays attention to the sources and methods that Africanists use to study Africa and major themes in the continent's history, and the debates and interpretations they have generated.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: This course is necessary to give graduate students a deeper understanding of the academic production of knowledge about Africa and its history. It is in a historiographical course like this one that students grasp the controversies and consensus in Africa
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? The course will be a required core course for all graduate students in the MLA and Graduate Certificate programs in the Department of Africana Studies. A maximum of 20 students will be expected to take this course and it will be offered once in every academic year. The course could draw students from a wide range of departments and colleges at USF including History and Education.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? No.
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) the instructor of this course should have a Ph.D. in History, with a specialization in African history or African Studies, or a related degree in any of the Humanities with a specialization in, or familiarity with the major works, methodologies and debates in the history of the African continent.
  29. Objectives: (1). Students will deepen their understanding of Africa and the production of knowledge about Africans. (2). Students will develop a deeper appreciation of the circumstances and contexts in which Africans have organized their societies through time. (3). Students will realize that to learn about Africa is also to learn about how different societies have different perspectives on common human aspirations. (4). Students will deepen their research, writing and analytic skills.
  30. Learning Outcomes: (1). Students will have the necessary grounding in the intellectual history of African historiography and classic themes in African history. (2). Students will understand that historical knowledge is not static and that the history of Africa requires constant re-evaluation as new evidence and tools of analysis emerge. Thus, changing and contradictory perspectives on African history are part of the evolving process of reconstructing the African past. (3). Students will recognize how past biases and prejudices shaped the construction of negative historical narratives about Africa and learn to question such narratives and avoid reproducing them in their research and writing about the continent. (4) Enhance Department mission of helping graduate students to understand and appreciate the role that the study of Africa has played in the transformations that have occurred in the academic study of the human experience in the humanities and social sciences, especially in the source-materials historians use, the methodologies they adopt in interpreting evidence and even the topics they study.
  31. Major Topics: 1. What is "African History" and Why study it?

    2. Africanists and "African History:" Sources and Methods.

    3. Africanists and Pre-Colonial Africa.

    4. Slavery, Slave-Trade and Global Dispersal of Africans.

    5. Indigenous and Foreign Imperialism in Africa.

    6. African histories of Post-Colonial Africa

    7. African History in the 21st Century: New Directions in African Historiography.

  32. Textbooks: Required Textbooks:

    1. John Edward Philips, ed. Writing African History. The University of Rochester Press, 2006.

    2.Jan Vansina. Oral Tradition as History. Wisconsin, Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1985

    3. Ibn Battuta in Black Africa. [Ibn Battuta’s Memoir] translated by Said Hamdun & Noel King. Priceton, NJ: Markus Wiener, 1994.

    4. Bogumil Jewsiewicki and David S. Newbury, eds. African Historiographies: What History for Which Africa? Beverley Hills, CA.: Sage Publications, 1986.

    5. Suzanne Miers and Igor Kopytoff, eds. Slavery in Africa: Historical and Anthropological Per

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