Africa

HISB 1300  Africa to 1800
This course examines selected topics in the history of sub-Saharan Africa from antiquity to the period immediately preceding colonial conquest.  It provides an overview of historical developments in particular regions, considers the implications of Africa as a unit of analysis, and provides a point of departure for more specialized course in African history.

HISB 1310 Africa from 1800
This course considers the history of sub-Saharan Africa under colonialism and after:  the responses of people to governments very different from those they had previously, changes in African societies, the challenges of the postcolonial period.  Topics covered include gender relations, peasant agriculture, wage labor, politics, and development.

HISB 2120 History of Western Africa
This course is a historical introduction to the themes and events in western and northern Africa from prehistoric times and the peopling of Africa through the advent of Islam; North and West African empires and states in the medieval period; the arrival and departure of European colonial powers; and the re-emergence of independent African states.  We will trace topical themes through case studies, exploring the political, cultural, social aspects and the inter-regional dynamics of Saharan Africa.

HISB 2130 History of Southern Africa
This course examines southern African history from 1652 to the present.  It explores the particular political and cultural patterns which arose in the region as a result of contact and conflict between indigenous African societies and European settler communities. 

HISB 2140  History of Eastern Africa
This course provides a historical survey of eastern Africa which examines the role of Bantu migrations, the rise of state-building in the 17th and 18th centuries and a primary emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries.  The course highlights the social, cultural and economic dynamics of both African and settler societies as it explores the historical processes of slavery, migrations in the region, the imposition of colonialism, nationalism and the rise of the independent states of Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethoipia, Eritera, Somalia, Rwanda and Burundi.  We will use primary sources written or created by Africans and others to  explore the developments that affected the region in recent history.  This course devotes equal time to lecture and discussion. 

HISB 2910 Special Topics in Africa History
Courses offered by visiting professors or permanent faculty.  For description, consult the department.
Notes:  For special offering, see the Schedule of Classes.

HISB 3250 Archiving Africa
This is an advanced course in historical methods that uses a service-learning component to enhance student understanding of historical materials, archives and how these connect with the larger community.  In this course, students will focus in particular on materials related to African history found in New Orleans archives, allowing students to develop an understanding of the historical links between the local community and the continent of Africa.  Moreover, students will consider the methodologies used to preserve the various histories of Africa and consider how these methods can be used for other under-represented communities, such as found in New Orleans.


HISB 3910  Special Topics in African History
Courses offered by visiting professors or permanent faculty.  For description, consult the department.
Notes:  For special offering, see the Schedule of Classes.

HISB 4250  The Atlantic Slave Trade
An exploration of the cultural, economic, and social history of the African slave trade into the Americas from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries.  Emphasis is on the nature of this forced migration as a unique process of cultural interaction and cultural change.

HISB 4910  Special Topics in African History
Courses offered by visiting professors or permanent faculty.  For description, consult the department.
Notes:  For special offering, see the Schedule of Classes.

HISB 6070  Gender in African History
This seminar will consider the question of how recent forms of gender theory might be applied to African societies.  Readings will include Foucauldian, a psychoanalytic, and political theory, as well as historical and ethnographic studies of particular societies. 
credit hours: 4

HISB 6910  Special Topics in African History
Courses offered by visiting professor or permanent faculty.  For description, consult the department.
Notes:  For special offering, see the Schedule of Classes.