SAME AS SCA-UA 791.
This is a course about how Africa got to be where it is now. It covers the period from the beginning of the crisis that shook colonial empires in the 1940s through the coming to power of independent African governments on most of the continent in the 1960s to the fall of the last white regime in South Africa in 1994, by which time the already independent countries of Africa had found themselves in deep crisis. By bridging the conventional divide between ?colonial? and ?independent? Africa, the course opens up questions about the changes in African economies, religious beliefs, family relations, and conceptions of the world around them during the last half century. Students read political and literary writings by African intellectuals as well as the work of scholars based inside and outside Africa, and they view and discuss videos as well. The course emphasizes the multiple meanings of politics?from local to regional to Pan-African levels, and it aspires to give students a framework for understanding the process of social and economic change in contemporary Africa.