NVCC COLLEGE-WIDE COURSE CONTENT SUMMARY
HIS 203 - HISTORY OF AFRICAN CIVILIZATIONS (3 CR.)

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Examines major African social, economic, political, and religious developments from earliest times to the present. Lecture 3 hours per week.

GENERAL COURSE PURPOSE

African civilizations in the Mediterrean and South of the Sahara have affected, and continue to affect, the course of history. Moreover, more than ten percent of those who live in the service area of the college are of African ancestry and their culture, as well as, that of the American population at large, has been influenced by their African roots. This course will allow the student the opportunity to learn of the nature and importance of African civilizations.

In addition to complementing history surveys of North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia, this course supplements HIS 141-142 - Afro-American History.

ENTRY LEVEL COMPETENCY

Average reading ability. There are no course prerequisites.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

    1. greater understand African history and civilizations

    2. be more familiar with the diverse cultures of Africa

    3. challenge and correct prevalent misconceptions of the African peoples

    4. promote an appreciation and tolerance for alternative models of human spiritual, political, and economic development

    5. foster an appreciation of the nature of current African problems and achievements by studying the roots of their developments in the African past

    6. develop an appreciation of the short and long term impact of imperialism

MAJOR TOPICS TO BE COVERED
    1. African geography and cultural areas

    2. The origins of human life in Africa

    3. The civilizations of the Nile

    4. Africans and Rome

    5. Mediterrean civilization in Northern and Western Africa

    6. The Neolithic Age in East Africa

    7. Empires of West Africa

    8. Cultures of South Africa

    9. The Slave Trade

    10. The Era of Colonialism

    11. The Nineteenth Century

    12. The Twentieth Century

    13. The collapse of the European Empires

    14. Modern Mediterrean Africa

    15. West Africa since World War II

    16. East Africa since World War II

    17. Racism and Decolonization in Southern Africa

    18. African cultures today

      a. Art
      b. Markets
      c. Religions
      d. Politics
      e. Families


    19. Africa’s Place in the Modern World

OPTIONAL TOPICS

None
 

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