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Africa in the Modern World

HIST 252/3.0

An examination of Africa's involvement in modern world history. Course covers material from the slave trade to the crumbling of European empires. Major topics include: Pre-colonial African states, slavery, imperialism, the colonial state, African protest and resistance, and women's issues, among other topics.

Learning Outcomes

Lesson 1Challenging the Myth of Africa as the “Dark Continent”
Lesson 2Slavery and the Atlantic Slave Trade
Lesson 3Southern Africa to 1870
Lesson 4The Scramble for Africa
Lesson 5African Resistance to Colonial Rule
Lesson 6Colonial Rule
Lesson 7The End of Colonial Rule in Africa
Lesson 8South Africa and Apartheid
Lesson 9Exploitation or Development
Lesson 10Africa in Globalization


The great Arab scholar, Ibn Khaldun, defined history, in the fourteenth century, as:

the record of human society, or world civilization; of the changes that take place in the nature of human society… of revolutions and uprisings by one set of people against another, with the resulting kingdoms and states with various ranks; of the different activities and occupations of men, whether for gaining their livelihood or in various sciences and crafts; and in general, of all transformations that society undergoes by its very nature. (Prolegomena 1, 56)

With these words of Ibn Ikhadun, you are welcomed to HIST 252/3.0 'Africa in the Modern World'.

This is an introductory course on the history of modern Africa, with a particular focus on the history of Sub-Saharan Africa. The course offers students the opportunity to gain a general background in African history and introduces students to some events and themes that they can explore further, such as the exoticisation of Africa, slavery and the slave-trade, Africa's contact with Europe, colonization, African resistance, independence and development.

I hope you find it a stimulating and worthwhile learning experience.


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Computer Specifications

  • Windows 8.1 or newer
  • OSX 10.13 (High Sierra) or newer
  • Dual Core 2 GHz processor
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Soundcard
  • USB Headset
  • Webcam

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  • Firefox (latest version)
  • Safari is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ
  • Edge is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ

Internet Connection

  • Wired high speed access: Cable or better
  • Wifi is not recommended


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Adobe Reader

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