History of Africa – HIWD 320
CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 10/27/2020
A comprehensive survey of African history.
For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.
The purpose of this course is to provide an accurate, comprehensive overview of the history of Africa. It will explore the use of non-traditional sources in the study of pre-literate cultures, the importance of physical geography in the development of nations, and the role of religion in the history of the continent.
Measurable Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Identify geographic characteristics of Africa and their impact on its history.
- Identify the major periods in African history.
- Describe the religious development of Africa.
- Explain how both Christianity and Islam have influenced modern African social, cultural, and political developments.
- Detail the impact of New World slavery on the African economy and culture.
- Compare and contrast the social, political, and economic development of Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Africa to 1880.
- Identify the impact of colonialism on modern Africa.
- Identify the current social, political, and economic conditions of modern Africa, including its role in the global economic and political system.
- Apply biblical principles to the study of Africa’s history.
Textbook readings and lecture presentations
Course Requirements Checklist
After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student
will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.
The student will participate in a forum introducing themselves to their colleagues. Students will respond to at least two other posts as a way of getting to know one another.
African Political Geography Quiz
The student will complete a quiz on African Political Geography. This quiz will cover the official and disputed nations of Africa. It will be open-book/open-notes, contain a matching map on which the student will identify each of the nations of Africa, and have a 30-minute time limit. The student may retake this quiz multiple times in order to improve his or her score. There will be a 1 point per minute penalty for going over the time limit.
African Physical Geography Quiz
The student will also complete a quiz on African Physical Geography. This quiz will cover major physical features of Africa. It will be open-book/open-notes, contain a matching map on which the student will identify major physical features of Africa, and have a 20-minute time limit. The student may retake this quiz multiple times in order to improve his or her score. There will be a 1 point per
minute penalty for going over the time limit.
Missions Factbook Assignment
The student will participate in creating a Factbook about missions in a nation of their choice. Each student will choose four missions groups—at least one each of the following: a Christian mission group, a non-Christian religious group, and a secular mission group. The student will provide important background and historical information about each mission group and the write a brief analytical essay of at least 400 words discussing what these missions groups reveal about the nation. The student should also provide a bibliography with at least 6 sources, 2 of which must be scholarly. The assignment should be formatted according to the format template provided.
The Missions Factbook assignment must be copied and pasted (as opposed to uploaded as an attachment) into the space provided or it will not be graded. Resubmission will be required and late penalties may apply.
The student will watch a movie from the provided list and write a Movie Review discussing the movie and what we can learn about the history of Africa from a non-traditional source. The review should be formatted according to the format template provided.
Article Assessments (5)
In Weeks 2, 3, 4, 5, and 8, the student will choose one scholarly article related to the history of a nation in the assigned region of Africa. The student will submit an Article Assessment in which they provide a citation for the article in Turabian format, a 1-2 sentence statement of the author’s thesis, a 3-5 sentence discussion of how the author supports his thesis, and a 3-5 sentence discussion of how it fits into the overall history of Africa as we are studying it.
Reading Quizzes (8)
Each Reading Quiz will cover the textbook readings for the module/week in which it is assigned. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 20 multiple-choice and/or true/false questions, and have a 1 hour time limit. There will be a .5 points per minute penalty for going over the time limit.
Presentation Quizzes (8)
Each Presentation Quiz will cover the videos, presentations, and non-textbook readings for the module/week in which it is assigned, unless specifically excepted. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 10 multiple-choice, true/false, and/or matching questions, and have a 30-minute time limit. There will be a .5 points per minute penalty for going over the time limit.