HST 134 SURVEY OF AFRICAN HISTORY I
HST 134 – Survey of African History I
Course Number & Name: HST 134 Survey of African History I
Credit Hours: 3.0 Contact Hours: 3.0 Lecture: 3.0 Lab: N/A Other: N/A
Prerequisites: Grades of “C” or better in ENG 096 and RDG 096
Co-requisites: None Concurrent Courses: None
Course Description: This course studies the growth and development of the African continent from prehistoric times to the post-colonial era. Considered are human origins and the first human civilizations. The course will also examine the geographic divisions of the continent, ancient empires of Africa, as well as the structure, nature, and significance of African tribal/ethnic life. It will conclude with the development of African resistance to European colonization during the 19th and 20th centuries.
General Education Goals: HST 134 is affirmed in the following General Education Foundation Category: Historical Perspective. The corresponding General Education Goal is as follows: Students will understand historical events and movements in World, Western, non-Western, or American societies and assess their subsequent significance. HST 134 also addresses the General Education Integrated Course Goal: Information Literacy, which is as follows: Students will address an information need by locating, evaluating, and effectively using information.
Course Goals: Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:
- identify and discuss the archeological and Traditional African arguments related to the study of human origins;
- identify and describe the characteristics of the ancient Nile Valley civilization on the African continent and its subsequent influence on later civilizations of antiquity;
- describe the impact of the environment on the African continent and the cultures of African peoples, as well as their long history of innovation and adaptability to their environment;
- critically examine African relations with Asians, Arabs and Europeans and, in a comparative sense, the three major systems of servitude and slavery that involved Africans; and
- identify and assess the ideas of leading African and African Diasporan scholars on the nature of the anti-colonial struggle of modern Africa.