AAS 600 - Proseminar: Interdisciplinary Approaches to African Studies
Fall 2019, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Afroamerican & African Studies (AAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies

Details

Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
99
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Description

This course seeks to broaden our understanding of both historical and contemporary Africa, allowing a forum for the exchange of ideas among participants drawn from a diversity of disciplines. Course themes may include colonialism and its legacies; performance and culture; extractive resources and environmental degradation; nationalism, politics and development; and urbanization. Rather than treating ‘Africa’ as an undifferentiated place of socio-economic malaise, famine and war, failed states, and distorted urbanism, the course seeks to understand the complexity of processes at work that produce the “Africa” of today. Besides focusing on substantive topics of contemporary relevance, the course also critically investigates the application and the ethics of diverse theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of Africa. We will explore the pitfalls and challenges of ethnography, fieldwork, controlled comparisons, survey research and experiments. We will also revisit debates about “area studies” and African exceptionalism that periodically resurface in the literature on Africa. Students will also have opportunities to assign and to teach works of scholarship that they find to be original or path-breaking

Schedule

AAS 600 - Proseminar: Interdisciplinary Approaches to African Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
 In Person
31282
Open
13
 
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM

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