Aug 16, 2018  
2017-2018 College of Liberal Arts 
    
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ANTH 204 - Society and Social Change in Sub-Saharan Africa

4 credits
Much of what we hear, read and see about Africa in literature, the media and even in academic writing emphasizes the suffering, corruption, disease, war and strife that afflict much of the continent. To be sure, Africa is plagued by many of these issues, often to a far greater extent than other parts of the world. However, the sameness of tone and pessimism in the coverage of these problems often belies the diversity of culture and experience that is the African continent-which includes 53 countries, hundreds of different ethnic groups and a vast array of traditions, practices and beliefs. This course will examine a selection of different African societies and states from across the continent with an emphasis on how perspectives and ideas about traditional culture and practice intersect with the challenges-economic, religious, ethnic and political -faced by African cultures and the modern African nation state. The goal of this course is that students will leave with an appreciation of the cultural richness and regional variation that is sometime hidden by the usual generalizations and stereotypes that are often applied to Africa. CLA-Breadth/Social Science, CLA-Diversity International, CLA-Writing Intensive



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