(136) A HISTORY OF AFRICA AND ITS PEOPLE    Full year course – 4 credits As Nigerian author Chimamanda Adichie says, “The problem with stereotypes is not that they are not untrue… but they are incomplete.” This course invites students to move beyond superficial and misconstrued notions of Africa to look deeply at a continent’s past and the connections between past, present, and future.. We will ask many questions, but they might all be embraced by the larger question, “How did Africa come to be as it is today?” Units of study include: pre-colonial Africa, the trans-Atlantic slave trade, European conquest and colonial rule, independence and country/regional case studies, such as Rwanda, Darfur, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. The amount of reading is substantial, but not overwhelming if students work steadily. There is a 3rd quarter research paper, as well as shorter papers (2-3) and analytical essays (2). In class, an African music and film series exposes students to the voices of Africans and diverse forms of cultural expression. We also discuss current events on a regular basis. In class activities are varied and include: lectures, debates, discussion, role plays, and independent/small group activities. All students are welcome in this course. As with most things, what you get out of this course will depend on you and your willingness to think imaginatively. (1-3)