Modern African History: Colonialism, Independence and Legacies


FOCAL SKILLS AND DISPOSITIONS: Textual analysis & interpretation; Media literacy; Developing cross-cultural sensitivity; Critical thinking

DATES: July 8 - August 4, 2020
PDPs/CREDITS: 22.5 PDPs; 1 graduate credit ($160 fee applies)
FEE: Partnership educators—no cost other than fee for 1 graduate credit; Non-partnership educators—$400 plus fee for 1 graduate credit

This four-session online course will help you find new entry points in your curriculum for teaching about modern Africa and new strategies and resources to support your teaching.  In a community of online learners you will advance your knowledge of African history in the nineteenth through twenty-first centuries, understanding the continent’s history not as a “single story” but a multifarious one. The course, as well, will emphasize Africa’s relationship to world historical developments. Course topics include European colonization, the multiple forms of African resistance to colonial control, the rise of independence movements and leaders, Africa’s experience of the Cold War, the political upheavals and economic crises of the late 20th century, and the hopes and challenges of the continent today. Each session will highlight a unique teaching strategy and explore exceptional web-based resources for the topic. Our course was co-developed with Boston University’s African Studies Center.

Especially for 6-12 educators.



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