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Modern African History: Colonialism, Independence, and Legacies

Online orientation dates: Approximately 6 hours, completed between June 24th and July 22nd
Course dates: July 27 - 31, 2015
Course time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Primary Source
Follow-up session: October 2015
PDPs/Credits: 67.5 PDPs; 3 graduate credits
Fee: Partnership educators—no cost other than fee for 3 graduate credits; Non-partnership educators—$600 plus fee for 3 graduate credits

The "scramble for Africa" has been told in the past as a story of outside powers and actors. Western colonialism played a profound role in shaping the modern history of the continent. But so too did the actions and aspirations of African people, from leaders to ordinary individuals. This course will probe African history from multiple perspectives and consider the legacies of colonialism and independence down to our own time. Case studies of key countries and situations will help us grasp the complex history of a diverse continent. Literature and film of major writers and regions will allow us to delve more deeply into the mindset of colonial and post-colonial societies. The week will round-out with a look at some of Africa's most pressing issues today and their possible solutions.

Especially for educators of grades 6-12.

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