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The Environment and Society in Africa

HIST 138
Fall 2013
Section: 01  
Course Cluster: African Studies

Resources from the African environment loom large in the histories of colonialism on the continent and contemporary international political relationships from cash crops to diamonds, uranium, and oil. This course will introduce students to the complex historical relationships between humans and the environment in Africa from the precolonial era to the postcolonial period. The continent is marked by incredible ecological and social diversity, and there is no one narrative or interpretation of environmental history in Africa. We will emphasize human responses to changing landscapes and the social management of resources. Some of the topics discussed will include precolonial perceptions of the environment; agriculture, food, and the global economy; disease and ecological transformation; the impacts of colonialism; and conservation, development, and social justice. We will end the course with a discussion of contemporary environmental issues in Africa.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS HIST
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Past Enrollment Probability: Less than 50%

Last Updated on APR-23-2014
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