ANTH-240 Peoples and Cultures of Africa
Fall for 2007-2008
This course is designed to provide the undergraduate student with an understanding of social relations and cultural conceptions of various peoples in sub-Saharan Africa. Historical developments over the last 500 years -- including colonialism -- will be given, including how these historic processes have determined and continue to shape contemporary life in Africa. A sequence of anthropological theories regarding African societies will be presented. These will be compared with current theoretical orientations. The course will also analyze religion and cosmology, politics, economics, the organization of labor, trade and agricultural networks, family, kinship and household production, African art, medicine, and perceptions of personhood in Africa. Consideration will also be given to Africa and Africans in the modern global system.
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Fall '07: Olsen, Wm. C. (file download)
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