Fall 2024 History UN3712 section 001

African Climate and History

African Climate and Histo

Call Number 10338
Day & Time
R 2:10pm-4:00pm
To be announced
Points 4
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Instructors Rhiannon Stephens
Jason Smerdon
Method of Instruction In-Person
Course Description

This course examines how Africa’s climate has changed in the past and with what consequences for the people living on the continent. It looks at the scope, duration and intensity of past climate events and their impacts, while using these historical climate events to teach fundamental climate concepts.  Central to the course is the human experience of these events and the diversity of their responses. The major question underpinning this course is, therefore, how have people responded to past climate events, whether short-term, decadal or longer in scope? This question is predicated on the complexity of human society and moves away from the binary of collapse vs. resilience that dominates much thinking about the impact of climate changes on past societies. This framing recognizes the significance of climate for food production and collection, as well as trade and cosmologies. It does not take climate to be the determining factor in history. Rather it foregrounds the myriad ways people acted in the face of, for example, multi-decadal below average rainfall or long periods of more reliable precipitation.

Web Site Vergil
Department History
Enrollment 10 students (13 max) as of 1:06PM Thursday, July 18, 2024
Subject History
Number UN3712
Section 001
Division Interfaculty
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Section key 20243HIST3712W001