Spring 2023 Middle East GU4142 section 001

Urban South Africa

Histories of Urban Africa

Call Number 12814
Day & Time
T 10:10am-12:00pm
C01 80 Claremont Ave
Points 4
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Instructor Laura Fair
Method of Instruction In-Person
Course Description

The aims of this seminar are 1) to introduce students to the broad parameters of urban South African history 2) to familiarize students with the immense creativity and resilience of African peoples, even in the most difficult colonial contexts 3) to illustrate how race, class and gender were socially, historically and politically constructed in South Africa 4) to guide students in the completion of an original research paper on some aspect of black South African urban life 5) to enhance student appreciation for the ways in which a researcher's perspective and interests influences their interpretation of sources 6) to make visible the ways in which research outcomes are shaped by a researcher's choice of source material 7) to develop student research and writing skills.

            This course provides only a bare introduction to the history of South Africa.  The chief aim is to provide students with a hands-on opportunity to conduct original research and to help students develop skills in documenting African agency and resilience in the face of colonial oppression, often by ‘reading between the lines’ of state-produced documents.

Web Site Vergil
Department Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies
Enrollment 4 students (20 max) as of 9:07AM Sunday, July 14, 2024
Subject Middle East
Number GU4142
Section 001
Division Interfaculty
Campus Morningside
Section key 20231MDES4142W001