History of Africa, History 3810 (WI)
Fall Semester, 2012
Dr. Kenneth Wilburn

Lectures: MWF 11 - 11:50 a.m. in BD-103
Office Hours (BA-318): MWF 8:15-9, MW 12-12:30 & by Appointment
Office Telephone: 252-328-1029
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Course Goals:

Students in HIST 3810 will learn the subject matter of History of Africa in Afrocentric, Eurocentric, and Homocentric contexts. Jan Vansina's Living With Africa and Jules Benjamin's A Student's Guide to History will introduce students to research methodology, principles, and concepts related to the discipline of history and historical research in traditional, colonial, and independent Africa. Students will also explore how the festering legacies of the Atlantic slave trade can be healed. Finally, students will learn how history gives context to human origins in Africa and its provocative relationship to emerging world civilization.

Writing Across the Curriculum Designation:

HIST 3810 is a writing intensive course in ECU's Writing Across the Curriculum Program. In using WI Model #4, this course contributes to the twelve-hour WI requirement for students at ECU. For additional information, access:

The Summary/Reaction Course Journal (70%):

Your course journal is your most important assignment. In it you summarize and react to all classes, readings, internet sites, and films.
To view your journal's format, select Journal Requirements, howtoah.htm.
To view your journal's list of required contents, click on Table of Contents,
To view the reading assignments for your journal, select Journal Text Assignments,
To view the evaluation method for your journal, click on Assessment Guide,
Your journal is due for evaluation on 7 September (Friday), 12 October (Friday), and 28 November (Wednesday). Grades for those dates are weighted 10%, 40% and 50% respectively. If you turn your journal in late or incomplete, you will lose at least one letter grade. If you earn an A on both your journal and book review, you will be exempt from the final exam; however, if either your journal or book review is ever late or incomplete, you must take the final exam. Your journal will be your course archive and your final exam study guide.

Book Review (10%):

One 500-word book review is required: Manu Herbstein, Ama, A Story of the Atlantic Slave Trade. Craft your review, due 22 October (Monday), according to directions in Benjamin and your Journal Text Assignment handout.

Final Exam (20%):

Your final exam will have three sections, each having two essay questions. You will choose one question from each section. Your final exam will be on Friday, 7 December from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Bring two essay exam blue books to the final.

Required Texts:

Jules Benjamin, A Student's Guide to History
Eric Gilbert and Jonathan Reynolds, Africa in World History
Manu Herbstein, Ama, A Story of the Atlantic Slave Trade
Jan Vansina, Living With Africa

Class Decorum:

Please enjoy Facebook, Twitter, and Email before you enter and after you exit our classroom. Except your laptop for note-taking, all communications devices must be turned off. Your classmates and I thank you in advance for your good manners and respectful commitment to intellectual engagement in the History of Africa.

Class Attendance Policy: Seven or more absences effect failure.

Severe Weather and Emergency Alert:

ECU seeks to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Students requesting accommodations
must first go to the Department of Disability Support Services, Slay 138; call 252-737-1016.

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First Online Edition: 30 June 1997
Last Revised: 24 July 2012