2023-2024 Catalog

HIST 216 Modern South Africa

This course introduces students to the politics, cultures, and histories of South Africa. Beginning in the seventeenth century, themes in this class include the growth of regional African states, the arrival of European settlers, the mineral revolution of the late nineteenth century, and political activism during the twentieth century, involving such figures as Steve Biko and Nelson Mandela. Course materials will include novels, memoirs, and film, in addition to historical scholarship. [GM1, SS]