Teaching Africa: The Image of Africa in a Survey Course

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In my three years of teaching African history at a variety of levels (first, second, and third years; MA students), I have continually been pleasantly surprised by the quality of debate that African history provokes, and the level of critical (self) awareness that students bring to the topic.  But that doesn’t mean they find it easy!  For those of us putting together an African history survey course aimed at first years, we may not find it easy either.  The first year that I taught African history, it was a second year course – so, the students were already more experienced - that had already been prepared – by someone more experienced.  When it came time to teach my own course, I was working with some existing material from my predecessor, but his speciality was East Africa, and mine is West Africa, so I knew a lot would need to change.

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