CULTURES OF AFRICA
Instructor: Dr. Mwizenge S. Tembo August 31st, 2010
OFFICE: Bowman 225 OFFICE HOURS
PHONE: 828-5351 At least One Hour Everyday
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org and by Appointment
Class Schedule: TR 11:00-12:15PM
All Cell Phones, Beepers, and Wrist Watch Beepers should be turned off before class. Cell Phones and Beepers should be put away and will not be used during class.
You are expected to read the attached document at the end of the syllabus titled: “Ethics in Academic Work”. The document is also on the BC web page:
Bridgewater College Mission Statement
mission of Bridgewater College is to educate and develop the whole person.
Our graduates will be equipped to become leaders, living ethical, healthy,
useful and fulfilling lives with a strong sense of personal accountability and
civic responsibility. This mission is carried out in a learning community,
with Christian values, high standards of integrity and excellence,
affirming and challenging each member”. - Bridgewater College Catalog, p. 6
"The mission of Bridgewater College is to educate and develop the whole person. Our graduates will be equipped to become leaders, living ethical, healthy, useful and fulfilling lives with a strong sense of personal accountability and civic responsibility. This mission is carried out in a learning community, with Christian values, high standards of integrity and excellence, affirming and challenging each member”.
- Bridgewater College Catalog, p. 6
Bridgewater College is committed to providing all students equal access to the college’s academic programs and activities. Students who have or think they may have a condition (attentional, learning, visual, hearing, physical, psychological or chronic medical) that impacts learning and for which an accommodation may be desired, are encouraged to contact the Director of Academic Support, Dr. Chip Studwell, 540, 828-5370 or email@example.com. A letter is required from the Academic Support Office, each semester, in order to receive accommodations at Bridgewater.
The objectives of the course are to Explore the racial, social, and cultural history of the African Continent and its Cultures in ancient and modern times. These will be achieved first, by Examining what historical, contemporary, international and internal factors have determined and characterized the nature and patterns of African cultures. Secondly, how more specifically Western colonialism, global, and other historical, and internal forces have impacted the political, economic, and social dynamics, legends, mythology, beliefs, customs, children's games and toys, music, language, family, marriage, religion, health, education and many other major aspects of social change in the African society to day.
The Instructor will use some of the following methods of teaching to achieve these objectives:
Upon Completion of the Course, the Student:
Khapoya, Vincent., The African Experience: An Introduction, 3rd Ed., New York: Longman, 1994, 1998, 2010.
Achebe, Chinua., Things Fall Apart, New York, Anchor Books: DoubleDay, 1959, 1994.
Tembo, Mwizenge S. The Bridge, Lusaka: Julubbi Enterprises Ltd., 2005
Moseley, William. (Ed.), Talking Sides: Clashing Views on African Issues, 3rd Edition, Dubuque, Iowa, A Division of The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., 2009.
Lamouse-Smith, W. Bediako., and School, Joseph., AFIM: Africa Interactive Maps, 1998. Program available in the Bowman Hall Computer Labs.
Edge, Wayne., Africa, 11th Ed., Global Studies Series, Dubuque, IA: McGraw-Hill/Dushkin Company, 2006.
New African, London: IC Publications Limited, Monthly magazine Jan 1991 to date available on Reserve and Periodical section in the Library and the Web. http://www.africasia.com/newafrican/
Johnson, Jr., William., Retting, Richard., Scott, Gregory M., and Garrison, Stephen M., The Sociology Student Writer’s Manual, 6th Edition, New York: Prentice Hall, 2004, 2006, 2010.
Aug. 30-Sept 5: The African continent and its People: size, geographical
characteristics, myths and facts about The continent, population, and brief
· Khapoya, Ch. 1, pp. 1-20;
· AFIM: Africa Interactive Maps
· Chinua Achebe, Ch. 1-5, pp. 3-45.
Sept. 6 - 12: Africa: Traditional Social Institutions: Family and Marriage, kinship,
religious beliefs, politics, and government.
· Khopaya, Ch. 2, pp. 21 - 63
· Achebe, Ch. 6-11, pp.46-109.
Sept. 13 - 19: Political Development in Historic Africa; prehistoric Africa, ancient
Africa, 19th century Africa, North, West, East, and Southern African
· Khopaya, Ch. 3, pp. 64-106,
· Achebe, Ch. 12- 25; pp.110-209
Sept. 20 - 26: Colonialism and the African Experience, rationale for imperialism in
Africa, British and French colonialism, Portuguese and Belgian
Colonialism, colonial administrative styles: direct and indirect rule, the
Economics of Colonialism, did African benefit from Colonialism?
· Khopaya, Ch. 4, pp. 107- -149
· AFIM: Africa Interactive Maps
Sept. 27-Oct. 3: African Nationalism, and the Struggle for Freedom; modern African
nationalism, missionary churches, World Wars I and II, Pan-Africanism,
The League of Nations and the United Nations, Independence Movements.
· Khapoya, Chapter 5, pp.150-180
Oct. 4-10: African Independence: The First Thirty Years; Decolonization and the
Transfer of Power, regionalism and Separation; Nigeria and East Africa,
Problems at Indepepndence, Political Instability, One-Party Systems,
African Socialism; Ghana, Tanzania; What went wrong in Independent
· Khopaya, Ch. 6, pp. 181-223
Oct.14 - 15: The African Struggle for Democracy and Free Markets; struggle for
democracy, economic reforms, NEPAD
· Khopaya, Ch. 7, pp. 224- 247
Week 8 FALL BREAK
Oct. 20 - 24: Lecture: Topic to be Announced.
Oct. 25 – 31: Africa in World Affairs, the Cold War, the Non-Aligned Movement, the
Organization of African Unity, The African Union, The United States and
Africa, the Soviet Union and Africa.
· Khopaya,Ch. 8, pp. 248-281.
· The Bridge: Tembo, Ch. 1- 9, pp.1-105
Nov.1 – 7: The Bridge: Tembo, Ch. 10-17, pp. 106-190
Nov 8-14: Term Paper Project Review
Nov. 15 - 21: Project PowerPoint Class Term Paper Presentations
Nov. 23-29: THANKSGIVING BREAK
Nov. 30-Dec. 3: Review for Final Exams
Dec. 7: 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. FINAL EXAMS
DUE DATE ASSIGNMENT POINTS % of GRADE
Sept. 7 Quiz Names of African Countries 20 3.36%
Sept. 14 Characteristics of Africa (AFIM)
and Global Studies (4 pages) 30 5.05%
To be Announced 3 Tests (65x3 points each) 195 32.77%
To be announced Class Discussions/Project(s) 100 16.80%
Oct. 5 Exploratory Paper (4 - 6 pages) 50 8.40%
Nov. 16 & 18 Comprehensive Power Point
Presentations 50 8.40%
Dec. 3 Summary Paper (5 Pages) 50 8.40%
Dec. 7 FINAL EXAM 100 16.80%
TOTAL 595 100.00
90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
59% and below F
All academic papers must always be well organized with a good title, introduction, well defined objectives, well written, with proper punctuation, good spelling, proper length, proper citing of sources in the text of your paper, and a reference list at the end of the paper. Monosource never make for good research papers. Always use several sources which are a mix of types of sources; books, journals, and the internet.
45-50 points (A): Paper has all of the above very well done with a good conclusion with a clear demonstration of your point of view based on the alternative hypotheses, arguments, perspectives and discussions clearly demonstrated in the paper.
40-44 points (B/B+): Paper has some or all of the above done in an average to satisfactory manner.
35-39 points (C/C+): Paper has some of the above done but in a below average manner with the paper being rather short.
30-35 points (D/D+): Paper is poorly written with very few of the above done. Paper might be poorly organized and rather short.
Below 29 points (F): Bad paper with most of the above missing
Students will be expected to do all the required reading before the class, attend lectures, do assignments, participate in class discussions, and take their own notes. When ever necessary, readings will be put on reserve in the Library. The student has the responsibility to contact the instructor for assignments missed for any reason.
ALL ASSIGNMENTS MUST BE TURNED IN TO THE INSTRUCTOR ON THEIR DUE DATE. ASSIGNMENTS TURNED IN LATE WILL BE PENALIZED (5 points deducted) FOR EACH DAY OVERDUE.