HIST187 - The Making of Modern South Africa: Becoming the Rainbow Nation

Description: 
In its current post-colonial, post-apartheid incarnation, South Africa has become known as the Rainbow Nation: a place that encompasses all manner of diversity, situated at the meeting point of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans. The site from which mankind first arose, South Africa has a long and varied history. This introductory course will trace this history in broad strokes, from pre-colonial times to the near present, focusing most attention on the period from the mineral discoveries of the late 19th century until now. Main themes will include colonial conquest and indigenous resistance, the creation of new racial and national identities, and the rise, life, and demise of the apartheid state. Examining large historical processes (often through the lens of individual lives) by way of novels, films, and scholarly readings will enable a broader engagement with issues of race and racism as well as gender and generational conflicts. Course requirements will include exams and a short writing assignment.
Instructors: 
BYALA, SARA
Day and Time: 
TR 0300PM-0430PM
Room: 
ANNENBERG SCHOOL 111
Activity: 
LEC
Cross Listings: 
  • AFST187401
Registration Notes: 
CROSS CULTURAL ANALYSIS