What is the course about?
On this interactive lecture-based course, we will cover: the imposition of colonialism and the way in which it ended, focusing on the Scramble for Africa and the process of its official ending. We will look at the main legacies of colonialism in the immediate post-colonial period , considering whether it was a modernising force a modernizing force or a brutal exploitation that had devastating consequences for African development?
What will we cover?
- Origins of Colonialism in Africa from the 1400s
- European Settler Colonies
-The Scramble for Africa after 1870
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
-Understand the chronology of colonisation and decolonisation in Africa
-Recognise some of the debates about colonisation, decolonisation, and post-colonial legacies
-Have a working knowledge of the events of the period and region.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course does not assume any prior knowledge of African history. You will need to listen think and contribute to discussions where appropriate. You are free to ask questions.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will consist of a series of interactive lectures. You may find it useful to read up on a subject before coming to class but this is not necessary.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You might consider obtaining copies of the following suggested reading but this is not a requirement:
Pakenham, Thomas, The Scramble for Africa (London: Abacus ,2003)
Shipway, Martin, Decolonisation and its Impact: Comparative Approach to the End of Colonial Empire (History of the Contemporary World) (London: Wiley Blackwell, 2007).
Thorne Gary, End of Empires: European Decolonisation 1919-1980 (Access to History) (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 2000)
There are a wide variety of texts on this subject and period which can be obtained through libraries or cheaply from bookshops or internet so do not feel confined by the above suggestions.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Please see the City Lit website: www.citylit.ac.uk for further courses in the contemporary history and politics section.