In this course students will learn of the variety of cultures to be found within sub-Saharan Africa as we look at indigenous people in western, eastern and southern Africa. Among the issues examined will be the impact of colonialism, gender and fertility, political and economic systems – particularly the impact of war and acts of violence, as well as health and healing, and belief systems.
By applying basic Anthropological concepts and theory to the data sets described in the assigned readings and class discussions, students will learn to think anthropologically, to apply the knowledge they have acquired and to analyze and understand human activity, sociality and thought. Additionally they will develop a solid knowledge and understanding of human diversity and cultures within the geographic location. They will also be enhancing their ability to communicate, both orally and in written work.