History and Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa

A.Y. 2019/2020
6
Max ECTS
40
Overall hours
SSD
SPS/13
Language
English
Learning objectives
Undefined
Expected learning outcomes
Undefined
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
Third trimester
Course syllabus
1st DU/ The first 5 lessons aim at reaching a common level of basic knowledge of African History. In the second stage, with the help of some essays shared with the class, it will be discussed the colonial impact on the concept of modernity and development with particular attention to the use of the land/natural resources during the colonial and decolonization processes (5 lessons).
2nd DU/ The first stage of the second DU consists of the analysis of the passage from decolonization to the development of SS Africa, including. of the decolonization of the mind/knowledge (5 lessons) the second stage consists of the discussion of theses proposed by the students based upon the theme of postcoloniality applied to policies, politics, and economics (5 lessons)
AAA: BA Erasmus students have a different program (see bibliography).
Prerequisites for admission
It is recommended, although not compulsory, to have some knowledge of contemporary history and/or history of international relations.
Teaching methods
Taught class; discussion after readings about some specific case studies to be compared; movie projection and debates. Lessons can be shared in collaboration with experts, if available in Milan in the period of the course; forum following the projection of films and documentaries will require the participation of the attending students.
Teaching Resources
Slides of the presentations shared via the website: http://cfiamingohpssa.ariel.ctu.unimi.it
· R. J. Reid (2012), A HISTORY OF MODERN AFRICA: 1800 TO THE PRESENT, Wiley-Blackwell 2nd Edition
· F. Cooper (2019), AFRICA SINCE 1940: THE PAST OF THE PRESENT, 2nd Ed., Cambridge U.P.
· Use of maps is highly recommended.
3 Chapters / Case-studies from:
· J. and J. Comaroff (2012), THEORY FROM THE SOUTH: OR, HOW EUROAMERICA IS EVOLVING TOWARD AFRICA, Boulder and London: Paradigm Publishers.
· M. Mamdani, 1996 CITIZEN AND SUBJECT. CONTEMPORARY AFRICA AND THE LEGACY OF LATE COLONIALISM, Princeton University Press
· E. Hunter (eds.) (2016) CITIZENSHIP, BELONGING, AND POLITICAL COMMUNITY IN AFRICA: DIALOGUES BETWEEN PAST AND PRESENT, Ohio University Press.
· N. Cheeseman and J. Fisher (2020) AUTHORITARIAN AFRICA, African World Histories.

BA Erasmus students bibliography:
· Lessons' contents (Slides of the course)
· R. J. Reid (2012), A HISTORY OF MODERN AFRICA: 1800 TO THE PRESENT, Wiley-Blackwell 2nd Edition
· J. & J., Comaroff (2012).THEORY FROM THE SOUTH: OR, HOW EURO AMERICA IS EVOLVING TOWARD AFRICA, Boulder and London: Paradigm Publishers.
Assessment methods and Criteria
Students who attend 70% of the lessons are considered attending students. The final assessment consists of an oral examination shared in three questions. The first is a free choice argument based on the readings indicated in the "Readings/Bibliography" section of the course program or arranged in advance with the professor. Attending students can substitute this first question with a presentation offered to the class in one of the last 5 lessons of the course (the theme will regard postcoloniality applied to culture policies, politics, and economics, based on a bibliography agreed in advance with the professor). Then the other two questions regard the handbook and the lessons.
The aim of the interview is to assess the methodological and critical skills acquired by the student, and, in particular, the students' ability to use literature and to reason on the debates developed during classes in order to expose in a convincing way the contents of the course.
In particular, it will be assessed the ability of the student to participate actively in class; such capacity, if combined with the achievement of a coherent framework of the topics developed during the lessons, the application of critical sense and suitable means of expression will be considered and evaluated with the maximum grading (27/30-30 cum laude).
Attendance, if joint to a predominantly mnemonic acquisition of course's contents and discontinuous language and logical skills will be assessed in a grading range from good (24-26/30) to satisfactory (21-23/30).
Attendance, with a minimum level of knowledge of the course contents, combined with training gaps or inadequate language and logical skills, it will get as grade 'barely passing' (18-20/30).
The absence of a minimum level of knowledge of the course contents, combined with inadequate language and logical skills and training gaps, will produce a fail grading, even in spite of an assiduous attendance.
SPS/13 - AFRICAN HISTORY AND INSTITUTIONS - University credits: 6
Lessons: 40 hours
Professor: Fiamingo Cristiana
Professor(s)
Reception:
Ask for a Skype/MsTeams appointment writing to cristiana.fiamingo@unimi.it
Ist floor, room 10, via Conservatorio 7