Course Details

HIST 285: History, Culture, and Commerce Africa and Arabia Program: Critical Historical Research

This course focuses on ethnographic research and writing with an emphasis on the practice of fieldwork. Students will conduct group research projects that include actively guiding and evaluating the work of their peers. The content of these projects will include maritime activities, health, music, economics, and heritage. Students will learn the benefits and challenges of examining oral tradition, oral history, poetry, visual art, material culture, and embodied practice. Service or experiential learning is another major point of emphasis. Students will develop their ability to question their knowledge, method, evidence, interpretation, experience, ethics, and power. Prerequisite: 100 or 200 level Africana Studies or History course and participation in OCS program
6 credits; HI, IS; Offered Spring 2024; T. Willis