Fall 2023 - HIST 146 B100

Africa after the Transatlantic Slave Trade (3)

Class Number: 3498

Delivery Method: Blended


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 6 – Oct 6, 2023: Tue, 9:30–10:20 a.m.

    Oct 11 – Dec 5, 2023: Tue, 9:30–10:20 a.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 8, 2023
    Fri, 11:59–11:59 p.m.



An introductory survey of African perspectives on, and experiences of, history since abolition in the 1830s. Themes include: oral history; colonization and resistance; social, political and environmental change under colonial rule; independence movements and decolonization; cultures and religions; and the search for stability and prosperity post-independence. Breadth-Humanities.


Identity Politics and Social Movements From Abolition to COVID

In this class we will explore peoples and politics in African societies since 1800, using case studies primarily from sub-Sahara and at times from the Atlantic diaspora. While following the broader arc of historical events, we’ll touch down at specific points and processes, including: abolition, anti-colonialism, labour movements, Pan-Africanism, Independence movements, Afrocentrism, feminism, and democratic movements. Students will be introduced to multiple voices and viewpoints from the continent through a variety of media. We will use a textbook as well as primary and secondary historical sources, African literature, films, and current news sources to gain multiple perspectives on Africans’ recent history.



  • In-person and online Participation 30%
  • Student Contributions/Jobs 5%
  • Tests and Quizzes 45%
  • Writing/Research Assignment(s) 20%


This is a blended learning (B) class: we will meet for 2 hours in person each week for lecture (9:30am-10:20am) and tutorial (50 mins). One hour each week will be designed to engage students with content and activities asynchronously online.



Available via SFU bookstore, Bennett Library, or your preferred bookseller:

Falola, Toyin and Timothy J. Stapleton, A History of Africa* (Oxford University Press, 2021
*better to use “combined” volume, but “Vol 2: Since 1870” is acceptable
* can also be used in Hist 231 offered in 2024!

Getz, Trevor and Liz Clarke, Abina and the Important Men: A Graphic History, 2nd Ed. (Oxford University Press, 2012)


Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.

Registrar Notes:


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