Spring 2016 - HIST 473W D100
Problems in Southern African History (4)
Class Number: 5422
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Mo 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
HCC 2235, Vancouver
Office: AQ 6235
Prerequisites:45 units including nine units of lower division history. Recommended: HIST 231, 348.
An examination of the way in which South African society evolved in the 19th and 20th centuries. Particular attention will be paid to the problem of race relations. Content may vary from offering to offering; see course outline for further information. HIST 473W may be repeated for credit only when a different topic is taught. Writing.
Gender, Sexuality, Race, and Family in Colonial South AfricaThe anti-miscegenation laws of the Apartheid era (1948-1990) were infamous for their restriction of sex and marriage to intra-racial categories, and for the harsh penalties imposed on those, often blacks, who allegedly broke these laws. However such laws, and the desires of those who broke them, have a long history within colonial South Africa (mid-seventeenth-twentieth centuries). Furthermore, the formation of families was informed by local marriage conventions (often female exogamous and patrilocal), raiding and taking of human captives, inheritance patterns, and the construction of power through marriage alliances. In this class we will explore how individuals identified with their sexual desires (and those of others), how families were created (legitimate and otherwise), and how individuals and families performed with/against ideals set out by the government, church, and racial/class/gendered expectations. We will consider the formation of mixed-race communities such as the Griqua and follow their politicization against pressures from the Boer Republics and white mining interests. We will also investigate how historians have constructed histories of sexuality and the family in southern African using texts and oral histories.
This is a reading and research seminar with writing-intensive components. Students will be assessed on class participation (including submission of discussion questions), one book review, and an independent research project (including abstract/ bibliography, class presentation and peer-editing). In addition to the text and novel listed below, students will read primary sources and scholarly articles available through Canvas or the SFU library website. No prior knowledge of or experience with Southern African history is required, just an interest in the subject matter and willingness to learn and contribute to class.
- Participation and discussion questions 25%
- Book Review 15%
- Research Paper: Proposal/bibliography 10%
- Research Paper: Class presentation 10%
- Research Paper: Peer-editing/drafting 10%
- Research Paper: Final paper 30%
Berger, Iris. 2008. South Africa in World History, Oxford University Press.
Mda, Zakes. 2005. Madonna of Excelsior, Picador.
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