Fall 2018 - HIST 348 D100

A History of Twentieth Century South Africa (4)

Class Number: 5189

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2018: Wed, 9:30 a.m.–1:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    45 units, including six units of lower division history. Recommended: at least one of HIST 146, 231.



An examination of the economic, social and political history of 20th century South Africa. Particular attention will be paid to the factors which led to the rise of apartheid.


The racism and oppression institutionalized in South Africa’s Apartheid State (1948-1990) was the product of historical forces set in motion with the arrival of Dutch settlers three hundred years earlier. In this course we will investigate how racially-drawn identities and economic relations forged by the beginning of the 20th C led to the politics of segregation, culminating in Apartheid. We will draw information from a textbook as well as primary and secondary historical sources, film, literature, and current news sources to gain multiple perspectives on South Africa’s conflicted past. Special emphasis will be placed on investigating how South Africa and South Africans have been portrayed through film: during the term we will view eight presentations, representing both dramatic and documentary film-making.  Four-hour meeting blocks may include: lecture, discussion, activities, films, research/writing tutorials, quizzes, and breaks.

Prerequisites 45 Units including 9 credits of lower-division History courses or permission of the instructor; Hist 146 (Modern Africa) and/or Hist 231 (Ancient Africa) are useful but not required.


  • Tutorial Participation 25%
  • Film Analysis 15%
  • In-Class Quizzes 30%
  • Primary Sources Analysis 30%



Berger, Iris, South Africa in World History (New York: Oxford University Press, 2008)

Crais, Clifton and Thomas McClendon, The South Africa Reader: History, Culture, Politics (Duke University Press, 2013)

Mda, Zakes, Heart of Redness (Cape Town: Oxford University Press, 1995)

Noah, Trevor Born a Crime (Doubleday, 2016)

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