Fall 2021 - HIST 146 D100

Africa after the Transatlantic Slave Trade (3)

Class Number: 3946

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 8 – Dec 7, 2021: Thu, 8:30–10:20 a.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 9, 2021
    Thu, 9:00–9:00 p.m.



An introductory survey of colonization, of social, political and environmental change under colonial rule, and of the stormy history of state-society relations in Africa since independence. Breadth-Humanities.


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.


  • Tutorial work and Canvas discussion board Participation 20%
  • Student Contributions (Africa in the News, Music selection, “History in Pictures”, Notables, etc) 5%
  • Midterm test 20%
  • Written Assignment (including proposal) 30%
  • Final test 25%



Harms, Robert, Africa in Global History (New York: WW Norton, 2018).

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

** Other resources will be made available via SFU Library or our course Canvas page **

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