History of Africa

Topics: Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Subregion Pages: 15 (5378 words) Published: July 26, 2014
MAASAI MARA UNIVERSITY
SCHOOL OF ARTS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL STUDIES, RELIGION AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COURSE OUTLINE
HIS 110: Introduction to African History upto 1884
Course Lecturer: Amos Nandasaba Kundu, Phone: 0725662814; Email: amoskundu@yahoo.com, hamisiwasike@yahoo.com Course Description
The course deals with the history of Africa from the earliest times to the time of European imperialism. It is a course that acts as a foundation in understanding not only the history of Africa but also the history of other parts of the world. The objectives to be achieved and content are as follows: Objectives

By the end of the course/unit the learner should be able to: i) Explain why Africa is the cradle of humankind.
ii) Describe the origin and development of Agriculture, mining and manufacturing. iii) Discuss rise and fall of early civilizations of Egypt, Meroe and Axum. iv) Describe the emergence and spread of Bantu, Cushites and Nilotes v) Explain the growth of local and regional trade.

vi) Discuss the economic contacts with the outside world
vii) Discuss the coming and impact of Islam and christianity in Africa viii) Discuss decentralized and centralized states in Africa.

Content
i) Early Man in Africa.
ii) The origin and development of Agriculture
Where it originated from
How it spread to Africa
Theories of diffusion, evolution, innovation
Importance of Agricultural Revolution in Africa
iii) Origin and development of Iron Technology
The theories and myths that surround origin and spread of Iron technology. Effects of Iron Technology on Africa
iv) The rise and fall of early civilizations of Egypt, Meroe and Axum v) Emergence and spread of Bantu, Cushites and Nilotes
vi) Growth of Local and regional trade
vii) Economic contacts with the outside world
Slave Trade in West Africa
Abolitionist process
Consequences of Slave Trade
viii) The coming of Islam and christianity in Africa
ix) Development of political systems: Decentralized and centralized states Course Evaluation
Course evaluation will be in two parts; continuous assessment and the final examination. The continuous assessment will comprise a sit-in cat and a take-away assignment constituting 30 marks. The final examination will account for 70% of the total marks. As part of the learning process, a lot of seriousness is attached to class attendance and contribution.

REFERENCES
Crystal D. (1981). The Ancient Egyptians. London: E. Arnold. Davidson Basil (1973). The Growth of African Civilization: East and Central Africa in the Late 19th Century. London: Longman.

Jaffa Hosea (1985). A History of Africa. London: Zed Books. July Robert W. (1992). A History of the Ancient People. Nairobi: East African Educational Publishers.

Mathias A. Ogutu and Simon Kinyanjui (1991). An Introduction to African History. Nairobi: Nairobi University Press. Mokhtar G. (1990). General History of Africa II: Ancient Civilization of Africa. London: Heineman Kenya. Ogot B. A. (ed.). (1992). General History of Africa V: Africa from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century. Oxford: Heinman. Ondiek C. (1990). Themes in World History: Book 1. Nairobi: Longman Kenya.

Potts M. J. (1971). Makers of Civilization: Book 1. London: Longman.
Rodney W. (1972). How Europe Underdeveloped Africa. Dar-es- salaam: Tanzania Publishing House.

1.0 The Origin of Man in Africa
Africa is the cradle of humankind
The question of the origin of humans is pertinent not only in Africaa but in the world all over. It is therefore important to answer this...

References: Crystal D. (1981). The Ancient Egyptians. London: E. Arnold.
Davidson Basil (1973). The Growth of African Civilization: East and
Central Africa in the Late 19th Century
Longman.
Jaffa Hosea (1985)
July Robert W. (1992). A History of the Ancient People. Nairobi: East
African Educational Publishers.
Mathias A. Ogutu and Simon Kinyanjui (1991). An Introduction to
African History
Mokhtar G. (1990). General History of Africa II: Ancient
Civilization of Africa
Ogot B. A. (ed.). (1992). General History of Africa V: Africa from the
sixteenth to the eighteenth century
Ondiek C. (1990). Themes in World History: Book 1. Nairobi: Longman
Kenya.
Potts M. J. (1971). Makers of Civilization: Book 1. London:
Longman.
Rodney W. (1972). How Europe Underdeveloped Africa. Dar-es-
salaam: Tanzania Publishing House.
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