Course Description

ONLINE: This lecture and discussion course, conducted in the French language, will attempt to give a true picture of sub-Saharan Francophone West Africa that is far from the myth of an Africa devoid of a past and labeled “primitive.” In the 1950s and 1960s, the Francophone Senegalese Cheikh Anta Diop wrote several books claiming that, on the contrary, the world owed much to Africa in terms of civilization, religion, art and society. In fact, before the ravages of the slave trade, Africa had powerful empires and a strong economy. The course will consider evidence by Diop and others on these issues, and will study the traditional African religions, the customs, the art and the way of living. Literary excerpts, African tales and videos will illustrate the topics listed above. Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire and Mali will be studied as good examples. | Facilitated discussion.

Max enrollment: 30.

Class sessions are recorded.

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Section Title
L'Afrique Noire: Vous Connaissez?
Online - Zoom
1:30PM to 2:45PM
Feb 02, 2023 to Apr 06, 2023
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Virtual Classroom  
Course Fees
Section Notes

Class sessions are recorded.

A high-intermediate French level is a must to be able to participate in the course. A reliable computer with a camera and audio and a good internet connection are necessary to attend the Zoom classes and to view the material on the instructor's website. There is no textbook. The instructor will provide documents on her website.

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