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UNIVERSITY OF LIBERIA COURSE CATALOG

 

DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY

The course of study for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in History takes four years. A candidate must complete his/her general education requirements as prescribed by the University of Liberia. He/she is required to earn 36 semester hours in his/her major, 18 semester hours in his/her minor, and 6 semester hours of electives. Students wishing to major in History should inform the Chairman of the Department of History at the end of his/her Freshman year.

Courses in the Department of History are grouped around two areas of concentration: the History of Africa and the History of Western Societies. A student may select one or the other as his/her focal area. Department requirements include the following courses: History 201-202 (African Civilization), which is a pre-requisite for any advanced work in African History; History 203 or 204 (Topics in World History), required for any advanced course work in fields other than Africa; History 308 (Topics in Liberian History); History 406 (Seminar in Historical Sources) and History 454 (Senior Thesis). The first three courses should be taken in the sophomore year. History 201 will fulfill the general college requirement for the fourth semester of social science. Beside the required courses, a student majoring in History is expected to earn 12 more credit hours in his/her focal area. Two semester courses (6 credit:) are to be chosen from other course offerings. The curricula suggested below are flexible. It is expected that alternative course offerings will be added regularly to the program as special strengths of the Department and interests of the students change.

Course Description - History

201-202 History: African Civilization

An integrated series of courses which survey social, political, economic and technological development in Africa from prehistoric times to the present. History 201 covers the precolonial history of Africa from earliest times up to the nineteenth century including the beginnings of the African Slave Trade and the subsequent disruptive impact on African Societies. History 202 studies the height of the African Slave Trade to the Am ericas, the beginnings of the European colonization of Africa, resistance movements, the Berlin Conference of 1884-1885 and twentieth century African Independence Movements. Pre-requisite for other History courses on Africa.

Credit: 3 credits/semester
Total: 6 credits

203-204 History: Topics in World History

Two introductory courses which examine the basic concepts of the field of history and the techniques and methods used by the historian. Chronology, kinds of evidence, causation, varieties of interpretation are discussed and these ideas and methods are explored in practical lessons centered on different topics of history. The courses introduce students to the broad sweep of history, but concentrate on selected special studies such as Early Civilization, the Expansion of Europe, Revolutionary, Europe, the Industrial Revolution, Japan In Meiji Times, Examples of Nationalism In the Modern World Problem-oriented courses, and prerequisite for History courses other than on Africa.

Credit: 3 credits/semester
Total: 6 credits

306 History: History of Pre-Colonial West Africa (Pre-requisite: History 201 and 202)

A one-semester course which explores available material on the history of West Africa from the earliest times up to the nineteenth century. Students are required to demonstrate an ability to prepare research documents in the area and arrive at original conclusions based on their Individual assessments of the materials. The course covers the history of the early Sahara, Western States, the Forest States, the Atlantic Stave Trade as it emanated from West Africa, the Islamic Jihads and other West African resistance movements.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

307 History - A History of Pre-Colonial East Africa (Pre-requisite: History 201 and 202)

A one-semester course which examines all available research on the Stone Age Cultures of East Africa, written documents relating to the East Africa Sawhill Coast, the oral traditions of the interior regions and significant archaelogical evidence. Students will be expected to develop a critical approach to written documents.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

308 History - Topics in Liberian History
(Pre-requisite: History 201 and 202)

This course assumes a basic knowledge of History. Topics vary according to, the decisions of the instructors. The topics covered may include the peopling of Liberia before the 19th century; State structures in pre-state Liberia; the coming of Independence 1847; the Roye insurrection; imperialist pressures and responses; interior policy and its development; the League of Nations Inquiry, etc.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

309 History - History of Southern Africa
(Pre-requisite: History 201 and 202)

The course is designed to expose the students to the history of the Southern Africa region from the earliest times to the present Emphasis is expected to be placed on topics like the Bantu migration, coming of the Europeans and the subsequent political, social and economic developments and the struggle of the non-whites for liberation.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

310 History -Africa Under Colonial Rule
(Pre-requisite: History 201 and 202)

The course is designed to examine in depth the colonial period in Africa. Countries will be chosen to represent former British, French, German and Portuguese colonies. The objective will be to expose the students to the similarities and dissimilarities in terms of the African situation, colonial policies and practices and results of the interaction between the colonizers and the colonized.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

311 History - Islam in Africa
(pre-requisite: History 201 and 202)

The course is designed to examine the introduction, diffusion and impact of Islam in the continent of Africa. A study of the Maghrib societies, interaction between Islam the traditional African religion, impact of Islam on political, social and economic structure of Africa, Islamic reformist and resistant movements are expected to be emphasized.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

316 History - History of the United States to 1865
(Pre-requisite: History 203 or 204)

A study of the pre-Columbian, condition and the developments subsequent to the discovery and colonization of America. The American' Revolutionary War, Political and Religious thought, the institution of slavery, slave insurrections and abolitionist movements, will be examined. The establishment of republican forms of government, American capitalism and the Civil War are also included as a part of the study.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

317 History - A History of the Afro-American Experience
(Pre-requisite: History 203 or 204)

A one semester course surveying the experience of the people of African descent in the United States of America. The course covers the African backgrounds, slave institutions, the slave rebellions and insurrections, the African technological element in the Americas, the contradiction of the American legal and social system in respect to Blacks, and the Afro-American resistance movements to the American social, economic, legal and military oppression.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

319 History - Latin American History
(Pre-requisite: History 203 or 204)

The course is designed to give the students a general view of the history of the Latin American countries from the earliest times to the present. Topics like the civilization of the people of the South American continent during pre-Columbian days, the coming of ttie Europeans, the colonial era, nationalist movements and problems and achievements of the post independent days are expected to be emphasized.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

321 History - History of the United States since 1865
(Pre-requisite: History 203 or 204)

The course is designed to cover the history of the United States since 1865 to the present time. The political and economic development in the United States and the increasing role of the U.S.A. in the World are expected to be emphasized.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

332 History: Rise of Modern Europe (1500-1815)
(Pre-requisite: History 203 or 204}

This course studies Europe from the Renaissance to the fall of Napoleon, 1500-1815, emphasizing Intellectual development, and social changes, Investigating the reasons for the expansion of the continent, stressing the growth of particular state formation. Finally, the English and French revolutions and their aftermaths are studied.

Credit: 3 credits /semester

333 History: A History of Modem Europe (1815 to Present)
(Pre-requisite; History 332)

The course covers the history of Europe from 1815 to the present time. Topics Include the political and industrial revolutions of the early 19th century; the growth of nationalism; intellectual developments including Marxism, Socialism, and social Darwinism; imperialist diplomacy and the world wars; the growth of Fascism; and the development of a new Europe.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

336 History: Modern East Asia
(Pre-requisite: History 203 or 204)

A study of the histories of China and Japan from the early IBOO's to the present, emphasizing the persistence of the traditions of the past and the differing Influence of the West. Changes in the Tokugawa dynasty; the Meijl reforms, Japan's rapid modernization and the rise of Japanese imperialism, the government of the Koumintang and the rise of Japanese imperialism, the government of the Koumintang and the rise of the Chinese Communist Party and the increasing significance of Japan and China in modern world - all will be studied.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

337 History - Topics in South East Asian History
(Pre-requisite: History 203 or 204)

The course is designed to expose the students to some significant aspects of the history of the countries that lie between the Bay of Bengal and China. The idea is to choose some topics from the history of the region from Burma to the Philippines for an in-depth study.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

338 History - History of the Middle East
(Pre-requisite: History 203 or 204)

The course is expected to cover the history of the countries of West Asia normally referred to as the Middle East from the time of the Islamic expansion to the present. Emphasis, however, will be placed on the 19th and the 20th centuries. Topics like the sequel to the creation of Israel, the significance of the region as a source of energy and super power rivalry will be emphasized.

Credit: 3 credits/semester


400 History -State Building In Pre-Colonial Atrica

(Pre-requisite: History Major or Minor; Senior Standing)

This course introduces the students to the phenomena of centralized societies as they surfaced in the historical world of Africa before the intrusion of the European. Their internal structure and dynamics as well as the histories of particular kings will be studied, characteristic policies of the kingdoms, the regional framework in which these kingdoms functioned, the personalities and policies of particular kings, the role of Islam, jnd the impact of the Atlantic slave trade on the kingdoms will be among lecture topics.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

401 History - Modern African Thinkers
(Pre-requisite: Senior Standing)

A seminar course concerned with the ideas of African Thinkers in the 19th and 20th centuries from Africanus Horton and Edward Blyden to Leopold Senghor and Kwame Nkrumah. T^e stress is on individual thinkers, the context of their times and the relation between thought and action. Emphasis is placed on discussion and writing; students are expected to develop their own ideas as well as to analyze the ideas of others.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

402 History: The Rise of Nationalism in Colonial Africa
(Pre-requisite: Senior Standing)

A course which begins with a review of the policies of the imperial powers in particular colonies and goes on to examine movements which developed in reaction to these policies, including armed resistance and movements of political, cultural and religious assertion. The content of this course relates closely to the ideas covered in History 401.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

403 History- An Economic History of West Africa
(Pre-requisite: Senior Standing)

The course is designed to give the students a general survey of the economic history of the West African region. An attempt will be made to give the students an idea of the pattern of the West African domestic economy; external trade (Saharan, trans-Atlantic and legitimate, the economic factor in European Imperialism, colonial economy and the economic problems and achievements of the West African countries during the post-independent period.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

406 History - Historical Sources Seminar
Pre-requisite: Senior Standing; History Major/Minor

A seminar for advanced students which emphasizes careful research and critical and objective evaluations of source material. Through the investigation of weekly topics, students are made aware of the availability, possible uses and limitations of sources, and given practice In using them. Every student prepares a long research paper In the latter part of the semester.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

407 History - Historiography
(Pre-requisite: Senior Standing; History Major/Minor)

The student is offered an appreciation of history as a scholarly discipline through the reading and discussion of the work about history by major historians from Thucydides to the present. The accent is on the growth and evolution of history from simple narrative and conjecture to a scientific pursuit of truth, the polar shift of history from the humanities to the social sciences.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

434 History - History of the U.S.S.R.
(Pre-requisite: Senior Standing)

The course is designed to expose the students to the history of the Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics. Emphasis Is expected to be placed on the political, social and economic developments of the U.S.S.R. since 1917 though giving some background information on the preceding era will be highly desirable, the emergence of the Soviet Union as a super power and Its role In world politics is expected to be
covered.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

454 History - Senior Thesis
(Pre-requisite: Senior Standing/History Majors)

Students majoring in History from Liberia College are required to write a thesis in their senior year. The topic should be determine by the area of concentration of the student. The Department will choose a supervisor to help the student select a topic, guide his/her research and evaluate the quality of his/her work.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

 

 
 
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