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Unique People - Diverse Places - Enhanced Opportunities

Director: Gerald Boodoo, PhD, Center for African Studies

Picture coming soon: Professors Gerald Boodoo, Robin Chapdelaine, and TBA


The AFRICA learning community will incorporate classes that emphasize discovering and better understanding the vast continent of Africa. Special attention will be focused on dispelling common misconceptions and assumptions about Africa, and how Africa relates to the rest of the world.

Fall 2017 Courses

Gerald Boodoo (African Studies), AFST 150C Introduction to African Studies (TR 10:50am-12:05pm)

How to understand Africa? It is the second largest continent in terms of size and population and is considered the richest in natural resources. Yet it is the poorest continent, plagued by conflict, the effects of colonization, burdening debt and political instability. In the midst of all these things there continue to be vibrant cultures, religions, musics, foods and people with an enduring spirit to survive and live well. This course will look at these issues and, using different perspectives, find ways to understand African today.





Robin Chapdelaine (History), HIST 231C Pre-Colonial Africa (MWF 1:00-1:50pm)

This course examines African history from the development of human civilization to 1800. It is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of the cultures, history, social structures and political organizations of Africa before the arrival of the Europeans. The focus includes, but is not limited to, the following subjects: Ancient African civilizations such as Egypt, Axum, Meroe and Kush; migrations and interactions of various African ethnic groups; state-formation in sub-Saharan Africa; trade in sub-Saharan Africa; and the impact of external factors upon Africa such as the slave trade, Islam and Christianity.




Carol Fox (English) UCOR101C Thinking and Writing Across the Curriculum (MWF 11:00-11:50am)

This course is your gateway into a new language that is spoken and written by scholars and professionals across fields. It is one of the most important classes you will take in college not only because it will help you read, write, and think on a sophisticated level, but because it will help you cultivate your own writing voice that is inventive, authoritative, and thoughtful. This class will also foster an appreciation for the importance of process and rewriting to analytical thinking. You will do a great deal of careful reading and analysis of texts of all types and genres, which will provide the material for persuasive and carefully argued academic papers. You will learn how to identify credible sources (scholarly and non-scholarly) and to situate your own ideas in relation to them. Relatedly, you will learn about "academic integrity," which includes, but is not limited to, questions of plagiarism and the responsible citation of your sources. You will start thinking about how you can put these skills to work in your life as an educated citizen, a trained professional, and a graduate of Duquesne University. Since this course is a part of the AFRICA learning community, there will be some emphasis on Africa, its peoples, cultures, perceptions, and the contemporary issues that characterize them.