Spring 2020

Five Colleges Capstone Course in African Studies: African States & Societies—Culture, History, Politics, Religio

Listed in: Black Studies, as BLST-316


Olufemi O. Vaughan (Section 01)


This capstone course will examine major historical, political, and cultural themes that shaped the processes of state-society formations in precolonial, colonial, and post-colonial Africa. Course lectures and discussions on a wide range of themes will draw on various texts, including primary documents, secondary scholarly works, documentary films, and digital materials. Following background lectures, scholars from the Five College Africanist community will lead seminar discussions of specific case studies drawn from their specialty on various regions across the African continent.

Requisite: At least three Five-College courses in African Studies or consent of the instructor. Limited to 25 students. Preference for juniors and seniors. Spring semester. Professor Vaughan and Five College Africanist faculty.

If Overenrolled: Priority will be given to seniors, juniors, and Black Studies majors.


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2019, Spring 2020