Colonization and Independence in Africa helps students explore Africa in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and consider the changes colonialism imposed on African governments, economies, and societies. Students then consider African resistance to colonialism and examine the experiences of Africans in four case studies.
African Perspectives in World History
The goals of the program are to provide:
- An inquiry-based approach to thinking critically about selected topics in African history, especially the colonialism and independence periods;
- An introduction to the Choices Program’s Africa-focused materials that provide multiple perspectives and build students historical thinking and analysis skills; and
- Practical ways to implement Choices materials in diverse classroom settings.
This is a hands-on, interactive program. Participants will engage in activities, contribute to discussions, and lead small group presentations. There will be two content presentations by scholars during the program.
Prerequisite: Participants are asked to read the student text of the Colonization and Independence in Africa unit and the Nigeria: History, Identity and Change unit before attending. A pdf copy of each unit will be sent upon registration.
The two curriculum units, Colonization and Independence in Africa and Nigeria: History, Identity and Change will be provided. Lunch each day, parking, and a certificate of attendance will also be provided.
PDPs awarded to Massachusetts teachers.
Educators who cover Africa from either a historical perspective in a world history course or from a current issues perspective in a geography or contemporary affairs course, are the main audience. Materials are appropriate for and can be adapted to a high school or introductory college level audience. Humanities teachers often use our materials and are encouraged to attend.