HISTORY GRADUATE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

List of Graduate Courses

HIS 601 History Research Methodology core 3

HIS 602  Philosophy of History core 3

HIS 603 Historiographical Issues in Precolonial Southern Africa core 3

HIS 604 Historiographical Issues in Modern South Africa core 3

HIS 611  Introduction to the Economic History of Africa optional 3

HIS 612  Case Studies in the Economic History of Africa optional 3

HIS 613  Political and Economic Aspects of Imperialism optional 3

HIS 614  Cultural and Environmental Approaches to the History of Imperialism optional 3

HIS 615 History of Religion in Africa optional 3

HIS 616 Religion and Power in Botswana optional 3

HIS 651  Special Topic I  optional 3

HIS 652  Special Topic II optional 3

HIS 653  Special Topic III optional 3

HIS 654  Special Topic IV optional 3

HIS 627  Archaeology for Teachers optional 3

HIS 662  Research Proposal for Dissertation core 2


COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Note: Odd-numbered courses are normally taught in 1st Semester, even-numbered courses normally in 2nd Semester. Courses have no Pre-requisites or Co-requisites except where marked below.

Graduate Level 6

[abbreviated course descriptions]

HIS 601 History Research Methodology

The nature of History and the techniques utilized for research and writing in the discipline--collection, evaluation, analysis, and interpretation of data, and the presentation of the data in a coherent meaningful account in support of a point of view. 3 seminar hours per week

Prescribed texts

Tosh, J. The Pursuit of History, 3rd edition,  Longman,Harlow Essex, England, 1999

Burke, Peter, New Perspectives on Historical Writing, Polity Press,  London,1994

Jenkins, Keith, On "What is History"? From Carr and Elton to Rorty and White. Routledge, London & New York, 1995.

Fogel, R.W.& Elton, G.R. Which Road to the Past: Two Views of History. Yale, Yale University Press, 1983


HIS 602 Philosophy of History

The course deals with the theoretical and philosophical aspects of historical studies. It focuses on theory of knowledge or epistemology of history as a discipline, and the reflections of scholars on the course of human history as a whole. 3 seminar hours per week

Prescribed texts

Marwick, Arthur, The Nature of History, 3rd edition, Macmillan, Basingstone & London, 1989.

Dray, W.H. Philosophy of History, 2nd edition, Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliffs,1993.

Stanford, Michael, The Nature of Historical Knowledge, Blackwell, Oxford,UK & Cambridge USA,1995

Southgate, Beverley, History: What and Why? Ancient, Modern and Postmodern Perspectives. Routledge, London & New York, 1996.


HIS 603 Historiographical Issues in Precolonial Southern Africa

The course commences by considering the major “schools” of historical writing about Southern Africa, and then examines debates among historians, mainly in the 19th century, ending with colonization and African responses to it. 3 seminar hours per week

  Prescribed texts

K. Smith, The Changing Past: trends in South African historical writing, Southern Book Publishers, 1998. ISBN 1 86812 1OO 3;

N. Worden, The Making of Modern South Africa, Conquest, Segregation and Apartheid, Blackwell 2000. ISBN 0-63121661-8.


HIS 604 Historiographical Issues in Modern South Africa

The focus is on continual discourse and debate among historians concerning topics mainly in the 20th century, to give students a good grasp of the main historiographical trends and enable them to be more analytical and critical in their own research. 3 seminar hours per week

Prescribed texts

N. Worden, The Making of Modern South Africa: Conquest, Segregation and Apartheid, Blackwell, 2000.  ISBN 0-63121661-8

L. Vail (ed.), The Creation of Tribalism in Southern Africa, James Currey, 1989. ISBN 0-85255-043-X


HIS 611 Introduction to Economic History of Africa

The course takes a topical approach to economic development in Africa, focusing on the origins of "African capitalism" and industrialization in North and Sub-Saharan Africa, and on controversies and debates in the economic history literature. 3 seminar hours per week

  Prescribed text

Tiyambe Zeleza A Modern Economic History of Africa East African Educational Publishers Ltd. ISBN: 9966 46 025 X


HIS 612 Case Studies in the Economic History of Africa

Topics range from the economy of pre-colonial Africa, through critical examination of contending rationalities in agriculture, institutional rigidities and the political economy of famines, hunger, and starvation, persistence of poverty and economics of social exclusion. 3 seminar hours per week

  Prescribed texts:

A G Hopkins An Economic History of Western Africa Addison Wesley Longman Limited. ISBN: 0-582-64521-2

Ralph Austen African Economic History James Currey ISBN: 0-85255-008-1


HIS 613 Political and Economic Aspects of Imperialism

European imperialism has had a profound impact on recent world history, and yet it is surprisingly hard to explain satisfactorily. This course reviews the main political and economic explanations for the phenomenon. 3 seminar hours per week


HIS 614 Cultural and Environmental Approaches to the History of Imperialism

The course considers scholarly issues and approaches in the relationship between culture and imperialism, including "post-colonial" theory, on the topics of empire, race and gender; the Orientalism debate; and environmental and scientific imperialism. 3 seminar hours per week


HIS 615 History of Religion in Africa

An overview of the historical study of religion in Africa, including introduction to the main theoretical issues. Students completing this course should be familiar with and able to discuss the main ideas current in the historical study of African religion. 3 seminar hours per week


HIS 616 Religion and Power in Botswana

The course surveys relations between religion and power, including “traditional religion” and chieftainship, impact of missionaries and traders, "church and state", conflicts over medicine, rise of independent churches, and impact of post-colonial secularism. 3 seminar hours per week


HIS 627 Archaeology for Teachers

Designed for secondary school teachers to update and expand their knowledge of three archaeological modules: human evolution, the origins of food production, and the origins of civilization, including current theories and case studies. 3 seminar hours per week


HIS 651 Special Topic I

Topics vary from year to year, but are designed to immerse students in recent advanced scholarship in areas of expertise of current staff. The course begins with a historiographical introduction by the staff member, and proceeds as a seminar under his/her guidance. 3 seminar hours per week

Topics currently approved by the History Department Board are:

Historiography of Conquest & Response in Africa

 Historiography of the African Diaspora

 Historiography of Labour Migration in Southern Africa

Khoesan History in Southern Africa

 Impact of the Two World Wars on Botswana

History of Film with Special Reference to Africa

 The British South Africa Company and the Bechuanaland Protectorate, 1888-1913

Seretse Khama and the Independence of Botswana, 1949-1980


HIS 652 Special Topic II; HIS 653 Special Topic III; HIS 654 Special Topic IV

As HIS 651


HIS 662 Research Proposal for Dissertation

This course provides a structure in which students taking the MA by course-work and dissertation to prepare their research proposals. Students will meet regularly with assigned staff members, and will be required to make periodic reports. 2 credits/ tutorial hours per week