Planetary Hall (formerly Science & Tech I) 224
Section Information for Spring 2017
Today, South Africa is struggling to overcome centuries of social turmoil sparked, in part, by colonial conquest, slavery, rapid industrialization, and legalized segregation. In our course we explore these dynamic processes, from the first Cape encounters between Dutch sailors and Khoe pastoralists to the influences of Indian Ocean commerce, global Christianity and European imperialism. We also chart the frontier movements of white and black political powers, which gave rise to modern nationalist struggles. Some of these struggles promoted broader freedoms while others defended narrower goals. Our principal aim is to understand the complex interplay between accommodation and resistance in South African history.
Satisfies the general education requirement in global understanding.