African Curriculum Modules

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Unit 1: Street Children in Africa

This module focuses on the growing plight of street children in African cities (across the continent). Special attention is given to the causes of this crisis including: globalization, neo-liberal economic/social policies, legacy of colonialism, corruption, government capacity. Attention is also given to attempts to address the problem.

Children’s rights/welfare, migration, corruption, globalization, sociology, history, political science, economics

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Unit 2: Exploring Community Values and Norms through Story Telling Among the Ewe Peoples of Ghana.

This module will enhance and broaden understanding of the major components of folk narratives by viewing storytelling through a Ghanaian lens. The module will emphasize studying structure, theory, and the effects of culture on storytelling. Students will develop skills to understand the power of stories more profoundly: to use them in their own lives; within their social groups; and, cultural frameworks.

Literature, anthropology, philosophy, culture, narrative, storytelling, community norms & values.

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Unit 3: Practical Fractal African Algorithms

Fractal structure and design is not a new, computer-generated concept but one historically represented in indigenous cultures. This module explores fractal designs found in African villages and the strip-woven cloth patterns of the Ewe people of Ghana and Togo. Application of the woven cloth includes a study of symbols, color, and messages.

Art, textiles, architecture/design, math, anthropology, philosophy

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Unit 4: From Africa to African-American Cultural Awareness & Shifting Identities within the Context of Race and Slavery

This module lays out the socio-cultural connections between Africa and English speaking North America, as a result of the Atlantic Ocean slave trade. The module highlights the social, cultural, linguistic practices from the continent that survived the Middle Passage, chattel slave in North America, contributing to race, identity, and world-view.

Slavery, culture, identity, history, literature, linguistics, art, music.

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Unit 5: Food Production and Food Security in Sub-Saharan Africa

This module focuses on food production and food security in sub-Saharan Africa.
Eradicating poverty and hunger was one of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs, 1999-2015). The MDGs have been replaced by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); achieving “Zero Hunger” is one of the central goals of the SDGs. Unlike Asia and Latin America, achieving food security in sub-Saharan Africa has been an uphill challenge. The module addresses the geographical, historical, political, socio-cultural and economic reasons for the food crisis and highlights potential solutions.

Geography, history, political science, anthropology, climate change, environment, food production, globalization, international trade,foreign aid and foreign direct investment

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Unit 6: Respecting Indigenous Knowledge

This module focuses on the rich, but largely unrecognized and untapped, resource of indigenous knowledge in Africa, with special reference to Ghana. The module provides an overview of indigenous knowledge and its importance in African societies. The core of the module addresses how indigenous knowledge can (should) be used in addressing contemporary issues on the continent from food production to education and health care.

Philosophy, history, anthropology, agriculture, education, health care

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Unit 7: The African Presence in Asia

The African Presence in Asia: Using media and research from an interdisciplinary approach and other resources (OER) explore concepts such as Ubuntu; a business model, Environmental Justice, development of radical thought and action such as Black Lives Matter, Mass Mind (China) and Education for Self-reliance theories (Tanzania) , science and discoveries and the development of humane social practices. State of the art delivery methodology such as cell phones as an educational tool is a technological approach.

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Unit 8: Historical and Contemporary Migration in Africa

This module will use the history of African migrations to introduce students to the history and cultures of Africa, as well as connecting present-day migration to histories students are more familiar with (histories of migration to the United States). The module will emphasize several important key periods in African migration history, including the Bantu migrations, the Transatlantic Slave Trade, colonial labor migration, 20th and 21st century urbanization, and colonial/post-colonial migration out of the continent to Europe and the United States.

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Unit 9: Timbuktu - Center of Knowledge

A focus on the significance of Timbuktu, Mali as an historic center of knowledge. Current information on historic manuscripts of Timbuktu will be examined.

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Unit 10: Popular Expressions of Nationalism in Zimbabwe

Using Zimbabwe as a site of analysis, this module demonstrates how the people of Zimbabwe, in their different communities, have expressed their sense of national identity with an emphasis on the colonial and post-colonial eras. Various popular expressions will be studied: including larger phenomena by which people organize themselves such as religion, unions, militancy and political parties (macro-expressions), as well as the more specific expressions employ from within or outside the lenses of these organized spaces, and these include music, theatre, literature, protest (micro-expressions).

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Unit 11: Parallel History - A Comparison of United States and South African History

This curriculum module will focus on common themes in the history of southern Africa and the United States across the totality of the histories of both areas. The themes I have chosen to focus on are colonial conquest and resistance, the establishment of government and cultural institutions, industrialization, urbanization, and the establishment of human and civil rights documents and structures. While using history as the supporting and organizing structure, the module will have wide application among all disciplines of the social sciences. For example, the themes of the development of human and civil rights is ideally suited for inclusion in Sociology courses, the themes of government can be included in Political Science courses, and the economic corollaries between the histories of the two areas are applicable to economics courses. The module will be applicable to courses in all social science disciplines.

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Unit 12: Introduction to Geography of Africa

Geographers use five main themes of geography to explore areas of interest, there are Location, Place, Human-Environment interaction, Movement and Regions. In this learning session we will also introduce spatial organization as a way to describe natural phenomena and understand interactions between people and the environment through map visualization.

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Unit 13:Climate Change in Africa

This module discusses the climate and biomes of Africa, looking at rainfall, temperature, and biomes. It goes on to discuss how these biomes and climates are being affected by climate change and the factors contributing to the changes.

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Unit 14: Disability in Africa

This course is designed to increase the student’s awareness, sensitivity, and understanding of the individual, social, cultural, political, and legal aspects of disability in Africa. Students will explore various disability issues people in Africa experience as well as how they and their families are impacted by disability.

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