Course Descriptions


AP/ANTH 3120 6.0 The Anthropology of Tourism
Disneyland and Las Vegas, Yosemite National Park and East African safari parks, the Royal Ontario and Maya ruins in Belize. Why are such varied places major sites in the western tourist imagination? What exactly are modern tourists looking for as they travel "into the heart of Africa" or up the Sepik River of New Guinea, and what effect does the presence of these guests have on the host societies? What is the allure of "sun, sex, sea, and sand" and who are the people who consume these sights? How is international tourism changing in the early twenty-first century and what are the implications of these changes for local cultures throughout the world? These are just some of the questions and issues that we will be addressing in this course. In the first section of the course we will be considering approaches taken by social scientists to the study of 'The Tourist' in an attempt to understand some of the reasons behind the desire to travel and/or sightsee.

First we will be considering the cultural construction of meaning through modern tourist practice - focusing on theories of authenticity and the "tourist gaze." Then we will be looking at recent theories of the 'postmodern' tourist that examine commodification and desire as central to late 20c and early 21c tourist practice. In the next section of the course we will shift to a consideration of the tourist site, looking at what happens when we travel. Here we will consider the global inequalities that underlie tourism, the impact of tourism on expressive culture, sex tourism, the issue of alternative tourism, and the problem of 'nature' in tourist practice. We will also be considering recent interest in the role of tourism in the construction of politically and economically salient forms of local identity.

Format: Two lecture hours and one tutorial hour.


Critical Reading Assignments 4 x 10% = 40%;
First Term Exam 20%;
Second Term Exam 20%;
Tutorial Presentation 10%;
Tutorial Participation 10%.

Course Credit Exclusion: AS/ANTH 3010B.06
Projected Enrolment: 100

Course Director: T. Holmes

AP/ANTH 3320 3.0 (Fall) Religious Ritual and Symbolism.
How major anthropological thinkers seek to explain the variety and complexity of human ritual and symbolic behaviours informs this course. Ethnographic examples and materials on ritual events, religious symbolism, and belief systems will enrich this anthropological perspective. A series of topics will be investigated including shamans, sorcery and witchcraft, specific examples of Asian and European religions and New Age religious movements.

After a review of various ways to approach the study of religion within Anthropology with a focus on symbolic theory, the course will concentrate on a number of topics. Some of the areas of interest investigated and developed for extensive discussion include myth, ritual, shamans, sorcery and witchcraft, and religious systems of the Americas, Africa, Europe and Asia.

Students will be encouraged to discuss topics including issues surrounding purity and pollution, gender and religion, religious festivals and performances and major life concerns like the problem of evil and suffering.

Students will be exposed to the anthropological approach to the study of religion through discussions of theories in anthropology and a variety of ethnographic examples. This course will provide the students with grounding in the anthropological approach to the study of religion and expand their knowledge of anthropological techniques and perspectives.

Course credit exclusion: AS/ANTH 3320 6.0
Projected Enrolment: 50
Course Director: TBA

Dance (Fine Arts)

FA/DANC 2510A 3.0 (Fall) Introduction to World Dance Practices: Sub-Saharan Africa
Introduces the study of selected dances of west, central, east and southern Africa such as Ghanaian social dance and Yoruba ritual, with attention to their cultural contexts. Different regions selected for study in different years. Open to non-majors. Studio/discussion.

Prerequisite: FA/DANC 1500 6.00 or permission of the department; more advanced students will be placed in FA/DANC 3510A 3.00, Intermediate African Dance. Open to non-majors.

Course Director: TBA

FA/DANC 3510A 3.0 (Fall) Intermediate African Dance
Studies selected dances of west, central, east and southern Africa such as Ghanaian social dance and Yoruba ritual, with attention to their cultural contexts. Different regions selected for study in different years. Open to non-majors. Studio/discussion.

Prerequisite: FA/DANC 1500 6.00 or FA/DANC 2510 3.00 or FA/DANC 2511 3.00 or permission of the department.

Course Director: TBA


AP/ECON 3550/9 3.0 (Fall) Economic Growth and Development
(formerly AS/ECON 3310 3.0 Development Economics I)

Studies the economic problems of poor countries and poor communities. Explores the meaning of development by considering the characteristics of economic underdevelopment, poverty, income and wealth distribution, rural versus urban development, population growth, and unemployment and migration. Additional topics include theories of development, growth and technological change, strategies for environmentally sustainable development, education, and health. Prerequisites: AP/ECON 1000 3.00 and AP/ECON 1010 3.00 or equivalents.

Course credit exclusions: GL/ECON/ILST 3920 3.00, AP/ECON 3559 3.00. Prior to Fall 2009
Course Credit Exclusions: AK/ECON 3550 3.0, AS/ECON 3310 3.00.
Course Directors: R. Grinspun & A. Kimakova

AP/ECON 3560/9 3.0 (Winter) Economic Policy in Developing Countries
(formerly AS/ECON 3320 3.0 Development Economics II)

Examines policy issues arising from development planning. Topics include agriculture versus industry, international trade, monetary and fiscal policies, foreign investment, foreign aid and self-reliance, and global issues.

Prerequisites: AP/ECON 1000 3.00 and AP/ECON 1010 3.00 or equivalents.
Course credit exclusions: AP/ECON 3560 3.00, AP/PPAS 3560 3.00.

Prior to Fall 2009
Course Credit Exclusions: AK/ECON 3560 3.00, AP/ECON 3320 3.00, AK/PPAS 3560 3.00.

Course Directors: R. Grinspun & A. Kimakova


AP/EN 4420 6.0 African Drama
(formerly AS/EN 4235 6.0)

The course investigates the cultural and linguistic diversities of Africa and the constitutive roles of language, gender, history, the local, and the universal, in the production of African Drama. A more detailed description will be available during the summer on the English Department's website - Prior to Fall 2009: Course credit exclusion: AS/EN 4235 6.00. Course Director: M. Olaogun

Environmental Studies

ES/ENVS 3227 3.0 (Winter) Urban Planning and Practice in the Global South
This course examines urban planning practice in developing countries as a response to the problems in the cities of the Global South. It examines the origins and evolution of urban planning taking into account political, social, economic, and cultural circumstances, by examining case studies from Asia, Africa and Latin America. Prerequisite: Third or fourth year standing, or permission of the instructor.

Course Credit Exclusion: ES/ENVS 3800N 3.00.

Course Director: TBA

ES/ENVS 4220 3.0 (Winter) Urbanization in Developing Countries
The key issues of cities in the Third World are addressed, including squatter settlements, rural-urban migration, urban agriculture, housing, urban transport, basic services (water, sanitation, waste management, health and education), urban governance, socio-cultural diversity, and urban environmental planning. Case studies demonstrate public choices and their link to socio-economic, cultural and environmental issues.

Prerequisite: Third or fourth year standing and completion of 6 credits in Environmental Studies or permission of the Course Director

Course Director: TBA


AP/GEOG 2070 3.0 (Winter) Empire
Throughout this course, emphasis is placed on a critical reading and analysis of the ideology, expansion and representation of empire, colonialism, settlers and the colonized. The historical-geographical perspective will highlight the importance of space and place as mechanism of control and domination, at multiple scales. Topics covered include imperial geography and ideology of empire; British Empire; slave trade; French Empire and colonialism; the Maghreb and colonial rule; Empire of Japan; Japanese colonization of Korea and; Canada and colonialism; empire and culture; and empire, knowledge and scholarship. Throughout the course concepts 17 and discussions of gender, race, sexuality and borders will be addressed and incorporated into each week's lecture. This course will emphasize not only a critical understanding of empire and colonialism through texts and readings, but also through maps and photographs. Case studies include readings on Jamaica, Morocco, Algeria and Korea.

Course Director: TBA

AP/GEOG 3370 3.0 (Fall)Critical Geographical Perspectives on Development
(formerly Spaces of Third World Development)

The course is an invitation to conceptual and empirically-grounded thinking about the less developed world. It deals with theories of development including environmental, spatial, modernization, dependency-world systems, Marxist, post-modernist and feminist. Employing a broadly construed radical internationalist political economy framework, the course explores issues of development, including economic growth, poverty and famine, resource use, agrarian change, industrial transformation, service-sector development, rural-urban inequality, gender relations, and neoliberalism as well as imperialism, both old and new.

Prerequisites: 54 credits successfully completed, including one of AP/GEOG 1410 6.0, AP/GEOG 1000 6.0 or written permission of the Course Director.

Course Credit Exclusion: AS/GEOG 4370 3.0
Course Director: TBA


AP/HIST 1010 6.0A War, Revolution and Society in the Twentieth Century
This course examines the origins of the two World Wars and the Cold War, the major upheavals which, together with their consequences, have shaped the world in which we live. It also introduces beginning students to the fundamental methods of historical investigation: the collection and analysis of evidence, the development and presentation of historical arguments, and the preparation of essays and research papers. Topics for study this year also include the end of the European empires after 1945, Third World revolutions, and recent conflicts in the Middle East and Africa.

Format: Two lecture hours and two tutorial hours per week
Maximum Enrolment: 270

Course Director: W. Irvine

AP/HIST 2750 6.0A African History from 1800 to the Present
The history of the entire African continent from about 1800 to the present. The course examines the abolition of the slave trade and slavery, the development of legitimate commerce, pre-colonial production, the partition of Africa, the entrenchment of colonial rule, African reactions to European imperialism, the political economy of colonialism, the rise of nationalism, socio-economic change during the colonial period, the decolonisation of the continent, and the post-independence search for new socio-economic structures.

Prior to Fall 2009
Course credit exclusions: AS/HIST 2750 6.00, AS/HIST 3750 6.00 (prior to Fall/Winter 2000-2001).
Maximum Enrolment: 100

Course Director: J. Curto

* AP/HIST 4770 6.0A The African Urban Past: From the Pre-colonial era to the Present
* This course has been recently added to the African Studies list of courses and is still pending formal university approval as an African Studies course. Students who take this course in 2010-11 should notify the African Studies Program Office to ensure that this course is credited as an African Studies course.

This course examines Africa's urban past. It first concentrates on pre-colonial cities as centres of political organization, religious learning, regional and long-distance trade, and thereafter on urban health, crime, women, crowds, squatters, workers and political movements during the colonial and post-independence eras.

Course credit exclusion: Prior to Fall 2009: AS/HIST 4770 6.00.

Course Director: J. Curto


AP/HUMA 1300 9.0A Cultures of Resistance in the Americas:The African American Experience
General Education course affiliated with Founders College

Note: Successful completion of this course fulfills General Education requirements in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies.

This course addresses the ways in which diasporic Africans have responded to and resisted their enslaved and subordinated status in the Americas. Resistance is first addressed in relationship to slavery, but later in the course resistance is seen in a much broader context: in response to post-colonial and post-civil rights, and as an engagement of national, economic, cultural and social forces. Thus, resistance might be understood as a continuing legacy of black peoples' existence in the Americas. Resistance is, first, read in relationship to European domination in the Americas and, second, to national and other post-emancipation forms of domination which force us to think of resistance in increasingly more complex ways. The "anatomy of prejudices" - sexism, homophobia, class oppression, racism-come under scrutiny as the course attempts to articulate the libratory project.

The course focuses, then, on the cultural experiences of African diasporic peoples, examining the issues raised through a close study of black cultures in the Caribbean, the United States and Canada. It critically engages the ways in which cultural practices and traditions have survived and been transformed in the context of black subordination. It addresses the aesthetic, religious and ethical practices that enable black people to survive and build "communities of resistance" and allow them both to carve out a space in the Americas they can call home and to contribute variously to the cultures of the region.

Format: Two lecture hours and two tutorial hours per week
Evaluation: essay (15%), textual analysis (15%) research assignment (20%),oral report (15%), class participation (10%), final exam (25%). (subject to change)
Projected Enrolment: 150
Reserved Spaces: All spaces are reserved for incoming first year students.

Course Director: A. Davis

AP/HUMA 3315 3.0M (Winter) Black Literatures and Cultures in Canada
This course challenges the positioning of the African American experience as a dominant referent for black cultures in the Americas through an examination of fictional writing produced by blacks in Canada and the notion of a transatlantic African diasporic sensibility.

Projected Enrolment: 35
Reserved Spaces: Spaces reserved for Humanities & Latin American & Caribbean Studies Majors & Minors
Course credit exclusion: Prior to Fall 2009: AS/HUMA 3315 3.00.

Course Director: A. Davis

AP/HUMA 3316 3.0A (Fall) Black Women's Writing
This course introduces students to literature produced by black women writers in the Caribbean, Canada and the United States after the 1970s.

Projected Enrolment: 35
Reserved Spaces: Spaces reserved for Humanities & Latin American & Caribbean Studies Majors & Minors
Course credit exclusion: Prior to Fall 2009: AS/HUMA 3316 3.00.

Course Director: A. Davis

AP/HUMA 3365 3.0A (Fall) African Oral Tradition
This course introduces students to aspects of the traditional cultures of Africa. Drawing upon historical and contemporary examples, the course examines the particular features of verbal art as performance and the social functions it serves in everyday social contexts.

Projected Enrolment: 35
Reserved Spaces: Spaces reserved for Humanities & African Studies Majors & Minors
Course credit exclusion: Prior to Fall 2009: AS/HUMA 3365 3.00.

Course Director: G. Butler

Music (Fine Arts)

FA/MUSI 1043/2043/3043/4043 3.0(Y) West African Drum Ensemble: Ghanaian
Practical instruction in drumming, singing and dancing of selected traditions of Ghana. Prerequisite: None for 1043, appropriate lower level or permission of the instructor required for upper level registration.

Note: Open to majors and non-majors.

Format: One and a half hour sessions.

Course Director: TBA

FA/MUSI 1094/2094/3094/4094 3.0(Y) Escola de Samba.
Practical instruction in established and newly-composed repertoires drawn from the confluence of Afrolatin folk/popular music and jazz. The course will provide fundamental instruction in Brasilian and folk music traditions.

Prerequisite: None. Open to non-majors.

Course Director: TBA

FA/MUSI 1097/2097/3097/4097 3.0(Y) West African Drum Ensemble: Mande
Practical instruction in drumming, singing and dancing of selected Mande traditions with emphasis on the Malinke tradition of Guinea.

Prerequisite: None for 1097, appropriate lower level or permission of the instructor for upper level registration.

Note: Open to majors and non-majors.
Format: One and a half hour sessions.

Course Director: TBA

FA/MUSI 1099J/2099J/3099J/4099J 3.0/6.0 (Y) Jembe
Private study of the West African jembe including technique, tone production, idiomatic soloing and accompanying patterns for the Mande repertoire, and other recent cross-cultural applications.

Prerequisite: None for 1099J, appropriate lower level or permission of the instructor required for upper level registration.

Note: Open to majors and non-majors.

Course Director: TBA

FA/MUSI 1520 6.0 Rhythm and Blues, Soul, Funk and Rap
This course explores in-depth the range of African-American popular musics that have come into existence since the end of World War II. All styles and genres are studied from both a musicological and sociological perspective. The reading of the various texts (i.e., pieces of music) that make up the core content of the course are informed by such key issues as subculture, transculturation, political economy, the rise of the mass media (including music video), new technologies (including sampling), urbanization and gender. Particular attention is paid to the interplay of both black and white sacred and secular cultures that has so richly informed the development of much of this music. Designed for students not majoring or minoring in Music.

Course Director: TBA

FA/MUSI 1540 6.0 Popular Music of the World
This course is a broad, comparative survey of the indigenous music of North and South America, Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia and Oceania. Selected classical, folk and popular genres from around the globe will be studied from the perspectives of varying social contexts, musical structures and performance practices. Note: This course is designed for students not majoring or minoring in music. No prior training is required.

Course Director: TBA

FA/MUSI 1550 6.0 Latin and Caribbean Popular Music
This course explores the popular music styles found in Latin America (Central and South America including Brasil, Argentina, Venezuela, etc.) and the Caribbean (including Jamaica, Cuba, Trinidad, etc.). Areas of musical style study will include salsa, samba, tango, bossa nova, reggae, zouk, calypso, merengue, etc.

Prerequisite: None. This course is designed for students not majoring or minoring in music. No prior training is required.

Materials Fee: $10.00.
Format: Three hour sessions.
Course Director: TBA

FA/MUSI 1556/2556/3556/4556 3.0(Y) York University Gospel Choir
This course explores the repertoire, cultural traditions, performance techniques, aural skills, ensemble techniques, and pedagogical methods used in rehearsing and performing gospel music in a choral setting with instrumental accompaniment.

Note: Open to non-majors with permission of the instructor. Appropriate lower level required for upper level registration.

Format: Two hour sessions.
Course Director: TBA

FA/MUSI 1570 6.0 Reggae
A study of the musical, historical, spiritual, and cultural roots and traditions of the music of Jamaica. Topics will include: US R&B, Sounds Systems, Ska, Rocksteady, Reggae, Roots, Toasting, Dub, and Dancehall. Artists to include Owen Gray, The Maytalls, Justin Hines, Dobby Dobson, Jimmy Cliff, The Heptones, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Robbie Shakespeare, Culture, Bunny Lee, Yellowman, Supercat, Pinchers, Beenie Man, etc.

Note: This course is designed for students not majoring or minoring in music. No previous musical training is required. Materials Fee required.

Format: Two hour sessions
Course Director: TBA

FA/MUSI 2520 6.0 Contemporary Black Urban Music
This course examines aspects of black urban music from circa 1985 to the present through an analysis of the musical style, culture, and social implications of a variety of genres such as rap, house, hip hop, jungle, gangsta rap, etc.

Prerequisite: Musi 1520 6.0. No previous musical training is required. This course is designed for students not majoring or minoring in music.

Materials Fee: $10.00.
Format: Two hour sessions
Course Director: TBA

FA/MUSI 3300 3.0 (Fall) Musics of World Cultures
An introduction to some of the music cultures of the world. Issues related to context, music, identity and performance will be considered within the framework of trans-nationalism and globalization in this overview of areas which include the Americas, Africa, Europe, Asia, Indonesia and the Pacific.

Prerequisites or corequisites:FA/MUSI 2201 3.0, 2202 3.0 and FA/MUSI 2200 6.0. Open to non- majors/minors by permission of the course director.

Materials Fee: $20.00.
Students should also be prepared to purchase a textbook/ manual (cost is approx. $20).
Course credit exclusion: FA/MUSI 3300 6.0
Format: Two hour sessions
Course Director: TBA

FA/MUSI 3322 3.0 (Fall) Music of Africa
This course surveys folk, popular, and art music traditions within the broad geographical expanse known as Africa. Topics focus on specific musical genres from selected geographical areas and traditions.

Prerequisites or corequisites: FA/MUSI 2201 3.0, 2202 3.0 and FA/MUSI 2200 6.0, or permission of the course director for non-majors/minors.

Materials Fee: $20.00.
Format: Two hour sessions
Course Director: TBA

FA/MUSI 3406 3.0 (Fall) History of Gospel Music
This course explores the significant musical and non-musical contributions of African American gospel artists and the historical development of African American gospel music. This course is for both music majors and non-music majors who have an interest in the study of popular Western music.

Prerequisites: Musi 1000 6.0, Musi 1200 9.0, Musi 2200 6.0, Musi 2201 3.0, Musi 2202 3.0 or permission of the course director for non- majors/minors.

Materials Fee: $10.00
Format: Two hour sessionss
Course Director: TBA


AP/PHIL 3180 3.0 (Winter) Conversations with African Philosophy
An examination of the development of African philosophy in the 20th century focusing on the debates among African philosophers regarding the nature of philosophical problems. The course studies the emergence of various schools of thought in ethics, epistemology and ontology. Prerequisite: At least six credits in philosophy.

Course credit exclusions: None.

Prior TO FALL 2009: Course credit exclusion: AS/PHIL 3180 3.00.
Course Director: TBA

Political Science

AP/POLS 3560 6.0 The Global South: Politics, Policy and Development
(Formerly Politics of the Third World)

This course explores various dimensions of the global south, with emphasis on political-economy and development. It examines the similarities and differences between various local experiences in the global south and explores their contemporary dynamic in a historical context. Prerequisite: AS/POLS 2510 6.0 or permission of the instructor.

Course Director: TBA

AP/POLS 4575 3.0 (Fall) The Politics of Southern Africa
This course examines South Africa's racial capitalist system and resistance to it, focussing on the present transition to a more equitable political and economic system. The course also explores the current situation in other southern Africa countries (Angola, Mozambique, Namibia, and Zimbabwe). Integrated with: GS/POLS 5575 3.0.

Course Credit Exclusion: AS/POLS 4000S 3.0 in FW '95.

Format: Two seminar hours.
Course Director: TBA

Social Science

AP/SOSC 2480 9.0 Introduction to African Studies
This core course introduces students to the study of Africa. The first part looks at the representation of Africa in the media as well as perspectives on the nature of African studies as a discipline. The second part looks at the self-directed and relatively autonomous Africa before the European encounter. Of special importance are the diverse forms of traditional pre-colonial political institutions; the patterns of belief and social relationships, such as marriage, the role of women and kinship; and the rise and decline of pre-colonial states before Africa's incorporation

into the wider, European dominated world. The third part addresses the impact of the modern slave trade, the establishment of colonisation and the rise of nationalism. In the final section we look at post-colonial Africa and the major social, political and economic issues inherited and developmental strategies Africans opted for: democracy, the economic crisis, structural adjustment and gender politics. In addition, contemporary issues around HIV and Aids as well as the New African Union, as well as the nature of contemporary African popular culture are addressed. As a second-level Foundations course, students are expected to develop a number of critical skills appropriate to this area of study.

Course Credit exclusion: AP/SOSC 2480 6.0

Format: two-hour lecture and two-hour tutorial.
Projected Enrolment: 112
Reserved enrolment: some spaces are reserved for African Studies Honours Majors.
Course Director: TBA

AP/SOSC 3480 6.0 Culture, Democracy and Development in Africa
This course explores the complex interplay of political, social and cultural forces at work in Africa, as communities, nations and regions attempt to overcome historic disadvantages and contemporary crises. Of particular interest is the often-ignored capacity of African culture to generate change, resist oppression by both external and internal forces, and solve the problems of development. The course's aim is thus to reunite the increasingly separate domains of African Studies as a regional field of enquiry focused on human history and society, and Development Studies as the "problem solving" field of applied research, where deep social, political and economic issues are viewed as abstract problems with technical solutions. The course reintroduces human agency into an understanding of Africa through the texts of a variety of African thinkers, past and present. The texts are informed by non-African theory as well as indigenous intellectual traditions, and this conceptual synthesis is also investigated in the course.

The course organizes these concerns into ten topics, each with a theoretical and methodological dimension as well as an empirical focus, and each with a critique of the relevant literature's incorporation of gender analysis:

(1) "Africa" in colonial and postcolonial discourses;
(2) Capitalism, class formation and transformations in ethnicity;
(3) rediscovering the "African genius": peasants, resistance, and local governance;
(4) Visionaries for the political kingdom: writings from the struggle for independence;
(5) The interdependence of art, orality, and politics; (6) Development as the new colonialism: incursion and resistance in the era of symbolisation and Structural Adjustment Programs;
(7) Governing Africa: dictatorship, democratic struggle, and civil society and the state;
(8) Crises of the body and the land: the politics of AIDS, conservation and environment; (9) Imagining the new Africa: Africa's transformative potential. It is recommended that students have taken a first or second year course in African Studies or Third World studies before enrolling in this course.

Course Director: U. Idemudia

AP/SOSC 3481 6.0 Introduction to African Diasporas
This course provides historical and conceptual investigations of the African diaspora: from autonomous Africa, the contact between Europeans and Africa, the slave trade, to contemporary migration movements within the historical African diaspora, and the more recent movements from the continent.

Course Director: TBA

AP/SOSC 4510 6.0 (Fall) African Popular Culture
(Formerly AS/SOSC 4990N 6.0 African Studies Seminar)

This course investigates the multiple dimensions of African popular culture through looking at forms of cultural productivity: music, film, literature, theatre, cartoon, sport, leisure, and aspects of material culture. It also explores ways in which cultural productivity is linked to various social relations, ethnic identities and the politics that have characterized nationalist and post-independence politics in Africa.

Course Credit Exclusion: AP/SOSC 4990N 6.0.

Format: three hour seminar

annotated bibliography - 20%,
seminar presentation - 15%,
major research paper - 25%,
class participation - 15%,
exam - 25%

Projected Enrolment: 25
Reserved spaces: most spaces are reserved for African Studies students.
Course Director: TBA


AP/SWAH 1000 6.0 Introduction to Swahili
The course will provide an introduction to Swahili language and culture. Learners will be guided through the basic grammatical and phonological aspects of the language, as well as being introduced to the sociolinguistic status of Swahili as it is spoken in East and Central Africa. Emphasis will be placed on developing basic speaking and listening skills and also on reading basic texts. At the end of the course, students should have a foundation in the language and be able to carry on simple conversations. Students will also be aware of the cultural contexts in which Swahili is spoken in different countries of East Africa. Authentic materials will be used to bring the Swahili language and culture into the classroom. No prior knowledge of Swahili is assumed.

Format: Four class hours per week.

Prerequisite: None. This course is an introduction to Swahili designed for students with no previous knowledge of the language, no formal training in the language and with little family background, if any. Department Course Entry Authorization slip required PRIOR TO ENROLMENT.

Course Director: TBA


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