South Africa: Past and Future

POLSCI 221

This course will explore the history of modern South Africa, from the beginning of the mineral revolution in the 1860s to the post-apartheid present. We will cover such topics as mining-centered industrialization, the transformation of the countryside, the emergence of Afrikaner and African nationalism, segregationist ideology, the construction of apartheid, the liberation movements, the establishment and promises of multi-party democracy, the AIDS epidemic, as well as re-emergence of social movements in the contemporary period. We will further consider the place of South Africa as a regional, continental, and indeed world power. Instructor: Shapiro

Curriculum Codes
  • CCI
  • CZ
  • EI
  • SS
Cross-Listed As
  • AAAS 214
  • HISTORY 208
  • PUBPOL 214
Typically Offered
Spring Only