BU Cohort: Dynamic Societies of Ancient & Medieval Africa
Wednesday January 25 – Tuesday February 28, 2023
22.5 PDPs; option for 1 graduate credit ($160 fee applies)
Partnership educators: no cost (other than fee for 1 graduate credit)
Non-partnership educators: $300 (plus fee for 1 graduate credit)
Especially for educators of grades 6-12.
Africa has a history of complex societies and rich cultures which has not, traditionally, been appreciated fully despite its deep and lasting contributions to humanity. This 4-week asynchronous online course will illuminate the longevity and dynamism of African civilizations, cultural developments, and connectedness to the world, with an emphasis on sub-Saharan regions. Each of four sessions will trace a different theme across a set of case studies and contexts: geography and environment; trade, exchange and cultural diffusion; knowledge and belief; and social structure and governance. Participants will explore a wealth of new websites and sources for the art, archaeology, technological achievements and literatures of pre-modern African societies. Inquiry-centered approaches using interactive maps, material objects, and 3-D archaeological re-creations will also be featured. The course is highly relevant for teachers of geography, world history, ancient societies and world religions. All educators who seek a deeper understanding of Africa’s dynamic history are welcome.