Modern African History: Colonialism, Independence, and Legacies

4-Week Online Courses


Wednesday October 20 – Tuesday November 16, 2021



Focal Skills and Dispositions

Evaluating visual evidence; Evaluating quantitative evidence; ICT literacy; Developing empathy


22.5 PDPs; 1 graduate credit available ($160 fee for credit)


Partnership educators: no cost (other than fee for 1 graduate credit)
Non-partnership educators: $400 (plus fee for one graduate credit)

Especially for educators of grades 6-12.

How does the telling of Africa’s colonial history change when African sources and voices move from periphery to center? How can we understand the continent’s history not as a “single story” but a diverse and multi-sided one? This 4-week asynchronous online course is designed to advance your knowledge of African history in the nineteenth through twenty-first centuries. Emphasizing Africa’s relationship to world history developments and contemporary issues, the course introduces new curriculum entry points for teaching about Africa. Course topics include European colonization, the multiple forms of African resistance to colonial control, the rise of independence movements and leaders, Africa’s diverse experiences of the Cold War, the political upheavals and economic crises of the late 20th century, the role of women and young people as change makers, and the hopes and challenges of the continent today. Each session highlights a unique teaching strategy and explores exceptional web-based resources for selected topics. Our course was co-developed with Boston University’s African Studies Center.

Registration Information

Partnership Educators:

Registration must be approved through your school district. Contact your school district’s Primary Source representative with your request.

Non-partnership Educators:

Register using the form below.


Contact Sara Clamage at

Registration is ongoing until the course is filled.


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