Courses Catalogue

Themes In African History From The Earliest Times To 1871

COURSE CODE: HIS1101
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 3
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Arts (Secondary), B.Ed
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: College of Education, Open and Distance Learning
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Description

COURSE JUSTIFICATION:

Understanding the origin of mankind at the African context  is essential in conceptualizing the study of man in the past.  Therefore, this course provides students with evidence of the political, social and economic artifacts used by mankind in the past which are significant in  influencing the present while making likely  predictions  future occurances. 

 COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course is designed to introduce students to the history of Africa from the earliest times to 1870. The course encompasses a wide variety of topical issues that range from the cradle of mankind in Africa, sources of African history, the origin of man in Africa, the process of state formation, societal organization, sufficient civilizations, roman conquest, onto the Arab settlement on African continent. It further explores early trade systems across the Sahara desert and trading contacts between Africa and outside world. The course concludes by exploring the impact of agricultural revolution, Iron Age, slave trade, early African exploration the European penetration of African continent.

COURSE AIM:

To develop students’ understanding of the origin of mankind and ancient civilizations of the African continent. 

EXPECTED LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of the course unit, students should be able to:

  • Locate the cradle of mankind in Africa
  • Identify the main sources of evidence in history in African continent.
  • Narrate stories about the origin of man in Africa
  • Explain the process of state formation
  • Describe the organization of early trade systems across the Sahara desert.
  • Examine the impact of agricultural revolution in early of history of African.
  • Discuss the explorers of African continent.
  • Explain the meaning of iron and stone ages.