NQF credits: 24 at HEQSF level 6

Second year, second semester course, up to three lectures per week, at least eight tutorials

Convener: Dr A Millar

Entrance requirements: At least two courses at 1000-level and one course at 2000-level in historical studies or social science offered by the Faculty of Humanities. It is strongly recommended that these include HST1005F (The Making of the Modern World Economy) and HST2028F (20th Century Industrialisation). Students without the pre-requisites listed in the first sentence above may seek the permission of the Head of Department to register for this course.

Course outline: The course explores debates and approaches to the study of economic history in Africa, placing South Africa’s economic history within the context of the continent as a whole. It introduces new perspectives on African economic and social history developed in the global south. It examines the economic legacies of colonialism (including the differences between settler and non-settler colonies), and the place of institutions in the growth and development of the continent. Using comparisons between different regions and countries, this course investigates why countries which are resource rich have not been able to use these resources to improve living standards and encourage broad-based economic development. It also examines the roles international business and labour have played in the economic history of individual countries. Finally, the course tracks the changing place of Africa in the global economy.

Lecture times: 6th period.

DP requirements:  100% of required coursework; course evaluation is to be completed.

Assessment: Classwork counts for 50% of the final mark, and one two-hour examination at the end of the semester in which the course is taken counts for the remaining 50%.