Course Syllabi


The course serves as a foundation for upper-level courses in archaeology and is divided into three sections. The first section will examine the history of archaeology, survey and excavation methodologies, and basic theoretical frameworks that structure archaeological thought. The second section covers themes in prehistoric archaeology including the development of anatomically and behaviorally modern humans, plant and animal domestication, and the development of complex societies. The third section covers trends in historical archaeology and themes of ethics and community engagement. 

This course covers the thematic and methodological approaches associated with the historical archaeology of Africa and the African diaspora. Students interested in African and African diaspora studies, archaeology, slavery, and race should find this course useful. In addition to an overview of the development of African diaspora archaeology, students will be introduced to the major debates within the sub-field as well as its articulation with biological and socio-cultural anthropology. The course covers archaeological research throughout the wide geographical breadth of the African diaspora in Latin America, North America, the Caribbean, East and West Africa, and the Indian Ocean. Themes covered include gender, race, identity, religion, and ethics in relation to the material record.

P. Olisanwuche Esedebe defines Pan-Africanism as “a political and cultural phenomenon that regards Africa, Africans, and African descendants abroad as a unit. It seeks to regenerate and unify Africa and promote a feeling of oneness among the people of the African world.”  Adding to Esedebe’s definition this course will expound upon Pan-Africanism as a political and cultural movement as well as an ideology, tracing its development from the late 19th century thought of Henry Sylvester Williams and W.E.B. Dubois into the 21st century. The course is outlined chronologically and divided into several themes as delineated in the Course Outline. Geographically this course will focus heavily on Pan-Africanism in the United States and the U.K. as well as Africa and the Caribbean. The course will also touch briefly on Pan-Africanism in Latin America and Asia. In addition to the concept of Pan-Africanism, we will explore related themes such as Black Nationalism, Ethiopianism, and Negritude while situating key figures of the African diaspora within the intellectual genealogy of Pan-African thought. 

* Course syllabus adopted by faculty at Kansas City Kansas Community College