unit 7 discussion world history

Unit 7 Discussion: Great Zimbabwe
One of the first big issues that we always have to tackle when we study Africa in the classroom is the prevalence of inaccurate western associations with the continent. This assignment throws you into the tasks of (1) articulating western stereotypes about Africa, and (2) considering how these stereotypes have limited us and what we might do to better understand Africa’s rich, diverse history.
Step 1: What are the stereotypes? Work through two or more of the linked sources below. Jot down ideas as you read and watch the video if you have ever encountered any of the mentioned images of Africa. Write up a paragraph (100 words) referencing the sources below and potentially your textbook to explain several main misconceptions that most Americans have about Africa.
Step 2: What are the solutions? Then in about 100 words, address what challenges these stereotypes pose for scholars of African History and the general public. Assess one or more solution(s) offered in the linked readings. Do you think that the solution would help an American public better understand African History? Why or why not? Again, refer to internal textbook material and the sources listed below. Refer to authors by last name as you consider potential solutions.
Stereotypes and How They Challenge Our Studying of Africa
Robert Pijipers, “Stereotyping Africa: an appeal for a normal people perspective,” (2016).
Brenda Randolph, “I Didn’t Know There Were Cities in Africa! Challenging children’s -and adults’ – misperceptions about the African continent,” (2008).
Jonathan Zimmerman, “Americans Think Africa is One Big Wild Animal Reserve,” (2014)
Upfront, Aljazeera, “Reality Check: Africa is not a country,” (2015).
BBC, “One of Africa’s Best Kept Secrets – Its History” (2017).
Ihediwa Nkemjika Chimee, “African Historiography and the Challenges of European Periodization: A Historical Comment,” (2018).
Nancy Schmidt, “African Curriculum Materials,” (1990).
Paulin Hountondji, “Knowledge of Africa, Knowledge by Africans: Two Perspectives on African Studies,” (2009).
Don’t forget:
Your discussion post should be based only on the assigned unit materials. Please do not use any outside resources.
Successful replies will reference course materials and contribute to new points of discussion.
Please note that we’re not attacking, belittling, or ranting about any points of view. We’re just recognizing that certain inaccurate images tend to dominate our American view of Africa to the exclusion of everything else. What can scholars, teachers, media, and other sources of information do to improve our understanding of the continent?

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