Assignments

1. Map Assignment (10%): locate geographical and political features on a map of South Africa. Due Thursday 12 April 2012

2. Four 2-page papers (40%)
Papers will be due in class on Thursday of weeks 3, 5, 7, and 9 (April 19, May 3, May 17, & May 31). Prompts will be posted at least one week in advance. The prompts will ask you to engage with specific content from the reading, films and lectures.

3. Participation (10%) You are expected to come to each class prepared with questions raised by the readings. Be ready to engage in dialog with your classmates about the content and the context of the works proposed for discussion.

Since this class is large, not everyone will want to speak in class. You can also participate by posting questions or comments on the class website. Attending the lecture on the Anti-Apartheid Struggle (4/30/12)  and/or the talk by Adam Hochschild (5/21/12) in Global Protest (History 12) will also contribute toward your participation grade.

4. Final Paper: 2-part assignment (40%)
A) Short-answer responses.
Each response should be about 1.5 pages long—around 400 words (1,250 words total for all three questions).
Your responses must be supported with specific reference to assigned readings and films, cited using footnotes or endnotes in Chicago style. This means NO MLA, APA, or other parenthetical citations. (Really!)
You may also cite additional material if you choose.
The strongest responses will include citations to at least two different readings or films for each response.
The 5-page short answer section is due at 3 pm on Thursday June 14, 2012 in the History Department Office: 200 Krieger Hall.

1. In what ways did the La Guma’s political activities affect domestic life while in exile? How was this different from their life under Apartheid in South Africa? How does their experience compare to domestic life of other families we discussed this quarter?

2. What role do individuals play in shaping broad historical processes? Two what extent to factors of race, class, gender or generation affect the extent to which individuals can shape events, or that events/processes provide the parameters of individual lives?

3. Assess the relative effect of a single individual relative to ideas they espoused.

**Your response should analyze the contributions of one person we have discussed in class. This response may NOT overlap with the biography/autobiography you analyze for the 5-page final paper. If you write about the same person, you will earn a zero for the response to this question.**
Please include the subject of the book you are critiquing for your 5-page analysis at the end of your response to this question. For example:
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My 5-page analysis is of Nelson Mandela.

B) 5-page analysis of a book-length biography, autobiography, memoir, or life history.
Most of the readings for the class are excerpts or chapters from longer books. For the final, I ask you to choose one of the books from which we’ve read a section—or another book approved in advance by me—to read in its entirety. Your analysis should address the following questions:

  • What larger scale processes does the book illuminate?
  • What’s the book’s genre? What works and what doesn’t in terms of
    1) telling a life story?
    2) telling a big-picture story?
    What can you say about the subject’s identity/subjectivity? How does that affect the story/perspective?
  • Can you identify points of contention or debate?  What’s at stake? Are you convinced of the author’s point?

You can submit your 5-page response to a book-length auto/biography at any point in the quarter, but no later than 3 pm on Thursday June 14, 2012.

Guidelines for written assignments:

ALL take-home work must be typed, double-spaced, with minimum one-inch margins on all sides, and with pages numbered consecutively. Papers must be properly referenced, using footnotes in Chicago style. For further clarification there are a number of style guides on-line and in print. The standard is Kate L. Turabian, et al. A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses and Dissertations , Seventh Edition (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007).

I will grade papers for style as well as content, which means your work should be free of typos as well as grammatical and spelling errors. Criteria for grading is detailed in the grading rubric.