(Africa in Films: Language, Education, Development.) Africa is an enigma in global imagination. This course uses films as lenses to explore historical, cultural, political, and theoretical perspectives on education and social change in African societies. Specifically, it examines language policies and linguistic practices in learning contexts and in the broader context of global development. Key themes--such as tradition and modernity, orality and literacy, communication and conflict, culture and identity, power and politics, demography and ecology, gods and technology--all draw from historical and contemporary representations of Africa in films to deepen our understanding of the complex origins of humanity and its connection to rest of the world. Class sessions feature films in/on Africa and discussions on select themes. No prerequisites.
- Teacher: Desmond Odugu