Unit 12: African Society
The Great Zimbabwe ruins, the Central Enclosure, a UNESCO World Heritage site; photo courtesy Jan Derk, Wikipedia Commons. The "Great Zimbabwe," built between 400 and 1400 CE , encompassed about 1,800 acres in present-day Zimbabwe.
must do in this unit
What you can do in this unit
Some videos that you can watch for this unit
Extra Credit Options
- Listen to some further information about this unit
as a mp3 file.
You can also read the information as
a txt file.
- Check out the nice student project, created by Sara Anniki, on Sunjiata.
- Post (or respond) your thoughts/ideas about this unit's reading and assignment in the Blackboard online discussion forum.
Unit Learning Objectives
- For up to 10 points of extra credit, read the selected Accounts of Meröe, Kush, and Axum and write a long paragraph in which you comment on aspects of ancient society in northeastern Africa.
- For up to 5 points of extra credit,
you can submit the answers to the Ibn Battuta study questions. Please write in formal, complete sentences.
- For extra credit find a complete (and legal) version of the epic of Sundiata Keita (sometimes spelled Sunjiata)
- For extra credit, please suggest a
relevant website for this unit of the course. Send your instructor the title of the site, the URL and a brief explanation why you find the information interesting and applicable to the material being studied this unit.
- Upon successful completion of this unit, you will be able to (1) demonstrate knowledge of African society before 1500 and (2) analyze historical primary sources.