HIS 111
Unit 12:  African Society 

 
Great Zimbabwe

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.

 
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What you must do in this unit What you can do in this unit
  • 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.
Some videos that you can watch for this unit Extra Credit Options
  • 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) online.
  • 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.
Unit Learning Objectives
  • 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.
 
 

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