Teaching Sub-Saharan African history and geography courses in the Western parts of the world can be challenging since the media often equip students with the idea that the continent is broken and helpless (Mason, 2012). Course content has the potential to change stereotypical perceptions of Africa by portraying the continent’s achievements in culture, economy, health, and politics. If not well facilitated, students may complete courses without shifting perspectives; for that reason, this workshop will prepare potential instructors with strategies to support students in learning a balanced view of Africa. Using insights from Davis (2004) and Gugler (2010), potential instructors in this workshop will learn how to contextualize Africa within a larger world history, critically debate relevant topics, and identify films that possess contextual and historical situations to deconstruct African stereotypes.
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Mambulu, Faith N.
"De-constructing Stereotypes in Undergraduate-Level African History and Geography Courses,"
Teaching Innovation Projects: Vol. 5
, Article 5.
Available at: http://ir.lib.uwo.ca/tips/vol5/iss1/5
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