List of African Academic Journals
Directions for accessing this list:
1. Click on J-Stor under list of Research Databases either in this libguide or on library home page
2. Enter J-Stor Password if you are accessing the library website off-campus
3. Once in j-stor, click on Advanced Search
4. Click on + next to African Studies
5. Check off the box next to names of journals you want to use and enter your search term (e.g. education in South Africa, AIDS in South Africa, etc.)
Africa Spectrum 1966-2008
- African Economic History Review 1974-1975
- African Historical Studies 1968-1971
South Africa Portfolio
South africa Portfolio
This is the second of the two portfolio assignments you are required to complete this fall. These portfolios make up your homework grade, and therefore are worth 20pts each.
This portfolio is due in class on Thursday December 6th (Period 5) or Friday December 7th (Period 7th).
This portfolio is different from the Syria Portfolio because for this assignment you are being asked to research and write on one of three issues related to South Africa: Education; HIV & AIDS, or Land Reform. Along with being the topic of your op-ed, the articles that you select for this portfolio should also correspond to this issue. In other words, if you are writing about education, you should write responses to 4-articles on education, and the topic of your op-ed will also be education.
Therefore, this portfolio has main two components:
1. Four 100-250 word responses to the items listed below
2. A 250-500 word op-ed on your selected topic based on the research you have conducted for this portfolio assignment
Examples of these summaries/responses and the op-ed will be posted on MyGDS by Monday November 26th for your review as you begin working on this portfolio.
Responses should be typed and double-spaced & attached to printouts of the selected sources (2-points will automatically be deducted from any portfolios containing egregious spelling or formatting errors.)
1-Magazine Article (web or print) (Economist –Atlantic – Time – Newsweek)
1-Newspaper Article (web or print) (New York Times or Washington Post)
1-Newspaper Article (web) (Mail and Guardian South Africa/http://www.mg.co.za/)
1-Academic Journal Article (Web)
Additionally, at the back of your portfolio please be sure to include (1-point will automatically be deducted from any portfolios submitted without these documents)
1. A works cited page
2. A list of 10-20 keywords and their definitions that you encountered during your research
3. A list of 5-10 process questions that emerged as you conducted your research.
4. South Africa Portfolio Topic Selection Form + Assignment Checklist
Topic Selection Form + Portfolio Checklist
In the space provided below, please list your SELECTED TOPIC and in 3-5 sentences articulate your reasons for selecting this topic.
South Africa Portfolio Checklist
¨ 1-Magazine Article (web or print) (Economist –Atlantic – Time – Newsweek)
¨ 1-Newspaper Article (web or print) (New York Times or Washington Post)
¨ 1-Newspaper Article (web) (Mail and Guardian South Africa/http://www.mg.co.za/)
¨ A 250-500 word op-ed on your selected topic based on the research you have conducted for this portfolio assignment
¨ 1-Academic Journal Article (Web)
¨ A works cited page
¨ A list of 10-20 keywords and their definitions that you encountered during your research
¨ A list of 5-10 process questions that emerged as you conducted your research.
 Articles can be from any period from 1948-2012 as long as it pertains to your topic and what you intend to explore/argue in your op-ed. Topic matters more than time period here.
 A lib-guide with a list of relevant journals is forthcoming
“Hope Finally Comes to South Africa”
During his July 2012 address at the International Aids Conference held in Washington DC, South African Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe offered a bold vision for how the country will deal with its HIV/AIDS epidemic moving forward. Motlanthe, who is also the Chairperson of the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC), the organization responsible for advising South Africa’s government on appropriate strategies in response to HIV, AIDS, as well as other transmitted infections such as Tuberculosis, told those in attendance about his nation’s goal for zero new HIV infections by 2016.
Motlanthe’s plan is a far cry from his nation’s approach to HIV/AIDS from a decade earlier, which could at best be described as a mixture of denial of the virus’ existence and heinous treatment of those infected. That this behavior extended to the highest reaches of South African government (current President Zuma once openly declared that AIDS can be cured by having sex with a virgin) was all the more startling and revealed the insurmountable obstacles that lay ahead of doctors and public health officials tackling HIV/AIDS in South Africa. Even when it became evident that over a quarter of the black population in South Africa was infected by HIV, the efforts by ANC leadership were still antiquated—if not morally bankrupt.
However, since taking over SANAC in 2009, Molanthe has revolutionized South Africa’s approach to HIV/AIDs. He has worked with international partners to develop community based health programs in black townships and rural areas where the virus was spreading fastest, and where old-wives tales often trumped proved medical practice. And as a result of these efforts, new HIV infections have dropped in South African for the third consecutive year.
Just as importantly Molanthe has proven a credible voice among ANC leadership. The party whose leader once declared that HIV was a virus brought in by Europeans, has now scuttled conspiracy theories in favor of practical solutions. To wit, school age children throughout South Africa are now not only taught sex-education, but many have also been trained to teach adults in their communities.
These are precisely the kinds of multi-pronged approaches that have inspired the international community to support Molanthe’s efforts, and which for the first time in this nation’s battle against this deadly infection, gives South Africans hope for change.
Dana Owens, is a researcher and writer based in South Orange, New Jersey.