September 25, 2020

Relevant Topics in the WASSCE History Syllabus: Paper One

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Let me show you the topics in the WASSCE History syllabus for Paper 1: I’m actually referring to  the History objective Test Topics

For All Candidates from The Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone

West Africa and the Wider World from the Earliest Times to the Year 2000

1. Historiography and Historical Skills

  • The meaning of History
  • The reasons for the study of History
  • Sources of History
  • Ancient and modern approaches to the study of history/Historical skills
  • Prospect of ICT in historical studies.

2. Trans-Saharan Trade

  • Origin of the Trans-Saharan Trade
  • How the Trans-Saharan Trade was organized
  • Effects of the Trans-Saharan Trade on the development of West African States.

3. Islam in West Africa

  • Introduction of Islam to West Africa
  • Spread of Islam in West Africa
  • Effects of Islam in West Africa.

4. European Contact with West Africa

  • Reasons for the coming of the Europeans to West Africa
  • Immediate effects of European presence on West Africa
  • The reaction of West Africans to the coming of Europeans.

5. Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade

  • Origin of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade
  • Organization of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade
  • Effects of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade
  • Suppression of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.

6. Christian Missionary Activities in West Africa

  • Activities of Christian missionaries
  • Impact/Effects of Christian missionary activities

7. The Scramble for and Partition of West Africa

  • The Industrial Revolution
  • Scramble for colonies in West Africa
  • Colonial subjugation and occupation
  • Reaction of West Africans to colonial rule.

8. Colonial Rule in West Africa

  • Patterns of colonial rule
  • Consolidation of European culture in West Africa
  • Colonial economy and the underdevelopment of Africa
  • Colonial Africa and the two World Wars.

9. Problems of Independent West African States

  • Nature of politics
  • Neo-colonialism and economic underdevelopment
  • Unequal development within states and instability
  • The military in West African politics
  • Boundary disputes and the threat to West African unity.

10. West Africa and International Organizations

  • United Nations Organization/ United Nations (UNO/UN)
  • Organization of African Unity/ African Union (OAU/AU)
  • Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)
  • Membership
  • Aims and objectives
  • Achievements
  • Failures.
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