Before taking this class, I wasn't especially interested in African history and just took this class because I had a very limited schedule and was one of the only upper div history classes that fit. This class got me really fascinated by it and I now can't wait to take more African history classes. The class also wasn't too hard - one midterm, a paper and a final which were graded reasonably easily. Professor Alpers is very knowledgable, a great lecturer and also a really nice guy. Highly recommended!
Prof. Alpers is a wonderful guy and all that, but he is not that great of a teacher. He rambles a little during his lecture and seems intent on going over the alotted lecture time every single day. Most of the information he lectures is, while mildly interesting, completely irrelevant come test time. He pulls random ideas for essays for his test questions that have little to nothing to do with what he has been lecturing on in class. Alpers would be great to discuss things with at a cocktail party, but as a teacher he is really not up to par.