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Department of History

H110 Introduction to the History of Africa

Course Code:
154800228
Unit value:
1
Taught in:
Full Year

Pathways: Africa; Third World. 

The purpose of this course is to introduce first-year students to the study of African history. The course will provide students with a foundation for more in-depth study of the African continent through Intermediate and Advanced level courses taken in students' second and third years. It will survey how African social and political institutions have developed over Africa's greatly varied geography from the origins of humankind to the present day.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

The course will provide students with an empirical and interpretive foundation for more in-depth study of the African continent through Intermediate and Advanced level courses taken in students’ second and third years. 

It will survey how African social and political institutions have developed over Africa’s greatly varied geography in the light of economic and environmental change over the last 5,000 years. 

This course is also intended, along with other 1st year History courses, to equip students with a generic base of skills for the general study of history, including individual and group library work, project research, seminar presentation, and essay writing.

Method of assessment

Exam (50%), 3 x Coursework (40%) and Presentation / Group Project (10%)

Suggested reading

  • Curtin, P. et al. African History, 2nd edition (London, 1995);
  • Fage , J. & W. Tordoff. A History of Africa, 4th edition (London, 2001) ;
  • Freund, B. The Making of Contemporary Africa, 2nd edition (Basingstoke, 1998);
  • Iliffe, J. Africans: The history of a continent (Cambridge, 1995);
  • Oliver, R. & A. Atmore. Africa Since 1800 (Cambridge, 1994).