Africa in the World
- Module Code:
- FHEQ Level:
- Year of study:
- Year 1
- Taught in:
- Term 2
This module aims to offer a broad understanding to the study of Africa in the world. Students will be able to gain insight into the key themes, debates and concepts of the changing continent.
Key themes will include: Continuity and Change, Culture, Society and Communication, Translocality, Boundaries and Borders, Migration and Trade, Conceptions of Africa as Physical, Cultural and Social Space.
We will look at different perceptions and representations of Africa, and at connections and intersections between Africa and the wider world. Taking the continent as a starting point, we will explore both global connections and specific regional, sub-regional and local contexts. Our discussion will be informed by a range of sources and in particular by scholarship from Africa.
This module will sensitize students to the diverse perspectives and experiences of societies on the continent. Students will gain insight into topical issues on Africa as they situate the continent within global debates.
This module should appeal to students who are interested in understanding issues related to Africa’s heritage, the contemporary dynamics in the continent and the role they can play as global change makers.
Objectives and learning outcomes of the module
On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
LO1. demonstrate an understanding of the core issues in the study of Africa
LO2. show an awareness of the range of approaches used in studying Africa
LO3. demonstrate specialist knowledge of the themes and concepts and debates on Africa
LO4. relate academic analysis to contemporary social and political issues;
LO5. demonstrate skills in analytical reading, writing, and presentation
10 weeks of 1 hour lecture and 1 hour seminar per week (total of 20 contact teaching hours).
Scope and syllabus
Week 1: What is Africa in the world
Week 2: Pre-colonialism, colonialism and radicalism
Week 3: Culture and memory
Week 4: Language and society
Week 5: Migration and global challenges
Week 6: Climate change and the environment
Week 7: Contemporary African and diasporic literature and translation
Week 8: Gender and intersectionality
Week 9: Rhythms, films and popular culture
Week 10: Is Africa Rising?
Method of assessment
- 1000-word Positionality Project due in Term 2 (40%)
- 3000-word Final Essay due in Term 3 (60%)
- The exact assessment deadline dates are published on the relevant module Moodle/BLE page
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