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Understanding Africa (Online) (2022 entry)

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Understanding Africa, Academic Summer School, Seraphin Kamdem

Course Outline

This course provides participants with an overall understanding of the history, politics and culture of Africa. With a diverse range of sessions, from History, Pan-Africanism and Politics to Languages, Migration, and Music, the course gives an in-depth knowledge of the main academic areas of study regarding Africa. The course comprises a combination of lectures and interactive online workshops. This is a great opportunity given the prominence that Africa as a continent has gained over the past few years and the vision of Africa Rising, a continent with many job and investment opportunities. Also, within the Arts, we have seen an incredible rise of the presence of African artists in the international art circles which has been extremely stimulating and refreshing for an understanding of arts and cultures.

Supported by the Centre of African Studies

For more information, please see the course handbook:  Understanding Africa online handbook (pdf; 86kb)    

What will I learn?

At the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • To provide a broad coverage and an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Africa
  • To provide students with the key information and debates connected to the historical, political, economic and cultural evolution of Africa 

"Dr Kamdem went above and beyond for his students. The course was designed in a creative and engaging way, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Everyone felt comfortable asking questions in the class. We went on 4 field trips, listened to music, watched documentaries, and learned to play a Senegalese instrument. I had a great time!" - Thajilah (Understanding Africa, 2019)

Venue: Online Learning

Start of programme: 27 June - 8 July 2022

Mode of Attendance: Online Learning

Entry requirements

  • A university student or a graduate at the time of attending the summer school, and 18+ years of age. Professional experience can be acknowledged as equivalent to a university qualification.

Featured events

2 weeks

Tuition Fees 2022




Programme schedule

A full programme schedule and updated handbook are being developed and will be available soon.

Sample Reading list
  • Badejo, D., 2007. The African Union. New York: Chelsea House.
  • Cooper, F., 2007. Africa Since 1940. The Past of the Present. Cambridge: CUP.
  • Cornelissen, S., Cheru, F. and Shaw, T., eds. 2011. Africa and International Relations in the 21st Century, Oxford: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Davidson, B. 1989. Modern Africa: A social and political history (2nd ed.). London: Longman.
  • Fardon, R. and Furniss, G. eds. 1994. African Languages, Development and the State. London: Routledge
  • Murithi, T., 2013. Handbook of Africa's international relations. New York: Routledge.
  • Nugent, P., 2004. Africa since independence: a comparative history. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Thomson, A., 2004. An Introduction to African Politics (2nd ed.), London: Routledge.
  • Reid, R., 2012. History of Modern Africa, 1800 to the Present. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Webb, Vic and Kembo-Sure, eds. 2000. African Voices.  Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Web resources

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. If you are a current student you can find structure information on the previous year link at the top of the page or through your Department. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.

Teaching and Learning

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees


Application fee

A one-off, non-refundable application fee of £40 will be charged to cover administration costs. Please visit the SOAS online store to make your application fee payment.


Save £200 when if apply by 30th April 

10% discount if you apply for two courses over 4 weeks

20% discount for SOAS Alumni (including Academic Summer School alumni)

20% discount for our partner institutions

Other discounts are available for groups. Please contact us for more information.


How to Apply

Apply now to secure your place.

Once you have paid the £40 application fee and submitted the online application form, you will be informed as to whether you have a place on the course within 5 working days. Please do not pay your tuition fee prior to having received your offer letter.

Application Deadline

We are accepting applications on a rolling basis. Apply now to secure your place.

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