Syllabus for African Studies A

Afrikanistik A

  • 30 credits
  • Course code: 5KA105
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Cultural Anthropology G1N

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle

    • G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    • G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    • G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    • GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

    Second cycle

    • A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    • A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    • AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2016-11-08
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2021-03-26
  • Revised by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: Autumn 2022
  • Entry requirements: General entry requirements
  • Responsible department: Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology

Learning outcomes

The aim of the course is to provide basic knowledge in the field of African Studies and its theoretical and methodological points of departure. The course offers an introduction, grounded in the humanities and social sciences, to African societies and countries, including the African diaspora. The course also highlights Afro-Swedish relations, links and contexts. Through the combination of interdisciplinary perspectives, the course provides tools for analysing complex historical and contemporary contexts.

After accomplishing the course, the student is expected to:

  • Demonstrate overall knowledge of African societies and countries, including the African diaspora;
  • Be able to search for, assess and acquire knowledge and information about Africa;
  • Demonstrate the capability to use different tools to analyse complex historical and contemporary knowledge and information about Africa.


Module 1: History, Culture and Society, 7.5 credits

Module 1 provides an overview of Africa's historical, cultural and societal development. Themes like precolonial societies and livelihoods, the transatlantic slave trade, colonialism, and independence, and postcolonial transformations are described with the help of anthropological, archaeological and historical approaches and insights.

Module 2: Africa in the 2000s, 7.5 credits

Module 2 deals with contemporary African political, economic and cultural contexts. In particular, questions of postcoloniality and globalization, democracy and development are analysed. A particular focus concerns health and wellbeing.

Module 3: African Cultural Expressions and Artistic Creativity, 7.5 credits

Module 3 introduces African cultural expressions and artistic creativity. Traditions from different culture och language areas, as well as social and political movements, are described and compared. A special focus concerns African cinema.

Module 4: Afro-Swedish Relations Past and Present, 7.5 credits

Module 4 offers an orientation of Afro-Swedish relations in the past and the present. The module analyses racism and Afrophobia, culture and cultural creativity, collaborations (research, associations, development cooperation), African role models and stereotypes, migration and diaspora.


The teaching is composed of lectures, seminars, group exercises, film screenings and study visits. An active participation is recommended during lectures and mandatory in seminars and group exercises. Students can only get supervision during the ordinary course period.


Examination of modules 1, 2, 3 and 4 will take one or several of the following forms: written examination, PM-writing, group work, active participation and oral examination. The student is evaluated with one of the following grades: Pass, Fail, or Pass with Distinction.

Reading list

The reading list is missing. For further information, please contact the responsible department.