African Studies A, 30 credits

Academic year 2022/2023

  • Spring 2023, 100%, Campus

    Start date: 16 January 2023

    End date: 4 June 2023

    Application deadline: 17 October 2022

    Application code: UU-02020 Application

    Language of instruction: English

    Location: Uppsala

    Selection: Final school grades (60%) - Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test (40%)

    Registration: 15 December 2022 – 8 January 2023

Entry requirements: General entry requirements


If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application or tuition fees. Formal exchange students will be exempted from tuition fees, as well as the application fee. Read more about fees.

Application fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 45,000

Tuition fee, total: SEK 45,000

About the course

The course provides 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 a combination of interdisciplinary perspectives, the course provides tools for analysing complex historical and contemporary contexts.

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

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

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.

More information


Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology

Engelska parken, Thunbergsvägen 3H

Box 631, 751 26 UPPSALA


Course administration


Telephone: +46 18 471 22 13