Syllabus for African Studies A

Afrikanistik A

A revised version of the syllabus is available.

Syllabus

  • 30 credits
  • Course code: 5KA105
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Cultural Anthropology G1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2016-11-08
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Arts
  • Applies from: week 27, 2017
  • Entry requirements: General entry requirements and History 1b/1a1+1a2, Social Studies 1b/1a1+1a2 or History A, Civics A
  • 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.

Content

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.

Instruction

The teaching is composed of lectures, seminars, group exercises, film screenings and field trips. Active participation in lectures and seminars is required for examination. Students can only get supervision during the ordinary course period.

Assessment

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.

Syllabus Revisions

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 01, 2020

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

Moment 1: History, culture, and society (7,5 hp)

  • Gyasi, Yaa Johansson, Inger Vända hem

    Pocketutgåva: [Stockholm]: Norstedts, 2018

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    Mandatory

  • Grinker, Roy Richard; Lubkemann, Stephen C.; Steiner, Christopher Burghard Perspectives on Africa : a reader in culture, history, and representation

    2nd ed.: Chichester, West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Hagberg, Sten; Körling, Gabriella Resurser och politik i Afrika

    Stockholm: Svenska sällskapet för antropologi och geografi, 2014

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    Mandatory

Moment 2: Africa in the 21st Century (7,5 hp)

  • Grinker, Roy Richard; Lubkemann, Stephen C.; Steiner, Christopher Burghard Perspectives on Africa : a reader in culture, history, and representation

    2nd ed.: Chichester, West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Grinker, Roy Richard; Lubkemann, Stephen C.; Steiner, Christopher Burghard Perspectives on Africa : a reader in culture, history, and representation

    2nd ed.: Chichester, West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Sawadogo, Boukary African film studies : an introduction

    Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2019.

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    Mandatory

  • Afrofobi : en kunskapsöversikt över afrosvenskars situation i dagens Sverige

    Tumba: Mångkulturellt centrum, cop. 2014

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    Mandatory

  • Grinker, Roy Richard; Lubkemann, Stephen C.; Steiner, Christopher Burghard Perspectives on Africa : a reader in culture, history, and representation

    2nd ed.: Chichester, West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Sellström, Tor Sweden and national liberation in Southern Africa. : Vol. 2 Solidarity and assistance 1970-1994

    Uppsala: Nordic Africa Institute (Nordiska Afrikainstitutet), 2002

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    Mandatory

Reading list revisions