Syllabus for African History, Culture and Society

Afrikansk historia, kultur och samhälle

A revised version of the syllabus is available.


  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 5KA115
  • 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: 2020-05-27
  • Established by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: week 01, 2021
  • 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 by providing an overview of Africa's historical, cultural and societal development. After accomplishing the course, the student is expected to:

  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of Africa's historical, cultural and societal development.


The course 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.


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 is organised according to one or several of the following forms: written examination, PM-writing, group work, active participation or oral exam. The student is evaluated with one of the following notes: Pass, Not pass, or Pass with Distinction.

Other directives

The course can not be included in a degree together with African Studies A.

Syllabus Revisions

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 01, 2021

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • 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

  • Gyasi, Yaa Homegoing

    London: Penguin Books, 2017

    Find in the library