African Studies A

30 credits

Syllabus, Bachelor's level, 5KA105

A revised version of the syllabus is available.
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)
Finalised by
The Department Board, 27 May 2020
Responsible department
Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology

Entry requirements

General entry requirements and History 1b/1a1+1a2, Social Studies 1b/1a1+1a2 or History A, Civics A

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.