Group photo Academic year 2016-2017
Academic year 2016-2017: The Eleventh batch of students in African Studies since beginnings in 2006. This year's students come from the Czech Republic, Egypt, Ghana, Italy, Libya, Poland, Tanzania, Photo: Bertil Hammarström.

The Master Curriculum in African Studies offer a unique opportunity for multidisciplinary studies of Africa; one of the most fascinating and diverse regions in the world.

The One-year and Two-year advanced degree curricula provide an excellent foundation for students who wish to gain further knowledge of the modern history, religion, culture and political economy of various parts of Africa. This may lead on to work either in Africa or in fields related to Africa, as project managers, coordinators, administrators or evaluators, working for NGOs, international organisations, the media etc., or to further career opportunities including research on Africa.

The uniqueness of the African Studies Master's programmes at Dalarna University, the only ones in Sweden, is the large number of incoming guest lecturers from around 25 partner universities in Europe and Africa.

Over the academic year 2016/2017, the African Studies Department had some 20 visiting lecturers, all distinguished and internationally recognised specialists on various parts of Africa. This enables us to offer a unique and advanced teaching on the diverse and multifaceted continent that is Africa. As one of our students said: 'for a similar education one would have to go to many universities in Europe or in Africa, while here it's all under one roof'.

New Two-Year International Master’s in African Studies

Beginning with academic year 2016-2017 DUCAS will offer two African Studies curriculum: a one-year Master's in African Studies and a two-year's International Master's in African Studies. Students who began the one-year African Studies Master's Curriculum in August-September 2015 can apply for the second year of the two-year Master's Curriculum at DUCAS (see under News, column to the right). 

The first year (first and second term, late August to mid-June) is the same for the two curricula. This includes the one-year Master's thesis (second term, 15 credits) which partly can be included in the two-year Master's thesis (fourth term, 30 credits) thereby providing a methodological and theorietical base for the latter.

The second year (third term, late August to mid-January) offers courses Methodology and Theory (16 credits), Thesis literature (7 credits) and the course Rethinking African Studies (7 credits). The fourt term (mid-January to mid-June) is entirely devoted to the two-year's Master's Thesis.

While the first term is taught on campus in Falun and the second term can be taken on campus or online, the third and the fourth terms are mainly taught online. 

Guest Lecturers

Hear what some of our guest lecturers have to say about the African Studies programme.

Chris SaundersEmeritus Prof. Chris Saunders, a Specialist on Southern African modern history, University of Cape Town, was a visiting scholar at DUCAS in September 2015.

Let me say first that it was a great honour to be a Palme visitor, given Olof Palme’s distinguished anti-apartheid record and support for South Africa’s liberation struggle. I was delighted to be given the opportunity to participate in the teaching programme of the Centre for African Studies at Dalarna University (DU), the only Masters in African Studies in Sweden.  This gives the students (the majority from Europe) access to a range of African specialists, from Africa itself and from a number of European universities. I believe this to be unparalleled at any other university in the world and trust that the DU authorities appreciate how remarkable an achievement this programme is, and what credit it brings the university.

Horman ChitongeProf. Horman Chitonge, A Specialist on Rural Development in South Africa and Zambia, Centre for African Studies, University of Cape Town, lectured to the Master's students at DUCAS in November 2015

It has been a great opportunity for me to teach, but also engage with students. The class in which I taught has students from different parts of the world which presents an excellent learning and teaching environment in our increasingly globalising world. We are actually educating the future global citizens! 


Michka SachnineEmerita Prof. Michka Sachnine, Specialist Yoruba language, one of the many lecturers from INALCO, Paris, of whom several have returned every year since 2007.  …nous avons été impressionnés par l’intelligence avec laquelle enseignants, responsables administratifs et instances élues travaillent collectivement pour s’appuyer sur les possibilités qu’offrent les programmes… le département propose un Master d’Études africaines unique en Suède en s’appuyant sur une collaboration pérenne avec des universités européennes offrant des compétences complémentaires (Bologne, Oulu-Finlande, Humboldt-Berlin par exemple. 

Dalarna University Centre for African Studies (DUCAS) 

DUCAS logotypeThe African Studies courses are hosted by Dalarna University Centre for African Studies (DUCAS). The academic partners of DUCAS are the Universities of Bologna (Italy) and Oulu (Finland). DUCAS also collaborates actively with the Nordic Africa Institute (Uppsala, Sweden).

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DUCAS 12th Annual Africa Days, October 25-26, 2016

The DUCAS Twelft Annual Africa Days at Dalarna University was organized in October 25-26, 2016. Since 2006 DUCAS has hosted the annual Africa Days at Dalarna University for invited guest lecturers from African Studies partner universities in Europe and Africa, students of the African Studies Master's courses and the general public in Dalarna and Sweden.

rnational guest lecturers and presenters

The DUCAS 11th Annual Africa Days at Dalarna University in October 2015 was attended by international guest lecturers and presenters from Cameroon, Finland, Italy, Rwanda, South Africa and Western Sahara together with students, former students, faculty and DUCAS partners and friends in Dalarna and Sweden. 


L .F. BergeL. F. Berge
Dr, Ass. Prof. History
Head of the Master's Programme in African Studies
Director of DUCAS

Phone: +46 23 77 82 79
Mobile Phone: +46 70 398 62 51


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