African Studies: Education and Change in African Societies

8 Credits
First Cycle Level 2
School of Culture and Society
Subject field
History (HIA)
Group of Subjects
Other Interdisciplinary Studies
Disciplinary Domain
Humanities, 100%
This course can be included in the following main field(s) of study
African Studies1
Progression indicator within (each) main field of study
Approved, 13 February 2018.
This syllabus is valid from 13 February 2018.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, students should be able to:
  • demonstrate a basic understanding of the fundamental conditions for educational policy and for the role of education in the development of African societies
  • explain and discuss issues of educational policy with particular relevance to conditions in Africa
  • analyse the relationships between global processes and social change in African societies.

Course Content

The course deals with educational policy and the role of education in the development of African societies. Focus is on the relationship between education and social change. Indigenous knowledge and learning systems are discussed in relation to formal and structured education systems. The role of international aid for education in the development of African societies will be discussed as will questions related to professional ethics and to the role of official curricula.


Students are assessed based on active participation during seminars and written assignments.

Forms of Study

Teaching is conducted in the form of lectures and seminars. All teaching is in English.


The Swedish grades A–F.


  • 60 credits in the field of Humanities, Social Sciences or Education and English 6. No knowledge of Swedish is required

Other Information

Replaces AS2001.