African Studies: The Dynamics of African Societies

12 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

On completion of this course, the student should be able to:
  • show a deepened knowledge of a selection of political, social and economic features of African societies since the early 19th century
  • demonstrate the ability to analyse issues of continuity and change in African societies
  • demonstrate an understanding of synchronic and diachronic approaches to the study of African societies and to the study of the relationship between Europe and Africa over time.

Course Content

In the course synchronic and diachronic approaches to African societies from the early 1800s to the present are studied. The main subjects to be takenup in the course are the structure of African economies; the principles of political organization; the links between the individual and the collective; the natural resource base; and the production and reproduction of material culture in different African cultures.


Students are assessed through active participation in seminars, the presentation of research reviews and written work.

Forms of Study

Teaching is conducted in the form of lectures and seminars. The course involves interdisciplinary approaches and methods to describe and analyse the dynamics and structure of African societies. 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 AS2002.