African Studies: Urban Spaces and Urban Policies in Africa South of the Sahara

7 Credits
Second Cycle Level 1
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, 26 September 2017.
This syllabus is valid from 26 September 2017.

Learning Outcomes

After completion of the course the student shall be able to:

  • independently and critically analyse the power, limitations and possibilities of economic factors in the shaping of urban spaces in Africa south of the Sahara
  • demonstrate in-depth knowledge of, and the ability to independently and critically interpret and analyse, the dynamics of African societies
  • independently compare and evaluate, with a clear theoretical connection, different policies and strategies for urban development used by governments, city councils and civil society.

Course Content

The course includes perspectives on demographic features of African cities; relations between city and countryside; urbanisation processes and migration and policies governing urban spaces.


The course will be assessed on the basis of an independently written comparative and critically analytical study of the main issues of the course.

Forms of Study

The course is an independent study course that includes consultation with the course supervisor. The course is taught in English.


The Swedish grades A–F.


  • Bachelor Degree of 180 credits in the field of Humanities, Social Sciences or Education and English 6. No knowledge of Swedish is required.

Other Information

Replaces AS3010.