African Studies: Education and Change in African Societies

8 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, 13 February 2018.
This syllabus is valid from 13 February 2018.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course, the student should be able to:
  • demonstrate an in-depth understanding of fundamental conditions for education policies and for the role of education in the development of African societies
  • explain and analyse issues of education policies with particular relevance for African conditions
  • critically and independently analyse relationships between global processes and social change in African societies.

Course Content

The course deals with education policies and the role of education in the development of African societies. The 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 in education for development in African societies will be discussed as well as questions related to professional ethics and to the role of official curricula.


Students are assessed by 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


  • 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 AS3001.