African Studies: Thesis Literature

7 Credits
Second Cycle Level 2
School of Culture and Society
Subject field
African Studies (UVX)
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, 03 May 2016.
This syllabus is valid from 03 May 2016.

Learning Outcomes

The overall aim of the course is that the student shall become thoroughly acquainted with a limited and specific area of knowledge within the field of African Studies, in order to independently and with a high level of theoretical proficiency formulate a research situation which is relevant to a future master degree thesis.
On completion of the course the student shall be able to:

  • with a comprehensive knowledge of the literature, survey previous research within a well-defined and limited field
  • select, independently, critically and with theoretical skill, materials that are relevant for a future research assignment
  • formulate, with theoretical and analytical precision, a research situation for a future master degree thesis.

Course Content

In the course, the student is given the opportunity to further delve into a specific theme within African Studies. The subject and literature are chosen in consultation with the teacher in charge, and should comprise 2000–3000 pages. The literature should be selected so that it relates to the subject dealt with in the degree thesis.


The course is examined through the writing of an annotated bibliography.

Forms of Study

This is a literature-based course. All teaching is conducted in English.


The Swedish grades A–F.


  • Bachelor degree 180 credits and the courses African Studies: Dynamics of African Societies 12 credits, African Studies: Religion and Politics in African Societies 9 credits, African Studies: Education and Change in African Societies 8 credits, African Studies: Developing the Research Proposal 1 credit, and African Studies: Elaborate Research Plan 1 credit