African Studies: Rethinking African Studies

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 to prepare the student for the writing of a master degree thesis in African Studies. Upon completion of the course, the student shall be able to:

  • examine, with a high degree of independence, current epistemological and methodological assumptions of African Studies
  • identify contemporary academic tendencies within the field
  • critically examine relations within the global context of certain African states and regions.

Course Content

The course deals with the debate about the function that academic studies and research about Africa have in the meeting with post-colonial African societies and contemporary global challenges. An example of questions to be discussed is: In what way can African Studies be regarded in relation to the disciplinary origins of the field?


The course is examined by written papers and oral presentations.

Forms of Study

The course normally consists of seminars. Depending on the number of students enrolled, the course may be taught as an independent study 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