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Theoretical Foundations and the Interdiciplinary Nature of African Studies

Vak
2020-2021

Admission requirements

In accordance with admission to RESMA African Studies.

Description

The course addresses the epistemology of African Studies and its interdisciplinary nature, especially its roots in, and relations with, history, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, law, and cultural studies. In addition, the course provides the students with insights into the various ways Africa was and is looked at throughout time, including the implications of these perceptions for research theory and practice. It thus makes the students aware and familiar with the nature, debates and controversies in African Studies. The course is designed to provide each student with in-depth and critical understanding of the larger theoretical debates and currents in African studies, so as to provide a basis for the development of his/her research interests.

Teaching materials include specialist & academic publications, internet-sources and power-point presentations.

Course objectives

After completion of the course, the students will have:

1) A profound awareness of current issues, core concepts and research questions in African Studies;

2)A thorough understanding of various theories and conceptual approaches that are commonly used in African Studies as well as in different related disciplines;

3)Sensitivity to the relationships between theory, method, and place;

4) A thorough knowledge of and insight into the interdisciplinary position of the study subject;

5) A thorough understanding of the societal relevance of the study subject;

6)The ability to select, compile, compare and analyze African studies-related literature and sources independently;

7)The ability to independently study African Studies-related literature and sources, and to assess these as to their quality and reliability;

8)The ability to communicate, both in oral and written form, on the insights gained in the course;

9)The ability to provide constructive feedback to and formulate criticism of the work of others and the ability to evaluate the value of such criticism and feedback on one’s own work and incorporate it.

Timetable

MA African Studies ResMA African Studies

Mode of instruction

  • Lectures

Assessment method

Assessment method as relating to B (skills pertaining to the course) and C (skills specifically pertaining to MA & RESMA profiles);

  • Oral presentations; non-measured learning objectives; B2, B 3, B 4

  • Reporting; non-measured learning objectives; B 1, B 2, B 4

  • Assignment 1; measured learning objectives; B 1 – 5, C 2

  • Assignment 2; non-measured learning objectives; B 1, B 2, B 4, C 2

  • Assignment 3; measured learning objectives; B 2, B 5

  • Assignment 4; measured learning objectives; B 2, B 5

Weighing;

For grading ONLY the measured learning objectives will be taken into account;

  • Assignment 1: 20%

  • Assignment 3: 40%

  • Assignment 4: 40%

For overall fulfilment of course requirements;

  • All out-of-class-assignments (including Assignment 2 which will not be graded) must have received a ‘pass’

  • All lecture-reports (in-class assignment TASK 4) must have received a ‘pass’

Resit

N.B. only essays that did not receive a pass can be re-submitted. Essays that already received a pass cannot be submitted a second time.

Exam review

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading list

The literature is made available through a folder located at the ASCL library.

Registration

Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available on the website

Registration Studeren à la carte en Contractonderwijs

Registration Studeren à la carte.
Registration Contractonderwijs.

Not applicable.

Contact

R.A. van Dijk

Coördinator of studies: D.Y.M.Wackers

Education Administration Office Reuvensplaats

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