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Reading Africa


Admission requirements

Admission to the Minor. See Application and Contact.


This subject explores the factors that shape contemporary Africa and its people, through the lens of multiple disciplines from the three participating institutions. The course objective is to gain a foundational understanding of significant factors that shape contemporary Africa, with the goal to establish a broad understanding of Africa’s past, present and future.

With time scheduled for discussions and debates, the seminars will foster a greater understanding of this extremely diverse and richly endowed continent. Students will receive further reading and references to online material to deepen their knowledge, and through creating a multimedia country profile they will showcase their ability to integrate different factors that shape an African country.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion students will have:

  1. Acquired a foundational understanding of:
  • Significant factors that shape societies and cultures in contemporary Africa;

  • Dynamic characteristics and diversity of African states and their people;

  • Africa’s role in a globalised world and the socio-economic and geo-political issues at play;

  • Methodological and ethical approaches to African studies.

  1. Developed skills and competencies to:
  • Critically search, structure and evaluate information about African states;

  • Consider relevant aspects in the analysis of complex questions;

  • Communicate own secondary research data through multimedia sources;

  • Reflect on how Africa’s past, present and future relates to own discipline.


Week 36 – Week 39. Timetable will be made available on LEI Brightspace.
The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction

  • Online and classroom lectures & seminars

  • Campus visits

Course load

5 EC x 28 hours= 140 hours

  • Lecture contact hours: 50 hours

  • Secondary research: 45 hours

  • Assignment: 45 hours

Assessment method

Participation 20%
Pitch2Peer multi-media assignment 80%

Assessment method and weights

Attendance and reading: 20%
Country Profile multi-media assignment: 80%

Resit, inspection and feedback

Same subtest as the first, within given timeframe.


Leiden University Brightspace platform will be used for:

  • Announcements

  • Timetable

  • Course information

  • Documents

  • Discussions

  • Pitch2Peer

  • Grades

  • Calendar

Reading list

Prescribed reading available in the syllabus (Strive to mostly use library and open source online publications).


See Application and Contact.

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


Minor Coordinator: Madi Ditmars

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