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African Networks: international relations, connectivity, diaspora


Admission requirements



In this course we will examines African networks, international relations, connectivity and diasporas. We will do so from the early twentieth century to the present and draw on a range of disciplines, such as history, international relations, economics, migration, representation/arts, anthropology.
The course will address three types of networks: it will look at networks within Africa, African networks in the world as well as how the world interacted in Africa.
It will examine several themes that draw out these connections in particular such as politics, economics, development and infrastructure, diaspora and migration, security, arts and representation.

Course objectives

After completing this course students will

  • Have knowledge and insight into the modern and contemporary history of Africa, its networks, diaspora, international relations, and connectivity within Africa and in the wider world

  • Have an understanding of how various disciplines approach these themes

  • Be able to organise and use large amounts of information

  • Be able to reflect critically on knowledge and understanding as presented in academic literature


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction


Assessment method


  • Oral presentation and final research paper

  • Active Participation/coöperation in class/group


  • In class participation: 25%

  • Oral presentation: 25 %

  • Final research paper: 50 %


The final mark for the course is established by determining the weighted average.
The resit exam will take place in one single resit, at which both subtests are offered.

Inspection and feedback

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

A syllabus will be provided on Brightspace before the start of the course.


Enrolment through MyStudyMap is mandatory.


  • For substantive questions, contact the lecturer listed in the right information bar.

  • For questions about enrolment, admission, etc, contact the Education Administration Office: Reuvensplaats