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Introduction Languages and Cultures of Africa


Admission requirements


Course Description

Course can be taught in English on request.

The course offers an introduction to the Languages and Cultures of Africa. Topics that are covered are: Geography, Nature, Climate, Social organisation, Agriculture, Linguistic landscape, Body and Health, Masks, City planning and architecture, etc
Special attention is paid to the relevance of language and culture for these topics.

Part of this course involves compulsory meetings on Academic Skills (study skills, reading strategies, and evaluation of sources), organised by the EAV.

Course objectives

Basic knowledge about the African continent; insight into the relevance of language and culture for the understanding of Africa.
General: searching and selecting information; use of libraries, developing style in writing.
Some meetings of the tailor-made programme Academic Skills are a compulsory part of the course



Mode of instruction

Lectures. Including 4 extra lectures Academic Skills.

Course load

  • Total: 140 hrs (5 EC)

  • Lectures: 34 hrs

  • Assignments: 56 hrs

  • Writing article: 50 hrs

Assessment method

  • Test on geographical knowledge pass conditional;

  • presenting and writing a short encyclopedic article (50%),

  • 5-6 assignments (30%)

  • Participation in “Dowden” discussion (20%)

  • Resit for any part that has been graded < 5,0


Blackboard will be used for literature and assignments.

Reading list

Dowden, Richard. Africa: Altered States, Ordinary Miracles; additional literature available through blackboard.


Registration via uSis.

Registration A la carte and Contract

See A la Carte.
See Contractonderwijs.


Dhr Prof.dr. M.P.G.M. Mous