Introduction to African History

Centre of West African Studies, School of History and Cultures

College of Arts and Law


Code 20711

Level of study First Year

Credit value 20

Semester Varies depending on staff availability

Module description

This module introduces students to the history of Africa. Attention is paid to the diverse sources and methods that scholars have used to investigate Africa’s past and to challenge the characterisation of Africa as a continent without history. Students will learn how Africa’s history has been connected to that of other parts of the world through trade, religion, migration and cultural exchange. Key themes and issues in African history will be explored through the more detailed study of selected areas of the continent (case studies).

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures and group work