Convener: Associate Professor S Jeppie

Course entry requirements: At least two courses in historical, cultural studies or social sciences offered by the Faculty of Humanities, or by permission of the Head of Department.

The course aims to introduce students to the on-going profound and diverse changes that the African continent experienced and the equally complex responses from men and women, young and old during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Exploring the wide-ranging debates about the origins of modern Africa, the course seeks to equip students with critical analytical tools with which to understand its complex pasts and African’s place in world history and in the contemporary world. The course explores diverse encounters between African societies and the world since 1800 and stresses the complex ways in which diverse Africans engaged and came to terms with these historical forces and their complex outcomes. The course focus will include the abolition of the Atlantic slave trade, colonial conquest and rule, socio-economic changes and the decolonisation process. Through a selection of regional case studies, the course will cover the entire continent so as to understand the diversity of the historical forces that have shaped contemporary Africa.