Erasmus Courses

Introduction to African History (10 ECTS): The course deals with basic approaches to African History, and discusses early history of Africa until European colonialism.
Contents: 1) Methodology, sources, oral history; 2) Chronology of African Past; 3) Early African Civilizations; 4) Axum and Christianity in the Horn of Africa; 5) Cultures of the Gulf of Guinea; 6) Islam, Trade, and Great Empires of West Africa; 7) Kongo Kingdom, Tropical Rainforest; 8) Mwenemutapa, Great Zimbabwe, South Africa; 9) Madagascar and the Swahili Coast; 10) Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa since 16th to 19th century; 11) Islam and resistence in the 19th century; 12) Africa before the Scramble

Conflicts in Africa (10 ECTS)The course tends to examine conflict situations, wars, and seeds of tensions in Sub-Saharan Africa, mainly in the period of African independence since the 1960s until nowadays. Students will be informed about various causes and consequences of many different crises in modern and contemporary history of Africa. Conflicts in Sierra Leone and Liberia, Congo, Mali and Niger, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan, or Nigeria will be analyzed. Both internal and external factors which influence or minimize conflicts in Africa will be discussed as well.

Africa in the 19th and 20th Centuries (10 ECTS)The course is intended to explore modern and contemporary history of Africa, since the period of European colonialism to the beginning of the 21st century. Students will be informed about basic trends and historical periods in this timeframe. Different colonial systems, influence of European colonialism on African societies as well as legacy of European colonialism in contemporary Africa will be analyzed.

History of North Africa (10 ECTS)The aim of the course is to make students familiar with the history of North Africa from Muslim expansion in 7th century to the present day. The lectures include issues of particular histories of medieval states and their ruling dynasties, history of North Africa in period of Ottoman empire, the era of European colonization, modern history of independent states, modern political ideologies, character of individual political systems, modern Islamist movements and organizations, international relations. Special attention is paid to various aspects of given cultures and societies, to the problems of ethnicities and minorities, and of course to the different forms of Islam and its social roles. Also events of the so called Arab spring and its consequences are analyzed. In the beginning of the course the emphasis is put on mastering North African geography.

Research Project (5 ECTS)The aim of the course is to develop writing and analytical skills among students and to prepare them for a later master thesis. Students will be able to analyze scholarly texts and work individually on a scientific project.

African Literature (10 ECTS)The course is intended as an introductory course to the problems and issues of African literatures mainly in the 20th century. In detail, African literature from the 1950s to the 1990s will be examined. Moreover, various important writers of the past decades, including Wole Soyinka, Nuruddin Farah, Tierno Monenembo, Ahmadou Kourouma or Soni Labou Tansi will be read and discussed during seminars.  Focus will be given to Anglophone and Francophone literature (in English translation).

Islam in Sub-Saharan Africa (10 ECTS)The course is focused on an analysis of varieties of Islam in Africa South of the Sahara in historical and anthropological perspectives. Various phases of Islamic intrusion to Africa will be discussed, and many different case studies will be analyzed, including Islam in West Africa, Gulf of Guinea, Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa, East Africa and the Indian Ocean, and even Islam in South Africa. Cohabitation of Muslims and non-Muslims, as well as many different faces of Islam need to be examined. What is the role of Islam in African societies? What is the dynamics of Muslim-Christian relations? These are questions that need to be answered in this course.

Africa and the World (10 ECTS)The course will be focused on the position of Africa in the international affairs in the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century. It will discuss all important events in Africa’s contemporary history in regard to the international and global historical and political context, including the cold war, intervention of economic institutions, African Union, and partnership with many foreign countries, powers, and regions.

An important note: This is only the list of the obligatory courses for the MA program in African Studies. There will be also some optional courses i.e. African languages, General History etc.