Our Foundation Certificate in African History and Political Thought is the first qualification of its kind allowing students to study part-time anywhere in the world.
The year-long academically rigorous programme is ambitious, challenging students to acquire knowledge from across the Pan-African experience. Students will hone their critical thinking and academic writing skills, work with primary and secondary sources, and learn to engage in debate around key people, events and ideas in Africa’s political and intellectual history.
In this article, we discuss:
- Course Structure
- Lectures and Tutorials
- Curated Reading
- Knowledge Questions
- Depth Studies
- Tutor Support
- Find out more
Using a combination of live lectures and tutorials, curated reading lists, knowledge questions, and depth studies, students will explore the depth and breadth of a number of different topics.
Students will complete four courses over the course of the year during each of the Project’s four academic terms.
The four terms run as follows:
- Term 1: September – December
- Term 2: January – March
- Term 3: April – May
- Term 4: June – August
Our courses are academically rigorous, allowing students to develop intellectually in leaps and bounds. It is therefore very important that students keep to the study schedule, and demonstrate their learning in lectures and tutorials.
The courses available change slightly each year but are always on topics within one of our eight topic areas in our Department of African History and Political Thought.
The AHP’s core teaching is based around deep personal reading and reflection and critical conversations through highly interactive lectures and tutorials.
Each week, students will alternate between attending the public lecture associated with their current course and a tutorial with the course leader. Our lectures/tutorials usually run on Thursdays at a time that will be in the evenings in Africa/Europe, for example 7pm-8.30pm, and lunch-time in the Caribbean/Americas, for example 1pm-2.30pm.
Enrolled students are expected to complete any readings and set assignments ahead of each lecture and tutorial. During lectures and tutorials, they are expected to actively partipate in the discussions and will be supported and encouraged to do so by their tutors. Such regular and rigorous academic discussion develops and facilitates learning helping students to develop their abilities to think for themselves.
Rather than long reading lists, we provide students with a curated selection of key readings. Our tutors select sources that centre the Black experience and the Black voice, hopefully introducing students to thinkers, historians and methods they may not otherwise have come across.
From political essay, to oral traditions and oral histories; from academic essays to poetry and music, our tutors select sources that allow students to undertake a multidisciplinary exploration of the topics at hand. As a school working within the pan-African tradition, we are conscious to expose students to the breadth of experiences and perspectives across the Black world. This can be seen through the geographic diversity of writers on our reading lists.
At the AHP we say that we are passion driven and student focussed. In keeping with the African philosophy of education that centres above all the nurturing of esteem, our courses are not designed to “catch students out” but to support them in mastering the content.
Knowledge questions guide students through the reading list, helping them to organise their thoughts and highlighting key ideas that will be explored later. These are the questions that will guide tutorials but students are expected to work through them ahead of time and come to tutorials ready to share and discuss their thoughts.
These lessons allow students to dive more into specific non-core areas of the course. We encourage students to complete the depth studies where they can for their own personal development, however, they are not assessed in the course. Depth studies should be completed if students have extra time or have a particular interest in the concept being dealt with in the depth study but only after the core sections for that week have been completed.
All of our courses are assessed by 1000-word essays. Students need to hand in four essays to complete the Foundation Certificate. For more information about assignments, please click here.
Your course tutor is here to support you as you work through the courses. You may not have the same tutor for all of your courses but all of our tutors are supportive and approachable. They will send you regular emails to keep you on track and remind you of key events within the school. Please direct your course questions to them – they are here to help with your progress through, and understanding of, the course.
The best place to start is to come along to one of our public lectures.
If you are interested in studying for the Foundation Certificate, please send our admissions team an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or using the form below and we can schedule a call to discuss things further or register you for one of our open days.