Historiography and Historical Methods

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African History Project – African Boy with Musket

*This course can only be taken as part of the Foundation Certificate in African History.

  • Duration:  12 weeks
  • Format: Online, with Live Lectures and Tutorials
  • Assessment: 1 x 1000-word essay

Considering the theory and practice of history both now and in the past, this course will teach students what it means to be a “historian” and what it means to “do history”

Beginning with African historiography, students will explore how the telling of Africa’s history has changed with time, from the oral traditions of antiquity to those of the modern day; from 14th century epics in Arabic, to 20th century masterpieces in African languages and English. This is an essential exploration of the history of the continent and its people, providing a brilliant introduction to over 600 years of African history recitation and writing. 

Students will also explore contemporary approaches to studying Africa’s history. Considering important tools such as oral history and critical theories such as Pan-Africanism and post-colonialism, this part of the course teaches students to think critically about the latest methods for exploring Africa’s past. 


Apeike Umolu is the founder of the African History Project. She is an educator and historian with over 15 years of experience supporting students in the attainment of academic excellence. Specialising in African history, she is a passionate historian and has undertaken historical studies at the University of Oxford. She researches extensively on West African political history and is working on her first book On Black Consciousness.


On successful completion of the course, participants will be issued with a Certificate of Completion.

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    Course Features

    • Lectures 14
    • Quizzes 0
    • Duration 12 Weeks
    • Skill level All levels
    • Language English
    • Participants 33
    • Resources Yes