Pan-Africanism and Nationalism

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The course is part of the Foundation Certificate in Black Political Thought and Culture.

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

Black thinkers of this period made immeasurable contributions to our understanding of humanism, human rights, citizenship, republicanism, modernity, liberation, and democracy, laying the ideological foundations for the “new Black states” they hoped would emerge from the debris of slavery and colonisation. 

Considering Black Nationalism, Négritude, African Nationalism, Pan-Africanism, and Black Consciousness, students on this course will explore the ideas that underpinned the challenge to various non-African intellectual, political and intellectual hegemonies on the continent and in the diaspora, in the first half of the 20th century. 

By exploring the intellectual history of the march towards nationhood on the continent and the crescendos of diasporic campaigns for civil rights, students will acquire the intellectual foundation necessary to engage with various aspects of the new African states and the new Black experience of the later 20th and 21st centuries. 

Who is this course for?

This course is great for those who are looking to increase their knowledge of African history and political thought for professional or personal reasons, particularly those looking to engage in a de-colonised exploration of African historical narratives.

The focus is on building up critical thinking skills, working with primary and secondary sources, and developing the ability to speak and write confidently about the topics covered. 

The course is suitable for students at all levels, from any academic or non-academic background interested in life-long learning or as a re-entry into academic studying. In addition, the knowledge and skills acquired on this course are essential if you want to pursue further study at undergraduate or post-graduate level. This course will be particularly interesting to those targeting careers in history; journalism; education; museum, heritage and culture sectors; development and political science.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will have an understanding of:

  • the key intellectual movements of the early-mid 20th century;
  • the leading figures in Black political thought of this period;
  • how the ideas, people and movements of this period contributed to advances in nationalist and civil rights campaigns across the Pan-African world.

Skills Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • to conduct research into an area of historical debate, including the use of online digital archives;
  • to chart the development of ideas across an expanse of time and space;
  • to comprehend and analyse complex political ideas;
  • to engage with the historiography of the period;
  • to write critically and confidently on political and cultural movements of the period.


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.

Kai Mora is a Senior Fellow at the African History Project. A rising Africanist she is completing graduate studies in African history and has worked within a wide variety of museum, publishing and non-profit institutions. Specialising in Black intellectual history, she is dedicated to platforming Black ideologies and reimagining access to education. Her research centers on African culture and consciousness.


On successful completion of the course, participants will be issued with a Certificate of Completion and be eligible for an academic reference.

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Course Features

  • Lectures 0
  • Quizzes 0
  • Duration 12 Weeks
  • Skill level All levels
  • Language English
  • Participants 30
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