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Foundation Certificate in African History


Duration: 1 year, part-time

This Foundation Certificate is for students looking to explore African history in the 19th and 20th century up to c.1970.

Next Course Start Date: September 2021

Registration opening: 1 June 2021

Register your interest using the form below and we will keep you updated about the course. 

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Registration opening: 1 June 2021 | Register your Interest

    Thank you for your interest in the Foundation Certificate in African History. Please submit this form to be kept up to date about the course including registration opening dates and closing dates.

    The last 200 years have been a dynamic and transformative period for Africa. In this course, students will dive into the amazing historical narratives of the 19th and 20th century, exploring the rise and fall of empires like the great Asante in the West and the Zulu in the south, the effects of the installation of European administrations across the continent, and the emergence of new nation states in the 20th century.

    In this engaging yet challenging programme of study, students will explore how these events have shaped African politics and society, and how African intellectual thought has developed during this period.

    Course Outline

    • Module 1: African Historiography, African Approaches to History and New Approaches to African Historyv
    • Module 2: Statecraft, Society and Suzerainty in the 19th Century
    • Module 3: Resistance and Rebellion in the African Colonies
    • Module 4: The Politics and Economics of Colonisation
    • Module 5: African Nationalism and Pan-Africanism
    • Module 6: The First Republics

    Course Delivery and Assessment

    The course is delivered through online learning via video lectures, tutorials, essays and exams. Each module is assessed by a 1000-1500 word essay and the course will be examined by a 2-hour open book exam.

    Any questions

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