Course syllabus


At the crossroads of Av. Julius Nyerere and Av. Mao Tsé Tung, Maputo, Mozambique. Street names are remnants of the postcolonial trajectories. The same goes for cities and countries. For instance, the Mozambican capital Maputo was called Lourenço Marques during Portuguese colonialism. Marques was a 16th-century Portuguese trader and explorer. At Independence in 1975, the city became Maputo. Photo: Sten Hagberg.


Welcome to the course in African History, Society, and Culture 7,5hp

Link: Schedule in Time Edit

During this course you will have a unique opportunity to get more knowledge of and deeper insights into Africa's historical developments from a perspective of present-day society and culture. Read course plan here

The detailed schedule for the whole semester will soon be available here, and the detailed schedule as PDF for the first part (7,5hp) is available here

Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 652 6627 8092

The teachers are researchers and other professionals with long first-hand experience of researching and working in African countries and/or with African issues. This course is being offered by researchers of the Forum for Africa Studies, an inter-disciplinary centre whose purpose is to support research on, in, and with African at Uppsala University. We lead research projects, organize lectures and round-tables, and host the seminar series Friday Seminar in Africa Studies. You may follow Forum for Africa Studies' Facebook page to get updated information.

The teaching is composed of lectures, seminars, group discussions, round-tables and other public events, and, if the corona-pandemic allows, study visits. 

We expect you to be actively engaged and always present at all our course events. This is key for the learning process. And it makes the course more lively and interactive.

Presentations (power-point, etc.) can be used for learning purposes, but should not be spread beyond the class-room, be it virtual or physical.

The course is examined through home exams, that is, you should write essay answers to a number of questions by drawing on the literature and the lectures and seminars.

The course starts on Monday 17 January at 10:15-12:00 with a course introduction. It is very important that you attend the course introduction. But prior to that, please take some time, from early January 2022 onward, to explore this virtual study site. We will update more and more the coming weeks.

Welcome and Good Luck!

Prof. Sten Hagberg, Dr. Ulrika Trovalla, and Prof. Anneli Ekblom