Course syllabus

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Welcome to the course

Afro-Swedish Relations Past and Present


The course 'Afro-Swedish Relations Past and Present' is run as part of the fourth module of the full semester course in African studies and as a freestanding course. During this course, you will have a unique opportunity to gain deeper knowledge of and insights into Afro-Swedish relations in the past and the present. The module analyses slavery, colonialism, afrophobia, cultural creativity, associations and development cooperation. Read course plan here



The course engages with three contemporary theoretical and thematic areas of research within Afro-Swedish relationships. The purpose is to give the students an opportunity to focus on and gain an understanding of three important research areas within the field of Afro-Swedish relationships.


Theme 1: Afro-Swedish Relations in the Past

Theme 2: Afrophobia

Theme 3: Decolonisation



  • A detailed and always the most updated Course Schedule for the course 'Afro-Swedish Relations Past and Present' 7,5hp can be found here under Course Schedule.


  • The administration at the department also creates a schedule when they book rooms for the course - the Schedule in Time Edit can be found here.



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 center whose purpose is to support research on Africa 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.


Following two teachers teach at this course: 

Dr. Ulrika Trovalla

Prof. Sten Hagberg


The teacher with overall course responsibility is: 

Dr. Ulrika Trovalla



The teaching is composed of lectures, seminars, and group discussions. We expect you to be actively engaged and always present at all our course events. Active participation is key for the learning process.


The course is assessed through participation in seminars, completion of seminar assignments and a home exams, that is, you should write essay answers to a number of questions by drawing on the literature, the lectures and the seminars.


Physical and Online Teaching in Zoom

The course will take place physically at Engelska Parken with the exception of the seminar 'This month in Africa' that will be online in Zoom (see schedule) and the excursion to the Museum of Ethnography in Stockholm. If Public Health recommendations in relation to COVID-19 change, this situation might change. During teaching online, make sure that you are signed in with your full name in Zoom (your name appears below your video in Zoom), so that the teacher can identify you. When you enter Zoom, also make sure that your video is on so that the teacher can see you. The course's Meeting ID is: 639 7590 3519, and the Zoom-link is:


Course Start

The course starts on Monday 2 May at 10:15-12:00 with an introduction to the course. But prior to that, please take some time, from now onwards, to explore this virtual class-room here at Studium and also to make sure that you have access to all the course literature.


Welcome and Good Luck!


Ulrika Trovalla

Sten Hagberg


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