Course syllabus

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Student housing, University of Ghana, Legon, 2017. Photo by: Emy Lindberg

Welcome to the course

Africa in the 2000s 7,5hp!


The course 'Africa in the 2000s' is run as part of the second module of the full semester course in African studies and as a freestanding course. During this course you will have a unique opportunity to get knowledge of, and deeper insights into, contemporary theoretical perspectives on the African continent as well as African political, economic and cultural contexts. The course, in particular, focuses on question of neocolonialism, globalization, modernity, democracy and development. Read course plan here.



The course engages with four contemporary theoretical and thematic areas of research within African Studies. The purpose is to give the students an opportunity to focus on and gain an understanding of four important research areas within the vast field of African Studies. One week is devoted to each theme.


Theme 1: Higher Education in Africa, with Kajsa Hallberg Adu, Emy Lindberg 

Theme 2: Migration, with Emy Lindberg 

Theme 3: Conflict, Democracy and Security, with Sverker Finnström, Mats Utas, Sten Hagberg, Emy Lindberg

Theme 4: Women, Power and Sex, with Adelaida Caballero, Emy Lindberg



  • A detailed and Course Schedule for the course 'Africa in the 2000s' 7,5hp can be found here under Course Schedule. This is always the most updated version.
  • 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 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.


The teacher with overall course responsibility is: 


Dr. Emy Lindberg


Following five guest lecturers will also teach at this course: 


Dr. Kajsa Hallberg Adu

Prof. Sverker Finnström

Prof. Mats Utas

Prof. Sten Hagberg

Dr. Adelaida Caballero



If you have questions about the course administration contact:  Angelika Holm.



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 exam, where you 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 Africa in the 2000s is taught on campus, Engelska Parken.


Course Start

The course starts with an introductory lecture on the February 19, 10:15-12:00, room 22-0031 at Campus Engelska Parken. Prior to that, please take some time to explore this virtual class-room (Studium). Make sure that you have access to all the course literature.



Welcome and Good Luck!

Emy Lindberg

And guest lecturers