RHI-51806 African History


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Individual Paper1
Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)D Kembabazi
Lecturer(s)D Kembabazi
Examiner(s)dr. NM Teeuwen

Language of instruction:



The students will be offered a general survey of the social-economic and political-cultural history of sub-Sahara Africa. The historical continuity and regional diversity of this part of the world will get special attention. We will concentrate on the following themes:
- rise, development and diversity in agrarian societies in Africa;
- rise of trade networks and states before 1500;
- the influence of the Islam;
- the influence of transatlantic trade networks;
- the colonial experience and organisation of the colonial economies;
- the process of decolonisation and the colonial legacy.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- understand the main long term developments in Africa;
- understand processes of historical continuities and discontinuities;
- understand the diversity in developments paths;
- assess the role of African cultural values in the historical process;
- assess the role of foreign influences in shaping African historical experience;
- report on an independent scientific investigation.


- lectures;
- tutorials and independent study;
- students will have to read the relevant literature for the lectures and tutorials.
- they are expected to actively participate in class discussions.
- students also have to write and present a paper.


- paper (group or individual) on basic scientific investigation (50%);
- written exam with open essay questions (50%).
Both components require a minimum mark of 5.5 to pass.


Erik Gilbert and Jonathan T. Reijnolds, Africa in world history. From prehistory to present. Pearson Education. Newest edition.