Compulsory for students enrolled in the ReSMA African Studies programme. Those from other MA programs may be admitted with prior registration (please contact the course coordinator)
In this stage of the programme the students have started to reflect on the theoretical orientation and empirical set-up of their own field research. In order to facilitate their choices, but also to ‘discover’ what theory is and how this links to empirical research, the students will be introduced to the conceptual/ theoretical considerations and choices and concrete research of three senior Africanist researchers. Hence, students will step into their shoes. How did they relate to theory while developing their research? What were the guiding theories and concepts for them? And how did they work for them during the process of data gathering and analysis? The course therefore bridges previous theoretical and methodological courses and the student’s development of an individual research proposal for fieldwork.
The course is organized around three thematic fields that are relevant for the study of Africa and allow for a multi-disciplinary approach, i.e., Markets in Africa; Forgotten Histories of Decolonisation in/of Africa; and one more topic which is still to be decided, depending on the research expertise of third lecturer involved. For each of these themes, the corpus of theories will be explored and linked to empirical researches accordingly. Assignments, partly developed in class, will guide students to understand, evaluate, analyse and apply these theories to their own research questions. The assignments will be multi modal assignments.
By the end of the course, students:
Have acquired a profound knowledge and understanding of various theories and concepts in three relevant thematic and interdisciplinary fields in African Studies and how these guide empirical research;
Are able to critically apply these theoretical insights and concepts in written or multi modal essays, based on primary and/or secondary sources, written in grammatically correct language, and correctly referenced.
Are able to engage in academic debate related to the selected thematic fields.
By the end of each of the three specific modules, students:
Forgotten histories of decolonization in/of Africa:
Have obtained general knowledge of, and insight into understanding the of decolonisation of Africa from different angles and as a silenced or at least partly forgotten history.
Have developed an insight in the historical roots of contemporary political processes in Africa and will be able to grasp and work with relevant conceptualisations found in other disciplines used in the analysis. (Past in the present)
Markets in Africa:
Students can describe and explain what a market is.
Students arrive at a basic understanding of factors and the human agency behind which shape and coordinate markets in African societies.
Students can describe and explain how issues related to power, legitimacy, regulation and governance affect the operation and dynamics in Africa.
(Third topic to be announced)
The timetables are avalable through My Timetable.
Mode of instruction
Multi modal assignments (3)
Multi modal assignments – 3 x 30% = 90%
Participation – 10%
Resit will be done in consultation with the course coordinator.
How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.
Inspection and feedback
- How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.
A syllabus with a reading list will be made available on Brightspace prior to the course
Enrolment through MyStudyMap is mandatory.
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For questions about enrolment, admission, etc, contact the Education Administration Office: Reuvensplaats