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Africa in Cross-Regional Perspective


Admission requirements

BA in Social Sciences or in Humanities


This course adopts a regional perspective on important issues in African Studies, showing how phenomena like migration, nature-human relationships, politics, law and governance, take on specific shapes and dynamics in various African regions. The students will be enabled to reflect on regional differences and similarities via literature assignments and lectures, and will practice discussion of these regional issues both in their factual and problem-oriented dimensions.

Course objectives

After this course students have:

  • A profound awareness of the current issues, core concepts and research questions in cross-regional African fields

  • The capacity to report independently on relevant research that has been carried out according to current academic standards for the field of African Studies research;

  • The ability to write scientific reports in English;

  • The ability to give persuasive oral presentations;

  • The ability to engage in the international academic debate and in non-specialist discussions.


ResMA African Studies

and on Blackboard after April 1, 2020.

Mode of instruction

  • Lectures

  • Seminar

Course Load

Total course load: 10 EC x 28 hours=280 h.

  • Lectures: 32 h.

  • Study of compulsory literature: 485 x 7 min p.p. = 3395 min. = c. 57 h.

  • Preparation final paper (5000 words): 191 h.

Assessment method

Final Assessment based on:
1. Presence at all lectures
2. Reading the two/three required articles/chapters (c. 40-50 p. per lecture; i.e., c. 600-630 p. in all) and giving evidence of having read them.
3. Assignments: each session: presentation of 2-3 students on the obligatory literature in class (7-10 minutes each), followed by discussion of lecture and literature.
4. Writing a final paper of max. 5,000 words (100 hours) on a chosen topic. Advisable for students is to start thinking about a theme as soon as possible and somehow relate it to proposed field research.

Exam review

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.


Rewriting the final paper until a sufficient grade is achieved.


Available for registered students. Will follow later.

This course is supported by Blackboard. Blackboard will be used to provide students with an overview of current affairs, as well as specific information about (components of) the course. Please see: Blackboard

Reading list

All literature will be made available timely in pdf by the course organizers for consultation in the ASCL Library.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available on the website


Lecturers: dr. L.H. Berckmoes and dr. A. Idrissa Abdoulaye

Education Administration Office van Wijkplaats

Coordinator of Studies: Pui Chi Lai