TAFARCS15U Compulsory course (2. semester): Religion, Culture and Society in Africa

Volume 2016/2017

MA in African Studies


The main purpose of the course is to study religion and culture in Africa in their social context. The course focuses on four general themes which will be addressed through a number of specific cases:

  • Religious and cultural development inmodern Africa

  • The importance of African cultural heritage for contemporary Africans

  • The interaction between local and global religious trends as they manifest themselves on the African continent

  • Connections between religious and cultural movements and the social, political and economic development of Africa.


Methodology Lab: Several sessions from both Politics, Development and Change in Africa and Religion, Culture and Society in Africa will be dedicated to an intensive Methodology Lab. This is aimed at providing students with an introduction to research methods in general, as well as with special insight into methodological problems which are specific to African Studies. Invited guest scholars will present their work and draw on their own experience to highlight the advantages and challenges of various research methods in practice.

Learning Outcome

The aim is for the student to acquire the following qualifications:

  • Overview and understanding of significant aspects of the cultural, religious and social dimensions of contemporary Africa.
  • Knowledge of and insight into the significance of the African cultural heritage for understanding contemporary social and political conditions with special focus on the changes that African societies are undergoing in connection with such large-scale trends as urbanisation and migration.
  • Insights into the interaction between local African and global religious and cultural developments.
The course is only open for CAS MA students and professional master students.
The course will be based on lectures combined with classroom discussions, requiring an active participation from the students.
Please see the Study Curricula revised 2015 at www.teol.ku.dk/​​cas/​​studentinformation/​​study_curricula
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 56
  • Total
  • 56
Type of assessment
Written examination, 7 days
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship
Exam period

June 2017.

Criteria for exam assesment

The grade of 12 is given at the exam when the student demonstrates:

  • Good overview of the diversity of Africa’s religious and cultural traditions.
  • Well-developed ability to analyse African religious and cultural phenomena in their societal contexts.
  • Clear understanding of the contemporary significance, utilisation and reshaping of African religious and cultural traditions.
  • Clear understanding of the interaction between local African and global religious and cultural developments.
  • Confident ability to conduct a methodological and theoretical analysis of literature and other material on Africa’s religions and cultures.