TAFARCS15U Compulsory course (2. semester): Religion, Culture and Society in Africa
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.
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.
- Class Instruction
For information on how to register please see www.teol.ku.dk/cas/studentinformation/courses/course_registration
- 15 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Written examination, 7 days
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- External censorship
- Exam period
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.