NNMB14005U East Africa

Volume 2017/2018

The course aim is to provide a broad background introduction to East Africa, so as to provide the basis upon which future research or career interests relating to the region can be built. As such, during the course we will explore topics ranging from the botany, zoology, geology, anthropology and medical related pathogens of the region, as well as the wider information required to put any research that is based in the region into context. Thus we will also cover at an introductory level the region’s recent history and politics, geography, and development.

Learning Outcome


The student wil gain knowledge about recent history, politics, Major health problems, Geography and Geology of East Africa. The course will also give knowledge about biodiversity and Ecology of East Africa including Mammalogy, Marine Biology, Entomology, Avifauna as well as Conservation and its challenges in East Africa


The student will be provided with a broad foundation in the above topics, thus giving them a wide understanding of the region. The students will also be provided with a practical and theoretical understanding with regards to how scientific techniques can be used to address biological, geological and other questions in order to undertake research relevant to the region. This will enable them to critically assess relevant research papers based around the region.


The student will be able to discuss a wide range of topics relating to East Africa at an introductory level, and will be able to use this information to build future research or employment opportunities based around the region.

See absalon. 

This course is aimed at students with no prior knowledge of East Africa, at an introductory level that should be useful for students from Biology, as well as Geography-Geoscience, Geology-GeoScience, Biology-Biotechnology, Natural Resources
Lectures, study groups and collection-based exercises (9 hours a week for 6 weeks). One written assignment (final two weeks) followed by related oral exam.
This is recommended as an optional course during the second or third year of the BSc program, so as to provide a foundation for relevant MSc thesis research aimed at the region.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Exam
  • 1
  • Lectures
  • 42
  • Practical exercises
  • 6
  • Preparation
  • 128
  • Project work
  • 29
  • Total
  • 206
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Oral examination, 20 min (no preparation time)
The final grade is based 100 % on the oral exam.
Exam registration requirements

The students must give a 10 minute presentation and 5 page essay on a topic assigned by the course teacher. Completing these is mandatory for being eligible to take the final oral exam.

Without aids
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Several internal examiners

As ordinary exam.

If the student has not fulfilled the exam registration requirements the student must hand in an essay with a topic that is chosen by the teacher. The essay must be approved by the teacher no later than 2 weeks before the re-exam.


Criteria for exam assesment

See learning outcome