2016/17 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
FOAR1100 Creative Africas: Culture and the Arts in Modern Africa
20 creditsClass Size: 42
Module manager: Dr Shane Doyle
Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable
Year running 2016/17
Module replacesFOAR2010: Anthropology of Africa
This module is approved as a discovery module
Module summaryThis module will introduce students to the recent cultural history of Africa, the importance of culture in the creation of modern Africa, and to key issues and items of cultural production. It will engage with both key issues such as representation, identity, religion, gender and politics, and with a range of forms of cultural production including art, theatre, the novel, poetry, media and film.
ObjectivesThis module will enable students to have a broad understanding of the cultural history of Africa from colonialism to the present day, and to explore both how the continent is seen from the West and the key issues and forms of cultural production engaging African artists and audiences. The module will enable students to understand the factors informing African arts and cultures, and to engage with a range of artistic forms.
- Understand the importance of cultural concerns in the modern history of Africa;
- Learn how Africa is represented with British and African media;
- Learn about a wide range of forms of contemporary African cultural production and be able to analyse them in context;
- Learn about the forms and ideas animating contemporary African arts;
- Appreciate how cultural representation affects, and is affected by, ethnicity, gender and religion;
- Learn about the arts and cultural concerns in Africa in part through a focus on one African region.
Representations and colonial creations of Africa:
i. Contemporary representations of Africa in UK media
ii. Anthropology and culture in Africa
iii. Colonialism and culture
iv. Representations of Africa in African media.
Identity and culture:
i. The significance of gender in African arts ('Anowa' by Ama Ata Aidoo)
ii. Performing Islam
iii. Religion and culture
iv. Yoruba identity in Nigerian art
v. Francophone film (The Battle of Algiers).
Culture in post-Apartheid Southern Africa:
i. Contemporary South African art
ii. South African poetry
iii. The contemporary Southern African novel ('Ways of Dying' by Zakes Mda).
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||176.50|
|Total Contact hours||23.50|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||200.00|
Private studyStudents will be expected to read both primary and critical / secondary texts, reading independently.
Students will prepare for and write essays in line with module requirements.
Students will prepare for seminar contribution.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackFeedback forms, office hours, essay assessment and feedback.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Essay||2,000 word essay||40.00|
|Essay||3,000 word essay||60.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 13/04/2016
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