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FOAR1100 Creative Africas: Culture and the Arts in Modern Africa

20 creditsClass Size: 38

Module manager: Akin Iwliade

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2018/19

Pre-requisite qualifications


Module replaces

FOAR2010: Anthropology of Africa

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This 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.


This 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.

Learning outcomes
Students will:

- 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).

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Film Screenings12.502.50
Private study hours176.50
Total Contact hours23.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Students 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 Feedback

Feedback forms, office hours, essay assessment and feedback.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2,000 word essay40.00
Essay3,000 word essay60.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 12/12/2018 10:48:53


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