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HIST3260 Tradition and Modernity in Colonial Africa: Uganda's Kingdoms 1862-1964

40 creditsClass Size: 14

Module manager: Dr Shane Doyle

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is not approved as a discovery module


On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- comment critically on the primary sources they have studies;
- compare different kinds of historical sources and discuss how historians have used them;
- develop a sound understanding of the nature of political and social change during East Africa's integration into global society;
- comment on the historiography surrounding African kingship, missionisation, colonial rule, and decolonisation.

Skills outcomes
Further enhances Common Skills listed below:

- High-level skills in oral and written communication of complex ideas.
- Independence of mind and self-discipline and self-direction to work effectively under own initiative.
- Ability to locate, handle and synthesize large amounts of information.
- Capacity to employ analytical and problem-solving abilities.
- Ability to engage constructively with the ideas of their peers, tutors and published sources.
- Empathy and active engagement with alternative cultural contexts.

- Skills in interpretation and analysis of complex documentary-based material.


Uganda was one of the last parts of Africa to be "discovered" by the outside world. Explorers were fascinated by its complex kingdoms and openness to change. This module analyses the unequal integration of two African kingdoms into global society, from first contact to decolonisation and post-colonial crisis. Buganda initially at least was one of the stars of the twentieth-century British Empire, a model of effective indirect rule, rapid Christianisation, and successful cash cropping.

Bunyoro by contrast resisted colonial conquest and suffered the destruction of its indigenous political system, economic marginalisation, and cultural disintegration. Issues that will be examined include African sub-imperialism, religious syncretism, conflicts between African traditional authority and modernising nationalists, and changing notions of sexuality and identity.

It will use a range of original sources, including oral interview transcripts, indigenous historical accounts, colonialists' memoirs and diaries, missionaries' correspondence and reports, and government archival records.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours356.00
Total Contact hours44.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)400.00

Private study

- Exam preparation;
- researching, preparing, and writing assignments;
- undertaking set reading; and
- self-directed reading around the topic.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Contributions to class discussions, two assessed exercises, an exercise or exercises worth 10% of module marks.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Oral PresentationOne in each semester, each supported by a summary of approximately 500 words.10.00
Essay4,000 word essay to be submitted by 12 noon on Monday of exam week 2 in January40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

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

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment48 hr 50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

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: 30/06/2021 15:57:31


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