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University of Birmingham, United Kingdom, Birmingham

African Studies (Single Honours), B.A.

  • African Studies (Single Honours), B.A.
  • Full-time
  • Duration : 3 years

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Indicative Fees

AUD 5,481

Study mode

On Campus


Course Highlights

Africa is humankind's original home; a continent of vast cultural and natural resources. Whether coping with massive urbanisation, developing new kinds of politics, or inventing original literary and theatrical genres, Africans have been active and resilient makers of their own fortunes.

Career Opportunities

You can do a lot with this major! Global Studies majors go on to successful careers in international business, academics, advocacy, politics, government, publishing, the arts, research, and much more. All liberal arts degrees help students develop their Core Career Competencies, and Global Studies majors develop specific skills that are applicable to lots of different careers..These skills include: Strong verbal and written communication skills Deep understanding of the institutions and processes that shape the world Cross-cultural knowledge and understanding Critical thinking and creative problem-solving Ability to formulate clear and persuasive messages Listening, clarifying, questioning and responding skills Ability to work well independently and collaboratively

Course Overview

The range of African societies today and in the past is enormous: from egalitarian communities to elaborately hierarchical empires. There are extremes of wealth and poverty; ancient oral cultures exist side-by-side with old traditions of literacy and state-of-the-art electronic media. African Studies and Anthropology has been ranked second among all Area Studies departments in the country in the Research Excellence Framework 2014. The department's teaching programmes are grounded in Africans own views of the continent and the world. I want to find another Bachelor Course African Studies is a broad degree programme which combines arts and social science approaches. Most of our students enter the degree programme with an enthusiasm for, and interest in, either Africa or Anthropology, but few have studied these subjects at school or college. In your first year you will have a series of options which allow you to explore aspects of African History, Politics, Culture, Geography, Society and Development, giving you an awareness of the diversity of the continent. As you progress, you will be able to follow up a range of topics in greater detail, culminating in your final-year dissertation.


Programme Structure Courses include: Focus on Studying Societies African Societies Doing Development Introduction to African Culture Introduction to African History Introduction to African Societies Introduction to African Politics Introduction to Geography and Africa Thinking Anthropologically Perspectives on Africa Aid, NGOs and Development The African Canon African New Writing African Popular Culture African Religion and Ritual Atlantic Slavery: West Africa and the Caribbean Caribbean Poetry Gender and Development in Africa Ghana: State and Society Independent Study Rural Livelihoods and Development Interventions in West Africa Social Life of the Economy South Africa in the 19th century South Africa in the 20th century South Africa since Apartheid: Politics and Culture Theory, Ethnography and Research Trajectories of Emancipation

Academic Entry Requirement

Academic Requirements Number of A levels required: 3 Typical offer: BBB General Studies: accepted BTEC Extended Diploma, Diploma and Subsidiary Diploma applications are all considered on a case by case basis We expect applicants to have an interest in Africa rather than a detailed knowledge of the continent. We welcome applications from mature and Access students. International baccalaureate: International Baccalaureate Diploma: 5,5,5 in Higher level subjects plus 32 points overall

English Entry Requirement


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