Introduction Languages and Cultures of Africa

Vakbeschrijving Introduction Languages and Cultures of Africa
Collegejaar: 2017-2018
Studiegidsnummer: 5731V2003
  • Prof.dr. M.P.G.M. Mous
Voertaal: Engels
Blackboard: Ja
EC: 5
Niveau: 100
Periode: Semester 1, Blok I, II
Onderwijstijd in uren
(excl. zelfstudie):
34:00 uur
  • Wel Keuzevak
  • Wel Contractonderwijs
  • Geen Exchange
  • Geen Study Abroad
  • Geen Avondonderwijs
  • Wel A-la-Carte en Aanschuifonderwijs
  • Geen Honours Class

Admission requirements


Course Description

Course can be taught in English on request.

The course offers an introduction to the Languages and Cultures of Africa. Topics that are covered are: Geography, Nature, Climate, Social organisation, Agriculture, Linguistic landscape, Body and Health, Masks, City planning and architecture, etc
Special attention is paid to the relevance of language and culture for these topics.

Part of this course involves compulsory meetings on [Academic Skills] (evaluation of sources and structuring an academic paper), organised by the [EAV].

Course objectives

Basic knowledge about the African continent; insight into the relevance of language and culture for the understanding of Africa.
General: searching and selecting information; use of libraries, developing style in writing.
Some meetings of the tailor-made programme Academic Skills are a compulsory part of the course.



Mode of instruction

Lectures. Including 4 hrs extra lectures Academic Skills.

Course load

  • Total: 140 hrs (5 EC)
  • Lectures: 34 hrs
  • Assignments: 56 hrs
  • Writing article: 50 hrs

Assessment method

  • Test on geographical knowledge pass conditional;
  • presenting and writing a short encyclopedic article (50%),
  • 5-6 assignments (30%)
  • Participation in “Dowden” discussion (20%)
  • Resit for any part that has been graded < 5,0

Exam review

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.


Blackboard will be used for literature and assignments.

Reading list

Dowden, Richard. Africa: Altered States, Ordinary Miracles; additional literature available through blackboard.


Registration via uSis.

Registration A la carte and Contract

See A la Carte.
See Contractonderwijs.


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