The interdisciplinary compulsory core course introduces you to theoretical and methodological issues in African studies, whilst at the same time conveying substantive information about the histories, cultures, politics and economies of Africa. The course comprises 24 hours of class teaching (twelve sessions) and is taught as a two-hour seminar discussion class during Michaelmas term with readings set in advance. Films, music, and novels are set alongside academic literature. It is essential that you attend the sessions fully prepared and ready to participate in class discussions.
The core course is assessed by a 5,000-word essay (including references, excluding bibliography) on a topic chosen from a prescribed list of questions. The list of essay questions will be released on 16 January 2017 and the essay is due on 1 March 2017. It is important that you address one of the prescribed essay questions; you are not permitted to devise an alternative question of your own. The core course essay counts for 20% of the final MPhil mark.