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INT2070 - Africa in the Modern World

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Dr Iain Edwards


Not offered in 2007


In March 2004 the African Parliament was formally constituted - the first such pan continental parliament to be so formed. The path from colonies to independent states has been a long and challenging one. Surveying the entire continent from the late colonial period onwards, we will see how ordinary men and women, peasants and workers, subjects and citizens, political and economic elites and religious and cultural leaders created new forms of meaning and power. Themes concern African states, political parties, a growing civil society, developmental paths and the complex cross-currents of wider international worlds from 1945 into the current period of globalization.


Upon successful completion of this unit students will be able to demonstrate:

  1. A knowledge of the main events, processes, issues, personalities, ideas and politics in the modern history of Africa
  2. An understanding of the relationships between African states and societies and wider global politics and international relations
  3. Intellectual familiarity with the main theoretical and conceptual issues relevant to the Unit: colonization, decolonization, ethnicity, tribalism, nationalism, liberation movements, one party states, typologies of different forms of states (egs crisis, client, failed, gatekeeper and rogue), development and under development, civil society, the Third World and key terms in international affairs: ie. globalization, unilateralism, bilateralism and multilateralism
  4. An understanding of the main currents in wider political discourses, within Africa and internationally, concerning Africa in the modern world
  5. An understanding of the main currents within academic debate, within Africa and internationally, concerning Africa in the modern world
  6. Experience in working with and understanding the difference characteristics of various forms of evidence, both primary and secondary, documentary, oral and visual
  7. Experience in conducting research using both primary and secondary sources
  8. Improving oral, writing, presentation and debating styles


One primary source document analysis essay (900 words): 20%
one essay on scholarly debates (900 words): 20%
one general topic essay (1800 words): 40%
two (oral) tutorial presentations (450 words each): 20%

Contact hours

Two one-hour lectures and one one-hour tutorial per week for twelve weeks


INT1010 and INT1020