African Studies Course Descriptions

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African Repertory: Music & Dance

This course is designed to help students acquire skills and proficiency in the performance styles of traditional dance forms, as well as the emerging contemporary African dance styles, including those in the repertory of the Noyam Dance Theatre Company, a dance institute affiliated with Ashesi University. Selected dances from both traditional and contemporary genre will be treated, including their basic meaning and significance. Live performances and video recordings of selected dance forms will be discussed with students to give them an overview of the nature of dance performance.


History: Africa in the International Setting

The course will provide a survey of Africa's integration into the global system and examine the impact of the integration on Africa. It will also examine how Africa has fared in the comity of nations. The course aims at introducing students to the different historical stages of Africa's integration into the global system, the complex processes involved in each historical stage of integration, and the results of the integration. Further, the course aims at laying the foundations for a much better appreciation of Africa's complex and multifarious problems, and hopefully creates the basis for thoughtful suggestions for solutions to them.


Philosophy: African Philosophical Thought

This course will review the foundations for African social thoughts on the good society and social life. Its main interest will be in a delineation of social, cultural and psychological challenges confronting human beings in human groups and how those experiencing these challenges have responded to them in the past in the African cultural milieu. Different systems of African social organizations will be examined to include leadership and political systems, cultural values, music, dance, art and religion. The course will raise fundamental questions about the African experience and construct from it a coherent picture of the reality of modern African social life.