AFR2850 - Modern African History


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 6 hours E

Course content

This course provides an overview of the main issues in modern African history (Africa south of the Sahara) in the period from ca. 1700 to the present. The goal is to provide insights into the important processes that brought change to African communities, as seen from a long historical perspective. Important processes includes the transatlantic slave trade, colonialism, post-colonialism and democratization. Africa will be examined in a global context, with contact and interaction with the rest of the world as a central theme. Both external and internal factors will be considered in discussions of Africa's development. The course will also contextualize and problematize perceptions of Africa that have been created since the 18th century and in many instances preserver. The course is an elective course for a bachelor's degree in history and the study program in history with teacher education, and an obligatory course for the bachelor's programme in African studies. Information on topics for the academic year is found under studies on the webpage for the department with academic responsibility.

Learning outcome

A candidate who passes this course is expected to have the following learning outcome according to the course curriculum, defined as knowledge and skills:


Candidates have

  • demonstrated broad knowledge of the central political, economic and social themes in the history of Africa from the 18th century (1700s) to the present
  • demonstrated knowledge of the different historical perspectives that are used in explaining developments in Africa from the 18th century (1700s) to the present



  • can account for the central historical processes that trigger changes in African development from the 18th century (1700s) to the present
  • can explain continuities and breaks in perceptions of Africa
  • can demonstrate capability to focus, reason, and argue well when dealing with themes from African history
  • can can write an expository essay on central themes in African history from the period

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and seminars. Written term papers, evaluated as approved/not approved, must be passed to sit the exam. These obligatory assignments are valid for the current and the following three semesters. Six-hour final examination.

Compulsory assignments

  • Essignment

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

See syllabus

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
HIST2850 15.0 SPRING 2006
HFHIST230 15.0 SPRING 2006
HFHIST282 15.0
AFR6006 15.0 SPRING 2006
HIST3485 15.0 AUTUMN 2016
More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • History
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Historical and Classical Studies


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 E 2023-12-16 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL520 Sluppenvegen 14 16
SL274 Sluppenvegen 14 1
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 E 2024-05-10 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL430 Sluppenvegen 14 1
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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