SWA1102 - Swahili History, Civilization and Culture


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Home examination 100/100 2 weeks

Course content

This course offers an introduction to the history of the language, its people and their culture from the pre-Bantu period to today. The influence of Arabs, Europeans and others will be examined. The course also offers an elementary overview of Swahili literature.

Learning outcome


The candidate:

- Has knowledge of the history of the language and its people from pre-Bantu times to the present day.
- Has knowledge of the civilization and culture of the Swahili.
- Has knowledge of the influence of Arabs, Europeans and other people on the Swahili.
- Has knowledge of the development and influence of Swahili as a lingua franca and national language.
- Has elementary overview over Swahili literature.

The candidate:

- Can give an account of the history of the language, its civilization and culture.
- Has knowledge of the central themes, ways of evaluating the problems within Swahili history, civilization, culture and social relations.
- Understands the intricate relationships that exist in Swahili societies along the coast and islands and on the mainland and their influence on the Swahili people.
- Understands how people of different backgrounds and origins who have Swahili as a lingua franca and/or national language forge a common identity and define their common interests.
- Understands Swahili's role as a bridge builder for African people on the continent and in the diaspora.

Learning methods and activities

Obligatory exercises must be approved before the student may sit the home examination.

Compulsory assignments

  • Written assignment (7-12 pages)

Further on evaluation

Number of pages for the take-home exam will usually be between 10 and 20 pages (line spacing 1.5), partly depending on the subject.
If the candidate does not pass the exam there is no need to deliver new assignments in order to qualify for another first retry.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
AFR6003 15.0
HFAFR603 15.0
HFSWA102 15.0


Detailed timetable


Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Autumn ORD Home examination 100/100



Spring ORD Home examination 100/100



  • * 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.