African History

Ref: C3679896

This course will look at the history and contributions of Africa and African women and men from the continent and in the diaspora from ancient to modern times. As the course is a basic introduction to African history, we will mainly focus on key pre-colonial African civilisations The course will cover the main West African empires and those of East and Southern Africa with a key section on North Africa The contribution of women throughout history is integral to the course and there will also be a special section on African American pioneers, inventors and scientists. The course is based on the research of many well known authors of African heritage as well as European sources, but primarily the work of resercher, teacher and author ,Robin Robin

Additional information about this course

This course is only open to students in West Yorkshire

Course aim

This is a basic African history course aimed at challenging and dispelling, common myths and stereotypes of Africa and Africans. We use a fact based approach with an emphasis on using unknown , but powerful imagery, to consolidate the learning.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners
  • Although the course is primarily aimed at beginners, those with some knowledge of black history/African/Caribbean history, should find the course content interesting and engaging.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Appreciate the importance of African history and its relevance today
  • Chart the rise and fall of several key African empires
  • Understand some of the key factors, that lead to the metamorphosis of insignificant ancient towns into empires with international influence.
  • Recognize key female figures of influence from ancient times including several warrior Queens and female Pharaohs
  • Recognize the hidden contributions, of women and men of African descent, in the fields of Science, Invention, discovery and technology.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

A key part of the course is based on the book 'When we ruled ' by Robin Walker Reading some of this book before or during the course would greatly help but is not essential. However for those intending to take their learning to the next level , the book is highly recommended.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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African History


This course is funded by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and only applicable postcode areas are permitted to enrol.

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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