Black History

Ref: C3672531

This course will cover topics such as the ethnicity of the Ancient Egyptians, the Golden age of the Swahili and ancient East Africa, and where in Africa do we all originate from. We will explore the wonders of ancient Ethiopia and its culture, and look at the 3 largest kingdoms of ancient West Africa. We will look at the contribution of women from ancient times to the present in roles such as rulers, warriors, revolutionaries and inventors. We also have features on ancient and pre-colonial South Africa and explore some of the art and culture of some of the ancient kingdoms of Nigeria. We will look at aspects of the Black African/Caribbean experience from a Sociological and Psychological perspective, with a section on how African people are represented (or mis-represented) in various forms of media. We will also look at African contributions to literature, and look at aspects of the philosophies of some of our greatest leaders.

Course aim

This is a 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.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • 1. Identify the main Ancient civilisations around precolonial Africa
  • Describe the reasons for the rise and fall of these great African civilisations
  • Identify some of the many great and hidden achievements of women and men of colour
  • Identify possible solutions to Africa's present economic and political challenges
  • Describe some of the sociological and psychological issues relating to people of colour

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • There will be a simple class group project, of your own choosing that you will use to demonstrate the knowledge and skills you will have developed over the weeks and months of the course

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information

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Black History


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  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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