Afrikan History Beginners

Ref: C3674622

The course is a general introduction to some of the major contributions of people of African descent. We look at civilisations chronologically, and focus on their contributions to science and technology. We also look at several Ancient African Civilisations in some detail. An introduction to the Sociological and Psychological perspectives on people of African descent will also be an important part of the course. The course is designed to instill pride and generate respect through the mutual understanding of the vital contributions of African people. We are focusing on aspects of African history that have been and continue to be, hidden and misrepresented in mainstream education, and have therefore contributed to the negative portrayal of people of African descent.

Course aim

This course will focus on aspects of the history of African people that you won't be taught in schools . We will look at the contributions of people of African descent, and look at the global impact of several Ancient African civilisations.

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
  • 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 influence of North, West, East and Southern Africa,on the ancient and modern world. A history that is not taught in school or university.
  • Identify many of the Great Ancient African civilisations, looking at their rise, the untold story of how they looked at their zenith, and their eventual downfall.
  • Appreciate Africa and its peoples, in relation to the Origins of humankind.
  • Recognise the mostly hidden contributions, of peoples of African descent, in the fields of Science, Invention, discovery and technology.
  • Look at Africa and Africans in relation to Sociology, Psychology. We will look at the significance of Nutrition and how some of the major Religions owe their foundations to Africa.

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

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • 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 have a file of work which can be kept to record your progress There will be various tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, or small interactive projects. These are designed to be enjoyable and support your progress.

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Some materials will be provided but additional materials such as notebook and pen would be helpful.

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
  • The course is based on the book ' When we ruled' , by Robin Walker . It would be helpful to read some of this book but its not essential.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • After completing the course, attendees can progress onto our 22 week WEA Intermediate African history course.

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Afrikan History Beginners

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