Afrikan History - Beginners

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This course is unconventional, in that it focuses on Africa at its zenith. A time when Africa influenced the world. We look at the various stages in history when Africans from different parts of the continent, were leaders in warfare, trade and exploration and innovation. This is the untold story of the skill, ingenuity and technical mastery of women and men from the continent and those in the diaspora. This is the story of Africa that you wont find in most schools and colleges or conventional history books. Central to the course is a focus on the ancient civilisations of East, West, and South Africa. Finally with classes including Sociology , Psychology, Media and Nutrition, we look at the impact on the physical mental and psychological health of 'Black' people.

Course aim

This course is an introduction to African or 'Black' History. The study of the history of Africa and its peoples which includes 'Black British' / 'Black Americans'

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

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

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

  • Identify the main Ancient African civilisations
  • Describe the factors influencing the rise and eventual fall of the greatest African civilisations
  • Identify the great and often hidden achievements of many women and men of African descent in many fields such as science , discovery , medicine, invention, military exploits.
  • Describe some of the sociological and psychological issues and the ramifications relating to people of African descent
  • Better understand the source of many of the economic , social and political challenges facing Africa and Africans on the continent and in the diaspora

How will I be taught?

  • Most of your learning will take place in your class, but one or two sessions will be online using WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas, working by yourself or engaging with other students. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit:
  • 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

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • Your tutor will provide written, text and audio feedback recorded in WEA Canvas, WEA’s digital learning platform.
  • You will be able to keep a digital portfolio of your work on WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas.
  • 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 be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • A file of work may be kept which will help to record your progress if you prefer this method.

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.)
  • An internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam would be useful so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit: But this is an optional method.

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 loosely based on Robin Walkers book'' When we ruled'' So reading at least the introduction of the book, would be very helpful, but it is not essential.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • We offer an intermediate course, for those who have completed this course or who have previous African/'Black' history experience

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Afrikan History - Beginners

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Due to face to face teaching being suspended unfortunately this course is not currently available for enrolment.

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  • 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 2019
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