Afrikan History - Advanced

Ref: C3675821

The course is a follow up to the basic course. We will look at ancient African civilisations in more detail with emphasis on Technology and Architecture. Historical figures of the ancient and modern world will also be featured in more detail, 'the Heroes and ''She''roes' of 'Black' history. We will also look in greater detail at the various models of sociological and psychological schools of thought in terms of analizing the ''Black experience'' and ways forward The 'Black British experience will also be featured. At this advanced level Students will also participate more, in terms of research and forms of feedback.

Course aim

The course is a more in depth look at the early African civilisations, their influence on the ancient world and their legacy to the modern world. We also look at the many contributions to the ancient and modern world, of people of African descent.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for improvers
  • You may be able to join our WEA live video learning platform: WEA Zoom. If you’d like to understand more about our video learning platform, Zoom check with the course tutors or visit: and to check if video content for this course is available.

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

  • Describe in detail the major ancient African civilisation and the key factors that influenced their rise , and eventual decline.
  • Describe the role of the media in its mis-representation of Africa and its peoples past and present.
  • Do a short group presentation, on the contributions of some of the leading pioneers, freedom fighters , inventors , scientist and leaders of African descent.
  • Describe some of the factors affecting the physical, mental, psychological ,social and economical challenges facing Africa and peoples of African decent
  • Appreciate the value of African or Black history for everyone regardless of race, and the need for it in the school syllabus.

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
  • You will be expected to carry out a some activities in your own time as part of group activities.

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
  • 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
  • You may be able to keep a record of your progress and achievement using photos, audio, text or documents uploaded into the WEA’s digital learning platform, WEA Canvas. Speak to your tutor about this.

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.)
  • You may need a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas so that you can receive resources, record your progress and achievement and to work with others and share ideas. Speak to your tutor about this.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • You may have access to course resources and links to wider learning through the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas: Speak to your tutors about this.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information

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Afrikan History - Advanced


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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
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