African History

Ref: C3680310

This course will look at the history and contributions of Africa, African women and men from the continent and in the diaspora from ancient to modern times. The course is a basic introduction to African history so will mainly focus on key pre-colonial African civilisations. The course will cover African empires from different parts of Africa and will also question the ethnicity of the ancient Egyptians. The contribution of women throughout history is also a big part of the course. This course is based on the research of many well known authors of African heritage as well as European sources. We will primarily draw on the work of researcher, teacher, and author,Robin Walker.

Course aim

The aim of this course is to familiarise learners with the achievements of women and men of African heritage. This will be done by focusing on ancient African civilisations, and the often hidden contributions of a few significant African women.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is for beginners and improvers

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

  • Appreciate the importance of African history to world history, and its relevance today
  • Recognise the key factors in the rise and fall of several key African empires
  • Understand the key factors in the metamorphosis of several insignificant ancient villages, into vast empires, with global influence
  • Appreciate the contributions to African and global history, of several significant female figures from ancient times.
  • 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?

When We Ruled by Robin Walker is the recommended book, but it is not essential. Other helpful books are: The Destruction of Black Civilisation by Chancellor Williams and How Europe Underdeveloped Africa by Walter Rodney

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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African History

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This course is funded by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

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
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  • 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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