African Studies (AFRI)

African Studies (AFRI)

Location

Location

  • Institute for the Study of International Development
  • Peterson Hall, Room 126
  • 3460 McTavish Street
  • Montreal QC H3A 0E6
  • Adviser: Kirsty McKinnon (Acting) or Lisa Stanischewski
  • Email: kirsty.mckinnon [at] mcgill.ca

About African Studies

About African Studies

The African Studies program was established in 1969 and was the first of its kind in Canada. It offers interdisciplinary courses leading to a minor or major concentration for students seeking to acquire a deeper understanding of the African continent and its diverse peoples. Students will acquire an appreciation of the contributions of Africa to world culture and civilization, and an awareness of the continent's current struggle to achieve development.

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African Studies (AFRI) Faculty

African Studies (AFRI) Faculty

Program Chair
K. Medani; B.A.(Brown), M.A.(G'town), M.A., Ph.D.(Calif., Berk.) – Political Science
Program Committee
G. Campbell; B.Soc.Sc., M.Soc.Sc.(Birm.), Ph.D.(Wales) (Canada Research Chair) – History and Classical Studies
C. Chapman; B.Sc., M.A., Ph.D.(Alta.) – Anthropology/MSE
E. Elbourne; B.A., M.A.(Tor.), D.Phil.(Oxf.) – History and Classical Studies
J. Jorgensen; B.A., M.A.(N. Carolina), Ph.D.(McG.) – Desautels Faculty of Management
M. Popescu; B.A., M.A.(Bucharest), M.A.(Windsor), Ph.D.(Penn.) – English
J. Soske; M.A.(Berk.), Ph.D.(Tor.) – History and Classical Studies
J. Unruh; M.S.(Wisc.), Ph.D.(Ariz.) – Geography
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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Minor Concentration African Studies (18 credits)

The Minor Concentration African Studies is available for those students majoring in a discipline of the Faculty of Arts who wish to acquire interdisciplinary knowledge of Africa. This program may be expanded to the Major Concentration African Studies.

For more information, see Minor Concentration African Studies (18 credits).

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Major Concentration African Studies (36 credits)

The Major Concentration African Studies provides students with an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the African continent. ...

For more information, see Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) (36 credits).

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Joint Honours African Studies Component (36 credits)

The Joint Honours program in African Studies provides students with an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the African continent.

Students wishing to study at the Honours level in two disciplines can combine Joint Honours program components in any two Arts disciplines. For a list of available Joint Honours programs, see "Overview of Programs Offered" and "Joint Honours Programs". Joint Honours students should consult an adviser in each department to discuss their course selection and their interdisciplinary Honours thesis (if applicable). Joint Honours students are expected to maintain a program GPA of 3.30 and, according to Faculty regulations a minimum CGPA of 3.00 in general.

At least 9 of the 36 credits must be at the 400 level or above.

Required Courses (9 credits)

AFRI 200 (3) Introduction to African Studies
AFRI 480* (3) Honours Thesis
AFRI 598 (3) Research Seminar in African Studies

* Honours Thesis course must be taken for the AFRI Joint Honours component. Students must meet the specific requirements regarding Thesis credits of their second program in addition to the AFRI 480 Honours Thesis.

Complementary Courses (27 credits)

Group A

9 credits from:

ANTH 322 (3) Social Change in Modern Africa
HIST 200 (3) Introduction to African History
HIST 201 (3) Modern African History
POLI 324 (3) Developing Areas/Africa

Group B

18 credits from the Group B course lists below drawn from at least 3 disciplines with no more than 9 credits from any one discipline.

African Studies

AFRI 401 (3) Swahili Language and Culture
AFRI 481 (3) Special Topics 1
AFRI 499 (3) Arts Internships: African Studies

Anthropology

ANTH 212 (3) Anthropology of Development
ANTH 222 (3) Legal Anthropology
ANTH 301 (3) Nomadic Pastoralists
ANTH 322 (3) Social Change in Modern Africa
ANTH 355 (3) Theories of Culture and Society
ANTH 411 (3) Primate Studies & Conservation
ANTH 416 (3) Environment/Development: Africa
ANTH 451 (3) Research in Society and Development in Africa

Economics

ECON 208 (3) Microeconomic Analysis and Applications
ECON 313 (3) Economic Development 1
ECON 314 (3) Economic Development 2

English

* Note: Course is counted only when African materials are taught.

ENGL 320* (3) Postcolonial Literature
ENGL 352* (3) Theories of Difference
ENGL 421 (3) African Literature

Geography

GEOG 216 (3) Geography of the World Economy
GEOG 302 (3) Environmental Management 1
GEOG 403 (3) Global Health and Environmental Change
GEOG 404* (3) Environmental Management 2
GEOG 408 (3) Geography of Development
GEOG 410 (3) Geography of Underdevelopment: Current Problems
GEOG 416* (3) Africa South of the Sahara
GEOG 423* (3) Dilemmas of Development
GEOG 451* (3) Research in Society and Development in Africa
GEOG 493* (3) Health and Environment in Africa

* Note: Normally offered as field courses (in African Studies Field Semester)

History

HIST 200 (3) Introduction to African History
HIST 201 (3) Modern African History
HIST 382 (3) History of South Africa
HIST 413 (3) Independent Research
HIST 444 (3) British Colonies: Africa and Asia
HIST 528 (3) Indian Ocean World Slave Trade
HIST 590 (3) Topics: The British Empire

Islamic Studies

ISLA 360 (3) Islam and Politics
ISLA 410 (3) History: Middle-East 1798-1918
ISLA 521D1 (4.5) Introductory Arabic
ISLA 521D2 (4.5) Introductory Arabic

Political Science

* Note: Course is counted only when African materials are taught. Admission to this course will be subject to the Political Science departmental requirements and approval of the Departmental Honours Adviser. Priority will be given to Political Science students.

POLI 227 (3) Developing Areas/Introduction
POLI 324 (3) Developing Areas/Africa
POLI 522* (3) Seminar: Developing Areas

Sociology

SOCI 365 (3) Health and Development
SOCI 370 (3) Sociology: Gender and Development
SOCI 446 (3) Colonialism and Society
SOCI 484 (3) Emerging Democratic States
SOCI 513 (3) Social Aspects HIV/AIDS in Africa
SOCI 550 (3) Developing Societies
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African Studies (AFRI) Related Programs and Study Semesters

African Studies (AFRI) Related Programs and Study Semesters

Africa Field Study Semester

Africa Field Study Semester

See Field Studies > Undergraduate > Africa Field Study Semester for details of the 15-credit interdisciplinary AFSS.

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