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The Kingdoms of Mother Africa

Level 1 (CQFW Level 4), 10 Credits.

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01 May 2014
(Thursdays from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm)
HIS13A4796A - Enrol
10 weekly meetings
Abu-Bakr Madden-Al Shabazz
John Percival Building (formerly the Humanities Building)
Colum Drive
CF10 3EU
£140.00 (Concessionary Fee £112.00)


This course will introduce students to the ancient kingdoms of Africa - Egypt (KMT), Kush, Carthage, Mali, Songhay and Ghana - and consider how each of these kingdoms’ cultural, social and economic evolution and diffusion developed and shaped other societies both within and outside of Africa. The course will increase our understanding of Africa and Africans before the slave trade and the colonial era.

Course syllabus:

1: Pre-Historic Man and His Society

2: Civilisation & Culture

3: The Nile Valley Culture as an Evolutionary process

4: The Nile Valley Civilisation & the Diffusion of Culture

5: Western Asia and the Nile Valleys’ fight for survival

6: Carthage and Rome an End to African leadership and their Influence in Northeast Africa

7: The Building of Ancient Ghana and Mail

8: The Trans-Saharan Trade Route and the Rise of the Songhay Empire

9: The Fall of Songhay and the Rise of the Iberian Europeans

10: The Rise of Modern Imperialism and the fragmentation of African societies, Due to Enslavement and Colonialism

Who is this course for?

Anyone with an interest in the topic. No previous knowledge is assumed.

Learning and Teaching

There will be a mixture of short lectures, small group teaching and discussion, the precise proportion to be determined by the needs of the students enrolled. Also we will discuss examples and case-studies. This will encourage the development of knowledge and understanding of the ideas and concepts discussed in the course. Intellectual skills will be encouraged through participation in class discussion, reading and coursework.

Coursework and Assessment

Essays or other equivalent written assignments to a total of 1500 words demonstrating an understanding of core elements of the course material. At the tutor’s discretion, part of the assessment may be by a presentation. Our assessments are flexible to suit the course and the student.

To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.

The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. Our methods are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.

Reading suggestions

- Essential texts

Ben-Jochannan, A,A, Yosef. (1989),  Black Man of the Nile and His Family. Black Classic Press.
Davidson, Basil.        (1998), West Africa, Before the Colonial Era: A History to 1850. Addison Wesley Longman Limited.
Jackson, John.  (1995), Introduction To African civilisation. Carol Publishing Group Limited.
Williams, Chancellor.         (1987), The Destruction of Black Civilisation: Great Issues of Race From 4500 B.C. To 2000 A.D. Third World Press.

- Recommended Texts

Ben-Jochannan, A,A, Yosef.(1988),  Africa The Mother of Western
Civilisation. Black Classic Press.
Ben-Jochannan, A,A, Yosef.  (2002),  The Myth of Genesis and Exodus:
and the Exclusion of Their African Origins. Black Classic Press.
Bovill, William, Edward.      (1999),  The Golden Trade of the Moors. 2nd
Printing. Markus Wiener Publishers.
Bradley, Michael.     (1978), The Iceman Inheritance. Kayode Publication
Limited, New York.  
David, Rosalie.          ( 1998), The Ancient Egyptians.  Sussex Academic Press
Davidson, Basil.        (1980), The African Slave Trade. Black. A Revised
and Extended Edition.   Bay Books, Little, Brown and Company.
Davidson, Basil.        (1987), The Lost Cities of Africa. Revised Edition. , Little,
Brown and Company.
Diop, Cheikh Anta.    (1991), Civilisation or Barbarism: An Authentic
Anthropology. Translated by Yaa-Lengi Meema Ngemi. Lawrence Hill Books, United States.
Diop, Cheikh Anta.    (1987), Precolonial Black Africa, Translated by Harold
Salemson. . Lawrence Hill Books, United States.
Diop, Cheikh Anta.    (1987), The African Origin of civilisation: Myth or
reality, Translated & Edited by Mercer Cook. Lawrence Hill Books, United States.
Eriksen, Hylland, Thomas. (2001), Small Places, Large Issue: An Introduction
to Social and Cultural Anthropology.  2nd Edition. Pluto Press.
Fage, D, J.      (1959),             An Introduction to The History of West Africa.
Cambridge University Press.
Hiskett, Mervyn.       (1994),  The course of Islam in Africa. Edinburgh
University Press.
Houston, Dunjee, Drusilla.            (2007), Wonderful Ethiopians of the Ancient Cushite Empire. Forgotten Books.
Jackson, John.  (1995),  Man, God and Civilisation. Lushena Books,
Leakey, Richard.       (1994),  The Origin of Humankind. Harper Collins
Malkowski. F, Edward. (2006), Before the Pharaohs: Egypt’s Mysterious
Prehistory. Beer and Company.
McKie, Robin. (2000),  Ape Man: The Story of Human Evolution. BBC
Worldwide Limited.
Metcalf, Peter. (2005), The Basics: Anthropology. Routledge .
Monaghan, John. & Just, Peter. (2000), Social and Cultural Anthropology:
A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press.
Peacock. L, James. ( 2001, The Anthropological Lens, Harsh Light, Soft
Focus. 2nd Edition, Cambridge University Press
Roland, Oliver. &, Atmore, Anthony. (1983) Africa Since 1800, 3rd Edition.
Cambridge University press.
Sjoo, Monica. Mor, Barbara.           (1987) The Great Cosmic Mother. Second
Edition, Harper San Francisco.
Van Sertima, Ivan. Editor.  (1995),  Egypt Revisited, 4th Printing, Transaction
Van Sertima, Ivan. Editor.  (2005),  Egypt Child of Africa, 4th Printing,
Transaction Publishers.
Van Sertima, Ivan. Editor.  (1999) Golden Age of the Moor, 3rd  Printing,
Transaction Publishers.
Van Sertima, Ivan. Editor.  (1995),  African Presence in Early Europe, 8th
Printing, Transaction Publishers.
Windsor, R, Rudolph.  (2003), From Babylon to Timbuktu: The History of the
Ancient Black Races including the Black Hebrews. Lushena Books.

Library and Computing Facilities

As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website under Student Information, or by ringing the Centre on
(029) 2087 0000.

Accessibility of Courses

Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and Dyslexia screening. Please contact the Centre on (029) 2087 0000 for an information leaflet.

Further Information

A range of further information can be found on our web site or in Choices.  This includes the times and dates of courses and an explanation of accreditation and credit levels.